Knee Pain Relief at Integration Massage

yay-7045438 knee pain treatmentKnee pain happens for a variety of reasons. Integration Massage provides relief for many of these.

For example, knee pain can be from recent or old injuries, sports, arthritis or even surgery. Integration Massage uses techniques that are effective for most of these. In particular, Ortho-Bionomy®, neuromuscular and myofascial therapy and exercises work quite well for musculo-skeletal issues. However, some conditions require doctors or physical therapists.… Read the rest

Sprained Ankle Still Bothering You?

If you ignore a sprained ankle, it doesn’t just go away

A sprained ankle from childhood, or later, from sports or athletic injuries, can become a problem if it is ignored.

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It is easy to say, “it’s just a sprained ankle,” and continue to walk on it. Walking is a priority in our busy lives. It’s so important that you may override pain signals.… Read the rest

Neuroscience of Touch via Aline Newton

Aline Newton, a Rolfer with many publications to her credit, has written the best post I’ve seen on the neuroscience of touch. Her main points, with my interpretation:

  1. Massage therapists and bodyworkers have long been aware of the power of touch to benefit our clients.
  2. Functional MRI’s show that touch influences mood, sensations, movements, thinking and learning capacities.
  3. The brain may have different responses to different kinds of touch, duration and depth, and more research is needed here.
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Neuroplasticity, Brain Injury, Massage

yay-12759848Brain Injury and Neuroplasticity

The ability of the nervous system to adapt, change and repair itself is called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity means you can change how your own brain functions. When you have had a brain injury, what you can do for yourself is key. But you don’t have to do it alone. Integration Massage has the knowledge and experience to help.… Read the rest

Functional Neurology Controversy: Research Needed

How could functional neurological massage become well-accepted when its parent field is controversial?

Our 2012 Functional Neurology for Bodyworkers class was taught by a Board-Certified Chiropractic Functional Neurologist, Dr. Paul Thomas, (American Functional Neurology Society, AFNS), graduate of the Carrick Institute. Dr. Thomas trained in a rigorous three year graduate program after completing his chiropractic studies and was practicing as a Chiropractic Physician.… Read the rest

Fibromyalgia Treatment: Exercise, Massage, O-B

Continued from previous post, Fibromyalgia Cause is Still a Mystery.

People usually undertake integrative approaches to fibromyalgia treatment with the support of their physician. Lifestyle changes with massage and exercises are often recommended to reduce stress and benefit immune and nervous system response. Doctors may recommend medications for pain relief and improved sleep. Some improve from psychological counseling and many benefit from fibromyalgia support groups.… Read the rest

Referrals from a Massage Therapist

I have given referrals to a variety of other practitioners and serviceyay-7007664 providers: chiropractors, acupuncturists, other massage therapists, mental health practitioners, medical doctors, naturopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians, artists, writers, activities developer, elder care facilities, photographers, nutritional coach, business coach, caregivers, pet sitters, web designer and web developer. Often I hear where people have really benefited. Sometimes a client doesn’t follow through and I realize it might be partly from my role in their lives as a massage therapist.… Read the rest

QiGong Breath to Release Pain

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I learned this from a book loaned to me by my qigong instructor (Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body by Qigong and Tao Tai Chi Master Bruce Frantzis). I teach an adapted version to my clients who have acute localized pain. You don’t need to be a Qigong Master to use this. But you do need to focus your attention on the area with intense pain, and it is helpful if you can reach the area comfortably, or have a friend touch it.… Read the rest

Therapeutic Breathwork: tension to peace

Continued from Therapeutic BreathWork, Self-Care

Coordination of the outgoing breath with letting go of tension is an easy way to bring peace and stillness to the body and mind. It relieves pain and stress and relaxes muscles. There is a physiological basis for the influence of breathwork.

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The ribs attach to the spine at the back, and open and close like little wings with each breath.… Read the rest

Breathing to Release Neck/Shoulder Tension & Arm Pain

Conscious Breathing

The lungs extend up under the collarbone. Tension sometimes restricts breathing at the diaphragm, at the base of the lungs. We can change that by conscious breathing and massage.

Most of our breathing is automatic, and we are usually not aware when and how we restrict it. However, we can use the breath as a unique vehicle to responsibly meet and heal from tension, emotional or physical pain, and trauma.… Read the rest