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Pain caused by Nerves, Muscles of the Neck

Pain caused by Nerves, Muscles of the Neck

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.

Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain, and often some numbness in the affected leg.

Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with non-operative treatments in a few weeks. People who have severe sciatica that’s associated with significant leg weakness or bowel or bladder changes might be candidates for surgery.

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Massage to Ease Medication Dependence

Massage to Ease Medication Dependence

Massage offers a combination of Swedish/Deep Tissue massages. Physical, psychological and emotional components must be considered in order to encourage a successful recovery, which makes massage therapy a relaxing and calming treatment option.

Addiction changes brain chemistry. Normally, your brain produces a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is a key to pleasure. It is used by your brain to encourage you to continue to do something that is required for survival. Eating and sex are two activities that naturally trigger large dopamine releases in our brains. When dopamine is released we feel good so we want to continue to do that thing so we can continue to feel good.

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Myofascial Release in Santa Barbara, Goleta

Myofascial Release in Santa Barbara, Goleta

Myofascial describes a symptom or treatment that relates to the connective tissue of the muscles — the fasciae — and the muscles themselves. Practitioners treat myofascial pain using myofascial release, physical manipulation aimed at relaxing the muscles and fasciae. Many events can cause myofascial pain, including physical strain, surgery, and inflammatory conditions that tighten the muscles. Often, people feel the pain from these knot-like constrictions at a different point in the body than the specific problem area. The release of these origins or “trigger points” can alleviate pain.

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Muscle Energy Technique (MET) Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a form of a manual therapy which uses a muscle’s own energy in the form of gentle isometric contractions to relax the muscles via autogenic or reciprocal inhibition and lengthen the muscle. As compared to static stretching which is a passive technique in which the therapist does all the work, MET is an active technique in which the patient is also an active participant.

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Massage for Psychosomatic Disorders, TMS in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca

Massage for Psychosomatic Disorders, TMS in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca

The term “psychosomatic disorder” is mainly used to mean “a physical disease that is thought to be caused, or made worse, by mental factors.” The term is also used when mental factors cause physical symptoms but where there is no physical disease. For example, chest pain may be caused by stress and no physical disease can be found.

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Yoga, Pilates, Stretching and Massage. Therapeutic Pain Relief, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca.

Yoga, Pilates, Stretching and Massage. Therapeutic Pain Relief, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Ca.

It is hard to find a better combination of relaxation, increased circulation, and range of motion. Yoga and massage can work together to relieve stress and tension throughout your life. Yogis need massage and massage therapists and bodyworkers need yoga. The two arts are sisters. Therapists’ knowledge of yoga informs their creativity as bodyworkers, while their knowledge of body mechanics enhances their own yoga practice and teaching. For their yoga-practicing clients, massage therapists can sweep away the tension remaining after a yoga session, thereby facilitating the transformative nature of yoga. Yoga and massage have a lot in common. Yoga is actually a form of self-massage.

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