Neck and shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints massage therapists deal with. Many times it can be as simple as built up tension causing soreness and stiffness. However, in other cases, more serious conditions such as whiplash, nerve impingement, and arthritis can cause chronic discomfort and pain. Massage therapy treatments can improve muscle function by reducing trigger points, adhesions and realigning scar tissue. Also, increased nutrient supply due to increased circulation from massage will promote healing.
Headache and migraine pain affects the everyday quality of life for many. Some suffer for years without finding successful treatment. Obviously stress and tension cause headaches, but many times trigger points or nerve entrapments in specific muscles can cause these chronic headaches by referring pain into the head, creating a headache. When those muscles are chronically affected due to an injury, prolonged stress to the tissue, or poor posture, this can lead to chronic headaches and even reach a level of pain comparable to a migraine. Through treatment of the effected muscles, headaches can often be even eliminated.
Mid and upper back pain seems to plague all of us! It usually begins around the mid spine and spreads to the shoulder blades. This pattern is very predictable because it is caused be a very predictable and common reason. That reason is posture. Poor posture is the main reason for mid and upper back discomfort. Back muscles become over stressed and over stretched due to chronic slouching(usually caused by office work). In technical terms this is called upper cross syndrome. When this occurs, muscles become tight, week and form trigger points and scar tissue which leads to soreness throughout the mid and upper back. This can also spread into the neck as well. Through treatment of specific muscle groups, including pectoral, shoulder, back, and neck muscles, posture can be improved. Once muscle function improves, bringing postural improvement, pain can be diminished and eliminated.
Low back pain is usually a bit more complex to deal with through massage therapy due to the fact that there are more soft tissue structures that can be involved. Considering that no structural problems are present in the lumbar spine itself, an assessment can be done to determine what muscles are causing soreness or pain in the low back. These vary from hamstring and hip flexor muscles to gluteus muscles and low back extensors. In the realm of massage therapy, low back pain can be calculated to specific muscle dysfunction and thus treated accordingly with manual therapy and stretching.
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