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.

My second child was delivered by C-section and I found the recovery painful and lengthy. Five months post partum I was still experiencing abdominal discomfort and back pain when lifting or doing any exercise that engaged my lower abs and found the skin around my C-scar numb in some spots and super sensitive in others. I was surprised at how long my recovery was taking as I still wasn’t feeling much strength in my lower abdomen. I made an appointment with Donna Zubrod because a friend told me that she was offering therapy that could help with post C-section surgery recovery. Donna provided not only beneficial abdominal massage therapy, but also an educational experience for me in my post cesarean recovery. As she demonstrated and instructed me how to perform the Arvigo self care massage routine, I gained a valuable lesson in how to be mindful and responsive to my body. I now have more sensation on and around my incision site, an open and light feeling throughout my abdomen, and I am more aware of the incision scar tissue just under the skin and surrounding my uterus. I feel more in touch and in control of my ongoing recovery thanks to Donna’s expert advice and care. She also kindly directed me to additional exercises to help close my diastasis recti and help strengthen my abdominal muscles. Overall, I was extremely impressed with Donna’s knowledge of the Arvigo manual therapy, her interest in helping me with my specific needs, and her level of dedication to women’s wellness!


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