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Nowadays, there are hundreds of articles talking about the benefits of massage – this is a great place to start if your trying to determine if massage will help with your situation. Still not sure if massage will help you? Give us a call at 205-394-5900 and we will discuss if we think massage will help you or not.
Generally, if it is muscular, massage will help. If it is bone related, more than likely you will need a chiropractor, but massage and chiropractic visits usually pair together perfectly.
Please feel free to browse the articles below from amta (American Massage Therapy Association) and then call us for all of your massage needs.
Exercise Performance and Recovery
Headaches and Migraines
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A new study shows that massage therapy can help ease sore muscles as well as improve blood flow for active and non-active individuals. The positive effects can last for more than 72 hours, and those with poor circulation or limited ability to move may benefit the most from massage, according to researchers. For the study, researchers asked 36 healthy but inactive young adults to use a leg press machine until their legs became sore. Half of participants were given a Swedish leg massage after exercise, and all participants rated their muscle soreness on a scale from one to 10.
A third comparison group did not exercise but received a massage. A HealthDay news report notes that although both exercise groups were sore right after their workout, the persons who got the massage said they had no soreness 90 minutes later. However, those in the group that did not receive a massage said they were sore 24 hours after they exercised.
The research team also measured the participants’ brachial artery flow mediated dilation in their arms, which is a standard measure of general vascular health, that was taken 90 minutes as well as 1, 2, and 3 days after exercise. The people who received a post-exercise massage had improved blood flow at every testing interval and the benefits of the massage didn’t dispel until after 72 hours had passed.
Nina Cherie Franklin, PhD, first author of the study, says, “We believe that massage is really changing physiology in a positive way. This is not just blood flow speeds — this is actually a vascular response.” The research team also found that the control group who received massage only showed virtually identical levels of improvement in circulation as the exercise and massage group.
Franklin states, “Our study validates the value of massage in exercise and injury, which has been previously recognized but based on minimal data. It also suggests the value of massage outside of the context of exercise.”
Some lucky women breeze through pregnancy with hardly any physical discomfort. But for others, unexpected aches and pains become a constant part of the nine-month journey. One of the most common complaints a massage therapists hears about relates to sciatica pain. Fortunately, one of the most effective treatments for this issue is massage.
The sciatic nerve runs from the neck through the midsection of the back of the body and into the leg. As a woman’s pregnancy advances, this nerve bears the brunt of the growing fetus and expanding uterus. Additionally, swelling from water retention can increase pressure on this nerve, contributing to inflammation. Pregnant women who drive long distances or have jobs that require sitting for long periods of time may have a higher risk of developing sciatica. And, of course, the position of the fetus significantly affects sciatic-related pain.
Sciatic pain typically affects only one side of the lower body and may extend from the lower back into the back of the thigh and down the leg. In some cases, the pain may also radiate into the foot or toes. As the fetus moves, the pain may subside or worsen. Unfortunately, sciatica is fairly common during the second and third trimesters.
However, each woman has a different pain threshold and will experience different symptoms. In some cases, sciatic pain can be quite severe and debilitating. In others, the pain could be fleeting and mildly discomfiting. Some women report a pinprick sensation in the leg, foot or lower back. Others experience mild numbness and tingling, a dull ache or burning sensation. In extreme cases, the pain can be incapacitating. Sciatic pain is unpredictable and could resolve on its own.
Before beginning massage, the therapist needs to identify the severity and point of origin of the pain. Bending the knee and lifting the foot will help to lengthen the piriformis muscle. A professional massage therapist will warm up the area with a series of passes using your fist, forearm or elbow, followed by static compression with the elbow or a loose fist. Constant pressure on the piriformis and gluteal muscles helps them relax and reduces spasms.
Pain associated with sciatica may continue after the baby is born, since the rate at which the uterus returns to its normal size varies from one woman to the next. Regular massage post delivery can help relieve discomfort and allow the new mom to enjoy her infant. As a reminder, a sciatica injury that was present before you became pregnant, will eventually go away.
No matter how you look at it, pain is a part of life, and how you deal with pain can either enhance or diminish the quality of your life.
In 2006, the National Center for Health Statistics reported in a special feature in their Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans that more than one-quarter of Americans over the age of 20 report having experienced pain persisting more than 24 hours, and adults age 45-64 are most likely to suffer or complain of pain.
One of the things we know from research on massage therapy is massage can help relieve pain. In addition to helping fibromyalgia patients, massage therapy can be used to reduce pain associated with many conditions, including carpel tunnel, lower back pain, headaches, leg pain, muscle cramps and tension.