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18/Aug/2017

Let’s talk about carpal tunnel syndrome, and what, if anything, massage therapy can do for it.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

The main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are pain, numbness, burning, tingling, weakness and/or clumsiness in the hand or fingers, not including the pinky finger.  Symptoms often come on at night, and may radiate sensation up to the shoulder.

What causes the symptoms?

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are caused by pressure on the median nerve, which runs down through the wrist and innervates the hand and all fingers but the pinky.  The pressure often comes from the carpal tunnel, a small passageway in the wrist that the nerve passes through.  This passageway is comprised of bones and ligaments, most notably the transverse carpal ligament. Pressure at other points along the nerve pathway may produce similar symptoms as well.

What causes the carpal tunnel to press on the median nerve?

Typically the pressure is due to swelling in the carpal tunnel.  Some causes for this swelling include:

  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Swelling/fluid retention
  • Health problems such as diabetes, hypothyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Repetitive hand or wrist movements, especially with the wrist flexed (bent down)

Can carpal tunnel be self-treated?

There are several self-treatments that have reportedly helped with carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Avoid repetitive hand and wrist movements, and let the wrist rest longer between activities
  • Apply ice to the wrist periodically
  • Soak the wrist in epsom salt
  • Wear a wrist splint or hand brace at night

Can carpal tunnel syndrome be treated by a professional?

Treatments involving a second party include the following:

  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Yoga
  • Massage therapy

How effective is massage therapy in treating carpal tunnel syndrome?

A 2010 study by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed that regular massage therapy can decrease carpal tunnel syndrome pain and other symptoms, including improving the client’s grip strength.  Treatment often includes myofascial release all along the median nerve, from neck to hand, with the goal of relaxing any muscles pressing on the nerve.  The therapist may also include lymphatic massage(if swelling is involved), swedish techniques, stretches, nerve gliding, and direct compression to tight muscle fibers. Many clients experience relief after the first session, but it typically takes from three to six sessions to get long-term results.

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18/Aug/2017

Diagnosing fibromyalgia isn’t as straightforward as you may think.

While it may seem a “no-brainer” that the path towards healing from chronic pain lies in obtaining a diagnosis the reality of receiving one can be anything but easy. Pain which appears to be emanating from fractured vertebrae may actually be caused by a pinched nerve. Lower back pain may originate in knotted muscles mid-back. For the fibromyalgia sufferer, the difficulty is compounded by the fact that no test currently exists for a definitive diagnosis. The diagnosis is a clinical one which is made when a physician applies pressure to 18 specific points over the body. If at least 11 of these are tender to the touch and the patient has a history of diffuse musculoskeletal pain, a positive diagnosis is made. Often this diagnosis only comes after thousands of dollars in tests and numerous visits to a wide range of specialists. It is once test results read normal and a host of other maladies have been eliminated that a diagnosis often finally occurs.

My own journey with fibromyalgia began with a sore shoulder. My primary care physician referred me to an orthopedist specializing in shoulders. He in turn prescribed physical therapy after consulting x-rays. Three physical therapists, two orthopedists specializing in shoulders and one in spines, two rheumatologists’ visits and thousands of dollars in tests and treatments later, I finally received my diagnosis of fibromyalgia. I count myself fortunate as my journey only lasted 10 months. For many it can take years.

What have I learned from this journey? First and foremost, don’t give up. Some days it will take every ounce of strength and courage you possess just to roll out (and I mean that literally on those days where every movement causes pain) of bed in the morning. Do it anyway.

Second, don’t be afraid to question doctor prescribed treatments or procedures. I had never visited a physical therapist prior to fibromyalgia. I blindly accepted that the treatment would make me better even as my pain and lack of mobility increased. Physical therapy was in reality one of the worst treatments I could do as it often focuses on repetitive motions and strength conditioning which can quickly cause flare-ups for fibro sufferers.

Third, don’t be afraid to seek additional medical opinions or change medical professionals if one isn’t working for you. It took three physicals therapists before I found one who really listened to me and who became a key player in obtaining my diagnosis. One of the three made me feel that I was a hysterical female whose symptoms were all in her head. Get rid of anyone who makes you feel that way!

