Remedial Massage has a proven history in relieving pain & improving health - as demonstrated by my research published in the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies.
Certainly, basic massage is of benefit. However, the following techniques are the ones found to offer the most significant long term result.
Trigger point therapy
Once the preparatory work listed above has been performed, often that is all that is required. Conversely, it has been found that re-occurring pain identifies the need for more specific intervention. Such as: Stretching - Muscle energy technique - Specific strength training.
Generally, a person may visit their Doctor and gain immediate relief due to the administration of a Pharmaceutical pain killer, which is fine as far as gaining immediate symptomatic relief is concerned. However, as a general rule that is a treatment based on symptoms and not cause. Therefore, please choose a treatment option that addresses the cause and not the symptom. There is no doubt that chronic pain impacts on your lifestyle, and its debilitating effects can lead to a miserable life and depression if the cause of the problem is not addressed.
Any treatment that does not address the cause of the problem is only going to result in ongoing treatment and outgoing expense, without a satisfactory outcome!At GYMPIE MASSAGE & REHABILITATION the focus is on identifying the cause of your pain, and developing the appropriate treatment plan to correct the problem.
The Mayo Clinic has this to say about the Benefits of massage.
"Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
During the course of your treatment, it is becoming more common for you to be offered dry needling as an adjunct to the treatment. Generally, a person may visit their Doctor and gain immediate relief due to the administration of a Pharmaceutical product, which is fine as far as gaining immediate symptomatic relief is concerned. However, as a general rule that is a treatment based on symptoms and not cause. As Dommerholt has written in his publications, pain as a results of active Trigger Points is the main cause of muscular pain, which left untreated will lead to multiple chronic conditions - Such as those listed below:
More than 60% of chronic headache patients, suffer from migraines. The disorder can be debilitating and typically results from high stress levels and/or lack of sleep.
Experience has demonstrated that headaches & migraines can be relieved, even become a distant memory after appropriate treatment. Successful treatment is based on identifying the 'correct' tight muscle. A treatment that concentrates on the sore, tight, and overstretched muscle can not succeed.
Massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating. The main purpose of Swedish Massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. In addition, it reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested as part of a regular program for stress management.
Some other benefits include shortening recovery time from muscular strain, increased circulation without increased heart load, stretching of ligaments and tendons, skin stimulation and soothing of the nervous system. More Info
Contrary to popular belief, it is usually the muscles which surround the joint that cause the pain. You may say, 'in my case it is the arthritis, because my doctor showed me the wear & tear [Osteoarthritis] in an X Ray.' Yes, there is wear and tear, as there is in almost everyone. Yet not everyone has pain, which is because not everyone has muscle imbalances that cause the shoulder to function incorrectly.
The combination of muscle imbalance, and referred pain from neural entrapments is the cause of most pain in the shoulder. This condition is seen frequently in the clinic, and treatment usually results in full, pain free ROM [Range Of Movement].
LOWER BACK PAIN & SCIATICA
Sciatica is a pain in the butt :) and leg, caused by pressure on nerves in the lower back, or more usually Trigger Points in the Gluteal muscles. Usually, a visit to the doctor will result in you being prescribed rest, painkillers, epidural injections and surgery.
However surgery is not usually required, with Dr. Harris Professor of Surgery at the University of NSW saying that "In my career, I have done surgery for 'ununited' fractures that have already healed, removed implants that were not causing a problem, fused sore backs and 'scoped' sore knees. I have even re-operated on people with ineffective procedures after the first ineffective procedure was, well, ineffective."
Rex Elliott BSc Hons firstname.lastname@example.org