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3 Reasons Why We Need to Get Massage Therapy

Are you wondering when the perfect time is to see a massage therapist?  Continue reading to learn about 3 considerations you should make when deciding to go.

It Reduces Stress
Before a date, interview, or game, it can alleviate the tension in your muscles and your mind, says Dolvett Quince, the lead trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser and a massage and wellness consultant for Brookstone. An overwhelming amount of evidence suggests that massage can actually slash most physiological markers of stress. One Korean study found that patients who got hand massages five minutes before cataract surgery had significantly lower heart rates, blood pressure, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who went into surgery without any kind of rubdown. Source: Cosmopolitan

 

If In Chronic Pain
If you get a massage once a year, it will be relaxing, but it can’t undo a lifetime of muscle tension. Typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape. If you are in chronic pain or have a special issue to address, you might need to come weekly (or even twice a week) until you feel better.
If you are in chronic pain and want to see if massage will help, find a good massage therapist whom you feel comfortable with and whose style you like.  Let them know you want to address chronic  pain, ask if that is their specialty, and work out a treatment plan.  Rolfing, neuromuscular training, deep tissue massage and even gentler modalities like craniosacral therapy can help with pain relief. Source: About

Massage Frequency
How often you receive massage depends on why you’re seeking massage. In dealing with the general tension of everyday commutes, computer work, and time demands, a monthly massage may be enough to sustain you. On the other hand, if you’re seeking massage for chronic pain, you may need regular treatments every week or two. Or if you’re addressing an acute injury or dealing with high levels of stress, you may need more frequent sessions. Your situation will dictate the optimum time between treatments, and your practitioner will work with you to determine the best course of action. Source: MassageTherapy

 

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3 Common Acute Soft Tissue Injuries

Searching for information about soft tissue injuries?  Below we discuss 3 common injuries and some treatment suggestions.  Continue reading to learn more.

Sprains
A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, a strong band of connective tissue that connect the end of one bone with another. Ligaments stabilize and support the body’s joints. For example, ligaments in the knee connect the thighbone with the shinbone, enabling people to walk and run.

The areas of your body that are most vulnerable to sprains are your ankles, knees, and wrists. A sprained ankle can occur when your foot turns inward, placing extreme tension on the ligaments of your outer ankle. A sprained knee can be the result of a sudden twist, and a wrist sprain can occur when falling on an outstretched hand. Source: OrthoInfo

Strains
A strain is when a muscle is stretched too much and tears. It is also called a pulled muscle. A strain is a painful injury. It can be caused by an accident, overusing a muscle, or using a muscle in the wrong way. A strain may be caused by too much physical activity or effort, improperly warming up before a physical activity, poor flexibility. Source: MedlinePlus

Contusions (Bruises)
Another name for a bruise. What is a bruise ? A bruise, or contusion, is caused when blood vessels are damaged or broken as the result of a blow to the skin (be it bumping against something or hitting yourself with a hammer). The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured blood vessels into the tissues as well as from the body’s response to the injury. A purplish, flat bruise that occurs when blood leaks out into the top layers of skin is referred to as an ecchymosis.

Acute soft-tissue injuries vary in type and severity. When an acute injury occurs, initial treatment with the RICE protocol is usually very effective. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

  • Rest. Take a break from the activity that caused the injury. Your doctor may recommend that you use crutches to avoid putting weight on your leg.
  • Ice. Use cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
  • Compression. To prevent additional swelling and blood loss, wear an elastic compression bandage.
  • Elevation. To reduce swelling, elevate the injury higher than your heart while resting. Source: MedicineNet

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3 Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

Are you thinking of getting a full body massage?  Below are 3 benefits to making your massage a deep tissue massage.

Improves Blood Pressure

Deep-tissue massage helps ease stress and tension, which can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure. People who had a deep-tissue massage saw their systolic pressure drop by an average of 10.4 mm Hg and their diastolic pressure drop an average 5.3 mm Hg, according to a study cited by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Deep-tissue massage can help increase the body’s production of serotonin, the hormone that promotes happiness and good feelings. Source: LiveStrong

Reduces Chronic Pain

Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain. Source: WebMD

Relieves Osteoarthritis pain

According to Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs. Source: About

Work hard and play hard, but don’t forget to recover hard. That’s the key to a balanced life.  If you would like to get more information about this and other forms of massage, please give us a call.

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4 Common Massage Techniques

Massage techniques and modalities continue to evolve.  Here are 4 of the most popular types of massage sought by clients, including: sport massage, Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage and pregnancy.

Below are 4 common massage techniques:

Sport Massage
Sport massage is designed to help you train better, whether you’re a world champion or a weekend warrior. The techniques are similar to those in Swedish and deep tissue massage, but Greene says sports massage has been adapted to meet the athlete’s special needs. Pre-event massage can help warm up muscles and improve circulation before competition, but it can also energize or relax an athlete and help him focus on the competition. Post-event massage can push waste products out of the body and improve recovery. Source: Care2

Swedish Massage Therapy
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massages therapy.
Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.
Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing.
If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first. Source: Altmedicine.about.com

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin. Source: MassageEnvy

Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy massage techniques are specialized due to the nature of pregnancy. The areas that are covered are primarily the back and buttocks, legs and feet. For the back and buttocks, the masseuse will use a soft fist and will draw their knuckles from the neck down to the hips and will then run the fist back upward to the ribs. The masseuse will also apply pressure just below the base of the spine between the buttocks using the palm of their hand. Legs and feet will be rubbed softly. These techniques will relax the muscles and increase the blood circulation. Source: Slideshare.net

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Massage Therapy for Health Purposes: 3 Things You Might Not Know

Studies continue to prove the physical and emotional benefits of massage therapy session. As the number of proven health benefits grows these turn massage as envy for a more balanced lifestyle.

Below are 3 things you might not know about massage therapy for health purposes:

Mental Health

  • A 2010 of 17 clinical trials concluded that massage therapy may help to reduce depression.
  • Brief, twice-weekly and massage sessions for 12 weeks were associated with a decrease in depression, anxiety, and back and leg pain in pregnant women suffering from depression, a 2012 NCCAM-funded randomized controlled trial showed. Also, the women’s babies weighed more than babies born to women who didn’t receive the therapy.
  • However, a 2013 research review concluded that there is not enough evidence to determine if massage helps pregnant mothers with depression.
  • A 2010 review concluded that massage may help older people relax.
  • For generalized anxiety disorder, massage therapy was no better at reducing symptoms than providing a relaxing environment and deep breathing lessons, according to a small, 2010 NCCAM-supported clinical trial. Source: linkedin

 

Cancer
Numerous systematic reviews and clinical studies have suggested that at least for the short term, massage therapy for cancer patients may reduce pain, promote relaxation, and boost mood. However, the National Cancer Institute urges massage therapists to take specific precautions with cancer patients and avoid massaging:

  • Open wounds, bruises, or areas with skin breakdown
  • Directly over the tumor site
  • Areas with a blood clot in a vein
  • Sensitive areas following radiation therapy. Source: ElementsMassage

 

Pain

  • A 2008 systematic review and 2011 NCCIH-funded clinical trial concluded that massage may be useful for chronic low-back pain.
  • Massage may help with chronic neck pain, a 2009 NCCIH-funded clinical trial reported.
  • Massage may help with pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee, according to a 2012 NCCIH-funded study.
  • Studies suggest that for women in labor, massage provided some pain relief and increased their satisfaction with other forms of pain relief, but the evidence is not strong, a 2012 review concluded. Source: Nccih.nih.gov

 

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