Friday 23 February 2018

Top Four Pathologies that Benefit from Massage Therapy

massage can cure migraine headaches

I know how frustrating it can be filling out what appears to be medical paper work in a massage studio. People often leave out vital information about their medical history that they feel may not be pertinent. Massage therapists aren’t doctors, but what most people don’t realize is how many chronic illnesses massage therapy can help treat.  What you may not feel is relevant to massage therapy, may just be the thing that massage can cure.  In this post, I am going to address the top 4 common pathologies that people are most unaware that massage can help.

1. TMJS: or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome. The most obvious symptoms of TMJS are pain in the jaw, clicking in the joint while eating, or at it’s worst “lock jaw”. Most commonly caused by clenching the jaw, or grinding teeth, if not treated TMJS can be extremely painful. Other effects of TMJS can cause tennitus (ringing in the ears) or vertigo (dizziness). Using Neuromuscular Massage Therapy techniques, massage therapy can help treat  the symptoms for TMJS, relieving pain in the jaw and the muscles surrounding the joint.  This treatment involves massaging  muscles outside of the jaw as well as  the inside of the Temporomandibular Joint. What does that mean? Yes… a little massage inside the mouth as well. Don’t worry though, I wear gloves:)

2. Plantar Fasciitis. The most obvious symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis are pain, cramping and/or burning in the bottom of the feet. This is most commonly felt by clients in the morning when they get out of bed. High or fallen arches in the feet can contribute to Plantar Fasciitis, but massage therapy can help with pain and in some cases get rid of Plantar Fasciitis all together.  Neuromuscular Massage Therapy can do this by using certain techniques that can erase tight and contracted muscles in the legs and feet while also promoting circulation.

3. Chronic Headaches or Migraines.  People most commonly hold their stress in their neck and shoulders. If  you’re lucky the tension (if any) stays there. If not, you are one of the many that suffer from migraine headaches.  There are many different causes of migraine headaches, but if they are muscular related, massage therapy can help with the frequency of these debilitating  nuisances. By stretching the neck, upper back, and shoulder muscles, massage therapy can help in the fight against headaches.

4. Sciatica. The symptoms of Sciatica are tingling, numbness, or burning that can start in the lower back and trickle down the back or front of the leg.  It could be a dull or a sharp pain depending on the injury. The Piriformis is a little muscle underneath the glutes that can entrap the sciatic nerve. Releasing this contracted muscle can force the Piriformis to let go of the nerve relieving you of the pain.

What is important for everyone to know is that massage therapy is not magic. Massage therapy is intended as a preventative medicine. Unfortunately, most clients inquire about massage only when they are  pain.  If you are one of these people, you must understand that one therapy will NOT cure you of all your ailments. Just like any therapy, massage takes time.  Also, there is a reason that these problems exist. It is important to change your daily habits that caused these ailments. In conjunction with massage therapy, you  can begin on your path to wellness.

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