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How Trigger Point Massage Therapy Can Help

trigger-point-massage-orlando-sxchuA trigger point can be referred to as small knots or lumps within the muscles which not only cause pain at that particular point but also cause pain to different areas of the body. The main reason behind the occurrence of trigger points is injured or overworked muscles, improper posture, car accidents, moving furniture and various other activities which push the muscles beyond the capacity.

But, it is definitely possible to treat these points with the help of different invasive procedures. Medically these points can be treated by using injections which might include botulism toxin, steroids, anaesthetic and saline. There is no doubt about the fact that injections will provide instant relief from the pain but they are associated with high risks of organ and soft tissue damage. A better alternative is available in the form of massage and exercises which help with strengthening of the joints and prevent the occurrence of trigger points.

This type of procedure deals with the repeated release and pressure of such points within the body. It definitely hurts a person when such a procedure is performed but considering the long term relief it offers, it is worthwhile to bear the pain for some time. Release of trigger point especially for the case of physically active patients, improves their ability to lift items, move and even support their own body. While the procedure is performed, patients witness a decrease in size of trigger points. Even though, the pressure applied at the point might remain constant but that does not hurt the overall progress of the procedure. Throughout the entire course of treatment, pressure remains fairly constant till the time the point reduces in size and is released. Medications like Aleve and Advil helps in reducing the discomfort associated with the procedure but definitely do not interfere with muscle recovery. After the treatment of the points, the patient not only feels decrease in pain at those particular points but also in referring areas where the actual cause of pain was not known. (more…)

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Does Massage Have a Role in Medicine?

Male MassageIn a word? Yes. Massage absolutely has a role in medicine. And maybe some medical professionals don’t want to admit this, but that’s too bad for them. Having all of the knots and kinks worked out of your muscles is about more than pampering. It’s about improving your overall health and helping you to feel better, not only physically, but also emotionally.

Feeling relaxed isn’t a luxury. The relaxation that massage can induce is actually good for your emotional health. It can reduce stress and help improve your sense of well-being. While you’re letting all of your troubles melt away, you can also experience pain relief. If you suffer from lower back pain, neck pain, or just generalized muscle tension from working a desk job, let’s say, regular therapy sessions can be especially helpful to you.

Numerous studies over the years, especially recently, have shown that massage therapy has tangible health benefits. Massage reduces the symptoms carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, and has been associated with improving immune function in women with breast cancer. Another impressive result is that therapy provided to premature infants can increase the likelihood of them gaining weight.

According to the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, massage is now recommend as an actual medical treatment for lower back pain. This is huge for advocates of this kind of therapy. And it might go a long way toward reducing the stigma that this kind of therapy is just a luxury and for those with extra money to spend. Now, more and more research is showing that it actually may be an essential component to good health. Another study showed that people who received a massage once a week for 10 weeks reported less pain and disability than those who didn’t receive massage. More impressive than that, some people reported these benefits lasting up to nine months after the last treatment session.

We already know that stress relief is essential for health so if massage can help reduce stress, it is by default beneficial. More and more doctors are now recommending undergoing therapy of this sort for all sorts of problems. From chronic pain to anxiety to depression and so on, massage can play a major role in your life as a means of dealing with chronic issues, both mental and physical. Be sure to discuss what your doctor thinks of this form of therapy.

 

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