Category: Pain Management Massage Therapy

Migraines

Migraines

Migraine’ comes from the ancient Greek word “hemicrania” which means “half-head”. Approximately 50 million people in the U.S. suffer. The cause of migraines is not known, why some people get them/some do not. People over 45 who develop migraine headaches with an aura have a six-fold increased risk of having a stroke or heart attack

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Leg Pain Facts

Leg Pain Facts

Characterized by aches, numbness, tingling, burning, or weakness, leg pain quite often is not caused by a problem in the leg or foot, but rather by a condition in the lower back. In fact, with many low back problems, there is actually little or no low back pain.

Compression or pressure on any of the nerve roots in the low back can cause pain, numbness, or weakness along the different nerves as they travel down through the leg and into the foot. Because the sciatic nerve is commonly affected, leg pain and related symptoms are often generally referred to as sciatica, although medical professionals prefer the term radiculopathy.

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Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) or (CTR)

Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) or (CTR)

Connective tissue massage (CTM) is a manipulative technique that facilitates the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of pathologies. Observation and subsequent manipulation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues can have a beneficial effect upon tissues remote from the area of treatment. These effects appear to be mediated by neural reflexes that cause an increase in blood flow to the affected region together with suppression of pain. CTM is becoming accepted more widely as research confirms the claims of an expanding population of practitioners.

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Rhizotomy and is Massage Good for this Procedure?

Rhizotomy and is Massage Good for this Procedure?

Doctors first used the word “rhizotomy” around 1910-1915. It comes from two root words: rhizo- (root) and -tomy (incision). The “roots” that the word refers to are the roots of your spinal nerves. That means when a doctor conducts a rhizotomy, they sever the nerve roots. Cutting the nerve roots removes the pain sensation. When back pain becomes chronic and severe, certain patients benefit from this procedure.
Massage therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that is delivered using the hands instead of a machine or device. Massage can play an important part in pain relief and restoring physical function. This technique to reduce pain is also proven to get you better, faster, as we work individually with patients to meet their needs. This translates to being able to return to work sooner, less out-of-pocket expenses, and avoiding taking any extra medications. Massage therapy is commonly used to:

Alleviate low back pain and improve range of motion
Ease medication dependence
Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
Increase joint flexibility
Lessen depression and anxiety
Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
Relieve migraine pain

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