Massage Therapy Specialist

Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc.

Medical Clinic, Chiropractors & Physical Therapy located in Mission Viejo, CA

A massage isn't just a relaxing treat. There are multiple benefits to massage therapy, and you should consider regular massages as an investment in your health. Victor Rafa, DC, and Rona Palompo, DPT, at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, lead a team of physical medicine practitioners that includes highly skilled massage therapists. Find out how massage therapy can help reduce your musculoskeletal pain, improve your mobility, and enhance your quality of life by calling the practice today, or you can use the online form to book an appointment.

Massage Therapy Q & A

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy includes a variety of hands-on techniques that involve pressing, kneading, and rubbing your muscles. Massage therapy loosens tight muscles and eases musculoskeletal pain, as well as an excellent way to experience deep relaxation.

Massage therapy feels like a pampering treat, but it’s actually highly therapeutic. Regular sessions of massage therapy can do you a world of good and play a significant role in your future health and well-being.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Benefits of massage therapy include:

  • Relief of low-back pain
  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced dependence on medication
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Increased joint flexibility
  • Enhanced tissue regeneration
  • Reduced scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced post-surgery adhesions and swelling
  • Reduced spasms and cramping
  • Relief of migraine pain


Regular massage therapy improves the condition of your skin and enhances your immune system by stimulating lymph flow (your body's natural defense system). It also pumps oxygen and nutrients into your tissues and organs and releases endorphins — amino acids that work as your body's natural painkillers.

Arthritis patients report feeling less stiffness and pain following a massage. Massage therapy can improve sleep quality too, which also helps reduce pain. Massage therapy can help specific groups of people as well; for example, athletes of any level who undergo massage therapy are better prepared for strenuous workouts and the recovery afterward.

Water retention and cramping decrease after massage therapy for women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Massage therapy can also promote shorter, more natural labor for expectant mothers and reduce maternity hospital stays. Children who have asthma show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow following massage therapy.

What are the types of massage therapy?

The Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. team offers a choice of massage therapies, including:

Swedish massage therapy

Swedish massage therapy is gentle and relaxing. Your therapist applies massage lotion or oil and uses long, smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on the uppermost layers of muscle. Swedish massage therapy is a good one to try if you haven’t had a massage before.

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Your therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of your muscles. Deep tissue massage is best for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, and recovery from injury. This is an intense massage that might make you feel sore for a day or two.

You could also benefit from a hot stone massage, a pregnancy massage, or a sports massage.

To find out more about the benefits of massage therapy, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. today, or book an appointment online.