Four, seek out medical professionals and therapists who really listen to you. It was only after I found a physical therapist and orthopedist who listened to me and to each other that I was referred to my rheumatologist who was able to make my diagnosis. My massage therapist at Nimbus is a skilled listener. Because of that, in conjunction with an expertise in myofascial release massage, we have been able to tailor make a therapy plan that works best for me.

Five, keep a journal or log of your daily activities and symptoms.

At my lowest point, daily activities such as eating breakfast, washing and drying my hair and putting on my coat could only be accomplished with great difficulty and pain or with assistance. I now have full range of motions in my arms, shoulders and legs. I often walk a mile per day and lead a fairly normal life as long as I “listen” to my body. You can get there too. It all begins with a decision to either literally roll out of bed or to throw the covers over your head, stay in bed and cry. Choose to roll out (although an occasional covers over the head and good cry can be therapeutic as long as the next day you roll!)

Thanks to Nina at Nimbus Massage who acted as my arms and typed this blog for me when my arms were too fatigued to do so. It is only because of Nimbus’ skillful and compassionate care that I continue to move with ease most days and can write this blog.

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18/Aug/2017

Try these TMJ remedies you may not have considered.

If you have pain or other symptoms from temporomandibular disorder (often referred to as “TMJ” or “TMD) you have many options for helping manage your condition. Massage, of course, is one of our favorites. But here is a list, compiled by a dental hygienist, of things you can do at home to help ease your TMJ symptoms.

Chewing-

Since temporomandibular disorders focus around the temporomandibular joint- or the jaw- try adjusting some of your chewing habits to relieve repetitive stress in the area.

  • Avoid chewing gum.
  • Chew foods on both sides of the mouth instead of just one. (You may really have to focus on this one!)
  • Cut food into smaller, easier to chew pieces.
  • Opt for softer foods over hard, crunchy, or chewy foods.

Postural-

Some postural patterns may put a strain on the neck and head thus exacerbating TMJ symptoms. Here are some common tips on postural changes for improving TMJ.

  • Who knew? Proper resting position for the jaw is actually with the teeth about three millimeters apart. If your teeth are together, relax your jaw a little. You can still keep your lips together.
  • Experiment with sleeping positions. Often, sleeping on the back can relieve strain in this area. Regardless of which way you sleep, try to find a good pillow that fits your sleeping position.
  • Avoid wearing heavy objects (i.e., bags, coats) that weigh down your shoulders.
  • Keep your head from shifting forward as much as possible. Proper head alignment means your ears are over your shoulders.

Stress Relief-

Stress may cause or exacerbate TMJ symptoms for some people. Do your favorite healthy de-stress activity.

  • Exercise regularly- sports, cardio, yoga- whatever you like!
  • Take some deep controlled breaths.
  • Listen to soothing music, journal, or draw.
  • Get some nature.

Self-Care-

You can directly work on the area yourself between whatever interventions you use with your health team.

  • Massage your head, jaw, neck, and shoulders. You can use your hands or a tool. You can even massage the muscle inside your cheek- have your therapist show you!
  • Apply moist heat to these same areas. Especially nice to prepare for bedtime.
  • Do any home exercises and/or stretches your doctor has given you.
  • Wear your mouthguard if you have one to prevent clenching and/or grinding.

Whether your TMJ just started and is going away with treatment or it is a stubborn chronic issue, you can take steps to manage your symptoms. Try some of these, or share some of your favorites.

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18/Aug/2017

The benefits of lymphatic drainage

By Claire Schoen

Light and rhythmic, lymphatic massage (also known as lymph massage, manual lymphatic drainage, or “MLD”) helps people feel a deep sense of relaxation and calm. This specialty style of massage is, perhaps, one of the most relaxing forms of massage – using such gentle pressure that the body can fully let down its guard in the hands of the practitioner. Anyone who wants to achieve peaceful calm should try lymphatic massage, especially those who don’t prefer firm pressure massage.

Overview of lymphatic massage

Originally designed to support the body’s natural lymphatic functioning, lymphatic massage aims to move the fluid through the lymphatic system which resides just under the skin. The lymphatic system moves fluid from around the body to the lymph nodes which filter the lymph and allows the immune system to respond to any threats. Although the system moves fluid, it does not have a muscle to pump the fluid. Lymphatic massage intends to manually pump the lymph fluid through the system thereby maintaining proper fluid balance and enhancing the immune system.

