"Natural Forces within us are the true healers of disease" ~Hippocrates

 

Massage Therapy has evolved tremedously over the last 5000 years.  Science has begun to understand the power of human touch.  You now see services such as Panda Care with premature babies, Compassionate Touch in nursing homes, and Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (yes, this is a type of massage therapy!!)  Massage Therapy itself has stemmed out into many specialty areas.

 

Over the last 30 years or so, we have begun to realize the power of the mind and it's  effects on the body.  Massage Therapy helps to reconnect the two.  Science hasn't even come close to understanding the wisdom of the body yet.  The body and all of it's systems are so complex that it's hard to know what is affecting what.  It's possible to have neck pain and it is related to a mis-firing muscle in the low back.  The beauty of the body is that every is connected.  There is no end and no beginning.

 

I specialize in a couple types of massage that I feel are very beneficial for common ailments and syndromes because these are often regarded as needing medical attention in the form of medications and surgeries.  I also promote Chiropractic Care as part of your regiment.  If you have tight or impaired muscles, adjustments aren't always effective for long.  Chiropractic Care focuses more on skeletal alignment than muscle health.  Did you know there are 206 bones in the body and over 700 muscles?!  Astounding, when you think about it!

 

Types of Massage that I offer:

 

Head, Neck and Shoulders:  Massage Therapy can help alleviate the following conditions related to the head, neck and shoulders.

 

  • Whiplash: The neck itself has made a whip-like motion bending first towards and then away from the point of impact. As the head moves rapidly in one direction, the muscles in the neck receive the message to contract. The momentum of the head can cause strain or sprain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck as the head reaches the end of its movement. 

 

  • Headaches:  The cause of tension headache is not known. Experts used to think tension headaches stemmed from muscle contractions in the face, neck and scalp, perhaps as a result of heightened emotions, tension or stress. But research suggests muscle contractions aren't the cause.

        The most common theories support a heightened sensitivity to pain in people who have tension headaches and possibly a      heightened sensitivity to stress. Increased muscle tenderness, a common symptom of tension headache, may result from a sensitized pain system.

 

  • Acute Tendinitis: Tendinitis happens when a tendon -- which attaches muscle to bone -- gets inflamed. You feel pain and tenderness right outside a joint. It often happens as a result of repetitive movements.

Acute or sudden tendinitis may become chronic or long-lasting if it is not treated. People get tendinitis most often in the shoulder (rotator cuff tendinitis), elbow (tennis elbow or golfer's elbow), wrist and thumb (de Quervain's disease), knee (jumper's knee), ankle (Achilles tendinitis), and hip.

Calcific tendinitis, which happens when calcium deposits build up in a joint, often happens in people who have a chronic disease, such as diabetes.

 

  • Poor Posture: When you hunch forward, your body isn't properly aligned. Not only does poor posture look bad, but it forces some muscles to work incredibly hard all day long while others get weaker. Poor posture can put you in other slumps, too. When you slouch, you're pressing down on your internal organs, which affects digestion, plus circulation and breathing capacity can take a hit too.

      

  • Carpal Tunnel:   Carpal tunnel is the inflammation or entrapment of nerves within the carpal tunnel of the anterior wrist, which can cause pain and numbness. These symptoms include numbness and tingling in the hand, difficulty grasping or carrying objects and, sometimes, hand pain. Some clients report the pain is worse in the evening, and sleep can be interrupted.  The causes of carpal tunnel are often associated with repetitive motion, such as working at a computer all day, for example, though other factors can come into play, as well. Carpal tunnel is most often considered a repetitive strain or overuse injury, but genetics and disease processes can contribute to the symptoms too.

 

  • Thorasic Outlet Syndrome: Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) causes pain in the arm, shoulder, and neck. It happens when the nerves or blood vessels just below your neck are compressed, or squeezed. The compression can happen between the muscles of your neck and shoulder or between the first rib and collarbone. You may feel burning, tingling, and numbness along your arm, hand, and fingers. If a nerve is compressed, you may also feel weakness in your hand. If a vein is compressed, your hand might be sensitive to cold, or turn pale or bluish. Your arm might swell and tire easily.

 

  • TMJ:  Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) are problems or symptoms of the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.  Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:

  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort

  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth

  • Dull, aching pain in the face

  • Earache

  • Headache

  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw

  • Locking of the jaw

  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth

                                                

  • Shoulder Injuries:  A torn rotator cuff or dislocated shoulder can make it difficult to move your arm, but so can simply sitting in one position for too long. No matter what causes the stiffness or soreness, shoulder massage is an effective way of increasing your range of motion. That's because it increases the supply of fresh blood to your muscles, providing them with oxygen-rich nutrients.

