Massage is a therapeutic practice. It is available for most people who have certain medical problems. Always ask your doctor first if medical massage is safe for your particular condition. Depending on the response of your physician you may want to open dialogue between your physician and your massage therapist. Some doctors may even write a prescription for therapeutic massage that can be submitted to your insurance company. Massage has been found to be particularly effective for patients with these following conditions and many others that are not on our website. We at Awaken Your Senses have had success helping people with the following conditions: arthritis, breast cancer, diabetes, edema, fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, plantar fasciitis, psoriasis, and sciatica.
Talk with doctor and massage therapist to ensure that massage is right you. The massage experience should not increase your pain and anxiety but should provide you with beneficial results. Studies on the effects of massage for arthritis symptoms have indicated regular use of simple therapy have led to improvements in arthritic conditions.
Massage promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety in patients with varying kinds of cancer. It has been especially helpful to breast cancer survivors. Traditional medical care along with massage are coupled together and known to relax pre-surgery and post-surgery symptoms. Breast cancer patients who were massaged three times a week reported lower levels of depression, anxiety and anger. Benefits of massage after breast cancer treatment also include a boosted immune system and helped women reconnect with their bodies.
Diabetic patients may be helped with massage therapy by decreasing anxiety, stress and tension. Massage aids in increasing blood circulation and improving flexibility of the tissue. Neuropathy is a known painful complication in diabetics. It is imperative that both therapist and client communicate about any type of treatment that involves the use of heat.
Edema patients should check with their doctor before pursuing massage therapy. Lymphatic Drainage Massage is the technique used when working with Edema clients. The technique used is gentle touch with massage strokes directed towards the heart. Those with edema are able to see and feel a marked improvement after Lymphatic Massage. The benefits also include a feeling of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Fibromyalgia symptoms involve muscle aches, pain, weakness and stiffness of the joints. Shiatsu Massage and Reflexology are two techniques used to alleviate discomfort. Coupled with correct breathing practices on the client’s part and several scheduled massage sessions can help the individuals’ ability to get proper oxygen to the blood stream. For the treatment of pain, stiffness, and discomfort associated with fibromyalgia, massage therapy can help with sleeplessness and a client’s overall well-being.
Fatigue and concentration problems are common results of insomnia. A good night’s sleep is needed for someone to lead a healthy, happy and energetic lifestyle. Massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve an individual’s time in deep sleep. Deep sleep is the restoration stage in which the body begins to heal itself. This deep sleep allows you to become more alert, productive and improves your overall quality life.
Migraines are a severe type of headache. The onset of migraines is unpredictable. There are many triggers that can spark a migraine; these include stress, sleep disturbances, dehydration and hormone imbalance. Massage relaxes the spasms or tenseness in the muscles and helps lessen the severity of the migraine. Inflammation of the sinuses indicates cold stone therapy of the face should be combined with other modalities to alleviate the pain. Regularly scheduled massage therapy may help in the prevention of migraines.
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic neurological disorder which effects the immune system. Massage Therapy can be effective in relieving symptoms and improving quality of life. Benefits include decreased stress, depression, numbness and tingling of the muscles. It may also increase better sleep, mobility and an overall sense of well-being.
Most commonly affected areas are the neck, arms and legs; however any muscle can undergo a spasm. A spasms first signs are pain followed by swelling and soreness and the muscle usually becomes immobile in that area. Muscle spasms can occur as a result of exhausted muscles, such as what happens when we overuse our bodies and put it through extreme exertion.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes scaling and inflammation. First, begin by finding a massage therapist that is comfortable with psoriasis. It is not contagious. If the client has been prescribed ointment by their doctor it is best to use it as prescribed while massaging. Massage is safe for the most part for people with psoriasis. It softens the body and the mind.
When massage is indicated for the beneficial healing effects of sciatica it relaxes the muscles and decreases the strain along with relieving the pain at the affected nerve sites. Massage also aids in enhancing blood circulation in the compromised areas. Endorphins, the feel good hormones, release into the blood circulation. If the massage is done with an inexperienced person, more injury may occur along the spinal cord and its nerves. An idea to keep in mind is that the client should be suggested to ice the area after treatment.