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Ways to help you feel better every day: mind, body and spirit!
Somewhere in between massage therapy and rehabilitation, I decided that I wanted to combine my skills into one. I wanted to start sharing my experience working in chiropractic and physical therapy environments. Both my personal and professional experiences in those realms led me to the conclusion that the massage and bodywork piece was an important link to improved outcomes. Chiropractic clients that saw me for massage got better results. Physical therapy patients that received manual therapy (massage and manipulation) during outpatient treatment recovered more quickly and thoroughly.
So here I am doing what I know best - muscle therapy. It is a combination of deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, stretching, body mobilization, and even some Swedish massage techniques (when needed) with an approach towards rehabilitating the muscles and soft tissue causing pain, discomfort and decreased range of motion. The lessons I learned in both the chiropractic and rehabilitation realm gave me another important conclusion: those that worked at taking good care of themselves were better capable at being more resilient and recovered quicker to the bumps and bruises life throws at you regularly.
Muscle therapy is meant to work on the aches and pains before they become full blown injuries or debilitating. Can muscle therapy help you recover from those things? Definitely. Will you recover fully? The best answer is maybe, and better than you would if you didn't have muscle therapy at all, but probably not as well as if you would have addressed it before it got worse. Muscle therapy is a way to feel better, not just while you are on the massage table, but every day.
The phases of muscle therapy:
1) acute. You injured yourself or had an accident somehow. You are probably under medical care to make sure there is no tears, breaks or ruptures, but want to make sure that the tightness, swelling, and trigger points are minimized to aid in healing and feeling better.
2)chronic or over-use. These flare ups have happened before or have built up over time. Many are under medical care from chiropractors, physicians, surgeons or have tried PT. From fibromyalgia to nagging low back pain and tension headaches, if you haven't worked out the trigger points and areas of tightness in the soft tissues, you probably are not addressing the cause of a lot of the pain.
3) maintenance. You probably still have sore, tender, or tight spots, but you get by okay. Are you regularly addressing them so that they don't move into acute, chronic or over-use flare ups?
Make sure you are taking good care of your body. It allows your spirit and soul a home to do the important work only you can uniquely do.
With love and light,
Massage Therapist, Health Coach, Personal Development junkie.
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