Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage to complement physical therapy.

Benefits of Massage

  •  Reduces pain and headaches
  •  Reduces stress and fatigue
  •  Increases circulation, which aids in the removal of toxins and brings healing nutrients into the tissues
  •  Relieves muscle soreness and stiffness
  •  Restores injured muscle tissue by breaking up adhesions in the fascia and reducing excessive scarring by mechanically assisting collagen fibers to properly align.
  •  Increases range of motion of joints by increasing the flexibility of the tissues surrounding the joints
  •  Decreases heart rate, blood pressure, and induces a relaxation response
  •  Improves digestion and elimination
  •  Massage promotes a good night's sleep!

Beck, M. (2010). Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage (5th ed.) (pp. 268-278). New York: Milady.


Therapeutic massage at Skyline Physical Therapy is provided by Nancy Settles Backer, Physical Therapist Assistant, CMT. Her dual role as both Physical Therapist Asst. and Massage Therapist bring added expertise in tailoring a massage treatment to meet your specific needs and enhance your physical therapy treatment. Nancy specializes in Swedish Massage, which is a combination of specific strokes that direct blood flow toward the heart. She is also trained in Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique(SMRT) She works with a variety of physical problems, including Fibromyalgia, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, and Temporomandibular disorder(TMD). Massage therapy can be provided in conjunction with Physical Therapy at your convenience.


Please contact Nancy at 402-430-9704 or 402-505-9611 for more information about what massage therapy can do for you.


Research supports massage therapy for TMD


A survey was conducted to measure patient's use, satisfaction with, and perceived effectiveness of a variety of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for TMD. According to the survey, 72.4% of respondents used CAM, and 95% used it while undergoing conventional treatment.

In part the authors concluded: "Of all the CAM therapies reportedly used for TMD, massage was the most frequent and was rated as the most satisfactory and among the most helpful CAM treatments received."


Debar, L., Vuckovic, N., Schneider, J., & Ritenbaigh, C. (2003). Use of complementary and alternative medicine for temporomandibular disorders. Journal of Orofacial Pain. 17(3), 224-236.