Massage Can Help
Newly twisted ankles, sprains and strains and even broken bones can be treated right away (after being checked by an MD or a nurse practitioner). There are a number of techniques that can greatly reduce pain, aid the healing process and reduce the risk of damage. Massage would likely include use of ice and elevation to help decrease any inflammation and minimize scar tissue formation. There are also a great deal of passive movement exercises, which your therapist can guide you through, to aid recovery.
Repetitive Strain Disorders
Bursitis, Carpel Tunnel, and tendonitis are but a few examples of repetitive strain injuries. These strains typically require some kind of intervention because they will not heal on their own. Often a multi-pronged approach is the most effective; using techniques like manual therapy, heat and exercises. Depending on the severity of the condition, these treatments are often limited to frequent treatments of 30 minutes.
The management of many chronic conditions benefit from the addition of massage. Stress, pain and anxiety comes with diagnosis of these conditions, which can have a huge impact on daily life. Specifically, massage helps to temporarily increase dopamine, making it effective in temporarily providing relief for pain and loss of sensation. Gentle massage can reduce anxiety. If you have questions about how massage may improve or worsen your condition, consult your local doctor or nurse practitioner. Specifically, massage helps to temporarily increase dopamine, it is effective in temporarily providing relief of pain and loss of sensation and gentle massage can reduce anxiety. If you have questions about how massage may improve or worsen your condition, consult your local doctor or nurse practitioner.
Massage throughout pregnancy has many benefits to both baby and mom. Of the very long list of benefits, my favourites include: reduction of fatigue, increased elasticity of skin, improved digestion and decreased hip and pelvic discomfort. Massage has been shown to help reduce the risk of complications during labour and shorten delivery time. It can also help with prevention and treatment of postpartum complications. Massage is recommended for every trimester and postpartum.
Relaxation, Stress Management
No matter what the reason for the stress in your life, the slow rhythmic techniques of massage along with the application heat and breathing exercises have been clinically proven to lower levels of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol has been linked to immune and endocrine issues. Just one hour a month of massage has been shown to increase quality of life for people of all ages.
Headaches can be the results of muscle tension in the shoulders, neck and/or sinuses. Massage includes techniques for treating most causes of headaches, with often immediate relief and help with long term positive results.
Sometimes after an injury has healed the pain remains. This can be a result of nerve damage, scar tissue or a feedback loop of pain within the brain. Massage, heat and breathing exercises have been shown to help break feedback loops and exercises to strengthen weakened muscles can be very effective in retraining muscles and nerves.