” I only get a massage once a year as a birthday splurge .” ~ Anonymous
” I don’t indulge in this type of luxury often” ~ Anonymous
” I can’t afford it, or I would get one every month” ~ Anonymous
I hear you loud and clear! But let’s consider this from another angle, shall we?
When I hear the term treat, I think of it as something that is a reward. When I hear the term splurge, I think of something that was not necessary, it was an impulsive purchase.
Yes, massage can feel like a pampering treat most of the times. However, those moments when you feel like you’re having a treatment fit for a queen or king with warm oils massaged into your skin or heated stones melting your stress away consider that you are hitting the pause button on your stressors. It’s like freezing time and hitting the reset button. Don’t you believe you deserve that?
Yes, you deserve that one hour or ninety minutes to put all your worries on hold until your mind clears and your anxiety with it all dissolves. I’ve had clients who were able to gain some clarity with work or family stressors while getting a massage.
Yes, massage can seem like a treat, that does not mean it’s any less therapeutic, it also Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Conditions Can Massage Therapy Help?
- There is a multiple of physical and mental health benefits massage therapy provides.
- Anxiety and depression
- Carpel tunnel syndrome (Repetitive strain injuries)
- Headaches and migraines
- Sports injuries
- Tendinitis and bursitis
- Cancer pain
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Muscle tension and spasms
- Insomnia or chronic fatigue
- Stress-related conditions
- Strains and sprains
Which Massage Is Best?
There are over twenty different types of massages from which you can choose. However, there are two main branches of massage.
1. Structural massage: this type is meant to address musculoskeletal pain through myofascial, neuromuscular, and various soft-tissue techniques.
2. Relaxation massage (similar to Swedish massage): is intended to assist with relaxation through techniques, such as long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, or vibration.
If you are getting a massage post-surgery or in the recovery of a significant injury, make sure to let the massage therapist know. Choose a more gentle or passive massage on recently strained or injured tissues.
If you still aren’t sure, my best advice is to call the therapist you intend to schedule with, and she/he will be happy to recommend what is best for you. Or refer you to a massage therapist that specializes in the type of massage that is necessary for your body.
My suggestion to ALL of my clients is to schedule well care regimens massages whether it be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. This will help keep muscles pliable, tension free and will go a long way in helping to prevent postural problems that often result in neck pain, low back pain, headaches and an overall feeling of tightness.
Ok now let’s look at those statements again. If you only get a massage for your birthday then try telling about three people you would like a massage gift certificate. Most likely will get 3 or more massages from your loved ones. If cost is a factor, consider getting a 30 minutes massage. This option cost less and works for people who like to maximize their time daily. Yes, it’s shorter, but it is still very effective and powerful.
Even though massage may seem like a treat for some it is definitely a Complementary and Alternative Medicine TREATment for others.
Your’s in Health,
Are you searching for a Licensed Massage Therapist, who knows the ins and outs of stress and how to relive it, look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. However, I offer an array of massage services that can help combat stress. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.
Whiplash, also called hyperextension injury or neck strain/sprain is caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head. The momentum from this sudden backward and forward motion causes muscle strains and/or ligament sprains in the neck. While the neck is the primary area of concern, a person may also experience pain in the back, shoulders, arms, chest, and hands. This sort of injury often occurs during car and biking accidents, especially when rear-ended.
Within 24-72 hours after the event, any of the following may be experienced:
- Neck pain
- Stiffness in neck, including reduced mobility
- Pain in shoulders
- Pain between shoulder blades
- Low back pain
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Pain or numbness that travels down the arm
- Sleep disturbances
Because injuries to the discs, muscles, and ligaments, cannot be seen on standard X-rays, physicians make a diagnosis based on specific imaging tests-ultrasound and/or MRI. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the soft tissue structures in the neck, i.e., muscles and tendons. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnet to display all structures of the neck in a very detailed image. That being said, an X-ray may be helpful in seeing if there are any fractures in the vertebrae as a result of the accident.
There are many treatment options for whiplash. Ice, heat, rest, cortisone steroid injections, pain relief medications, physical therapy, chiropractic, and/or acupuncture are all common ways people find relief.
Whether you experience minor aches and pain, or extreme discomfort, massage therapy can provide relief from whiplash symptoms. Massage therapy helps to speed the healing process by bringing fresh blood and nutrients into the area, and improving localized circulation. A variety of techniques can be employed to address whiplash-related pain…be it physical or emotional. Incidents that result in whiplash are often traumatic for people. Research studies have shown that emotional trauma can exacerbate physical pain. A general relaxation massage can help to relieve the emotional distress related to the incident.
When using massage therapy to address whiplash symptoms, it is important to wait a few days after the incident to receive more in-depth massage work; though lymphatic drainage techniques can be done soon after the event. This kind of massage is very gentle and helps to manage inflammation in the area. It is essential to see a physician shortly after the incident so that they may assess the extent of the injuries, and if there are any fractures.
In many cases, people suffering from whiplash find relief with massage therapy. I have 12 years of experience treating whiplash pain and discomfort. If you or someone you know is in need of improved mobility and pain reduction, schedule your session with me today!
Yours in Health,
Are you searching for an expert Licensed Massage Therapist, who knows the ins and outs of chronic pain relief, Look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. However, I offer an array of massage services. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.