We Assess and Reduce Pain

Injuries and Conditions Assessed
We treat pain based upon our assessments.

Our professional massage services address pain and suffering, postural distortions, and movement dysfunctions brought on by various musculoskeletal conditions or neuromuscular issues.

Discussing massage therapy can be confusing. The words “treatment” and “assessment” are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct meanings. Treatment is the application of massage techniques or modalities to the body to help reduce pain and promote healing. Assessment is the process of evaluating a patient’s condition to determine the best course of action for treatment.

When it comes to massage therapy, assessment is critical. During the review, the massage therapist will ask the patient about their medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms to identify their current condition, determine the sources of pain, and evaluate their overall health and wellness. Based on the information gathered, the massage therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs. The massage therapist keeps track of changes in the client’s subjective pain scale.

Treatment, on the other hand, is the application of massage techniques or modalities to the body to reduce pain and promote healing. The massage therapist will use various massage techniques depending on the patient’s condition, such as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. During the massage session, the massage therapist will use their hands, elbows, and sometimes even tools to apply pressure to the patient’s body to relieve pain and promote healing.

The difference between treatment and assessment in massage therapy is clear, but the difference between a medical diagnosis and treatment is sometimes less clear. A medical diagnosis is a process of identifying a patient’s medical condition or disease based on the patient’s symptoms and other information. A diagnosis is made by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. Treatment is the application of various medical interventions to help the patient manage their illness or condition. Treatment can include medications, physical therapy, surgery, and other medical interventions.

In summary, treatment and assessment are two distinct processes in massage therapy. Assessment is the process of evaluating the patient’s condition to determine the best course of action for treatment. Treatment is the application of massage techniques or modalities to the body to reduce pain and promote healing. However, a medical diagnosis involves identifying a patient’s medical condition or disease based on the patient’s symptoms and other information. Treatment is the application of various medical interventions to help the patient manage their illness or condition.

We will never seek to diagnose your condition but will work toward reducing your pain experience.

Face, Head, Neck

  • Military Neck
  • Forward Head Posture
  • Bruxism
  • Whiplash
  • Cervical Disk Injury
  • Cervical Facet Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)
  • Spinal Ligament Sprain
  • Herniated Disk
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Stiff Neck
  • Torticollis

Lower Extremities

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Patellafemoral Stress Syndrome
  • Iliotibial band Friction (Runner’s Knee)
  • Pes Anserinus Tendinitis (Cyclist’s Knee)
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Patella Tendonitis (Jumper’s and Kicker’s Knee)
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis
  • Achilles Tendonosis

Upper Extremities

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
  • Guyon’s Canal Syndrome (Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Duputren”s Contracture
  • Volkmann’s Contracture
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury
  • Pronator Teres Syndrome
  • DeQuervain’s Syndrome

Vertebral Column

  • Scoliosis
  • Scheuermann’s Kyphosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

Lumbar / Pelvic

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Facet Syndrome
  • Sacro Iliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Anterior Pelvic Rotation
  • Posterior Pelvic Rotation
  • Lateral Pelvic Tilt
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hip
  • Herniated Lumbar Disc
  • Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis
  • Adductor / Hip Flexor Strain (Groin Strain)
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome

Shoulder

  • Scapula Dyskinesis
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Bicipital Tenosynovitis
  • Acromioclavicular Sprain
  • Glenohumeral Joint Sprain
  • Recurrent Instability of the Shoulder
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)

What are our clients saying about us?