Medical uses for lymphatic massage

Medically, many people use lymphatic massage to manage lymphedema; as part of decongestive therapy or by itself as a means to control swelling.  People who have had lymph nodes removed during cancer treatment particularly seek out lymphatic massage. It can also be used to prehab the body prior to surgery or rehab after surgery. Anyone seeking lymphatic massage for medical reasons should discuss their options with their medical provider and gain approval prior to working with a massage therapist.

Research shows promise for lymphatic massage helping people who suffer from chronic headaches. Like traditional massage, it can help reduce their frequency.  It is also one of the styles of massage that may help people who suffer from Fibromyalgia. The light pressure is well-suited for people who have fibro and research subjects report less depression and anxiety, less stiffness, and feeling better refreshed upon waking after having a lymphatic massage. One study also looked at lymphatic massage after exercise and found that the athletes did process certain enzymes and acids better which has the potential for improving recovery. Some people also use it to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Lymphatic massage can help people relax, refresh, recharge, and recover.

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18/Aug/2017

Your Scalp Massage Check Up From The Neck Up.

There’s a lot going on in that head of yours — including many muscles and structures that could benefit from a scalp massage and face massage. People often ask us what we’re working on when we massage the head so we will explore the cranium vis a vis therapeutic massage. From sinuses, to stress, to migraines, healing touch can help us keep our heads in the game.

A little anatomy

The skull houses our brain and sinuses and, like the rest of our skeleton, is covered with many muscles. The scalp is mostly covered with fascial tissue which can tighten due to stress or postural issues. Some of the neck and face muscles also overlap onto the scalp- especially the ones that help tense the jaw and shoulders. The face contains the sinuses and over twenty muscles that let you smile, frown, and chew. There are also nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, and glands, amongst other anatomical structures.

Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma

Massage can help fight stress, calm anxiety, and ease trauma. One great and simple technique to set the tone for healing is gentle head holding. Cradling the back of the head in the hands for a few minutes helps promote grounding and relaxation and starts a session in a calm and reassuring manner. Many people find powerful healing with this technique alone. After setting the tone with this technique, the therapist can then move into other soothing and grounding bodywork.

Sinus Problems

Many people find relief from sinus pain and pressure with massage. A combination of a few techniques over the sinuses and related structures can help relieve stuffiness and soothe tension. Gliding over the forehead and scalp, pressing through the eyebrows, and working along the sides of the nose and around the cheekbones can get things working. Then balancing and soothing with work over the rest of the head and adding aromatherapy and cold packs, can really relieve irritated sinuses. Because breathing rocks!

Headaches

Whether tension type, cervicogenic, or full-blown migraines, massage can help tame headache pain. The massage technique will vary depending on the root cause of the headaches, but they will all focus on the head. For some types of headaches, a targeted approach to the musculature and fascia may give the best results. For others, the therapist may focus on relaxation. Often people who suffer from headaches get tight areas on their scalp or in their face and neck muscles- and massage helps ease those restrictions. (PS- June is Migraine and Headache awareness month.)

Temporomandibular Disorders

A thorough targeted massage to the face, scalp, neck, and shoulders can also help ease symptoms of TMJ. Clenching, grinding, arthritis, injury, and many other causes contribute to TMJ. A protocol combining massage to the direct and indirect muscles involved can greatly reduce pain and improve function. A little added heat therapy can enhance the massage. Starting with the jaw and working out, the therapist can coax those muscles back into shape.

So, massage on and around the head not only feels great, but it also serves to improve many health concerns. A skilled therapist can work the face and scalp to help with any of these goals, and more. Face and scalp massage feels like a luxury but delivers great therapeutic value.

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18/Aug/2017

Trauma Survivors Can Be Aided By Massage.

The team at Nimbus Massage recently hired Hannah Bohn, MSW, a local mental wellness professional, to teach the staff a clinically-oriented class on PTSD and Trauma. By expanding our knowledge base, we can better attune our sessions to our clients who have experienced either of these. The root of helping people with their massage goals comes from understanding what people experience. We believe that massage can help survivors of trauma and people who live with Post Traumatic Stress.

