Massage Therapy Articles

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.



Cardiovascular Health

Exercise Performance and Recovery


Headaches and Migraines

Low-Back Pain

Mental Health


Pain Management





Start Planning for Christmas Massage in Birmingham AL

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Christmas Massage List

Have you started planning out your Christmas list?  It’s not too early to start hinting that you want a massage from Widdoss Therapeutic Massage.

During the holiday season sometimes we forget to treat our bodies when we are running around thinking of others.  A massage in Birmingham is just a few miles away.  With a centrally located office in Pelham, Alabama a relaxing moment to yourself is just down  the street.

So we compiled a list of some of the mileage’s to your next massage getaway.

3.47 miles from Hoover, Alabama

7.85 miles from Vestavia Hills, Alabama

9.49 miles from Alabaster, Alabama.

10.04 miles from Cahaba Heights, Alabama

10.46 miles from Homewood, Alabama

12.95 miles from Besemmer, Alabama

15.24 miles from Mountain Brook, Alabama

21.62 miles from Fultondale, Alabama

These are just a few places in and around Birmingham you can make it to treat yourself during the busy season. Remember If you really want to yourself or others a massage in Birmingham is the best treat of all.


Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Some recognizable symptoms of fibromyalgia can include irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, migraines, numbness in the upper and lower body, and joint stiff ness that is distributed around several areas of the body. This condition is usually diagnosed when a minimum of 11 out of 18 tender points are active with pain to the touch. The areas where pain is most common amongst patients include the neck and lower back. Additional symptoms include recurrent feelings of exhaustion, musculoskeletal pain and a tingling or prickling feeling known as parathesia, which is similar to that of pins and needles and mainly caused by pressure or damage to the peripheral nerves. Generally speaking, too, fibromyalgia suff erers often have acute, superficial tender points.

According to the National Fibromyalgia Research Association, more than 6 million Americans, 90 percent of whom are women, suff er from fibromyalgia, with symptoms typically showing up between the ages of 20 and 55. Additionally, somewhere between 25 percent and 65 percent of the time, fibromyalgia presents along with other pain syndromes—most commonly rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and spinal arthritis.

Massage can help!  Give Widdoss Therapeutic Massage a call 205-394-5900 – we are conveniently located in Birmingham AL near Hoover, Pelham, Helena area – 5 minutes or less off of Interstate 65 near the intersection of Valleydale and 31.

Massage benefits are real!

Having your honey rub your back is sweet, but it’s tough to compete with the hands of a pro. A good massage therapist can make you feel like a new person. Research suggests massage can ease insomnia, boost immunity, prevent PMS, and more. Maybe that’s why hospitals are making it a standard therapy.

Our advice: Enjoy your hands-on time with your sweetie, but set aside some time for a real massage, too. Here is at least one reasons:

Goodbye, pain

It sounds like a no-brainer, but rubdowns are especially effective for aches like low-back pain. Researchers at the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, Washington, found that massage works better than common treatments including chiropractic therapy and acupuncture. It’s not clear why, but several studies show massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. Those changes slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and block your nervous system’s pain receptors. Massage also increases blood flow to the muscles, which may help them heal.

A bonus: Massage also seems to ease distress from migraine, labor pain, and even cancer, as well as the body tenderness seen with fibromyalgia!

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Massage can aid in pain relief

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.

Massage for Fibromyalgia

Pain can make it difficult to enjoy everyday activities, but for fibromyalgia patients, pain can be constant, interfering with sleep, work and daily tasks. According to the American Chronic Pain Association, fibromyalgia affects more than 6 million Americans. The origins of this disorder are still relatively unknown.

Though there is no cure, massage therapy may be one way to make life a little easier for people with fibromyalgia.

In 2010, Adelaida Maria Castro-Sánchez led scientists from the University of Almería in Almería, Spain, to consider the effects of myofascial therapy on pain, anxiety, quality of sleep, depression and quality of life in fibromyalgia patients.

Using a randomized-controlled study, researchers assigned 64 fibromyalgia patients to receive one of two types of therapy treatments over the course of 20 weeks.

The experimental group received myofascial release therapy for 90 minutes once a week. The control group received a therapy that used a disconnected magnetic therapy machine for 30 minutes once a week.

Their pain was assessed at baseline and at the end of the 20-week period, and then again at one and six months following the study’s completion.

Researchers found the experimental group experienced significantly improved anxiety, sleep, pain and quality of life—both immediately following the treatment and up to one month after. The control group did not reap any of these benefits. The six-month follow-ups, however, showed that improvements in sleep were the only difference between the two treatment groups.

A similar study led by Castro-Sanchez in 2011 further examined how fibromyalgia patients respond to massage therapy and found reductions in sensitivity to their pain. Additionally, these results showed many improvements that lasted as long as one year after the study’s completion.


“mtj/massage therapy journal winter 2012”

Massage Modalities

Basic Massage Therapy Modalities

Massage Therapy covers a broad range of modalities, or styles, practiced by massage therapists. While there is no official list of modalities, the number runs into the dozens. One Web site lists 160 modalities.

Following are brief descriptions of the most common types of massage therapy modalities.

Swedish massage is the best-known of the modalities. It is known for long, sweeping strokes up and down the body and kneading to deliver alternating relaxing and energizing impacts. It increases the flow of oxygen in the blood and improves circulation. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), 84 percent of massage therapists provide this kind of massage. (AMTA, 2010)

Deep tissue massage features slow and deep manipulation of contracted muscles and connective tissue to break up areas where muscles have tightened, causing pain and tension. (Lane, 2010) AMTA says that 77% of massage therapists provide this kind of massage. (AMTA, 2010)

Sports massage was developed to prevent or reverse strains and injuries caused by intense sports or exercise, but it is beneficial for just about anyone. It can be provided before or after an event. Pre-event massage increases blood flow and loosens muscles to help prevent or minimize injury.  Post-event massage reduces soreness and restores the body to its pre-event flexibility. (Lane, 2010) AMTA reports that 45% of massage therapists provide this kind of massage.

Pregnancy massage can help relieve the strain caused by pregnancy. It can boost posture to reduce neck, back, and shoulder strain; relieve sciatic pain and cramps in the calves; and prepare the muscles used in childbirth. It also helps relieve insomnia some pregnant women experience due to increases in certain hormones.

Widdoss Therapeutic Massage, conveniently located minutes off 65 South in the Birmingham, Hoover, Pelham area. Not far from Riverchase, Helena or Galleria Mall area.

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“2010 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet.” American Massage Therapy Association. AMTA, 2010. Web. 21 Dec. 2010.

Lane, Richard. “Introduction to Massage and Bodywork Techniques and Modalities.” Web, 6 January 2010. 21 Dec. 2010.

What is a Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body.

While a Swedish massage is very effective at relieving anxiety, it is often used to help alleviate the symptoms of stress and depression as well. The gentle steady pressure this is applied during the massage relaxes tight muscles and naturally relieves tension. The stimulation to the skin helps a client to relax and rejuvenate.

At Widdoss Therapeutic Massage, located in Hoover AL, we focus on the overall well-being of the client. Each client is special and different and no two massages are the same.

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