Tag - lower back pain and massage

How Therapeutic Massage Can Help Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It runs from the lumbar spine at the lower back, moves through the buttocks and branches out to extend down both legs to the feet.  It is responsible for sensations experienced in the lower back, hips, legs, outside of the knee, upper foot as well as the heels and soles of the feet.  When the sciatic nerve is inflamed or becomes irritated (sciatica), it can cause throbbing, burning pain, [...]

MyoFascial Release with Massage – Why It’s Important

  Fascia is our biggest sensory organ, our organ of awareness– our internal ocean. ~ Tom Myers   What is Fascia? Fascia is the system of slippery, white-colored connective tissue that exists throughout the body and surrounds every muscle, organ, and nerve. Its purpose is to provide protection to the inner physical body from external trauma. It is also a structural support for muscles and bones to help them function through a wide range of motion including sitting, running, jumping and changing positions (from [...]

The Surprising Connection Between Hip Flexors and Your Health

  Hip flexors are the engine through which our bodies move ~ Mike Westerdal You may know that the hips are the prime link between the upper and lower body. They are intimately connected to all body movement.  But did you realise that the muscles (hip flexors) within the hip structure are a vital component of your overall health and well-being?   What are hip flexors? The hip flexors are made up of a group of muscles that extend from one hip bone to [...]

Can Massage Relieve Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve, also know the ischiiatic nerve, is a major player in the functioning of lower extremities. It is the largest nerve in the body that runs from the bottom of the spine through the buttocks and down the back of the leg. The sciatic nerve connects the nervous system to the skin and muscles of the leg and back of the thigh. It is responsible for the control of the muscles in the back of the knee, [...]

Can Massage Improve Brain Function?

Brain health is a primary focus of well-being. Your brain chemistry and function improve as you learn a new language, take up a new activity, stay socially engaged or when you commit to new experiences on a daily basis. Another significant way to maintain brain health is through regular physical activity. Here are two ways that exercise supports optimal cognitive function: Besides helping the body maintain good health, physical exercise is also known to increase the size of the brain’s hippocampus, [...]

Massage Therapy to Heal Scar Tissue

Each day as we walk, run, sit, bend, lift or rest, our body’s complex web of fascia, ligaments and tendons work synergistically to help those movements occur. Strung in perfect balance and function throughout our structure, these connective tissues stretch, tighten and hold as needed when we engage our daily activities.  Ideally movement is smooth and painless but injury, surgery and other damage can cause disruptions to this inner network inhibiting motion and causing discomfort. Such constrictions are the [...]

How Massage Can Energise You

Hidden within the relaxation effects of massage is also an opportunity for an energy boost. While massage is usually associated with relaxation and calm, there are a number of subtle ways it helps stimulate energy and optimises body functions to help pull you through those winter days of gray and chill.  A little extra energy can be a grateful gift during times of the year when there is less sun and colder temperatures.   Energy-Giving Benefits of Massage Better sleep – Lack [...]

Massage and The Oxytocin Connection

Those feelings of bonding and connection you get when you make love, hug a friend, breathe deeply, walk in nature or pet your cat? They are generated because of the release of Oxytocin, often called the ‘love hormone’. Oxytocin originates in the brain’s hypothalamus and is secreted into the bloodstream by the pituitary. It is a neurotransmitter that affects numerous psychological and physiological responses in the body’s nervous system. Oxytocin also works with an opposing hormone, vasopressin (part of stimulation [...]

Can Massage Help Your Migraine?

Migraine headaches are one of the most common disorders affecting approximately one billion people worldwide. A migraine is characterized by debilitating moderate to severe pain and throbbing in the head (usually on one side), and can be accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light, smells, sound, as well as visual disturbances called an ‘aura’. These symptoms can worsen with any exertion and are sometimes preceded by neurologic signs such as seeing flashes of light or noticing blind spots in vision [...]

Massage for Children and Infants

Touch therapy triggers many physiological changes that help infants and children grow and develop. ~ Tiffany Field, PhD. Touch is one of the first senses to develop in utero through the growth of skin that contains millions of sensory fibers of this first organ of the body. It is the first thing we experience when we are born and thus it is a vital communication that signals safety and survival. Studies have proven that child or infant massage is a positive [...]