Tag - muscle pain

Massage and Acute Care

“Touch is often the most neglected or assaulted sense of the hospitalized patient” ~ Barb White, MS, LMT   Massage is making its way to prominence in the medical mainstream. As a touch modality, massage is no longer on the sidelines of healing. It is becoming the 21st century balance to the technology side of the health-care environment. Its plays a vital, supportive role in the well-being of hospital patients in intensive care units, cancer wards, delivery rooms and psychiatric wards as well [...]

How Massage Can Improve Posture

“Our necks and backs hurt, and poor posture is the No. 1 culprit,” says Janice Novak, M.S., author of the book, Posture, Get it Straight! Poor posture is one of the signature physical patterns that reflect our lifestyle and our stress. While it can be an inherited disability, it most often is the result of developed bad habits in daily living. Today, you are asked to adapt to a world that operates against the natural tendencies of good posture in your [...]

Sports Massage and Mobility

Our body’s mobility is a result of the synergistic interactions of a complex system of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and brain signals that work together to initiate movement. The integrity and strength of our mobility is a primary consideration in our overall health and well-being and it can be impaired by injury or disease. This is particularly true for athletes. Whether you are a professional or amateur, injuries do happen that can interrupt muscle function, cause pain and diminish [...]

Essential Oils and Massage – The Perfect Duo

Essential oils are the ideal partner for massage therapy. When used during a treatment, these plant oils provide a significant boost from nature to help alleviate stress, detox your body, deal with chronic pain issues, support post surgical healing and deliver a powerful means to achieve an enhanced sense of well-being and vitality. What are Essential Oils? Essential oils are highly concentrated and potent liquids that are distilled from the fruit, leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other components of a [...]

Is It Normal to Experience Some Soreness After a Massage Treatment?

You probably feel right on top of the world after your massage – relaxed, calm, and with your muscles feeling better than they ever have. So, much to your surprise and dismay, the next morning you wake up feeling like you’ve been beaten up. Not only are your muscles sore and your body stiff, but you actually feel like you’re coming down with the flu. Don’t panic; this is an almost universal side effect of getting a therapeutic massage. Oh, [...]

Why Some Areas Hurt More than Others During a Massage Treatment

You may have scheduled your massage treatment for a number of reasons: perhaps you just want to experience relaxation after a stressful day, you might have a sports injury that requires attention, or you are preparing for an event and want your muscles at peak condition. However, you may well find that your body is responding to the massage with varying levels of pain. The type of massage you receive will also have relevance as regards pain levels. Swedish massage [...]

Why Everyone Would Benefit from a Regular Massage

Although massage has been practiced for thousands of years, it is not until fairly recently that the general public has become aware of its many benefits. While those with muscular aches and pains often sought out a massage therapist to help them, it has now become apparent that the regular use of massage can promote both physical and mental health for everyone. Massage is not a luxury; it might almost be considered a necessary part of everyone’s lifestyle. Dealing with [...]

What Are the Benefits of Prenatal Massage?

While pregnancy is a wonderful time as the expectant mother thinks about the upcoming birth, there is also no denying that being pregnant also means being uncomfortable in one way or another. Increasing size can often challenge the fittest of mothers-to-be, but many have found relief from some of pregnancies side effects through massage. Massage is now considered to be a wonderful way to help make the mother more comfortable, even in the third trimester, and also make delivery easier. [...]

How Is Massage Therapy Different from Physiotherapy?

As both massage therapy and physiotherapy revolve around improving health and wellbeing, it’s not surprising that some confusion has arisen as to the differences between the two. Both require the therapist to manipulate the body in some way, but the practices are not interchangeable, although they can be used in conjunction with one another depending upon circumstances. What Massage Therapy Provides Massage should never be considered the red-haired stepchild of physiotherapy; this practice stands on its own and provides numerous benefits [...]

What Are Trigger Points and How Are They Effectively Treated?

What Are Trigger Points and How Are They Effectively Treated? Exercising too hard, working too long as a rigorous job, or even motor vehicle accidents can produce trigger points in muscles. Trigger points are small, but extremely painful knots that form in muscle fibres which have been stressed in some way, although in the case of an injury to the muscle the trigger point may be of some distance away from the actual damage. Trigger points differ from ordinary muscle [...]