Monthly Archives: May 2011
- Strains or Sprains
- Tension Headaches
- Repetitive strain injury
- Neck, shoulder or back pain
Do you experience pain or discomfort when performing activities such as raising your arm above your head, climbing stairs, sitting, working at a computer, standing for long periods?
Do you perform any of the following repetitive or stressful actions on a regular basis at work or for a regular hobby?
- Hair styling
- Data entry
- Playing Guitar
- Manual Labor
- ‘Weekend warrior’
Modern lifestyles can cause postural alterations which place stress on muscles and joints that can lead to strains, tears, impingement syndromes and development of hyper-irritable spots in muscles that refer pain to other areas. In the world of clinical massage therapy, these are known as trigger points.
By alleviating muscle spasm and trigger points, and educating clients in preventative techniques and self care, Clinical Massage Therapists can help musculoskeletal pain sufferers manage their symptoms and empower their clients to take control of their condition.
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Sit upright in a sturdy chair with no arm rests. Position your firstname.lastname@example.org foot on the floor just beneath your left knee. Cross your right ankle over your left thigh. Be sure to “flex” your right foot by “pushing out” with your right heel. This will direct the stretch into your right hip and help protect your right knee from any twisting motion. Inhale as you straighten your back and sit up tall.
On an exhalation, maintain a straight back as you bend forward from your hips to bring your chest over your legs. Slide your right arm through the window of your legs and reach your left arm around the outside of your left leg, then grasp both hands around your lower left leg. Hold this position while you breath deeply, focusing on relaxing your hip and buttock muscles. Slowly release your hands, sit upright and switch legs. Repeat on the other side.
Your internal and external obliques are located on the sides of the torso. They are responsible for bending and rotating your torso and are used in almost every activity. To train them properly, incorporate twisting moves like this one.
Lie face-up on a mat or a flat, padded surface. Raise your legs straight up and bend your knees so that your shins are parallel to the floor. Place both hands behind your head, elbows pointed to the sides. On an exhalation, contract your abdominals and bring your right shoulder toward your left hip. Pause.
Without allowing your shoulders to drop down, straighten your right leg out in front of you, keeping it a few inches off the floor. At the same time, reach your right arm to the outside of your left leg (still bent). Pause. Return to the starting position, then repeat on the other side. Continue alternating sides until you have done 12 repetitions on each side.
Fascia is made up of collagen, elastin, and a saccharide gel complex that supports and allows for the muscles to glide independently.
Imagine the fasical system as a multi-layered body stocking with fascial sheets wrapping the muscles and organs as they are interwoven throughout your body.
Because of this connectiveness, stress on any area of the body affects every other part of the body.
Ideally, when funtioning properly, the fascia is soft and supple, facilitating the movement between all parts of the body.
When the body is faced with muscular overuse, stress, or trauma, the fascial layers become rigid and begin to stick. Muscles then shorten in response to the restricted fascia, which can eventually translate into a variety of complaints, such as neck, low back, or hip pain.
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Modern times give people ‘instant’ everything. It gives them ‘instant’ convenience, ‘instant’ solutions and ‘instant’ results among so many others. But, amidst all the advantages it gives to people, it also brings a lot of stressthat hinders them to get better sleep.
Studies show that the most common cause of today’s health problems lack of sleep that can be caused by too much stress. Aside from improper diet, and unhealthy life style, prolonged periods of stress subconsciously affect many systems of the human body, lack of sleep may lead to possible health problems such as gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, memory loss, and decreased immune function.
One of the most popular stress-reduction techniques being practice nowadays is massage therapy apart from using stress-relieving tablets and capsules. Bydefinition, massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues that include muscle, skin, tendons, and associated fascia, ligaments. Massage therapy also concentrates in treating joint capsules in the body. Apart from decreasing muscular tension and increasing the removal of metabolic waste, massage therapy also promotes nutrient delivery to healing tissue caused by extended periods of stress and will eventually help a person to get better sleep.
The wonders of massage therapy
Indeed, massage therapy has become a significant part of general health care for many people living in today’s stressful world. Numerous professionals and even traditional healthcare systems throughout the world recognizes that massage therapy can play an important role in treating chronic ailments can and contribute to a higher sense of general well-being since it greatly helps people get better sleep.
Considered as the modern antidote for stress, massage therapy helps combatstress by trying to reduce the tension build up in the muscles. Aside from boosting the body’s immune system, massage therapy prevents the decrease in circulation and nutrient delivery to tissues. Known as one of the ultimate “stress reducers,” more professionals are advising their patients to include massage therapy in their health care treatment plans.
People, especially those who live by the rule of stress and don’t have enough sleep, find massage therapy very helpful in so many ways. Among the extensive benefits of massage therapy, most people consider the therapeutic affect of the treatment on their bodies. Since massage therapy causes diverse physiological effects due to the therapist’s hands moving over the body, its therapeutic affect is proven to improve health by acting directly on the muscular, nervous, circulatory and immune systems.
Aside from aiming to develop, maintain, rehabilitate, or augment physical function, massage therapy also relieves or prevents physical dysfunction and pain. Massage therapy also relaxes tight and tense muscles while improve circulation, recovery time, and immune system function, which reduce overallstress. And with the continuing research on the beneficial effects of massage therapy, its effectivity was also discovered in controlling chronic or acute pain.
Concentrated in creating different movements that can physically stretch muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia, massage therapy also encourages the circulation through the tissue, inhibit muscular spasms, and be either sedating or stimulating to the nervous system.
