Massage in the workplace

Repetitive use injuries and other conditions that lead to chronic pain are increasingly common and cause a variety of symptoms that can take a toll. More studies are showing massage can help with the commonly injured areas—like the neck, back and carpal tunnel.

There’s no doubt that technology has been a huge boon for many people. But, there are downsides to technology as well, particularly for those who work with devices such as computers and tablets every day. Repetitive use injuries and other conditions that lead to chronic pain are increasingly common and cause a variety of symptoms that can take a toll.

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Carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome are two issues that people in an office setting may face and, with these conditions, come a variety of symptoms that massage therapy can help relieve pain being but one. “Pain, fatigue, weakness, and stiffness in the affected areas are the most common symptoms of these injuries,” explains Deborah Kimmet, a massage therapist and educator from Missoula, Montana. “Numbness and tingling, as well as trigger point referrals, are also common.”

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"Massage with motion is often one of the best tools a therapist has available."

•John Gibbons, Osteopath

Medical massage is a missing piece in our current health care model.

Deductibles are high and difficulties to afford co-pay 3x a week for physical therapy or chiropractic visits.

Today, many modern physicians are prescribing medical massage therapy.

More often than not, muscle and soft tissues contribute to pain. Often stretching and exercise will reinforce the bad patterns your body is in that made the issue come about. Is the muscle ready to be stretched or handle the exercise under increased tension under load (weighs, bands, etc.)?!

Treating chronic pain with medicine, physical therapy, or surgery often fails, fall short or lasts for a short while. Often resurfacing.

What is available to SOLVE or CORRECT the underlying problem(s)?

prehabtherapy fills this solution gap in healthcare for your with advanced massage treatments, manual therapy and muscle energy techniques.

•A massage is not just a massage!

•We focus to find the root of the issue and treat it effectively and safely.

Benefits of Massage

Relieves Physical Pain, Reduces Trigger Points, Improves Posture, Improves Circulation, Lowers Blood Pressure, Improves Range of Motion, Strengthen Immune System, Enhance post-op Rehabilitation, Reduces Anxiety, Improves Digestive, Improves Sleep, Reduces Fatigue, Reduces Muscular Tension, Improves Pliability of Fascia Tissue.

 

Positive Effect on Conditions; Sciatica, Whiplash, Herniated Disc, Arthritis, Diabetes, Oncology, Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Insomnia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Strains or Injuries, Sports Injuries, Temporomandibular Joint Pain, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel, Asthma, Plantar Fasciitis, Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, Neuropathy, Scoliosis, IT Band Syndrome, Piriformis Syndrome. 

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Massage Therapy for Shoulder Pain

Before working as a clinical massage therapist in the physical therapy field, I had no idea how many people were walking around with shoulder pain and decreased range of motion in their shoulders. Now I find myself working on just as many shoulders as I do backs and necks. This blog post will give you the basics on shoulder pain/dysfunction and how massage therapy can help.The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint and therefore VERY mobile, and with great mobility comes the potential for great instability and dysfunction. If we sit in front of a computer all day, slouch our shoulders, and never work out our backs and the backs of our shoulders, we are asking for trouble! This is a big part of the reason so many of us have shoulder pain.

Massage Therapy for Shoulder Pain

What can go wrong with the shoulder?

  • Muscle strains
  • Postural strains/muscle imbalance
  • Muscle/tendon tears
  • Cartilage tears
  • Frozen Shoulder (aka Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Bursitis, Tendonitis, Arthritis, and all other “itis” words!

    When should I go to the doctor?

    When in doubt, get it checked out! This is a good rule of thumb. If there is any doubt that you have something seriously wrong with your shoulder, you should see a doctor, physical therapist, or athletic trainer right way. Here are some signs you should not ignore:

    • Pain that persists for more than two weeks
    • Physical deformity of the joint
    • Pain accompanied by redness, swelling, numbness
    • Sudden swelling
    • Loss of function or inability to use the joint

    Can massage therapy help?

    Absolutely! There are a lot of conditions in which an experienced clinical massage therapist can help you with. If you are a non-surgical candidate (meaning your doctor says you don’t need surgery, or he/she wants you to try the conservative route first), massage therapy can help. To be clear, a massage will not ‘cure’ your condition (arthritis, bursitis, tear, etc), but it can help your shoulder move and function the way it was intended and therefore relieve stress and strain on the muscles and tendons and prevent future inflammation. A clinical massage therapist can help with the following:

    • Decrease pain from Trigger Points
    • Help increase range of motion by loosening shortened musculature
    • Gently stretch the joint to increase range of motion
    • Break up adhesions (scarred down muscle tissue) around the shoulder
    • Encourage proper body mechanics through muscle and trigger point work
    • Promote healing by using various techniques to increase circulation, shorten healing times

    What if I had surgery?

    If you have already had shoulder surgery, massage therapy can help, but you just need to be more careful. Make sure you have the okay from your doctor and physical therapist and that the massage therapist you are seeing has a solid understanding of your doctor’s protocol and any contraindications. Remember: Massage therapy is NOT a replacement for PT after surgery; it is a complement to your prescribed treatment.

    If you have chronic shoulder pain, shoulder pain that more conventional treatment hasn’t fixed, or if you are trying the conservative route before surgery, call a clinical massage therapist and see if they can help.

    Source: Athletico

    Why does massage work?

    Massage works because it changes your whole physiology.” —Tiffany Fields, PhD, University of Miami School of Medicine Clinical massage therapists discover patterns your body holds (postural habits) and treats to release and activate soft tissue so, those patterns break the cycle causing pain or tension. We evaluate and treat soft tissue (muscles, tendons, fascia) through hands-on or instrument assisted manipulation and neuromuscular therapy. 

    What is manual therapy?

    Manual therapy is a physical treatment primarily used by massage therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, manual osteopaths and osteopathic physicians to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability; it most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of soft tissue including fascia and joint; passive range of motion, manipulation or mobilization. Manual therapy can be defined differently (according to the profession describing it for legal purposes) to state what is permitted within a practitioners scope of practice.

    At prehab we do not implement joint mobilization or manipulation. We can, however, refer to a great PT or Chiropractor if that is needed.