The power of positive caring touch with the intention of healing can help people. Massage can help people find calm and centering. It can brighten someone’s mood. It can help people feel more attuned to and connected with themselves and their bodies. It can aid better sleep. It can ease tension and uneasiness. And can relieve pain. All things that can help people dealing with PTSD or trauma.

Those who have undergone dangerous, violent, scary, and stressful events may need a little extra care or have specific goals related to their experience. Our staff is willing and able to make accommodations in order to provide a safe space for healing to occur. Some examples may include:

  • Only having very specific areas of the body touched- or starting with one or two and gradually introducing more areas of the body (or not).
  • Focusing on calming techniques.
  • Having specific pressure or pacing requests.
  • Avoiding or adding techniques based on comfort.
  • Starting with touch only and “working up” to massage.
  • Having a lot of communication before, during, and after a session.
  • Needing non-traditional positioning.
  • Remaining fully clothed.
  • Changing the music or having no music.
  • Incorporating grounding techniques if necessary.

Our goal is to make each session comfortable, welcoming, and effective.  The client is in control of what happens during their massage.

Some of the things our team will not do as part of a massage include:

  • Actively try to elicit a specific emotional response.
  • Try to recreate a traumatic event.
  • Engage in counseling.
  • Keep working without getting permission if the person on the table is showing signs of distress or strong emotion.
  • Tell a client to try to tough it out through something uncomfortable.

 

Kassia and Claire, in particular, are working toward specializing in massage for PTSD and trauma. They will build upon their prior experience providing massage for Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Pain.

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18/Aug/2017

Living Through Pain and Frustration – Tips and Techniques for Fibromyalgia Self Care

Slightly more than five years ago after thousands of dollars in medical expenses and numerous tests that all indicated “normal” test results, I finally received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and began my journey of living with this painful and frustrating condition. During my journey, I have discovered a number of tips that can make the daily struggle of living with fibromyalgia a little easier and can alleviate some of the pain and discomfort. Soon after I was diagnosed, I stumbled upon a book by Dr. Ginevra Liptan entitled Figuring Out Fibromyalgia. Many of the ideas listed below came from this book and her subsequent publication The Fibro Manual. If you are struggling with fibro, I urge you to get a copy of The Fibro Manual. The information contained in this recent publication has been invaluable to me and my path towards healing and fibromyalgia self care .

At my very lowest point, I could not lift my arms to my mouth to eat my morning cereal. Now I have recovered my full range of motion and am the most flexible that I have ever been. You can get better. While listening to the radio station WPER Positive Hits 90.5, I heard Theresa Mills state that the word HOPE stands for Hold On Pain Ends. It is my prayer that each one reading this will find at least one thing that can make his/her daily life with this dreaded condition a little easier. As with anything concerning your health, please check with your doctor or healthcare provider before taking any supplements or starting a regime of exercising and stretching.

Since pain, fatigue and stiffness at times can make daily routines difficult, I have found a few tricks and tools to make daily living easier, especially on those bad days.

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A long pair of tongs can be helpful for picking up things when bending or reaching is out. Use them to retrieve dropped items from the floor, take clothes out of the dryer, or reach things out of the cupboard.

A speaker phone can save your neck and back! Instead of crooking your neck to the side and holding the phone to your ear (remember that static locked positions are your enemy), put the phone on speaker to avoid prolonged awkward positioning.

If you love to read, you probably have realized that holding up a book or even a newspaper for a prolonged period of time may be too much. Using a tablet, books on tape, or a reading stand can help. (I have also found the tablet to be easier on my body for emailing and light computer usage.)

When taking a car trip, use pillows to prop up your arms and a towel or pillow to bolster your neck. A heat wrap (or heated seats if you’re lucky) can come in handy, too.

Driving can be your worst enemy of fibromyalgia self care; if you must do it often or for a single prolonged period of time (which could be as little as 10 minutes if you are really flared up). I never drive without a travel-sized pillow under each of my arms. The pillows fill the space between my lap and the wheel so I am not holding my arms locked in a stationary position with no support.

Stretch every day. I always begin my daily stretching in the shower so that the heat of the water also aids in loosening my muscles. Then. as soon as I towel off I continue with additional stretching while I am still loose and warm. Do each stretch slowly but avoid too much repetition (maybe two-three reps of each).

