Aches & Pains

Therapeutic Medical

Medical massage is a general term which is used for massage therapy aimed at addressing medical conditions. It is different in its aims from relaxation massage. It is much more of an option to consider when you have a chronic or persistent pain or have sustained an injury and would like help and support in finding ways for it to heal.

Medical massage is a unique multidisciplinary approach that helps restore structural balance throughout the body, which in turn allows focus on prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions, chronic pain and sports injuries. Your massage therapist draws from their training in a wide variety of modalities and procedures to select the methods which seem most appropriate for your individual case and diagnosed condition. This could include a combination of functional assessment, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular and trigger point therapy, craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular re-education, PNF stretching, and recommendations for specific client home-care protocols.

Medical massage can be an effective treatment for many conditions, including back pain, neck pain, repetitive strain injury, sciatica, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and dysfunction, movement and motion issues, swelling, sports injuries, postural issues, digestive issues, anxiety, and other conditions involving chronic pain or fatigue as well as injuries sustained from accidents and other incidents.

Definitive research has just recently been published in peer reviewed scientific journals showing the physiological benefits of massage on our bodies and wellness.   This article published in the Wall Street Journal on March 13, 2012 says it all:  Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants To Be Medicine.

Over the past 10 years, I have struggled with extremely painful periods to the extent that I could not even function some days.  After the birth of my three children, my condition progressed and evolved from painful periods into extreme continuous pelvic pain.   I wore a pelvic support belt for Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) during my most recent pregnancy because of the intense pelvic pain I was experiencing.  Even after the pregnancy, my hips and pelvis continued to feel as if they were falling apart and even “crushing” when I tried to sleep on my side.  After I began Mercier Therapy with Donna my body very quickly went into a “healing crises” and I felt as if some of my symptoms were worsening.  However I understood that with natural healing methods sometimes symptoms can worsen before they improve and I was determined to stick with the Mercier Therapy treatments.  Within 2 weeks I began to sense the benefits of the work.  Formerly, when I would slide down our playset slide with my children I would feel a crushing impact in my hips upon hitting the ground.  While being seen by Donna I noticed that I no longer dreaded sliding on our playset with my children!  My hips and pelvis felt more aligned, and it was no longer painful upon impact.  I also noticed that my next menstrual period was no longer painful.  I kept waiting for “that period day” where I felt faint, dizzy, and sick to my stomach with cramping, but, to my pleasant surprise, that day never came.  Donna has helped me begin a journey of healing in relation to my pelvic pain and painful periods. I am so thankful for Mercier Therapy and for Donna’s time, work, and treating me holistically during my care with her.

K.B.

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