Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy's Blog
June 22, 2020
Category: Chiropractic

Therapeutic sports massage is a form of therapy that focuses on the treatment of injuries, aches, and pains that affect soft tissue, such as the muscles. Massage techniques are used to reduce stiffness and soreness of muscles, and lower heart rate and blood pressure, promoting relaxation. Currently, many experts in the field of sports medicine also believe that massage therapy can give athletes an extra edge, and as such, massage has become an integral part of a complete workout. Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally are chiropractors at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL. They can provide all your sports massage therapy Tampa, FL needs. 

How You Benefit from Sports Massage Therapy

Tampa residents who like to stay active with sports have found several benefits from participating in Massage therapy in Tampa, FL. These include:

  • Easing of muscle pain and discomfort
  • Reduction of muscle tension
  • Improved range of motion
  • Increased relaxation
  • Reduction of recovery time from injury
  • Improved sleep quality

How Massage Therapy Works

The first thing that massage therapy does is release the tension from muscles and tendons and promotes blood flow through the body. Because this improves your circulation, it has the following benefits:

  • Reducing stress and helping you unwind
  • Improving breathing and blood pressure
  • Promoting relaxation and improving mood

Because your circulation is stimulated, your body will also function better at eliminating toxins. This in turn will improve your digestive functions, boost your immune system, and help you to sleep better at night.

Sports Massage After an Injury

Massage therapy Tampa, FL is also important after you have had a sports injury. It promotes healing by warming up and stretching tight tissues and dispersing swelling around joints. For example, if you have had a hamstring injury, sports massage can reduce tightness and relax scar tissue to help recovery.

If you would like to find out more about sports massage and its benefits, call Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally of Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy at 813-884-1457.

May 08, 2020
Category: Chiropractic

Are you dealing with tense, painful, or spasming muscles?
Tender spots in the body that cause pain and discomfort, especially when touched, are often referred to by our Tampa, FL, chiropractors Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally as trigger points. Trigger points are localized areas of muscle that, as a result of a lack of blood flow and nutrients, stay tense, and cannot relax. If you are dealing with trigger points, neuromuscular, or trigger point therapy may be ideal for alleviating your pain.
What is neuromuscular therapy?
Neuromuscular therapy is a type of medical massage designed to alleviate muscle soreness, tension, and pain, and to restore movement and function back into certain areas of the body. It also helps to improve blood flow, ensuring that blood delivers vital nutrients to the area to relax the muscles and also promotes faster healing.
Neuromuscular therapy, like many of the treatments our chiropractors offer here in Tampa, FL, requires ongoing sessions in order to see the best results. By getting regular trigger point therapy sessions you can also prevent muscle tension and the formation of new trigger points in the future.
What causes trigger points?
There is a combination of factors that can cause trigger points to develop. Some of these factors include,

  • Overuse or repetitive movements
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Poor nutrition
  • Direct impact or trauma to the body such as a fall, strain or motor vehicle accident

By staying hydrated, regularly stretching and exercising, quitting (or avoiding) smoking, and eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar and alcohol you can reduce your chances of developing trigger points.
Who can benefit from neuromuscular therapy?
This specific type of massage therapy is most appropriate for patients dealing with,

  • Upper or lower back pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Whiplash
  • Knee and hip pain
  • Headaches
  • TMJ disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis

What are the benefits of neuromuscular therapy?
There are a wide range of benefits associated with this form of massage therapy including,

  • Reducing pain, tenderness, and soreness
  • Reducing muscle spasms
  • Improving blood flow and circulation
  • Stimulating the body’s natural healing process
  • Promoting relaxation and improving sleep
  • Restoring mobility and range of motion
  • Improving posture

We take our patients’ health and safety very seriously, especially during this time. Our Tampa, FL, chiropractors are here to help so please don’t hesitate to call Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy at (813) 884-1457. Also, our Tampa, Fl, office will be re-opening on Monday, May 11th to resume our normal hours of operation.

May 02, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

To our valued patients,

We are happy to let you know we will be re-opening for patient visits during regular business hours beginning Monday, May 11th!

Next week we will have staff in the office from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to answer phones and assist with scheduling as we prepare to re-open on May 11th. You may also email us at or leave us a voice mail message and we will get back to you as soon as possible for scheduling.

We will also continue to offer telehealth appointments on a limited basis as an option for the foreseeable future. This is an excellent way to manage your care in the event you are unable to come into the office for treatment. Please call the office to discuss whether telehealth might be a good option for you.

For continued safety, and in accordance with guidelines issued by the CDC, Florida Department of Health and our professional associations, the following policies will be in effect upon the re-opening of the office:

• To comply with small group recommendations, we ask that only scheduled patients enter the office. If you are accompanied by a family member, they should wait in the car or return to pick you up when you have completed your visit. No one without an appointment, including children, will be allowed to wait in any area of the office.

• Social distancing measures will be in place for waiting areas. You may also wait in your car after check-in. We can call or text you when we are ready to take you back for treatment.

• No more than one patient will be permitted in any treatment room that cannot meet the recommended social distancing guidelines.

• We ask that all patients bring your own mask or facial covering to your appointment so that we can help conserve PPE for our doctors and staff. Disposable masks are available for those who do not have their own.

• Hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry and we ask every patient to sanitize before approaching the check-in area.

