Don’t let residual pain slow you down

Have you ever had an injury or surgery that left you with residual pain, even months afterwards? If so, I can provide relief.
 
When muscle is torn or cut, the body defends the injured tissue by attaching it to surrounding structures to limit the extent of the injury. However helpful and logical this response is, it doesn’t automatically heal the injury.
 
By nature, your body does a great job of repairing the original damage but there are often adhesions (stuck places) left behind. These adhesions can cause pain and limited range of movement not only in the immediate area of injury but also in other parts of the body that might not seem related to the injury.
 
Unfortunately, you can’t just stretch these places out and consider that all is well. The best way to release adhesions and start feeling better is by fairly deep, therapeutically focused massage.
 
I do this type of massage regularly, often with very good results. By communicating with your physician and/or physical therapist, I can create a massage designed specifically to relieve pain and improve range of movement. Once the muscles and adhesions are loosened, it’s up to you as my client to keep these areas moving properly with stretches and exercises I will provide.
 
Of course, not every injury can be resolved in this manner but I can make significant improvements in how your body responds and how you feel. I would love to help YOU feel better in 2017!
 
Feel Better, Stay Well. Body Dialog Massage

Is Massage Beneficial for PTSD?

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 3.53.03 PMThere is no simple answer to this question because each individual experiences PTSD differently so the massage therapist’s approach must be very flexible and possibly supervised.

Here are some of the more common symptoms of PTSD:
The National Center for PTSD states there are four types of symptoms.

1.    Reliving the traumatic event
– Caused by a ‘trigger’ (a sound, sight or smell)

Nightmares
Flashbacks

2.    Avoidance of environments that may remind the individual of the event
Avoid talking or thinking about it
Avoid people or places that are reminders of what happened

3.    Hyper arousal
Feeling jittery
Easily become irritated or angry
Easily startled
Insomnia

4.    Negative changes in feelings and beliefs
Difficulty maintaining personal or professional relationships
Dissociation from the event
Feelings of guilt, shame, unworthiness, humiliation
Feeling out of control

Knowing about the symptoms is merely a starting place. As massage therapists, we must learn how to help effectively so the client feels safe and trusts us. Work with another clinician to gain insight into PTSD and mentorship.

Six ways massage can help:
1. Gentle touch can give the client a more positive sense of self
2. Stress relief; decreased anxiety/worry
3. Creates a place of safety for the client
4. Decreases physical pain and tension
5. Gives the client control
6. Improves breathing and sleeping patterns

As long as the client knows he/she can stop the session at any time and as long as the therapist works slowly and gently after a thorough intake, massage has been shown to greatly improve the symptoms of PTSD, when used in conjunction with professional help from a doctor and counselor. Perhaps you know someone with PTSD who could benefit from massage.