Therapeutic Massage for Injuries
Having worked many years in medical settings I am familiar with a variety of muscular skeletal injuries. Massage is an essential element in the recovery process and works by helping to nourish the injured tissue and to circulate the metabolic fluids through the muscle and connective tissue. Additionally massage assists in relaxing the neighboring muscule groups thich are over compensating on behalf of the injured tissue. In some cases edema (swelling) is present and massage may assists the lymph (carying toxins) to evacuate the body.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage does not have to be painful!! Technically speaking it is massage that aims towards reaching the deeper layer of muscles versus the superficial (close to the surface) muscles of the body. Deep Tissue Massage addresses musulo-skeletal strain or pain, postural imbalance, adhesions or static muscle mass. Treatments can greatly improve range of motion, flexibility, circulation and healing recovery time. Deep tissue strokes tend to be slow with firm pressure applied and are the most effective means towards addressing adhesions and improving range of motion.
Structural Body Work
Structural body work looks at the body in terms of optimal alignment and is based on the premis that perfect alignment is available to every "body", including perfect posture. When the body is aligned properly, pain can be reduced or fatigue from stressed muscles holding in place misaligned bones. During a structural body work session massage techniques are applied as a means to sculpting the body towards a more perfect alignment.Treatments are usually done over series of 10 sessions to achieve optimal results
Sport Massage focuses on working with clients who are involved in physically demanding activities such as athletics or physical jobs. Sports Massage is beneficial before an event, during training, post-event, and for rehabilitative purposes for those recovering from injury.
Athletes who are looking to improve performance and increase their competitive edge do so by adopting a training schedule to enhance their skill, strength, stamina, suppleness and speed. The aim is nearly always to increase the level of training which subjects the body to gradual and controlled overuse. It is this overuse that often creates problems and imbalances in the soft tissues. If these are ignored and allowed to become chronic, they will not only hinder the athlete's rate of improvement, but may affect performance or leave the athlete susceptible to developing injuries. A constant build up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as tension in the muscles themselves.
Massage, applied skillfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system. Received regularly this may help athletes prevent injuries and speed recovery. Sports massage also aims towards improving range of motion in the body and works to undo adhesions which decrease optimal alignment affecting the tacking of the joints and limbs.
In Swedish Esalen massage essential oils are commonly used with long and flowing strokes over the client's body. (a sheet is draped over the client's sensitive parts). While the strokes are aimed at relaxing the superficial muscles and helping the body to flush out toxins more effectively. The Swedish Esalen massage helps in reducing the recovery time from the strains and aches of muscles by flushing the fluids of lactic acid, uric acid, and other such unwanted metabolic fluids. Massage is also known to enhance the circulation of blood without exerting pressure on the heart, helps the body to stretch its ligaments and tendons making them lithesome and flexible, energizes the skin tissues and the nervous system while soothing the nerves simultaneously, assists in reducing stress, in the emotional and physical being, and is highly recommended as a regular therapy treatment for the management of stress.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
In MLD the therapist gently rubs, strokes, taps or pushes the skin in directions that follow the structure of the lymphatic system so that accumulated lymph fluid can drain through proper channels. Lymphatic drainage is very gentle, is not painful and doesn’t have a stimulating effect. Each session lasts from 45 to 60 minutes, and therapy usually is performed once a day four or five times a week for two to four weeks. One study showed that the greatest reduction in swelling from lymphedema occurs in the first week of treatment and stabilizes during the second week.
Range of Motion
Each joint of the body has an optimal range of motion. When injury occurs this ROM can be diminished due to scar tissue or compensation patterns as well as damages in the tissue and existing structures. Muscles work together to hold the structure together. Correct alignment of the bones of the skeleton can create optimal movement of the joints. When joints are functioning optimally its ability to operate and perform improves. Massage, Myofacial release, joint mobilization, assisted stretching and a home therapy practice are used to create optimal ROM.
Gravity can sure have its way with us!... but believe it or not there are some really good reasons to reboot our posture. When we sits, stand or walk our posture mis-alignments can create muscle and joint fatigue making us tired, causing pain, or discomfort and eventual injury. Posture rebooting is more than just the"pull your shoulders back" approach that your mother took :) I take a friendlier approach including assessment, manual therapy, yoga therapy, reeducation and posture quick tips.