As a part of our all-inclusive practice, Sports Medicine South has added Massage Therapy to our list of offerings. Massage Therapy has a long list of benefits including relaxation, healing, pain relief, and much more. If done properly, Massage Therapy can be an essential tool in the rehabilitation and treatment of a MSK injury. The Sports Medicine South providers value the benefits our patients receive from Massage Therapy and often prescribe Massage Therapy in conjunction with Physical Therapy as a comprehensive rehabilitation plan. Below you can find common questions patients have about Massage Therapy and more about Melissa Thomas, LMT, Sports Medicine South’s licensed massage therapist. For inquires beyond the information provided below, please contact our Physical Therapy department at 770-237-3475 x 113 and we will do our best to provide answers to your concerns.
If you are being treated for a specific problem, our LMT initially recommends sessions between 4 days and one week apart, so that the progress can be accurately monitored. However, a specific frequency may be required by the physician’s prescription. Keep in mind that each case is different and will be addressed uniquely so that issues can be treated appropriately.
- Aids exceptionally with injury rehabilitation.
- Breaks down adhesions and scar tissue.
- Reduces tension in tight muscles and elongates shortened tissues.
- Increases the flow of blood bringing enriching nutrients to the tissues and removing wastes for elimination.
- Enhances sports performance, while reducing both recovery times from training and tension during the event.
- Increases mobility of joints.
- Helps the body rejuvenate.
- Promotes stimulation to the lymphatic system.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Can calm the nervous system.
- Combats stress and anxiety.
- Promotes sleep.
**If you have any broken bones even if it is a hairline fracture, do not get a massage.**
Meet Our Licensed Massage Therapist
Melissa Thomas has been a massage therapist since 1986, when she graduated from The Massage School of Santa Monica in California. She spent the first two years of her career working for Dr. Joel Santos at the AltraFitnessCenter in Los Angeles. In 1988 she moved to the British Virgin Islands where she opened the Golden Palms Health Spa. While in the Caribbean she was also the massage therapist for NeckerIsland a private resort island owned by Sir Richard Branson, where she offered her massage and spa service to The Branson family and their guest. She was one of 127 therapist from across the country to be selected to be a member of the first official Olympic and Paralympic Massage Therapy Teams during 1996 Atlanta Games. Melissa has been working locally in the Sugarloaf area since 2001. Past clients have included members of the Atlanta Thrashers and Gladiators. Currently she is working with the Chinese National basketball team who are in Atlanta training. She is certified in Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Orthopedic Massage, as well as Prenatal Massage. She also is trained in TMJ Dysfunction and Oncology Massage