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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy


What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is treatment that uses touch to loosen and heal the muscles and soft tissues of the body. Massage therapists use different degrees of pressure and types of movements based on your individual needs.

Massage therapy can address health issues that include:

  • Muscular tension
  • Range of motion and flexibility problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Circulation problems
  • Stress

Types of Massage Therapy

Types of massage therapy available at Aurora include:

  • Swedish massage: This type of massage uses long, gliding strokes on the top layers of your muscles to promote relaxation.
  • Sports massage: A more vigorous type of massage, sports massage reaches deeper layers of your muscles and is ideal for athletes.
  • Prenatal massage: This type of massage is for pregnant women. It helps relieve pregnancy-related tension, aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, back and legs.
  • Geriatric massage: Ideal for older adults, geriatric massage is specifically designed to address aging and arthritis-related pain.
  • Neuromuscular therapy: This type of massage uses finger pressure on specific trigger points (painful, irritated areas) to help break the cycle of spasm or pain.
  • Craniosacral therapy: This type of massage uses gentle touch on the skull, face, spine and hips to relieve pain. Learn more about craniosacral therapy.
  • Oncology massage: This type of massage may mitigate the side effects of conventional cancer care, improve coping, and enhance quality of life. Learn more about massage as integrative cancer therapy.

Why Get Massage Therapy?

Conditions Treated with Massage Therapy

Doctors and physical therapists recommend massage therapy for a variety of conditions, including:

* Aurora’s state-licensed massage therapists complete thorough training to understand the side effects of cancer and how to modify massage based on the needs of each patient. Therapy is offered free of charge to patients during their appointments at Aurora Cancer Care locations.

The Aurora Difference

Massage Therapy at Aurora

Massage therapy is available to the public as well as through doctor referrals. People come to Aurora for massage therapy because we offer:

  • Licensed massage therapists: All of our massage therapists are licensed in the state of Wisconsin. That means they’ve received special training to perform massages, so you only receive care from experts.
  • Specialty care: Our massage therapists work with your primary care doctor, including Aurora sports health doctors, to ensure your massage therapy fits into your overall treatment plan. A sports health doctor is someone who specializes in working with athletes and active adults. Meet our sports health team.
  • Comprehensive treatment: At Aurora, an entire team of experts works together to monitor your progress and personalize care to your needs. In addition to massage therapy, we offer integrative medicine like acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy and a wide range of orthopedic medicine and orthopedic surgery services.
  • Convenient locations: More than a dozen of our locations across eastern Wisconsin offer massage therapy, making it easy to get pain and tension relief close to where you live, work or train. Find a massage therapy location near you.

What to Expect

Before Your Massage

Before your massage, your massage therapist will ask you about specific areas of pain in your body. He or she may also ask about any injuries or areas you wish to avoid during your massage.

Your massage therapist will then leave the room so you can undress. Some people choose to leave their underwear on. You’ll also have a towel or robe to wear for your privacy.

During Your Massage

During your massage, you’ll lie face down on a padded table with an opening for your face. Your massage therapist will use strategically placed sheets or towels to uncover individual areas of your body while working on them. You should let your massage therapist know if the pressure is too much or causes pain.

The massage will last from 30 to 90 minutes, with cost** depending on the length of your massage. Sometimes, insurance may cover massage costs if a doctor prescribes massage therapy as part of your treatment.

After Your Massage

You may feel a little soreness for a day or so after your massage. Most experts recommend drinking plenty of water after to help flush out substances that were released from your muscles and tissues.

** Massage therapy is offered free of charge to patients during their appointments at Aurora Cancer Care locations.


Locations That Offer Massage Therapy

Call the location nearest you for pricing information on massage therapy sessions.

Fond du Lac County

Aurora Health Center
700 Park Ridge Ln.
North Fond du Lac, WI 54937
(920) 926-7800


Aurora Health Center
5300 Memorial Dr.
Two Rivers, WI 54241
(920) 793-7300


Aurora Health Center
1575 N Rivercenter Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 283-8444

Aurora Wiselives Center
8320 W. Bluemound Rd.
Suite 125 A
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
(414) 302-3800

Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th St.
4th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 219-2000

Aurora Health Care Medical Group
6901 W. Edgerton Avenue
Greenfield, WI 53220

Milwaukee (Cont'd)

Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
(414) 329-5607

Aurora Health Center
2000 East Layton Ave.
Suite 160
St. Francis, WI 53235
(414) 747-8400


Aurora Medical Center in Grafton
975 Port Washington Rd.
Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 329-2700


Aurora Health Center
2600 Kiley Way
Plymouth, WI 53073
(920) 449-7000


Aurora Sports Health
700 Geneva Parkway
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 249-3500

Aurora Sports Health
1550 Hobbs Drive
Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 740-4370


Aurora Health Center
1640 E. Sumner St.
Hartford, WI 53027
(262) 670-4300

Aurora Health Center
N112W17975 Mequon Road
Germantown, WI 53022
(262) 532-7600


Aurora Health Center
16985 W. Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 641-8400


Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh
855 N. Westhaven Dr.
Oshkosh, WI 54904
(920) 456-6000

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