Massage Therapy Benefits for Pain

The article below describes several of the techniques I use in my pain relief sessions, including trigger point and referral point massage.  I am often asked how/why it works, which is a very long answer, and I thought this article describes it very well:

Massage therapy benefits for pain syndromes are often addressed by  clients and massage practitioners in a private practice or clinical  setting, so it is important to understand how massage can help (and not hurt)  common medical issues that many clients experience.

Many massage therapists are taking continuing education courses and  integrating specialized pain syndrome modalities into their routines, which allows them to have their own “niche” massage treatment, something they have study extensively, while also ensuring their client’s get the best care possible.

However, some patients may not totally understand how massage therapy  benefits affect chronic pain or medical conditions conditions.

Some therapists believe it is one of the ways we provide medical massage therapy, using trigger point release techniques to address pain.

Others think of it as advanced massage therapy, and therefore choose to study advanced specialized techniques within  clinical settings such as hospitals, chiropractic clinics, or  physicians’ offices.

More comprehensive massage programs will teach students signs and symptoms of a variety of pain syndromes and health conditions, and the massage therapy benefits for each, enabling therapists to be equipped to help treat these issues.

Pain syndromes may develop from a muscle injury or from  repetitive strain on a muscle, ligament or tendon. If nerves are trapped in damaged or inflamed muscles, the pain may radiate to another area.  For instance, nerves trapped in the neck may cause pain which radiates  down the arm.

Nerve Entrapment is caused by nerve compression of a ligament, fascia, muscle or tendon. It can also cause numbness, weakness, tingling, or sensitivity in the  muscles around the affected area.

Other issues that cause them:

  • Injury to spine or disc
  • Fatigue
  • Repetitive use
  • Medical issues such as stomach, heart, or lung disease

 

How are Pain Syndromes Diagnosed?

Active trigger points can usually help a massage therapist  pinpoint the part of the body that has been injured. These points are  usually very tender to the touch, and sometimes cause a traveling pain  (referred pain) when touched.

Trigger point therapy can identify the syndrome when pressure is applied to a referred pain  area of the person’s body. It involves applying pressure, and gentle  massage therapy to encourage the release of tension, inflammation and  pain in muscles or parts of muscles.

How are Pain Syndromes treated with massage therapy?

Massage therapy treats pain not only at it’s source, but also the areas around the primary pain origin, because nerve sensory signals  often get mixed up when there is damage or inflammation. So, you may have a painful headache over your right eye, but the actual  muscle that needs to be released is on the left side of the back of the  neck.

Pain like this can happen when a part of the muscle fiber (called a sarcomere) develops a knot, which restricts blood flow and causes  pain. Inability of the blood to flow freely causes constant  contraction….and constant pain and an active trigger point.

A massage therapist will use gentle pressure to release the  muscle fiber restriction, create better blood flow and decrease the  pain. It will often take 2-4 sessions for the therapist to encourage all muscles around the trigger point to release and return to their normal  functioning.

If you do not allow the therapist to work the affected muscles as suggested, you may have a tendency to get additional muscle tightness,  causing more restrictions and future pain issues.

Source:  http://www.massage-education.com/massage-therapy-benefits.htmlThe article below describes several of the techniques I use in my pain relief sessions, including trigger point and reflexology referral point massage.  I am often asked how/why it works, which is a very long answer, and I thought this article describes it very well:

Massage therapy benefits for pain syndromes are often addressed by  clients and massage practitioners in a private practice or clinical  setting, so it is important to understand how massage can help (and not hurt)  common medical issues that many clients experience.

Many massage therapists are taking continuing education courses and  integrating specialized pain syndrome modalities into their routines, which allows them to have their own “niche” massage treatment, something they have study extensively, while also ensuring their client’s get the best care possible.

However, some patients may not totally understand how massage therapy  benefits affect chronic pain or medical conditions conditions.

Some therapists believe it is one of the ways we provide medical massage therapy, using trigger point release techniques to address pain.

Others think of it as advanced massage therapy, and therefore choose to study advanced specialized techniques within  clinical settings such as hospitals, chiropractic clinics, or  physicians’ offices.

More comprehensive massage programs will teach students signs and symptoms of a variety of pain syndromes and health conditions, and the massage therapy benefits for each, enabling therapists to be equipped to help treat these issues.

Pain syndromes may develop from a muscle injury or from  repetitive strain on a muscle, ligament or tendon. If nerves are trapped in damaged or inflamed muscles, the pain may radiate to another area.  For instance, nerves trapped in the neck may cause pain which radiates  down the arm.

Nerve Entrapment is caused by nerve compression of a ligament, fascia, muscle or tendon. It can also cause numbness, weakness, tingling, or sensitivity in the  muscles around the affected area.