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Jeremy C.
The very best therapists in the bay area and maybe the whole west coast. As a former professional action sports athlete I have layers of injuries from the past 3 decades. Castrell's staff are professional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. They have been able to alleviate pain and discomfort from my very first visit.
Leanne F.
I improve every visit.
Joe H.
I've been coming here on and off for 4 years, for various sports injuries and muscle aches. This is THE place to come if you have a specific problem you need fixing. I've seen all of the therapists here and they all have an incredible knowledge of human physiology and biomechanics. They usually spend the first five minutes assessing your problem so that they can accurately diagnose the root problem (which is often different to what I thought it was!) and then the rest of the session is the most effective and targeted massage you can imagine. I always leave feeling 90-100% better and with some recommended stretches or exercises to help me correct whatever imbalance or weakness had caused the problem. I don't recommend many places, but these guys are truly excellent at what they do
kwoksmusic
The first session was more than a full hour. It was closer to 1 hr and 20 minutes. I have been suffering from hip pain for the past 5 or more years and recently I also pulled a muscle. Castrell did a full review of the whole body, not just my hip. Then after the session, I felt my body felt freer and something so basic as walking felt more natural and comfortable. For me this is quite miraculous!
A L.
Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy is pure excellence! I have been to many massage businesses in Silicon Valley and I can say, hands down, that this is the...
Glenn Y.
It seems that Croft deal with balancing the whole body from a neuromuscular aspect. The questions asked are outside of the boundaries that I would have considered. I look forward to continuing the manipulation that Croft started. My first session gives me hope that permanent dramatic restoration of normal functioning is possible.
John L.
Do you know that feeling when you find a trusted resource, someone who is really good at what they do? A good mechanic? Electrician? Dr? Croft is one of those people.Over the years I've had many surgeries and physical therapy. From my experience, and from my results with him, I am very impressed with Croft's knowledge and experience. He understands how the body is interconnected rather than just focusing on the area that hurts. You can treat the area that hurts but if you don't treat the cause, you're left chasing your tail. As part of one of my treatments, he was working on my diaphragm. I asked him why and he said because my hips didn't have good internal rotation and if he didn't open that area up, it would continue to be a struggle. Sure enough, my internal rotation was better and I had less pain.I wholeheartedly recommend Croft and his staff. They practice 21st century healing. Thanks!
Seema M.
I came across Castrell searching for help with my frozen shoulder. I was in pain and needed someone who had a deeper understanding of the body.Carson's expertise and knowledge in addressing my issues were evident throughout the session. The massage techniques used targeted the areas affected by my frozen shoulder, providing much-needed relief.I left each session feeling noticeably more relaxed and with improved mobility in my shoulder! The effects have been amazing, and I have experienced a significant reduction in pain and discomfort.Carson's expertise, professionalism, and genuine concern for his clients make him a true healer in the realm of massage therapy. I am grateful for the positive impact he's had on my journey to recovery. I have been referring Carson and Castrell to my friends and family!
Daniel K.
Luis was really outstanding. It was my first visit and I was in a lot of pain. You could tell he knew the anatomy of the musculature well to diagnose the problems. Great work.
Rhonda L S.
I came in with a severe limitation with range in my neck, arms and shoulders. I left the very first appointment with a noticeable improvement. Croft was very professional, personable and he is a careful listener. I finally found someone that can help me, someone with the knowledge needed to do the work. :)
viv B.
We can't recommend this place enough. My father is a stroke survivor and has been coming here for neuromuscular massage therapy for the past six months, and the benefits he's experienced have been incredible. Before coming here, my father had limited range of motion and muscle stiffness, making it difficult for him to perform any task. But with the help of Croft, he's made amazing progress. He was able to target specific muscles and release tension, which has improved his overall mobility and flexibility.The staff here is incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate, and they take the time to understand each patient's unique needs and goals. They work closely with my father to create a personalized treatment plan that focuses on his specific areas of concern.