Tools for Fibromyalgia Self Care

Pillows, pillows, pillows … in the car, at the table, on the couch, in the bed. Extra pillows can keep you propped and supported. At bedtime make sure your primary pillow gives your neck good support. Fill in with support pillows as needed especially for the hips, arms and shoulders. Find a good mattress topper or mattress. Foam works best for me. Also, lavender aromatherapy can help enhance sleep.

Use a small ball, like a tennis ball or trigger point ball, to help roll out knots. You can lean against it on a wall, or lay on it on the ground, and take it with you when you travel.

A Theracane, basically knobs on a stick, can help you get precise pressure on your tender points. And it is great for reaching your neck, back, and shoulders without exerting yourself too much.

Heat wraps deliver moist heat help relax muscle tension. You can find ones that heat up in the microwave like a rice pack or aromatherapy pillows from Mother Earth.

Foam rollers target broad areas of your body at once. They are great for general tautness and large muscle groups.

Use your large exercise ball as a support when you stretch- especially good for stretching your back.

Magnesium, such as in an epsom salt bath or oil, can help ease muscle soreness and tension.

Lavender aromatherapy serves as both a natural stress reducer and sleep aid.

A Cranio Cradle can also help traction your neck and encourage rest.

The great outdoors is free. Get outside every day. No matter how bad you feel. The movement and sunshine (and nature) can help keep you going and connected to the world.

Many thanks to the staff at Nimbus Massage. Their compassionate, knowledgeable and skillful therapists literally keep me moving while maintaining my pain at tolerable levels. Without their encouragement and assistance, I would never have compiled this list of tips and tools. They are truly awesome!!

Additional Resources

Some quality sources of information that have helped me include:

The Fibro Manual by Dr. Ginevra Liptan.

Healing Through Trigger Point Therapy by Devin J. Starlanyl and John Sharkey

The Fibromyalgia Partnership and their quarterly publication Fibromyalgia Frontiers.

YouTube always has helpful fibromyalgia self care videos for how-to’s on stretching and using tools.

 

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18/Aug/2017

Low back pain hurts and can result in pain when trying to stand up or shift position. Aching while trying to sleep. Trouble with bending or lifting.

Low back pain is the most common cause of missed time from work— it affects up to 80% of adults in the US at some point and can be completely incapacitating.

Many factors contribute to back pain including muscular injury, postural irregularities, obesity, problems with the spinal column and discs, and nerve problems. In some cases, no one culprit becomes evident– termed non-specific chronic low back pain. Despite its prevalence, low back pain remains a frustrating malady to treat.

Massage for Low Back Pain

Fortunately, for many people, massage can help ease low back pain. Although research has only just begun to support the efficacy of massage, the evidence that exists suggests both relaxation and therapeutic massage can reduce low back pain. In fact, recent medical guidelines list massage as a go-to therapy for low back pain. The team at Nimbus has helped countless people with their low back pain over the years. If muscular tension or injury has led to the pain, many people find relief in a few short sessions. For underlying factors that will not go away (arthritis, scoliosis, etc…) many manage their pain with ongoing treatments. Here is a list of some causes of back pain and some observations from the Nimbus staff about how massage may or may not help.

Massage may be most helpful for resolving pain or other symptoms in a short series of sessions:

– Muscular pain with recent onset.

– Nerve entrapment (by a muscle) with recent onset– including sciatica.

– Recent injury, sprain, or strain.

Massage may be very helpful for the following cases, however it may take a longer series of sessions:

– Chronic muscular pain.

– Nerve entrapment (by a muscle) that has been on-going– including sciatica.

– Past injury, sprain, or strain.

– Pain from postural or repetitive motion stress.

– Non-specific low back pain.

– SI Joint Dysfunction.

– Tendonitis.

– Piriformis Syndrome.

Massage may be helpful for relieving pain or other symptoms, but will not resolve the underlying issue:

– Arthritis including Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and Spinal Stenosis.

– Fibromyalgia.

– Scoliosis.

– Degenerative or other disc diseases.

– Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Massage may not be helpful depending on the level of nerve vs. muscular involvement, may help pain or other symptoms:

– Ruptured disc.

– Nerve impingement (by bone)– including sciatica.