Deep tissue massage, which works across the grain of your muscles, or Swedish massage, which works with the grain, can provide relief of tension, stiffness and pain.

 

  •  Torticollis: Commonly known as Wry Neck. Wry neck is a complaint where you develop neck pain and stiffness, which is often accompanied by spasm of the surrounding neck muscles. This causes neck pain and an inability to turn your neck through its full range of motion.

 

  • Cervical Spondylosis:  Cervical spondylosis is a disorder in which there is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). It is a common cause of chronic neck pain.  Cervical spondylosis is caused by chronic wear on the cervical spine.

 

  • Frozen Shoulder:  Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is stiffness, pain, and limited range of movement in your shoulder . It may happen after an injury or overuse or from a disease such as diabetes or a stroke. The tissues around the joint stiffen, scar tissue forms, and shoulder movements become difficult and painful. The condition usually comes on slowly, then goes away slowly over the course of a year or more.

                                                

  • Stenosis:  Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of spaces in the spine (backbone) which causes pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. About 75% of cases of spinal stenosis occur in the low back (lumbar spine). In most cases, the narrowing of the spine associated with stenosis compresses the nerve root, which can cause pain along the back of the leg.

 

 

 

Feet 

The following are conditions common to the legs and feet that can be treated with massage therapy

 

  • Pronation (over-pronation) - One of the most common sources of foot pain, a pronated foot sends ripple effects up the leg to cause hip pain and pain along the outer side of the thigh. It can be the underlying postural cause of many of the foot conditions below.

  • Bunion - Podiatrists often tell their patients that wearing shoes too tight is the cause of bunions. While this can add to the problem, the direct cause of bunions is tight muscles in the foot that pull the big toe toward the other toes, throwing the joint out of alignment. The body tries to support the mis-aligned joint by filling in with calcim, causing the bunion. Two of the muscles that becomes tight and pull the toe are the adductor hallucis and the flexor hallucis longus (from keeping your feet in plantar flexion too often). When this muscle (and others like it) become tight and overused, they will shorten and start to pull the big toe with them, causing the toe to move toward the other toes. Stretching of the calf muscles is a very good way to help with the pain. It will also help with the range of motion in the ankle. As the stress moves off the area, the bunion can dissolve. Although it may not ever be 100% straight, the pain will go away.

  • Hammer toes - Hammer toes are caused by a muscle imbalance that makes the ligaments and tendons of the middle toes (not the big toe or the little toe) unnaturally tight. The result of the tight ligaments is a toe joint that curls downward. some toe exercises that you can do at home to stretch and strengthen the muscles. For example, you can gently stretch the toes manually. You can use your toes to pick things up off the floor. While you watch television or read, you can put a towel flat under your feet and use your toes to crumple it.

  • Mid-arch pain- pain under the inner side of the arch while walking or rising onto the balls of the feet to reach for something is most likely problems with the muscles of the big toe.

  • Plantar fasciitis – Plantar fasciitis can be excruciating foot pain. The pain can be in the bottom of the foot, or in and around the toes, or in the mid-arch. One clear indication is if the pain is considerably worse in the morning, making it almost impossible to walk when first getting out of bed. Plantar fascitiis is a form of tendonitis, where the muscle tightness pulls on its tendonous attachment causing an overload that produces inflammation, usually at the point where the fascia is attached to the heel bone (calcaneus) or the toes. The result is pain. Since it is difficult to rest the feet, the inflammation grows worse. The inflammation process may cause heel spurs, yet heel spurs do not cause the initial pain or problem. Rather they are the result of prolonged muscle tension. If untreated, however, heel spurs will add to the pain when walking.

  • Flat feet- did you know we are all born with flat feet? The foot arches are created by the proper pull of muscles in the calf as we learn to walk. Several factors can inhibit the development of arches, and injuries/surgery can also affect the arch in later years.

  • Heel spurs - the result of prolonged muscle tension. If untreated, heel spurs will add to the pain when walking. If caught early, and if the muscle imbalances causing tension are eliminated, heel spurs can disappear naturally just as they appeared. But it does require time and rest, as it happens at about the same rate.

  • Tendonitis – cause is a muscle becoming too tight, or short, from repetitive use. This constant overuse of the muscle causes memory loss in the muscle, and the muscle fibers tightness becomes ingrained in the memory patterns of the brain as “normal.” After a period of time, the muscle begins to pull some of the fibers off of their attachment sites. Restricted circulation causes inflammation.

 

  • Colon Massage:  Massage can be a very effective tool to help relieve constipation, and help with IBS.  It aims to stimulate the large intestine (colon) to improve bowel motility and get you 'moving'.  Colon massage is performed on the abdomen in a clockwise motion, helping promote peristalsis.  I also add some reflexology points on the bottom of the feet as well.

 

 

                                                

                                                   

                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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