Therapeutic Massage

Good news!! Some health insurance policies cover a portion of massage therapy services in conjunction with chiropractic treatment.

If you are already a patient at Heppner Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we will be happy to contact your insurance provider to determine coverage and any limitations that may apply. If you are not already a patient at Heppner Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center, a brief initial visit with Dr. Heppner is required for referral in order for insurance to be billed appropriately.

If you would prefer to schedule a therapeutic massage without including chiropractic care, that's fine too. You would be considered a Wellness Center client and simply pay a fee for service.

30 min  $40
60 min  $80
90 min  $100

Techniques Explained


Deep tissue massage employs techniques that are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. Deep tissue massage helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation, and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendonitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques. Deep tissue massage releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through the use of slow strokes and deep pressure on the contracted areas, either following or moving across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia.


Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate restrictions. Upon locating an area of fascial tension, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction. Long, stretching strokes are utilized to release the muscular tension. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain and headaches.


Neuromuscular therapy is soft-tissue manipulation that balances the body's central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system.  The goal is to help relieve the pain and dysfunction by understanding and alleviating the underlying cause. Neuromuscular therapy can help individuals who experience distortion and biomechanical dysfunction, which is often a symptom of a deeper problem.  Neuromuscular therapy applies concentrated finger pressure to "trigger points" (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain. It is also used to locate and release spasms and hyper-contraction in the tissue, eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain, rebuild the strength of injured tissues, and restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics and flexibility to the tissues.


Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Swedish massage uses a system of long strokes, as well as kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The many benefits of Swedish massage include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions and improved circulation, which can speed healing and reduce swelling from injury. Swedish massage may be light pressure or much deeper pressure, depending on the situation.


Prenatal or Pregnancy massage uses several massage techniques that are effective and safe during pregnancy, during labor, and then postpartum. Specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomforts and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of the mother. Skilled, appropriate touch can facilitate labor, often shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety.


Postnatal massage relieves the stress of delivery by facilitating recovery of the postpartum woman and providing emotional support for the transition back into a non-pregnant body. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques rebalance structure, physiology and emotions of the mother.

Swedish massage techniques, along with manual lymph drainage, contribute to the rehabilitation of abdominal skin and muscles. Reflexology techniques applied to the feet and hands benefit the overall well being of the mother. Deep tissue techniques can be used to address any muscle strain resulting from additional childcare activities.

Postnatal massage is helpful for post-cesarean mothers who are recuperating from major abdominal surgery, as well as the strain of pregnancy. Manual lymph drainage to the incision site may speed healing of scar tissue. Be sure to consult your physician first.

Postnatal massage is helpful for reintegrating with your body. This is a time of new challenges both physical and emotional. The demands of childcare, the lack of sleep, and ups and downs of emotions can reduce energy reserves. Think relaxation, stress relief, relief of muscle aches, fluid reduction.


Reflexology involves manipulation of specific reflex areas in the foot, hands and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. Reflexology involves application of pressure to these reflex zones to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion. Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body's energy flow to stimulate healing and maintain balance in physical function. This technique is used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood.


Geriatric massage refers to the elderly person recovering from or living with disease and/or disability. Geriatric massage uses modifications of standard techniques especially suited to debilitating physical conditions. We work with clients who exhibit a variety of physiological changes commonly associated with ageing. Typically, these changes include lost of elasticity of the skin, thinning of the subcutaneous layers, loss of muscle mass, tendency to bruise easily, osteoporosis, and decreased range of motion. We are typically using a lighter touch and deep tissue techniques are only to be used with extreme caution, if at all.


Sports Massage consists of specific components designed to reduce injuries, alleviate inflammation, provide warm-up and cool down for athletes before, during, after their training regimens. Sports massage focuses on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport.