Do you suffer from pain? Headaches, back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and more can all be successfully treated with massage therapy. Massage therapy has no side effects, will not hurt your liver, and is an all natural noninvasive way to eliminate or manage chronic or acute pain. Please consider this natural alternative to surgery or drugs. At Rub Away the Day Massage we specialize in pain relief!
Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
• Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
• Relieve migraine and tension headache pain
• Improve fibromyalgia pain
• Provide relief for arthritis pain
• Improve whiplash symptoms
• Increase joint flexibility
• Ease medication dependence
• Reduce spasms and cramping
• Relax and soften injured, tired and overused muscles
• Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
• Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
• Exercise and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscle
• Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
• Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin
• Lessen depression and anxiety
• Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
• Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
• Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling
• Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller
What Causes Muscle Knots?
The medical term for muscle knots is myofascial trigger points, which is quite a mouthful for such a common problem. There is some debate among doctors about what causes muscle knots, but it seems to be connected to an abnormal buildup of protein after a release of lactic acid.
Muscles that form knots are muscles that have gone into a muscle spasm either due to injury, overuse, or a sedentary lifestyle, and then have remained “stuck” in that tense state. A muscle knot is your muscle remaining flexed and refusing to relax, which is a big part of the reason they can be so painful.
While many people tend to believe that a muscle knot is most likely due to a “pulled muscle” or an overuse injury, the most common cause of these muscle knots is a sedentary lifestyle containing short bursts of activity. If you sit hunched over at a computer all day, you train your muscles to behave abnormally, which will make it more difficult to prevent injury when you exercise.
How Can I Make Them Go Away?
Because muscle knots are caused by inflammation in the muscle, taking a NSAID drug like ibuprofen will help with the pain and can sometimes help with the inflammation as well. If you have only a few knots, the very best way to encourage them to go away is to massage them briefly several times a day for several days. Massaging these knots can be painful, and you should be exerting targeted force directly on the knots. However, this sort of massage over a period of days both helps the inflammation to go down and “trains” your muscles to relax. One of the best things you can do is see a licensed massage therapist.
How Can I Prevent This From Happening Again?
Periodic muscle knots are inevitable, but if you’re getting a lot of them, there are several factors to examine. Potassium and calcium help to prevent muscle knots, and remaining hydrated can work wonders.
Become more mindful of the way you move your body. Avoid hunching over, and when you are at work or school, take frequent breaks to walk around. Stretch both before and after you exercise, and do not do exercises that are intensely painful. Pain during exercise is an indication that your muscle is too weak to perform the movement, not that you should “push through” the pain!
Massage does wonders to calm and relax muscles, soothe your nervous system and improve your mood. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
• Decreased anxiety
• Enhanced sleep quality
• Greater energy
• Improved concentration
• Increased circulation
• Higher levels of serotonin and oxytocin, which result in lowered stress
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
• Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
• Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
• Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
• High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
• Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
• Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.