– As always, talk to your healthcare provider about your condition, and seek medical help for distressing, severe, or chronic pain.

What to expect during a massage

As with any complex condition, the treatment plan your massage therapist would suggest for your particular case will vary. The therapist will ask many questions concerning your pain, overall health, and history of massage and then discuss a plan with you. In some cases, the therapist may recommend a flowing massage using techniques to elicit relaxation and calm stress. A Massage for Stress & Anxiety can help back pain, and is a good fit for people who do not like structural massage. In other cases the therapist may recommend a more structural approach. If the pain just started recently, this would fall under the Massage for Aches & Pains category. For pain that has lasted more than three months, the Massage for Chronic Pain would be appropriate.  In either of these cases, the therapist may employ firm pressure to tender muscles; vigorous strokes to loosen stuck muscle fibers; sustained moderate pressure to ease taut areas; stretching and movement to move a nerve or muscle; and many more techniques. Depending on what you list as your symptoms, the therapist may check muscles in areas other than your low back including your legs, buttocks, and abdomen.

Home Care

You can also take steps to ease your pain at home. The American College of Physicians recently came out with a list of recommended approaches to easing back pain. Some examples of therapies you can use at home include the following. Apply heat, especially moist heat, like one of our Mother Earth Pillows or a soak. Engage in exercise, tai chi, or yoga. Try mindfulness techniques or progressive relaxation. You can also do self-massage at home with your hands or a gadget such as a trigger point tool or foam roller.

If low back pain hampers your daily living, massage and a good home care program, could help you get your pain under control, naturally.

 

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18/Aug/2017

Taking on a new exercise or physical activity can lead to sore aching muscles the next day.

Sometimes the muscle soreness even lingers for a few days making every step, bend, or twist a wince-worthy moment. Fortunately, with conditioning, learning your limits, and a little TLC post-activity, muscle soreness can fade into the past.

Lactic Acid and Sore Muscles

For a long time, the fitness community blamed lactic acid build-up for post-exercise muscle soreness. New studies show that lactic acid does indeed play a role in the muscles during physical exertion. However, it appears to dissipate quite rapidly after the activity stops instead of “building up” in the muscle.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Currently, the medical community believes that tiny little tears in the muscle fibers, combined perhaps with inflammation, cause the pain. They call it Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (“DOMS”). In general terms, as long as it feels good when stretched, it isn’t too severe. People often also qualify it as “good pain.”

Steps to prevent DOMS

Working with a personal trainer or exercise specialist when undertaking a new program can help people recognize and understand their limits and how to gradually improve. In general terms, starting slow with a moderate increase from previous activity can work. Then one can gradually increase the intensity. People can also apply this to non-exercise tasks such as gardening, home projects, or cleaning. Jumping in and overdoing it can lead to unwelcome muscle soreness. Take it easy and build up. In either case, warming up, cooling down, and stretching afterwards can minimize soreness.

Sports Massage

For those who push their limits in training, massage can help. Some people use sports massage directly after training to decrease inflammation and stave off DOMS. Recent studies have shown an actual physiological decrease in inflammation in muscles post-exercise with the application of massage. Typically, this type of sports massage entails light to moderate pressure vigorous massage.

Between heavy training cycles, one may use firmer more targeted massage to address problem areas with knots and tension. In either context, adding stretching can help.

The same principles would apply for someone who had sore muscles from non-exercise activity. In either case, the client would want to share how long it has been since their last intense activity, their typical activity, and what level of muscle soreness they feel. All of these pieces of information help a massage therapist plan a session that will ease the client’s pain.

Self-Care

Some things to try at home for easing DOMS include stretching, soaking, and self-massage. Taking time to stretch the sore muscles can feel great and get them back to normal more quickly. Applying heat, especially moist heat, can relax the muscle and ease pain. Many people find an Epsom salt bath or heat therapy pillow particularly helpful. Some people prefer cold therapy- such as icing or applying a salve such as BioFreeze. Self-massage techniques like rubbing, kneading, thumping, and jostling the muscle can help get them back in shape as well. Hands or tools such as a massage ball or foam roller all work. Light activity can also help speed recovery.

People of all levels of activity and fitness can experience Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Taking these steps can help relieve and/or prevent it for free, happy, easy movement.

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