New Massage Therapy Services at Southwest Health

Southwest Health welcomes licensed massage therapist Aurora Buschkamp, ATC, LAT, LMT, who is now providing a full range of sports, therapeutic, and relaxation massage treatments within the Orthopedic Institute at the organization’s hospital campus in Platteville.

Also a certified athletic trainer, Aurora is trained in deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish, prenatal, sports massage, and post injury and recovery massage.

“Aurora comes to us with both experience and educational credentials that will be valuable to our patients recovering from illness and injury as well as to people looking for traditional massage techniques,” says Chief Operating Officer Steve McCarthy. “The unique combination of her athletic training background with her massage therapy career means she brings a deep understanding of the muscles, how they operate, and how she can promote healing through massage.”

aurorab_crop-edit2Aurora earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Clarke University in Dubuque. She later achieved her professional massage certification through the Inspirit Massage Institute also of Dubuque Having gained experience as a certified professional athletic trainer working in both the hospital setting and at Dubuque Hempstead High School, Aurora has held an adjunct faculty position in athletic training at Clarke University and was most recently on staff as a licensed massage therapist at the Inspirit Institute.

“I am delighted to be joining the team at Southwest Health and am looking forward to meeting new clients,” says Aurora. “The health benefits of high-quality massage are well-documented, especially when it’s part of an integrated treatment system. Research tells us that integrating massage therapy into patient care has positive outcomes for patients and can even lower health care costs.”

Massage therapy helps the body heal in addition to being an effective way of relieving stress. Some of the well-established benefits of massage include:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Increases blood circulation to promote healing
  • Assists in removing toxins from the body
  • Strengthens the immune system by increasing lymph circulation
  • Helps relieve pain, especially back pain and muscle tension from injury
  • Helps break down scar tissue and muscle adhesions for faster healing
  • Promotes recovery from injury and from athletic overuse
  • Alleviates general aches and pains

Aurora is seeing clients and Southwest Health patients Monday through Friday and services can be booked as 30 or 60 minute sessions. Appointments can be made online at or by calling the Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health at 608-342-6210.

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