Kim G.
Marty is very knowledgeable and in tune with the body. Marty addresses the underlying causes of many of my musculoskeletal issues (i.e. osteoarthritis in the knees, etc.). He is very positive and personable. I left the session with absolutely no knee pain and no hip tightness. Thank you Marty!
Charles G.
Croft Castro is better than I imagined a massage therapist could be. A 1 hour appointment is worth more than 6 weeks of physical therapy with all associated exercises. Also, easy booking, he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and he is an expert and in a lot of different modalities of massage. I believe that he was key to curing or at least greatly helping my sleep apnea, fixed my shoulder that had been an issue for 12 years and possibly was critical, was likely critical to my long Covid fatigue being cured. I could not recommend higher.
Alison C.
Marty was a great listener to my long description of issues with my neck and spine. Then he zeroed right in on problem areas and was effective at targeting stuck muscle groups to address root cause of my cervical spine problem. He used elbows and hands to release muscles and was deliberate with the deep pressure I needed. He gave me good guidance for home practice to continue to address my overactive muscle groups and build strength where needed, in a valuable way different from other practitioners I’ve seen. I will go back to see Marty.
Sade G.
Highly recommend going here if you have any physical discomfort or pain. I was suffering from pain due to anxiety and couldn't find relief until I came...
Laura L.
Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy is pure excellence! I have been to many massage businesses in Silicon Valley and I can say, hands down, that this is the absolute best one.All therapists at this business are wonderful, but I have worked extensively with Croft. He is an expert in his field; he has vast knowledge of the body, knows a variety of modalities and works to find the root of your pain.His top priority is to get you out of distress and then to teach you how to take care and improve your body so you don’t end up in the same situation that brought you to him.I appreciate how he wants all his clients to improve and ultimately not need him anymore. This is so opposite of many therapist, who just want to make money off people.Croft is not only a highly skilled therapist, but his manner and professionalism always make me feel at ease. He is funny, kind and tells the best jokes, just when I need it.I am so thankful I found this place and Croft!
Cesar C.
I came across Castrell searching for help with my frozen shoulder. I was in pain and needed someone who had a deeper understanding of the body.
grahamhsu
Long overdue review, Castrell's been taking care of me for the last year with my muscular issues. It can be painful but I always come out better.
Becky F.
It's hard to believe that after 15 years of searching for treatments, I never came across this before. I have chronic spasm and nerve pain from car accidents. Castrell did an excellent job assessing my rather complex history and immediately alleviating the most severe problem areas. So much more effective than PT or massage. Please give it a try!
Charles G.
I've been treated by Croft for some twelve hours total so far. I say, confidently, that every single hour has been worth more, therapy wise, than every 12...
James M.
I would like to highly recommend this clinic for anyone with muscular or neuromuscular issues , chronic oracute. My therapist whom I have had two complete...
Martin H.
Always great this man is a blessing
T R.
I found Croft when searching for something better than a PT who just has you do stretches. I made a double back to back appt for me and my husband. Croft...
J H.
I've been coming here on and off for 4 years, for various sports injuries and muscle aches. This is THE place to come if you have a specific problem you...
Brian N.
I was drawn to Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy by its stellar reviews, and I’m relieved to see that they do not disappoint.When I first met the owner Croft Castrell, I was experiencing a shortened range of motion that was preventing me from giving my fullest in weightlifting workouts. In addition, one of my calves frequently had been experiencing muscle cramps when contracted. During the first massage session alone, Croft intensely worked on my calf muscles, and I was able to do single-legged calf raises without any of the typical cramping. He finally followed up with an exercise list to be done at home.Croft is a phenomenal and observant massage therapist, who attempts to figure out how to best treat patients based on their range of motion, gait, and lifestyle. His massages do not simply try to provide symptomatic relief but rather try to address the root cause of those symptoms. He brought up other aspects of the body that I hadn’t even considered as possible factors in my main concern.As a former bodybuilding competitor, Croft demonstrated great personal understanding of the muscular system’s nuances in the context of weightlifting exercises. He unsurprisingly has significant upper body strength, which is critical for neuromuscular therapy and deep tissue work on patients who are larger or more densely muscular. I’ve joked that Croft could probably take down a bear using only his thumbs.Although the massages were intense and challenging, I believe that Croft’s expertise has allowed me to develop into a stronger and more flexible weightlifter. If you stick with Croft on a regular basis, the benefits will speak for themselves.
