Archive for July, 2014

Grief and Massage Therapy

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Bereavement is often thought of as the mourning of a death; however the process of grieving can be applied to many other life-changing events. Some include divorce, job loss, financial loss, or other changes in physical circumstances or relationships. Aging, itself, is a process involving many changes, including losses for which a person may grieve. A person living with chronic illness or disability may undergo an extensive process of grieving over the loss of health or function.

Grief can be experienced as physical pain and has been described in many ways as a dull, aching, stinging, biting, sharp, pressure, contracted, or constricted. Any or all of these reactions are normal parts of grieving. Just as people are individual in how they respond to everyday stresses and challenges of life, so will they respond in different ways to loss. Some feelings or reactions may be fleeting. Others will be of persistent intensity.

Massage therapist best serves grieving individuals by allowing them to be present with their feelings. It is not necessary to diagnose bereaved people or judge their process; it is most respectful to simply be present and listen, acknowledging the significance of their experiences. When a client seems to be exhibiting reactions or behaviors outside of a normal range, they are then referred to a mental health professional.

Massage Therapy & Neuropathy

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

There are several myths associated with neuropathy. Don’t accept the misconceptions, such as medication is the only way to reduce the pain. Neuropathy is damage and pain to the sensory and motor nerves. Massage therapy can profoundly improve and permanently affect neuropathic symptoms in a positive way. Case studies suggest that frequent application of a specific treatment protocol and daily self-care can reduce painful symptoms – including reduction of medication levels.

All nerves need oxygen to function and survive. One of the greatest benefits of massage therapy is it’s ability to increase circulation. If you have neuropathy you should inform your practitioner. They will be able to follow a carefully scripted protocol for your condition. Self care assignments will also assist you. It’s important for you to make time every day to perform this therapy. It will compliment the work you receive from your practitioner. You should spend 15 minutes on each foot.

* Start by lightly massaging both feet. Squeeze and massage as deeply as you can tolerate, but don’t cause pain.
* Perform the range-of-motion exercise: ‘write out’ the whole alphabet using your toes and ankle joint to trace the shapes in the air.
* Grasp the tip of one toe and massage and squeeze it as deeply as you can tolerate. Repeat for all toes.
* Squeeze and massage all the tissue of your feet between the toes, on both the front and back surfaces of your foot.
* Massage your calves.
* Repeat the range-of-motion exercise a second time.
* Throughout the day, whenever you can, take your shoes off and rub your feet against the floor, bend your toes, and perform your range-of-motion exercise.
* Although your feet may be tender when you begin, your goal is to eventually work soo deeply you can feel bone underneath your skin. This may take some time. Be patient, and work as deeply as you can each time.

Your most important goal is consistent, daily, deep work.

Trigger Point Therapy

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Trigger Points are extremely common. They can become a painful part of everyone’s life. The range of pain varies to incapacitating pain to restrictions of movement. It is thought that the pain producing trigger’s increase with age. As activity decreases or less strenuous in later years, individuals are more likely to be aware of stiffness and restricted motion in the body.

Trigger Point Therapy is an effective technique to alleviate chronic pain and dysfunction. Active trigger points exacerbate several syndromes as well as joint, muscle or visceral pain.

A few examples are:
* Headaches
* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
* Fibromyalgia

It can be used in a variety of settings: a fulling clothed chair massage or an unclothed table session with oil.
The next time you visit your Massage Therapist inquire about this treatment and how it might work for you in your treatment sessions.

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