What we are doing to protect you:

• All staff will wear masks, nitrile gloves and protective eyewear whenever necessary. Patients are encouraged to bring your own mask of facial covering, but we will have disposable masks available if you do not have your own.

• We have instituted a policy of specific sanitizing procedures throughout our office regularly during the day, and all treatment tables after each patient, utilizing products listed on the EPA List N which meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes laundry sanitizer for all massage linens and patient exam gowns.

• We will conduct pre-screenings for all patients over the phone and again in the office upon arrival. All patients will have a touchless temperature scan at check-in.

• Doctors and staff will have their temperature scanned each day. No team member will be expected to work if they are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory symptoms.

We will continue to monitor the effects of this pandemic on our community and make any necessary changes to how we conduct business as may be warranted. Your patience during the temporary but necessary office closure has been greatly appreciated. We have missed seeing our patients and look forward to welcoming you back to our office when we adjust to our “new normal” operations on Monday, May 11th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at or call 813.884.1457. Stay well and stay safe!

April 08, 2020
Category: Chiropractic

Morning stiffness, limited range of motion, chronic pain—you've lived with them ever since your shoulder injury. At Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, Drs. Kollias, Pally, and Scaz often recommend muscle energy massage as an adjunct to chiropractic care. Here's what it could do for you:

You and your pain

It impacts everything you do. You're stiff, have poor range of motion, and protect your injured shoulder. Besides these problems, Tufts University School of Medicine says that chronic pain lowers your body's immune response to injury and acute illness. Also, you feel and act much older than you are. For example, a middle-aged person with continual pain functions at the level of a healthy 70-year-old.

Massage therapy can help

At Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, Drs. Kollias, Pally, and Scaz see many people after motor vehicle accidents or after sustaining injuries from work or athletic activities. Just like you, they want relief and better function, and therefore, undergo a complete chiropractic exam.

Of course, chiropractic interventions vary depending on your diagnosis. However, most practitioners agree that massage therapy is a wonderful adjunct to any treatment plan.

Massage loosens tight muscles, increases blood flow, and provides an overall sense of relaxation. Softer tissues, such as ligaments and tendons, heal more rapidly and efficiently with massage therapy. Plus, your chiropractor can correct subluxations (misalignments) in your spine more easily when you are fully relaxed.

What is MET?

MET stands for Muscle Energy Technique. This type of massage therapy requires equal participation by both therapist and patient. As such, it is called an active, rather than passive, massage technique.

If your chiropractor in Tampa, FL, recommends muscle energy massage therapy for your shoulder pain, expect your therapist to:

  • Use hands-on strokes to lengthen your muscles in the targeted areas
  • Help your muscles to contract in a subtle way (isometric contractions) so they can relax fully
  • Help you improve your range of motion and your level of pain

Muscle Energy Technique is appropriate for people of all ages and walks of life. It works effectively in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments for:

  • Neck, shoulder, and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Uneven limb length
  • Athletic injuries
  • Edema
  • Headache pain

Find out more

At Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa, FL, our doctors and therapists are experts in a wide range of pain management techniques, including muscle energy massage. Don't suffer from dysfunction and discomfort—call us for a complete chiropractic evaluation: (813) 884-1457.

February 24, 2020
Category: Chiropractic
Tags: Arthritis  

Pain medication isn't the only option if you have arthritis. Massage therapy offered by your Tampa, FL, chiropractors, Drs. George Kollias, Autumn Scaz, and Elissa Pally can ease your aches and pains.

How Massage Can Help You Manage Your Arthritis Symptoms

When your joints hurt, massage might seem like the last therapy you'd want to try. Although a vigorous, bone-jarring treatment certainly wouldn't be a good idea, moderate pressure on joints, tissues, and muscles can actually have a beneficial effect on arthritis symptoms.

In fact, attending regular massage therapy appointments at our Tampa office creates these important benefits:

  • Less Pain: Massage provides a natural way to reduce pain in both joints and muscles. Gentle stretching and kneading motions used during the therapy ease soreness, aches, and pains. Treatments stimulate the release of endorphins, your body's natural pain relievers. Endorphins not only decrease pain but also promote a sense of well-being. Massage may also reduce the production of a neurotransmitter linked to pain.
  • Reduced Stiffness: Joint pain is often accompanied by muscle stiffness if you have arthritis. Massage relieves muscle tension, decreasing pain naturally.
  • Enhanced Range of Motion: Massage also improves flexibility and may increase the range of motion in your joints.
  • Decreased Inflammation: Inflammation in muscles and joints can increase pain and other arthritis symptoms. Massage offers a simple way to keep inflammation under control.
  • Improved Circulation: The hands-on treatment improves blood flow, thus promoting healing and boosting lymph circulation. When your lymph system functions more efficiently, it's easier for your body to remove the excess fluids that contribute to swelling in your joints.
  • Less Stress: It's only natural to feel a little stressed when you experience chronic pain due to arthritis. Massage promotes relaxation and helps relieve stress and anxiety. The therapy reduces the amount of stress hormones you produce and increases the production of serotonin, a natural chemical that regulates mood.
  • Better Sleep: When you're relaxed and no longer in pain, it's much easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

Relieve your arthritis pain with massage therapy! Call your Tampa, FL, chiropractors, Drs. George Kollias, Autumn Scaz, and Elissa Pally, at (813) 884-1457 to schedule an appointment.

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