People who suffer from insomnia know the challenges caused by lack of sleep. These issues, ranging from depression to stomach problems, can be addressed by focusing on lifestyle changes like yoga and exercise. Many doctors also recommend trying massage therapy to treat insomnia, both specific techniques like craniosacral therapy and more general treatments like deep tissue massage that promote relaxation.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Numbness, pain, and tingling characterize carpal tunnel syndrome, a wrist condition caused by inflammation and pinching of the main nerve leading to your hand. If addressed early, massage therapy may ease or even eliminate the pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Skilled therapists use hand, arm, shoulder, and back massage techniques to relieve the pressure and increase blood supply to the nerves.
If you have had a recent rotator cuff injury, broken arm, or arm surgery, you may be at risk for Frozen Shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis). Without help, Frozen Shoulder can take two years to heal; surgery is not always necessary or preferable. A massage therapist may use deep tissue techniques, especially myofascial release and/or neuromuscular therapy to promote healing and reduce stiffness.
Most people take their lower legs for granted, until overuse leads to painful shin splints. This usually happens among athletes, or people who suddenly increase the intensity of their workout. This often leads to inflammation in the muscles at the front of the shin, and additional swelling elsewhere in the leg. Rest and ice are the best cure for shin splints, and experienced massage therapists can loosen the area and relieve pain.
The plantar fascia is the tissue responsible for supporting the arch of the foot. Sometimes this area becomes stressed or injured, especially for athletes and people whose job requires them to stand all the time. This condition, plantar fasciitis, refers to a sharp pain in the arch and/or heel of the foot. Rest is the most important cure, but stretching and myofascial massage can also loosen the calves, ankles, and feet tissue.
TMJ Disorder leads to pain and inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jawbone to the temporal bone in the skull. There are many potential causes for TMJ Disorder, but the more common include whiplash, sinus infections, and clenching of the teeth. Depending on the diagnosis, massage and bodywork can reduce muscle tension, reduce stress, and improve overall posture and neck strength.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a common condition often related to aging and hearing loss, but is also less commonly related to jaw issues like TMJ Disorder. Massage therapy has been shown to alleviate tinnitus by reducing pain and tension at specific points in the jaw and neck (via trigger point therapy), reducing inflammation (with lymphatic massage), and relaxing your connective tissues (using myofascial release).
Migraines combine multiple neurological symptoms, ranging from dizziness to sound and light sensitivity, and intense head and/or neck pain. These attacks can last for hours, days, or even weeks. Different types of massage may help to alleviate migraines. Craniosacral therapy, trigger point, and structural integration can help migraines by rebalancing the body and reducing muscular tension in the head and neck.
Your lymph passages drain fluids from tissues throughout your body. When injury, surgery, or lymph node enlargement blocks these passages, it causes a swelling in the arms or legs called lymphedema. For patients suffering from lymphedema symptoms, Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a light-touch massage therapy technique specifically designed to stimulate the lymph vessels and reduce swelling and congestion.
Neck pain may be among the most common physical complaints-- whether it's something mild that you just woke up with or a persistent crick that just won't go away. Treating neck pain can be a challenge, but pursuing effective massage therapy techniques like myofascial release may be able to help by increasing blood flow to the muscles and relieving tension in your shoulders, upper back, and the neck itself.
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, caused by muscular and genetic conditions as well as back injury or surgery. Scoliosis patients experience back pain, shallow breathing, headaches, and insomnia. Rolfing Structural Integration, deep tissue massage, and cranialsacral therapy may alleviate these symptoms; Rolfing can also help to correct the 'big picture' of scoliosis and reduce the curvature, particularly among younger patients.
Lordosis refers to the normal curvature of the back and spine, but some people experience an exaggerated lumbar curve that leads to tight muscles in the low back, and weak abdominal muscles. Treatment of this hyperlordosis can vary by age and fitness level, but myofascial release and Rolfing Structural Integration can be useful in loosening the muscles and lengthening the lower back.
Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis. It refers to leg pain, tingling, and weakness that originate in the low back and travel through the buttock and down the sciatic nerve in the back of one leg. Piriformis syndrome, SI Joint dysfunction, and spinal conditions like arthritis and disc herniations can all cause sciatica. Prognosis and treatments vary, but in most cases the discomfort can be relieved by appropriate massage therapy techniques.
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