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Massage therapist eases aches and pains

Pratt, Kan.

Got an ache or pain? Cliff Mock might just be the answer.
Pratt’s newest massage therapist has set up shop in Kempton Chiropractic and is ready to help getting rid of those pesky sore spots.
Mock completed his massage therapist certification through Heritage College in Wichita in July. He is certified to perform Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, neuromuscular techniques, sports massage chair massage and pregnancy massage.
He will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. by appointment. He also works in Wichita on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in New Market Square at Massage Envy.
Mock had been a surgery nurse but decided that God was leading him to pursue a healing career through massage.
The massage program is a year long and students use each other to practice their newly learned skills. Once a month, the students would set up at a location and have a chair massage event, Mock said.
The massage events were designed to promote the school and to give students some real world practice. Events were held at Friends University and for the Wichita Medical Society.
Mock does his work on a massage table and a massage chair. The chair is ergonomically designed to put the person in the best position for a massage. The chair massage focuses on the neck, shoulders, back and arms. The change he sees in patients as the pain and discomfort go away is gratifying and some times surprising.
“It’s amazing the difference you can see in an hour,” Mock said. “To see someone get relief in one hour, those are the days that make it worthwhile.”
Mock considers the two treatments of chiropractic and massage complementary to each other. What he does can help improve the effects of a chiropractic treatment and sometimes the chiropractic treatment can improve the effects of Mock’s massage.
“It works well to work here in conjunction with Bruce (Kempton),” Mock said.
The more relaxed the patient, the easier it is to get to deeper problems, Mock said.
Mock spends time finding out what is bothering the client to determine which type of massage will be the most beneficial. Even though two people may have the same problem, it may require different types of massage to best match the body type.
“Everybody’s body is different,” Mock said.
A typical massage on the table will take from an hour to an hour and a half. A chair massage will take about 20 minutes. It all depends on what the person needs and what is cost effective for the client.



 

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