Maria S.
This is my to go place to fix body pains. I've been helped to cope with lumbar spine disk issue, cervical spine pain, shoulder, knee, and more. Croft is...
Julia C.
I am so grateful to have found Carson at Castrell Neuromuscular! He has helped my back and joint problems in such a short amount of time. Carson really understands how muscles interact and integrate with the body and is able to pinpoint trouble areas and get my body back on track. My flexibility has returned and the joint pain is gone. It helped more than I ever imagined it could. Thank you!!!
Maria S.
I’ve been Croft’s client for about 7 years now. First time I literally crawled into his office after slipped disk incident. In a few sessions I got the relief needed and stayed committed to using Croft’s services regularly to maintain my spine health. Manual therapy can do wonders especially when approached with time and commitment. Over the years Croft also helped me with neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain cases. He is extremely professional, very knowledgeable, and has a great personality. Most important you feel taken care of. He is passionate about his craft and genuinely interested in helping. That matters!
mylene A.
Croft always knows the problem and knows what to do. He is a body magician and I highly recommend his office. Thank you Croft!
Laurie L.
At almost 70, coming from years of not staying fit and active, I've had a few issues with pain and mobility that really impacted my quality of life. I've...
T H.
I cannot praise the work of Jillina Barrera enough for the treatment she provided to me. My doctor told me that this treatment was my last hope because...
Laurie L.
I've been seeing Croft regularly for some time now and have seen a lot of improvement. This week, because of some scheduling issues on my end, I decided to...
Carolyn F.
In 2019, I had a lumbar microdiscectomy surgery, at my L5/S1. The surgery was to be routine, but there was a complication. The material from my herniated...
Mirabel M.
After a recent injury in my lower back, I needed pain relief and to regain my mobility-especially for dance and other activities. Jillina is SO wonderful...
alan L.
I used to play a lot of basketball and have suffered numerous injuries that have come back in one form or another off and on for the past two decades. I was...
Diana T.
I would like to commend the exceptional services provided by Croft and Carson at Castrell Neuromuscular Therapy. Both therapists exhibit professionalism,...
T R.
Try it and you will feel better like I do! Croft is a ninja and I see him regularly even got my workers comp insurance to pay for my visits
Halina G.
Six years ago, I sought Croft's services for my leg pain based on a recommendation from my Pilates studio. Since then, I've developed a deep trust and...
Julie P.
I have been to many massage therapists, but I have to say Croft is the best! If you’re looking for a massage therapist who knows the body, works with injuries, and gets to the root of the problem, then Croft is the guy. I had ACL surgery a year ago and notice less pain throughout the day. Additionally I have been able to get a little more range of motion after each session - which is progress!!
Robert C.
I came across Castrell searching for help with my frozen shoulder. I was in pain and needed someone who had a deeper understanding of the body.
Charlie K.
I’ve been having discomfort in my body for a long time and couldn’t even go to the gym. In the first visit, Dr Castrell identified what was going on in my body and went straight to work. I was able to sleep better, focus better and I felt my mobility was great. After I thought the first visit was really good and couldn’t get any better, the second visit surprised me even more, I felt as light as a feather. My body can actually move. Dr Castrell knows how the body should move and taught me the importance of taking care of your body. I will be coming regularly
Maggie R.
I started my journey with Castrell Neuromuscular in April 2023 because I was experiencing numbness in my arms. I had previously tried seeing my general practitioner and had also tried acupuncture. Nothing seemed to help.Fast forward to 2024 and I'm still seeing Croft on a regular basis as he has helped me realize the ailments I was feeling in my body had more to do with just my arms. Croft really takes the time to get to the root of the problem and spends the time needed to give me more mobility and feel better. He is truly a blessing!
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