Shoulder and Neck Strain
I have worked on my
share of hard core athletes in my 20 years of practice and I will tell you
"nobody" even comes close to the neck and shoulder regions of my
computer clients, as far as tightness is concerned. They present with
"knots" hard as golf balls and "rope like" muscle fibers
any Cirque de Soleil acrobat would be happy to climb! Our bodies simply were
not designed for the amounts of stress those little magical machines produce
for our posture - even with the best ergonomics.
The majority of my
clients will at some point come in withLow
Back Pain, either acute or chronic.
Men and women are equally affected by low back
pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden,
sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly
as a result of an accident or by lifting something heavy, or it can develop
over time due to age-related changes of the spine. Sedentary lifestyles also
can set the stage for low back pain, especially when a weekday routine of
getting too little exercise is punctuated by strenuous weekend workout,
"Weekend Warrior Syndrome".
Clients frequently ask me questions about Deep Tissue
massage. What exactly is Deep Tissue Massage? How does it work? Do I need it?
Will I benefit from it? How painful is it?
As with any type of massage the first and most important
goal is to find a qualified and experienced therapist, who will be able to
asses and meet your needs. She/he will rule out contra indications ( such as
fever, recent injuries/fractures, tumors, blood clots, heart disease, cancer,
open wounds or otherwise compromised skin to name a few ). I suggest you always
check with your physician to be cleared for Deep Tissue Massage.
The goal of Deep Tissue Massage is to re-align
the fibers and deeper layers of your muscles, as well as surrounding connective
tissues. Injury, toxins, overuse and stress can cause adhesions in your
tissue. Those appear rigid and rope like to touch, may present painful and
oftentimes limit range of motion. Deep Tissue Massage will address these
adhesions through slow and focused pressure. Depending on treated area, the
therapist will use finger tips, knuckles, palms, elbows and forearms. Some
therapists may utilize tools to increase pressure, however I prefer manual
contact, allowing me to truly tune into my client. Aside from client's verbal
feedback I check for breathing patterns, spontaneous sweating, change in muscle
tonus etc. Adhesions may cause or contribute to conditions such as muscle
tension, repetitive strain/injury, limited range of motion, posture mal-alignment,
joint dysfunction and more. Deep Tissue Massage breaks up the adhesions,
restoring circulation and nutrient exchange. It is important to be well hydrated
on day of treatment to allow optimal elimination of toxins released into lymph
system, particularly after the session. A certain degree of discomfort is to be
expected during Deep Tissue Massage, but I strongly oppose inflicting great
levels of pain at any point, risking flare up of tissue. In my 20 years of
experience I have concluded the phrase "no pain, no gain" simply does
not make sense, nor does it achieve better results. On the contrary, a client
who trusts you, will ultimately be more relaxed and actually allow deeper work
than a client, who is guarded and involuntarily tightens muscles to avoid pain.
I always incorporate Hot Stone Massage to increase circulation and soothe your
stressed nervous system, bringing about balance and healing on all levels. Deep
Tissue Massage will benefit clients with chronic conditions and pain, breaking
the cycle of trauma to tissue that never quite seems to heal or function
The question I probably come across most in my practice is:
When do I useheatand when is it better to useice? Although the
answer is somewhat complex depending upon symptoms and condition, one rule of
thumb applies: Do not use heat on any fresh injury! During physical trauma
blood vessels are broken and consequently blood will leak into surrounding soft
tissue. Heat increases circulation, causing even more blood to flow into
injured area. This will create more swelling and pain, as well as increased
scar tissue formation down the road.
I firmly believe in Aroma Therapy and utilize it in all my treatments. Peppermint oil is on top of my most frequently used oils, along with Lavender. During hot Summer days - although I am quite aware of the fact that we are blessed with amazing weather compared to other parts of the country - I have my Peppermint Oil close at hand. It acts as a natural coolant and smells wonderful. Here are some ways you can benefit from its refreshing effects:
* Add 2-3 drops to your shampoo, massage into scalp, avoid eye contact, rinse with cool water