A number of medical conditions may be helped by massage:
Headaches can have many causes. Whatever is the initial cause,
tight neck and scalp muscles frequently reduce the flow of blood to
your head either causing the headache or making it worse. By using special
neuromuscular (highlighted link) and myofascial release (highlighted
link) techniques, many headaches are instantly eliminated. Proper blood
flow is restored and your brain starts to get lots of essential nutrients.
In addition, headaches can be caused by allergies or sinus problems.
Sinus pressure builds, thus causing a headache. By utilizing trigger
point therapy (highlighted link)Swedish (highlighted link) massage and
manual lymphatic drainage, the sinuses are drained, releasing pressure
and alleviating the headache.
Temporomandibular joint syndrome has several causes, but invariably,
the muscles in your neck and face tighten, compounding your jaw pain
or headaches. In addition, the ligaments that hold your jaw to your
skull may be tight, not allowing the tissues to be supplied with enough
nutrients. Inflammation may also occur, with the swelling reducing the
mobility of your jaw. Massage can release tight muscles and ligaments
and reduce the swelling, giving you immediate relief.
Tendinitis can strike anywhere but tennis elbow, golfers elbow, patellar
tendinitis(knee) and rotator cuff (shoulder) tendinitis are some common
forms. Swelling and tightness are usually a problem here, as well as
pain during certain movements. Careful examination can pinpoint the
source of the injury, reduce swelling, increase range of motion and
assist in the reformation of healthy tissue. Using neuromuscular therapy
(highlighted link) and myofascial release (highlighted link), immediate
relief is frequently experienced.
Neck aches can make life miserable. How many times have you gotten up
in the morning and said: "Boy, I must have slept wrong!" Somehow
your neck muscles got irritated and are they letting you know about
it! That "crick" can last for weeks but massage can banish
it in just one session. Injuries sustained in a car or work related
accident can be more severe. "Whiplash" causes a sudden lengthening
of your muscles and ligaments, followed by a rapid shortening of these
tissues. This whip-like effect can tear your muscles and ligaments.
Scar tissue may even develop, restricting your mobility. Gentle application
of massage can reduce muscle spasms, carefully stretch your damaged
tissues and promote the proper re-weaving of your tissues , allowing
your neck to have a better range of motion with less pain.
Low back pain
There are many causes for low back pain but invariably, whatever the
cause, your muscles react to the condition, making matters worse. Frequently,
tight muscles will team up with dry or swollen ligaments to make your
life miserable. When this is the case, relief may be just a massage
away. Swedish massage (highlighted link) relaxes the tissue and myofascial
release (highlighted link)and neuromuscular therapy (highlighted link)
help to reprogram the painful sensation that your back is sending to
your brain. Frequently, the result is pain relief that can last for
weeks or months.
In osteoarthritis, joints gradually lose their lubricating fluid, slowly
reducing your range of motion. It's like an un-oiled, squeaky door hinge.
In addition, arthritic joints usually have painful swelling around them,
further restricting movement. Swedish massage (highlighted link) and
manual lymphatic drainage (highlighted link) help to reduce the swelling
of unnecessary fluid while increasing the flow of helpful nutrients.
Gentle stretches and range of motion exercises can help to increase
your mobility enabling you to do more of the things that you like to
Sciatica, thoracic outlet syndrome, and carpal/cubital tunnel syndromes
can cause burning, shooting, tingling, aching or numbing sensations
down your arms or legs. Some of the major causes of radiating pain are:
impingement (when two or more bones pinch a nerve), entrapment ( when
a muscle pinches the nerve) or a bulging or herniated disc. If the nerve
is entrapped by the muscle, releasing the muscle may bring instant relief.
An impingement or disc problem is more serious, but even then, tight
muscles frequently aggravate the problem, causing more pressure to be
put on the nerve. When these muscles are released, less pressure is
inflicted on the nerve, which may result in a reduction of the painful
A woman's body undergoes complex changes during pregnancy and they may
be subjected to a multitude of undesired effects. Swelling is a common
complaint, especially in the feet, ankles, hands or hips. Often, there
is pain in between the shoulder blades, due tension created by the added
weight of the breasts as they engorge with milk. Let's not overlook
low back pain or even sciatica, especially in the third trimester. Gentle
and careful Swedish (highlighted link) massage and manual lymphatic
drainage (highlighted link)can help to reduce the swelling, release
the tight muscles and alleviate sciatic pain, leaving you feeling like
a new woman.
This is a condition that may result from injury to or surgical removal
of lymph nodes (your body's waste collectors.) It may be a result of
liposuction, cosmetic surgery or breast, cervical, prostate or other
cancer surgeries. Since the lymphatic pathways are damaged or missing,
protein, fluid and cellular waste get trapped in between your cells.
Imagine the sewer line in front of your house breaking and sanitation
dangers that may result! Likewise, with lymhpedema, infections are a
serious concern. Lymphedema should not be confused with edema (swelling).
Edema usually results from an injury (like a sprained ankle) or a condition
(like pregnancy) that resolves itself. Without intervention however,
lymphedema keeps getting worse and worse. Manual lymphatic drainage
(highlighted link) and complete decongestive therapy (the application
of compression bandages and garments) are the only proven, long term
Preventive health care:
Massage therapy is utilized in a wide variety of ways,
from the athlete who desires to reduce the risk of injury to anyone
wishing to promote optimum health and wellness. By keeping mind and
body relaxed and stress-free, massage therapy can help prevent illness.
Many studies have been released that link stress to heart disease, the
number one killer of adults in the United States. Also, by boosting
the immune system, massage can raise your health and vitality to new
levels that you have never experienced!
Massage therapy works to enhance your physical, emotional,
mental and spiritual well-being, allowing you to feel better than you
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