First off, I’m not a doctor and I don’t diagnose or prescribe, but I can certainly share with you what works for me and my clients. How to help nerve and muscle damage from sports injuries, accidents, or surgeries. Accidents and sports injuries have caught up with me and my clients. Over the years, the nerve and muscle damage has just gotten a lot worse from my accident so I had to figure out a way to help me stay upright, LOL, and relax the muscles. Besides getting a weekly massage for myself, neuromuscular massage, and or Thai massage, this and muscle scraping are about the best things I’ve found that help out severe nerve and muscle damage. Many more tips coming from PRO Massage…the body nerd.
Nerves are bundles of fibers covered by insulation (similar to an electrical cable) that send information from the brain to the spinal cord and then to the rest of your body, and from your body back to the spinal cord and brain. Nerves can be damaged in an injury. Depending on the cause and severity of the damage, people with nerve damage can experience a combination of nerve pain, burning, tingling, weakness, and loss of sensation in the affected body part. Sometimes nerve damage can get better on its own, or with treatments like physical therapy. More severe injuries may require surgery. If you suspect you have nerve damage, see your doctor.
Peripheral nerves are made up of many axons, which are like long, thin wires that carry electrical signals between the body and the brain. Our nerves are surrounded by multiple layers of protective connective tissue, including the myelin sheath, the endoneurium, the perineurium, and the epineurium. Nerve damage occurs when any of these components are injured and electrical signals cannot properly travel through the body. These injuries can be caused by pressure, complete severing or tearing, or irritation to a nerve. They can happen from being in a car accident or experiencing a deep cut that hits a nerve. But there are more subtle ways to injure nerves, such as compression of a nerve from poor posture (such as hunching over a keyboard) or crossing your legs for too long. Fortunately, these types of injuries are often temporary and the damage can usually be reversed quickly.
Some causes include:
- A cut or tear in the nerve tissue
- Crush injury
- Compression/pressure injury
- Bruising or swelling of the nerve or near the nerve
- Gunshot wounds
- Stretching injury
- Electrical injury (mechanical and chemical burns)
- Irritation or inflammation of the nerve
I recommend this unit because of the price and quality!
What is the MOLLAN TENS unit used for?
The Mollan Dual Channel TENS Unit multi 24 massage-like modes and 20 adjustable intensities to help reduce pain and muscle tension caused by a wide range of conditions like back pain, knee pain, joint pain, sports injuries, nerve pain, etc. The more reasonable one-handed operation design so that you will not miss more work.
1. The TENS Unit Machine can only provide temporary relief or reduction of pain.
2. Do not use this device during pregnancy.
3. Do not use if you have or use a cardiac pacemaker, implanted defibrillator, etc.
CAN CLINICAL MASSAGE HELP WITH NERVE INJURY?
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF NERVES?Nerves transmit messages or signals between the brain and the rest of the body. They can tell the muscles to move or let the brain know that there is pain or pressure. If you think of the nerve network as a tree, the brain and spinal cord make up the trunk. The 43 pairs of peripheral nerves are the branches that spread out from the trunk (central nerves). Each of the peripheral nerves is made up of axons (long tails of nerve cells that act as a pathway to connect to other nerve cells) and Schwann cells that wrap around the axons to form a protective sheath. In terms of a tree, the Schwann cells would be considered the bark.
WHAT IS NERVE INJURY?Nerves often become compressed or pinched when a bone, muscle, or other connective tissue begins to crowd them. Sometimes, traumatic injuries cause nerve pain, but more often it is due to tendons, ligaments, muscles, or fascia putting pressure on the nerve through repetitive motion. Examples of repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects the wrist and hand, or cubital tunnel syndrome (tennis elbow).
WHAT KIND OF NERVE INJURIES ARE THERE?There are three main types of nerve injuries, and each is based on severity:
- Neuropraxia is the least severe and may occur when nerve transmissions are completely blocked, even though the nerve fibers are intact. A fracture, dislocation, or prolonged pressure on the nerve can cause neuropraxia. Recovery can happen in a few hours to a few months.
- Axonotmesis can occur after a crushing injury that divides the axons. It may result in the complete loss of motor function and sensation, and recovery can take up to a few years.
- Neurotmesis injuries happen when the axons and sheath are completely severed. Although it is the most severe of the three, the nerve can be repaired — especially if the cut is clean rather than torn.
OF NEUROPRAXIA-TYPE INJURIES, WHICH ARE MORE COMMON?An estimated 20 million people in the United States have some type of peripheral neuropathy, or damage to peripheral nerves, causing pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. Some of the more common peripheral nerve injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, is usually the result of work-related, repetitive activities such as typing
- Thoracic outlet syndrome affects the area between the base of the neck and the armpit and can be caused by whiplash, weight lifting, pregnancy postural changes, or even weight gain
- Sciatica affects the nerves in the lower back with pain extending down the back of the leg
- Cubital tunnel syndrome, aka tennis elbow, involves compression of the ulnar nerve
- Diabetic neuropathy, which causes tingling and numbness in the feet and sometimes the legs, because of poor circulation
WHAT IS CLINICAL MASSAGE THERAPY?We know that medicine’s goal is to relieve symptoms and improve health. Massage therapy does both, naturally. Massage techniques include stroking, kneading, gliding, vibration, compression, friction, and stretching in a system of structured palpitations of the soft tissue of the body. How can clinical massage therapy help relieve nerve pain? Those suffering from nerve injuries may experience pain relief from clinical massage therapy. That’s because massage triggers an involuntary relaxation response from the nervous system. It causes your heart and breathing rates to slow down, and your blood pressure and stress hormones to decrease. When these things occur, pain can lessen. Massage benefits include improving circulation, relaxing tight muscles that could be encroaching on nerves, and increasing endorphins (the “feel-good” chemicals).
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