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Laura Mitchell, LMT
Improve Your Health with Massage Therapy
Description of Techniques

 

What You Should Know..

 

To customize your session, we will discuss the following techniques in order to decide what is best for you and your pain.

Swedish Massage-.A very relaxing massage which uses long and flowing strokes to increase circulation and decrease stress and tension. This can be a full body session or upper body session.

Neuromuscular Therapy- (or NMT) is a highly effective treatment that focuses on the underlying issues of pain in a specific area. Trigger points, restriction, spasm, hypersensitivity will often be discovered during treatment. Moderate to deep, direct pressure will be applied to release contracted muscles and release lactic acid to promote healthy blood flow and oxygen to the targeted area.

Trigger Points (TrPs) is a significant aspect of Neuromuscular Therapy. TrPs are hyper-sensitive, pea-sized nodules, or “knots”, which develop in injured muscles. Trigger points can cause pain either at the site of the TrP or refer pain throughout the body. They can also cause tingling or numbness, muscle stiffness, fatigue, and/or weakness. Examples of referred pain include: sciatica-like symptoms, carpal tunnel- like symptoms, TMJ Syndrome and headaches. If not treated correctly, Trigger Points often cause debilitating pain which can last for years. Some causes of injury resulting in TrP pain may be activities that require repetitive motion, chronic physical or emotional stress, a fall or accident, and postural or muscular imbalances. Poor nutrition can also play a role in the development of TRPs.  

Myofascial Release- is usually is done at the beginning of the massage because it can be quite painful. No oil is used for this technique. MFR is used on areas of connective tissue restriction. This may include methods of skin rolling, pinching and twisting, slow cross handed stretches and stroking, to break apart and release these restrictions that cause pain. MFR is great for clients that have limited range of motion and sharp, burning pain.

Cupping- Massage cupping is a modified version of “cupping therapy,” which has been used in Chinese medicine for many years.

By creating negative pressure, cups are used to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue and stubborn knots in soft tissue. Application of cups draws blood from arteries to capillaries then returns via veins to be disposed.

Conditions that benefit:                                             

Asthma and pneumonia      Scar tissue

High blood pressure           Cellulite

Anxiety & fatigue                Congestion

Chronic headaches              TMJ

Rheumatism                        Fibromyalgia

Edema

 

Effects of Massage Cupping:

Lymph drainage               Reduces cellulite       

Loosens adhesions           Increased ROM   

Relieves inflammation              

Scar reduction

Sedates nervous system

 

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