Chronic Pain is Real.


As massage therapists we work every day with people who experience chronic pain. Over and over we listen to people’s frustration that their medical providers sometimes seem like they doubt the pain. Sometimes, the whole process makes people doubt themselves and their own experience. Well, we know chronic pain is real and we believe you.


We don’t need a diagnosis.


Regardless of whether a doctor has diagnosed a cause; or the symptoms don’t fit neatly into a box; or even whether we can “feel” anything; we trust your word that your pain experience is real.  We will work with you to try to improve it. Even if you have started to doubt yourself.


Generally speaking, massage safely and effectively helps people manage pain. Although having a diagnosis can help your therapist tailor their techniques for optimal results, massage can often help prior to receiving one. Massage eases pain whether it stems from a specific muscular injury or a more systemic cause. It can even help with calming mental stressors, like anxiety, that exacerbate pain.


Complementary not alternative.

In fact, many people who live with chronic pain first try massage because they’ve “tried everything else and it can’t hurt,” especially when feeling doubted. In this way, many people first seek massage as an alternative to other forms of pain relief. For some, massage works wonders and does replace other forms of pain management. For most, however, massage complements other approaches. It can be a key component to a multi-modal integrated approach to care. 


Pain comes in many forms and stems from many sources, not all of which the medical community fully understands yet. But they’re working on it. While research improves, massage continues to help people manage their pain.  And we massage therapists continue to believe that your pain is real.


Burnout is real. And it sucks.

What does burnout feel like? Exhausted, frazzled, and running on empty. Too overwhelmed by mounting pressure to function. Paralyzed. Utterly depleted. Broken. Stress, over time, can become chronic and lead to burnout. Getting out of the depths of burnout can feel almost impossible – and insurmountable feat. Even for those in or nearing crisis mode, things can get better!


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.


Recurring Pain Doesn’t Need To Be Unmanageable

Recurring pain can be managed through massage and many people seek massage for help dealing with consistent problem areas.  Repeating an action over and over stresses the muscle and leads to tension. Continuing the same repetitive motion disallows the muscle to heal properly.  Over time, the body reacts by tightening everything up in that area in an attempt to give it needed support. Which often leads to recurring, and sometimes chronic, pain and tension– sometimes referred to as a repetitive stress or repetitive motion injury.

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