Friday, September 14, 2012

Massage: Relieve Pain and Restore Movement

One of the most common complaints a client presents to me is pain. Neck, shoulder, elbow, hip, lower back – you name it. What’s interesting is that most of my clients blame getting older as the reason for their aches and pains. However, the problem is not chronological; it repetitive use.

In pro sports it's commonly called a “repetitive stress injury,” but this syndrome isn’t limited to athletes.

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI’s), can affect anyone who lives long enough.  Did you understand that? What I mean is that you don’t get pain because you are getting older. In this case, you experience pain due to repetitive actions done over many years.

These actions can be anything from the way you walk, sit or lift, to the way you work, write or sleep. Sometimes RSI’s can be diagnosed as tendinitis, frozen shoulder, tennis or golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome just to name a few examples.

So - Do you have an RSI?
You may have an RSI if you have chronic muscle spasms in the upper back and neck, stiff and painful shoulders, or tingling in your arms or hands. If you have pain, tightness, or weakness in these areas, continuing repetitive movements may cause a serious injury and extended loss of time away from work or the things you love to do. That’s why early and regular treatment is essential.

How massage helps
Healing an RSI often requires plenty of time and rest, but massage can help speed the recovery. The body naturally “tenses” when it experiences pain but massage can help release knots and painful trigger points in muscles and tendons thereby increasing the pliability of damaged tissue and reducing pain.

Massage can help reduce swelling, release and stretch tight tissues and restore easy, pain-free movement. Ice therapy and self-care, including exercise and specific stretches may be included in your treatment.

Even if I’m not your personal massage therapist, it is important that whomever does your treatment be knowledgeable enough in anatomy and movement to be able to recommend a regular program of massage therapy, stretching and movement exercises to help reverse the problem and minimize your pain.

Remember, your body is capable of incredible feats. In fact, it craves variation and challenge. Supplying your body with those will not only help you live pain free but feel younger, too.

As always – Enjoy Your Life,

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. Love a good meal –And; did I mention that I laugh - a lot? Visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and how to live life well!

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1 comment:

  1. As we all know experiencing pain is not easy to handle. It can affect our daily routines. Thank you for giving us an additional information on how to treat pain.

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