"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey."
Pain, Pain, Pain, Part 2
Pain: Everybody is familiar with it.
Massage: Most people are familiar with it.
Massage to Alleviate Pain: Are you familiar with it?
Here is the conclusion of my September 25th post about the disciplines that are commonly used by Licensed Massage Therapist to help you manage pain. They are used as Complement or Alternative to the conventional Rehabilitation that you may receive in combination to the treatment you get from Chiropractors, Physical/Occupational Therapists or your family Health Practitioner+ in order to manage pain.
These massages are not your typical Spa or relaxation package that you get from one of those over-commercialized franchise clinic. They are Clinical and are usually supervised by a primary health provider (but not necessarily so)++. Here is a brief description of each:
1-3.) Part 1: Click here.
4.) Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release is a hands on soft tissue release technique which often includes structural and functional assessment to determine which tissues may be causing dysfunction and pain. Fascia is the thin layer of connective tissue between the skin and the muscles (superficial fascia) or more extensive is the deep fascia which holds the muscles together but also separates them into functional groups. Deep fascia, when functioning properly, allows muscles to move independently of each other without impingement on surrounding nerves and blood vessels.
The objective of myofascial release is to identify shortened and or restricted myofascial tissue (deep myofascia is usually the culprit) and adhesions between muscles and muscle groups. Using steady directionally focused pressure, fascial restrictions and adhesions are normalized, resulting in elimination of pain, increased range of motion and rebalancing of the body's interdependent web of myofascia.
Do you want to learn more about Myofascial Release Therapy? Click here.
5.) Acute and Chronic Injury Management/ Medical Massage
Medical Massage therapy is the application of advanced, appropriate massage therapy technique, with the goals of restoring structural balance and pain relief. Knowledgeable assessment and treatment is the key to soft tissue pain resolution.
Medical massage therapy often encompasses a variety of massage methods, including but not limited to (1) Myofascial Release Therapy- to mobilize fascia and entrapped nerves; (2) Deep Tissue Massage to release tension in muscles; (3) Trigger Point Massage - to eliminate areas of increased electro-chemical activity that may be referring pain; (4) Cross Fiber Friction - to release adhesions within muscles and between muscle groups; (5) Post Isometric Relaxation - the most effective method of strengthening muscles to regain normal function and resting length; and (6) Neuromuscular Therapy - to identify areas of postural distortion and compensation.
There are however certain conditions that are not recommended for a particular massage, hence the importance of communication with your doctor. Once you have obtained permission, be sure to specify your preference for massage when scheduling your appointment.
Do you want to learn more about Medical Massage Therapy? Click here.
If you are suffering from persistent pain of unknown or undiagnosed cause or origin - in any part of your body, the best way to address the problem is to consult your Primary Health Practitioner - an MD, DO, DRN, DPT or FNP. Many times, massage may be a contraindication for pain - it can determined if you can or you may receive a massage from us by these Primary Provider.
We Massage Therapists cannot do more to you than what you really want to do for yourself. We cannot diagnose or prescribe - we can only do so much as what is allowed by our license in the jurisdiction where we practice.
IF YOUR "KNOTS" AND "TIGHTNESS" WOULD NOT GO AWAY AND IT IS LIMITING YOUR ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING OR ANY PHYSICAL FUNCTION - CONSULT YOUR PRIMARY HEALTH PROVIDER, NOT YOUR MASSAGE THERAPIST. You will be doing yourself (and your therapist) a BIG favor!
- Leo Feraer-Oporto
+ - a family health practitioner or primary health provider can be a MD, DO, DRN, DPT or a FNP, depending on your condition or what your health insurance cover.
++ - Licensed Massage Therapist in many US jurisdiction are Independent Health Practitioner. We can perform treatment without the referral or diagnosis of Primary Provider. We are qualified to perform complete physical or postural assessment. We are NOT allowed to diagnose illnesses or prescribe a medical treatment or medication. - most common, they can be trigger points, a myofascial condition, an invisible (internal) scar tissue, combinations of each, etc. Your therapists should always perform an intake assessment.