Other issues that cause them:

  • Injury to spine or disc
  • Fatigue
  • Repetitive use
  • Medical issues such as stomach, heart, or lung disease

 

How are Pain Syndromes Diagnosed?

Active trigger points can usually help a massage therapist  pinpoint the part of the body that has been injured. These points are  usually very tender to the touch, and sometimes cause a traveling pain  (referred pain) when touched.

Trigger point therapy can identify the syndrome when pressure is applied to a referred pain  area of the person’s body. It involves applying pressure, and gentle  massage therapy to encourage the release of tension, inflammation and  pain in muscles or parts of muscles.

How are Pain Syndromes treated with massage therapy?

Massage therapy treats pain not only at it’s source, but also the areas around the primary pain origin, because nerve sensory signals  often get mixed up when there is damage or inflammation. So, you may have a painful headache over your right eye, but the actual  muscle that needs to be released is on the left side of the back of the  neck.

Pain like this can happen when a part of the muscle fiber (called a sarcomere) develops a knot, which restricts blood flow and causes  pain. Inability of the blood to flow freely causes constant  contraction….and constant pain and an active trigger point.

A massage therapist will use gentle pressure to release the  muscle fiber restriction, create better blood flow and decrease the  pain. It will often take 2-4 sessions for the therapist to encourage all muscles around the trigger point to release and return to their normal  functioning.

If you do not allow the therapist to work the affected muscles as suggested, you may have a tendency to get additional muscle tightness,  causing more restrictions and future pain issues.

Source:  http://www.massage-education.com/massage-therapy-benefits.htmlThe article below describes several of the techniques I use in my pain relief sessions, including trigger point and reflexology referral point massage.  I am often asked how/why it works, which is a very long answer, and I thought this article describes it very well:

Massage therapy benefits for pain syndromes are often addressed by  clients and massage practitioners in a private practice or clinical  setting, so it is important to understand how massage can help (and not hurt)  common medical issues that many clients experience.

Many massage therapists are taking continuing education courses and  integrating specialized pain syndrome modalities into their routines, which allows them to have their own “niche” massage treatment, something they have study extensively, while also ensuring their client’s get the best care possible.

However, some patients may not totally understand how massage therapy  benefits affect chronic pain or medical conditions conditions.

Some therapists believe it is one of the ways we provide medical massage therapy, using trigger point release techniques to address pain.

Others think of it as advanced massage therapy, and therefore choose to study advanced specialized techniques within  clinical settings such as hospitals, chiropractic clinics, or  physicians’ offices.

More comprehensive massage programs will teach students signs and symptoms of a variety of pain syndromes and health conditions, and the massage therapy benefits for each, enabling therapists to be equipped to help treat these issues.

Pain syndromes may develop from a muscle injury or from  repetitive strain on a muscle, ligament or tendon. If nerves are trapped in damaged or inflamed muscles, the pain may radiate to another area.  For instance, nerves trapped in the neck may cause pain which radiates  down the arm.

Nerve Entrapment is caused by nerve compression of a ligament, fascia, muscle or tendon. It can also cause numbness, weakness, tingling, or sensitivity in the  muscles around the affected area.

Other issues that cause them:

  • Injury to spine or disc
  • Fatigue
  • Repetitive use
  • Medical issues such as stomach, heart, or lung disease

 

How are Pain Syndromes Diagnosed?

Active trigger points can usually help a massage therapist  pinpoint the part of the body that has been injured. These points are  usually very tender to the touch, and sometimes cause a traveling pain  (referred pain) when touched.

Trigger point therapy can identify the syndrome when pressure is applied to a referred pain  area of the person’s body. It involves applying pressure, and gentle  massage therapy to encourage the release of tension, inflammation and  pain in muscles or parts of muscles.

How are Pain Syndromes treated with massage therapy?

Massage therapy treats pain not only at it’s source, but also the areas around the primary pain origin, because nerve sensory signals  often get mixed up when there is damage or inflammation. So, you may have a painful headache over your right eye, but the actual  muscle that needs to be released is on the left side of the back of the  neck.

Pain like this can happen when a part of the muscle fiber (called a sarcomere) develops a knot, which restricts blood flow and causes  pain. Inability of the blood to flow freely causes constant  contraction….and constant pain and an active trigger point.

A massage therapist will use gentle pressure to release the  muscle fiber restriction, create better blood flow and decrease the  pain. It will often take 2-4 sessions for the therapist to encourage all muscles around the trigger point to release and return to their normal  functioning.

If you do not allow the therapist to work the affected muscles as suggested, you may have a tendency to get additional muscle tightness,  causing more restrictions and future pain issues.

Source:  http://www.massage-education.com/massage-therapy-benefits.html


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