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WHY WE SHOULD ALL MAKE TIME FOR A MASSAGE…

Research has revealed that massage has various health benefits. Massage treatments can be utilized to assist with dealing with things like nervousness and sorrow, sleep deprivation, and bad posture.

Aromatherapy massage in particular is very popular for pain release. Aromatherapy is a combination of two words “aroma” which means smell or fragrance, and ‘therapy” which means treatment for the body, mind, or social condition of a person, to assist a process where healing and change can take place. People who are suffering from problems such as arthritis, or fibromyalgia can benefit from the service of therapist to improve their quality of life.

Massage is one of the most important activities that help people to recuperate from injuries. Wounds are converted into scar tissues hampering the movement of the body. Over a period of time, the muscles acquire strength and the healing occurs at a faster rate.

It is a method of healing using very concentrated essential oils that are often highly aromatic and are extracted from plants. On a personal note, I do find that aromatherapy massage helps with pain relief be it only for a short period of time. Some say that it’s a placebo effect but I do genuinely feel in less pain and more calm. Let’s put it this way, if I could afford a massage on a weekly basis I would have it booked in a second but once a month is a help to me for the time being.

The massage generally refers to the use of hands or other tools to rub and knead muscles and joints of the body, often to relieve tension or pain. Other types of massage include Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Hot Stone or Tai massage.

According to Rest Less Research shows that 20-minute massages are enough to see positive results. This means that the majority of professional massages – most of which tend to be around 50 minutes long – provide more than enough pressure to the body to experience optimal benefits.

Massage has so many benefits from relieving stress, anxiety, depression and helping you sleep better. It can help with chronic fatigue, give pain relief, and can boost your immune system. It can also improve your posture and relieve headaches and can be done on yourself or by using a massage gun or having treatment. I find massaging acupressure points of great benefit to me although I can obviously not reach certain areas.

A great home massage tip is to use a tennis ball, which can help with back and other muscle pains.

For self-massage, they suggest that you lie on a mat with two tennis balls under your back, and roll up and down. The balls then massage the muscles and ligaments around your spine. This then stretches the muscles and surrounding tissue, increasing blood flow and nutrients to the area to help ease the pain.

For specific acupressure using your tennis ball lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor or sofa if you cannot get onto the floor. Your knees should be separated by about the width of your hips. Then raise your hips slightly and slide the tennis ball under one of them. Come back down and rest on the ball. You can treat both sides of your body and the sides of your hips.

There is a great book on how to use self-massage with a tennis ball by Angie Sage ‘Tennis Ball Self Massage : Effective Trigger Point Therapy to Relieve Your Muscle and Joint Pain, available on Amazon

This book offers you lots to learn from what is Tennis Ball Self-Massage, Trigger Point Therapy for Head and Neck, Massage to Relieve a Headache, and Massaging the Neck., and Tigger Point Therapy for your Back, Shoulder, Arm, Forearm, Hand, Hip, Thigh and Knee and much more.

Massage guns are very popular at the moment but for someone treating themselves and already in pain then the best type to buy is the lightest you can find otherwise it will just aggravate your pain.

A brilliant app that can help you find a therapist is

Source: Rest Less

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Lower Back Pain Relief For A Woman With Previous Spinal Fusion Surgery

Dr. James Schofield

Lower Back Pain Relief

Recently I was able to help give lower back pain relief to a patient who came to my chiropractic office of 37 years. Jean, a 79-year-old woman, had been experiencing severe lower back pain for approximately one month. Her pain was growing worse, and she was at a point where she decided she had to gain pain relief. Jean’s case was complicated, and interesting, because she had undergone lower back spinal fusion surgery five years earlier. This article described lower back pain, spinal fusion surgery and how a multi-faceted chiropractic care approach gave this patient low back pain relief.

Jean’s case was like many I’ve seen in my three-plus decades of chiropractic practice. Over the course of her life, she injured her back multiple times. When she was younger, when experiencing episodes of lower back pain, she would cut back on her activities, rest and her…

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THE EMMETT TECHNIQUE – A COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY FOR PAIN & DISCOMFORT…

The EMMETT technique is a safe and simple muscle release therapy developed by Remedial Therapist Ross Emmett. It is used for pain and discomfort and improves movement restrictions.

Ross is a dynamic and unique practitioner. He developed the EMMETT Technique during his early years having been inspired by a diverse mix of life experiences, jobs and hobbies, including a passion for animals. He has continued to develop and evolve the technique up until the present day.

He is a qualified instructor of Therapeutic Massage since 1983 and was a senior instructor of Bowen Therapy for 8 years.

The technique Ross developed is widely recognised as a gentle, safe and simple to apply muscle release therapy based on an understanding of the body’s response to light touch.

Ross has a rare and special gift which allows him to see each client’s needs at that moment, to know what to do and to adapt accordingly, so the treatment is tailored to each individual client. This ‘Chameleon Approach’ has long been the major success in the EMMETT Technique and produces outstanding results time and time again.

Body in Balance explains the Emmett Technique which was new to the UK in 2007, this bodywork therapy is designed to offer fast relief from pain and discomfort.  Beneficial effects are commonly noticed before the end of the first treatment.

The therapist uses a combination of gentle switches and light finger pressure at specific locations to initiate to release muscle tension in many problem areas such as neck, shoulder and back. The treatment is usually performed over light clothing and generally takes between 30 and 50 minutes.

Practitioners are trained in assessment skills and how to tailor treatments precisely to their client’s individual needs.  They are also trained in assisting the client to recognise and enhance the changes achieved.  All facets of this effective and complete treatment result in the successful outcome of the work, creating lasting changes for the client.

A technique where results they say, ‘are usually immediate’.  Before leaving the clinic most clients notice dramatic changes in flexibility, balance, pain levels, ranges of movement, breathing and other functions depending upon the areas worked.

It’s non-invasive and involves no drugs, massage oils, manipulations or high-velocity thrusts. The Emmett Technique can be used alone or alongside any other bodywork therapy to enhance its performance.  For this reason, it is one of the most desirable and versatile treatments available, enhancing any therapist’s practice.

EMMETT is truly a complementary therapy. It may be applied in isolation but it also combines easily with all other bodywork and exercise specialities such as massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, Bowen therapy, craniosacral therapy, yoga, Pilates and personal training as some typical examples. 

To find an Emmett Practitioner head to the website.

Source: The Emmett Technique, Body in Balance