Massage Therapy


Girl getting neck massage

The Benefits Of Massage

What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

A Powerful All

There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress Spa Resortrelief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Profound Effects

In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.

The medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles.

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits

Receiving a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

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What our patients are saying...

L.C., Grandville, MI

The best physical therapy you can get!  The best caring people you can find!
The best physical therapy you can get!  The best caring people you can find!


Jeff, Thank you for helping me with my knee and shoulder. The best thing you did for me though was...
Jeff, Thank you for helping me with my knee and shoulder. The best thing you did for me though was diagnosing and treating a problem with my ribs that was affecting my breathing and impacting the quality of my life. I can’t believe that four different doctors I went to over the several years could not diagnose this problem and I lived with it so long. It would have been very easy for you to ignore this problem and only treat the injury that I was originally here for (shoulder). You listened very well and took the time to really understand what I was going through, and now I can finally breathe again thanks to you.

Cheri V., Byron Center, MI

I highly recommend Apogee Therapy Center. Jeff Carter is a rare find. He has a huge heart dedicated to helping...
I highly recommend Apogee Therapy Center. Jeff Carter is a rare find. He has a huge heart dedicated to helping people heal. At Apogee you can trust that you are in expert hands and are going to get the best possibly care available. Apogee has friendly, warm, and personal atmosphere. I look forward to my visits.  Jeff and his staff are always welcoming, accommodating and always make it an all around comfortable experience. I have gotten great results in Jeff's care. Knowing he would be well cared for, I recently sent my husband to Jeff for a shoulder injury. He is impressed with Apogee as well and is confident that he will be feeling better soon. We both are very thankful for Apogee, Jeff Carter and his staff.

Barb L., Hudsonville, MI

I am so glad we came to Jeff Carter at Apogee! This is the second physical therapist my daughter went...
I am so glad we came to Jeff Carter at Apogee! This is the second physical therapist my daughter went to for her upper back / neck problem. The first therapist spent about 5 minutes evaluating her and the treatments didn't help. Jeff spent over an hour and a half evaluating her. He is so thorough! After coming twice a week for 5 weeks she is pain free! I told Jeff and his team that the difference between the first therapy office and Apogee is the difference between Motel 6 and a 5 Star hotel. My family will never go anywhere else. P.S. In addition to his expertise, Jeff has an amazing personality, makes you feel instantly comfortable, and has a great sense of humor. You will not be disappointed.


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Apogee Therapy Center

3010 Wilson Avenue, SW
Grandville, MI 49418
Phone: 616.249.8141
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Apogee Therapy Center

905 North Main Street
Greer, SC 29651
Phone: 864.479.0070
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