But, far from the common conception, elementary knowledge of massage therapy is not enough for ordinary individuals to practice it. Being a regulated health profession, massage therapy requires professionals who have completed hours of education at accredited schools and have extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, assessment, bodywork techniques, and pathology to know when massage therapy is or is not suitable.
With the array benefits massage therapy offers to people-specially in stress reduction and in helping them get better sleep-it is no wonder that a wide patronage of it will increase energy and will improve people’s outlook on life.
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posture is one of the more common causes of injury or pain that massage therapists see in their professional practice. Massage therapists who specialize in massage for injury treatment will tell you that Mom was right; we need to sit up straight!
Know what good posture is.
Most people think that to “stand up straight” means tensing your back to heave your chest ‘in and up’, and pulling your head back in to your chest. This is not so. The spine has two natural curves that you need to maintain called the ‘double C’ or ‘S’ curves, these are the curves found from the base of your head to your shoulders and the curve from the upper back to the base of the spine. When standing straight up, make sure that your weight is evenly distributed on your feet. You might feel like you are leaning forward, and look awkward, but you don’t.
Why is good posture so important?
If you use poor body mechanics in your daily activities, your body will not have proper alignment. The joints and muscles lose their ability to create a strong structure when your alignment is off. Some muscles will become overly elongated and vulnerable to injury. Others will become shorter and adhere themselves to a shortened position to prevent you from comfortably putting your body in the right posture. Your body is most efficient when the muscles and joints are aligned.
How can a Clinical massage therapist help with your posture?
A skilled Clinical massage therapist will look at your stance and show you how to get into the correct posture so you can feel the difference between standing correctly and standing incorrectly. They can also help you improve your sitting posture and advise you about correct body mechanics for your daily activities, such as sitting at a computer, driving, exercising, etc. And getting a therapeutic massage will assist release in holding or stiff muscles, like those pesky shortened muscles, that keep your body out of alignment.
Postural muscle strengthening (for example: core strengthening exercises) is a very important piece of the posture puzzle. An elongated muscle can sometimes be restored to proper function by strengthening it. There are many ways to help heal from or prevent specific postural issues. At your next massage therapy appointment, ask your massage practitioner for some tools for improving this very important aspect of daily functioning.
Clinical Massage Therapy’s interest is to support people as they make changes to increase health, happiness, and well-being in both their personal and professional lives. CMT is a firm believer that one supports the other, and success in both is achieved with clarity and balance in life. CMT uses years of experience combined with training in massage, to help clients improve health and well-being. Helping people live pain free, and in balance among mind, body, and soul.
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Stress is attributable to approximately 75% of all disease including skin diseases, headaches and migraine, digestive disorders, high blood pressure and heart-related diseases, as well as backache and muscle pain, poor eyesight and depression.
As the world in which we live becomes increasingly stressful both physically and emotionally we are left with two choices; either we avoid stress, or we learn to deal with it effectively. Unfortunately, stress is unavoidable, and therefore the only solution is to manage the stresses and strains we encounter each day.
Therapeutic massage is perhaps the most researched form of bodywork offering a broad range of scientifically validated health benefits. These include relief for muscle pain and spasms, spinal curvatures such as scoliosis and lordosis, pain due to injury or stress, headache, whiplash, tension-related respiratory conditions, cardiovascular conditions, and temporomandibular joint syndrome. Massage has also been shown to be effective for correcting body posture and relieving musculoskeletal disorders, improving range of motion, eliminating toxins from the body, reducing swelling and much more.
A growing number of businesses are offering an on-site massage program to their employees as part of their wellness program as a means of reducing stress and enhancing productivity.
If you haven’ t tried a massage there’s no time like the present to get started on a healthier, happier life!
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Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue, called Fascia. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The Fascia which covers the muscles can become tight creating trigger points that can cause pain. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as: chronic pain, limited mobility, Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury), Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, postural problems, ostearthritis pain, fibromyalgia, muscle tension or spasm.
Ronald Villegas is a deep tissue specialist at OPRC who we have personally tried and can totally recommend. After a 60 minute massage we walked out with different posture and the release of a lot of tension created from our time chained to the desk!
Stiff shoulders? Aching back? In a time of high gas prices, a shaky economy, and political rancor, it’s no wonder that many of us are feeling a bit stressed lately. Add the usual aches and pains that come along with age, arthritis, sports injuries and the strain of hunching over a computer all day, and the result is a body crying out for a therapeutic massage.
A therapeutic massage is a great way to pamper your body and spirit . Massage feels good, of course, but it also does a body good. According to research studies posted on the website of the National Institute of Health’s Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine, massages can improve the immune system, reduce blood pressure and ease neck pain.
“It enhances the immune system by stimulating blood flow and moving lymphocytes.
“It is relaxing to those who are stressed and some people report they are able to sleep better”
“It improves the pliability of fascia, increases circulation, clears the system of toxins and increases endorphins.”
There are several types of massages, among them Swedish, deep tissues, myofascial and therapeutic. In a Swedish massages, the most common type, the therapist applies a series of kneading, circular and sweeping strokes. In a deep tissue massage, the therapist applies a firmer pressure to treat stubborn muscle tension. In a myofascial massage, the therapist concentrates on massaging connective ligaments.
A monthly massage is optimal for keeping muscles and connective tissue supple, said Shaw, although persons may need one more often.