Massage and Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction Pain or physiological dysfunction originates from identifiable points within muscles and their tissues. These locations are known as trigger points because they often trigger distant reactions. Some of these are: carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ dysfunction, PMS, headache, dizziness, indigestion, tennis elbow, sinusitis, deafness, and blurred vision.
Benefits From Clinical Massage Therapy are:
If you suffer from any of the following disorders, you may benefit by clinical massage: chronic muscle or joint pain. tension headaches, tight muscles that are limiting the mobility of a joint, chronically fatigued muscles, low energy level, especially when accompanied by muscle aches and pains, recent muscle injury that generates pain or dysfunction.
People find that therapeutic massage can help with a wide range of medical conditions:
Allergies, Anxiety , Arthritis - both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, Asthma and bronchitis, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Chronic and acute pain, Circulatory problems, Depression, Digestive disorders, including spastic colon, constipation and diarrhea, Headache, especially when due to muscle tension, Gastrointestinal disorders including spastic colon, colic, Headache, Immune function disorders, Insomnia, Myofascial pain which is a condition of the tissue connecting the muscles, Premature infants Reduced range of motion, Sinusitis, Sports injuries including pulled or strained muscles and sprained ligaments, Stress, TMJ dysfunction.
Don't live with Chronic Pain, Massage is good for these conditions: Knee Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Rotator Cuff Injury, TMJ Pain, Headaches, Hip Pain, Planter Fascitis, Back Pain and more...
Massage therapy and physical therapy are practices that both aid in healing, relieving pain and restoring function. Massage therapy has more of a holistic approach where mind and body are one and the focus is primarily on the soft tissues. Physical therapy focuses one body part at a time, providing rehab to improve strength for it to work properly. The education level of each practice and tools utilized makes them different.
Massage therapy may be used for many situations that cause imbalance within the soft tissue. Massage increases circulation, breaks down scar tissue or “knots”, realigns muscle fibers, and gets rid of lactic acid especially after vigorous activity. The purpose of massage is to bring change and balance to the physiologic, mechanical, or psychological effect from the application of various techniques.
Massage Therapist’s have an understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, basic knowledge of mechanics and fundamentals of disease, and are taught when massage is indicated or contraindicated for an individual with specific diseases or illnesses. Massage Therapist’s have 1-2 years of education in comparison to Physical therapists who have 6 or more years of education. PT’s undergo a curriculum that gives the knowledge to recognize disease, access and provide treatment plans of impairments and disabilities. PT’s become efficient with practice within rotations in various internship settings learning the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement for physical intervention.
MT combined with PT is beneficial. The muscles exert pushing and pulling forces about joints to create and control movement. As the muscle tone is in its rest position, it’s positioned for free movement and balanced structure. The tone of your muscle is set by your nervous system. If your muscle has too little tone, your body’s ability to generate strength and power is minimal if not absent and the muscle becomes flaccid. If the muscle has too much muscle tone the muscle is too excited. The muscles lack the ability to relax and are in constant contraction, deficient in the capacity to return to its resting length. This constant contraction or tone makes the body or muscle group rigid. In order to re-set your muscle tone and have a structural balance, you need to work with the nervous system.
Massage Therapy integrated with Physical Therapy gives you optimal results in restoring balance within your nervous system, recovery and prevention of injury and an overall healthy state of well being.
Massage what type is for you ... There are many massage techniques and types, all treating different needs and providing various benefits. Let's break it down. Here are some of the most popular types of massages and when you might want to choose them.
Massages for Relaxation and Stress Relief some massages are more soothing than others, leaving you feeling like you've been wrapped in a cloud and the "reset" button pressed on your body.
Swedish Massage uses a combination of these basic movements: Long, sweeping strokes called effleurage. Muscle kneading and rolling called petrissage, where the muscles are worked on just like kneading dough. Friction is where deep pressure is applied to a particular spot with the thumb, fingertips, or knuckles. Rhythmic tapping called tapotement is fast percussion movements like chopping and even pounding. Best for stress relief, relaxation, releasing cramped or tense muscles
Hot Stone Massage is where your body is weighted down with hot, smooth stones as well as used to massage your body. It's like being caressed by the smoothest hands. A hot stone massage is mostly relaxing, the heat helps release the tension in your back and shoulders, mostly, so those muscles can be worked on more effectively. Best for releasing very tense muscles, relaxation
Chair Massage is where you sit face forward in a chair so the therapist can massage mostly your neck, shoulders, and back, it can really get the tension out of your upper body.
Massages for Treating Pain and Specific Conditions
Traditional massages are great when you just need a little stress relief and relaxation. When you have knotted muscles, however, or have more specific ailments, more attentive techniques are required.
Deep Tissue Massage applies deep pressure onto specific trouble points by pushing into your knotted muscle, and the massage can leave you feeling sore. It's not just more pressure all over your body, however it's very specific, methodical treatment. Deep tissue is a very specific massage treatment in which the therapist uses knuckles and elbows to sink into the deeper muscle and tissue layers, releasing tension and restrictions. It is definitely not for everyone. However there are millions of people out there that would never have their treatment any other way. This modality can be helpful to the following people: athletes who are considerably harder on their bodies than the average person, people who are undergoing physical therapy to aid in the breakdown process of scar tissue or anyone who has very dense tissue and thus responds better to the work. It is very important to ALWAYS speak up and let your therapist know if you need the pressure to be corrected. Most everyone needs more pressure in some areas and less in others. This occurs because muscle tissue that contains Trigger Points is more sensitive to pressure and can be tender to the touch. This is not the kind of massage to ask for if you expect to feel relaxed during the therapy, and afterwards you might feel sore for a couple of days. Best for Treating stiff, painful trouble spots like the shoulder and neck
Trigger Point Massage focuses on specific areas of the body, trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. Best for Chronic muscle pain and tension
Neuromuscular Therapy is a subset of trigger point massage. A highly trained therapist applies pressure to the areas where you have muscle spasms, that are painful to the touch. Neuromuscular therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically oriented form of massage addresses trigger points, tender muscles points, circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries. Neuromuscular therapy will feel painful at first, but it should relax the muscle and help it get more oxygen and blood flow.
Best for Treating injuries and issues like poor circulation or posture problems, lower back pain
Massages for Overall Health and Rejuvenation while the massages above should all leave you feeling better, some specific types of massages may be better for an overall energy boost.
Sports Massage is designed specifically for the very physically active. It combines Swedish and other techniques to concentrate on the areas that are related to your sport. Athletes often get sports massages to prepare for peak performance, prevent injury, and also treat injury. The benefits and effects of sports massage include physical effects such as circulating blood and lymphatic fluids as well as stretching muscle tissue and breaking down scar tissue. There are physiological effects such as reducing pain and relaxing muscles as well as psychological affects which include reducing anxiety levels. Best for Athletes