Massage Therapy


Massage Therapy is performed by a licensed massage therapist and can be used to focus on a soft tissue injury, muscle pain, or stiffness, and even to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Additionally, Massage Therapy can be used for relaxation, enjoyment, and to help manage stress and anxiety.


Physical benefits of massage therapy can include less muscle pain and tension, improved circulation and flexibility, and even lowered heart rate. Mental benefits include decreased anxiety, improved stress response, overall lowered tension, and increased feelings of calm.


Each Massage Therapy session lasts between 30 – 120 minutes. Our massage therapists are trained in Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, myofascial release, and can also utilize hot stone and aromatherapy.

The licensed massage therapists at Ashworth Chiropractic in West Des Moines are experienced and trained in multiple Massage Therapy techniques to customize each Massage Therapy session into the best and most effective experience for the client.

Manual Therapy


Manual therapy is a number of different treatment techniques used to treat soft tissue injuries. At Ashworth Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic we use a number of manual therapies including Active Myofascial Release, Graston or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation, and Trigger Point Therapy.


A soft tissue injury involves damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and myofascia. Sprains and strains are the most common soft tissue injuries and are a result of either trauma or repetitive use. Trauma can occur with injuries such as twisting an ankle or falling. Repetitive use soft tissue injuries occur when pain develops during movement such as office tasks or sports performed multiple times a week. Examples include carpal tunnel from computer use or shoulder pain from competitive lifting.

There’s almost always a soft-tissue component associated with any injury or condition,” says Travis McCathie, DC, ATC, director of the Northwestern Health Sciences University’s Center for Sports and Rehabilitation.


Dr. Wilson is certified in Graston Technique M1 and trained in Active Myofascial Release. Graston(IASTM) and Active Myofascial Release are used to break up scar tissue and adhesions in the damaged tissue and to kick start the first stage of healing in the body. This response sends blood, white blood cells, and the healing chemicals found in the body to re-heal the injury, laying down new tissue and collagen that is stronger and better formed than the old scar tissue.

These techniques restart the healing process over again under very controlled conditions, breaking down the scar tissue in the old injury site that is causing your pain and discomfort. This scar tissue is a ‘patch’ at the site of injury, helping it to initially heal, and is much less flexible than normal tissue. Oftentimes, a small amount of scar tissue remains in the injured tissue, or cannot fully heal due to repetitive use. Over the long run, this leads to a restricted range of motion or entrapment of other tissues. Further use then creates pain, discomfort, and decreased performance. Manual Therapy breaks this cycle and promotes the creation of new tissue and collagen.

Manual Therapy is focused on the specific injury site. Treatment occurs over a short course of sessions that are each typically 10 to 20 minutes in length.

Manual Therapy Treatment

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