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.

I am an elderly post-menopausal woman who has been dealing with urinary incontinence for more than 10 years.  Over a year ago I noticed a protrusion in my vaginal area and the doctors determined that the protrusion was my vaginal wall.  After several visits to doctors and related tests, a pessary was recommended as the best option.  One was inserted and for 1 week I had no bladder control whatsoever which made my situation worse.  I had the pessary removed and was sure that I would deal with my urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse forever.  Some months later I learned of Donna Zubrod’s massage therapy practice that focused on women’s wellness.  Donna introduced me to abdominal therapy.  She also instructed me in how to perform certain abdominal massage techniques myself and most importantly helped me understand what those techniques would do to improve my situation.  After 2 months I can state that my condition has improved measurably and still continues to improve.  I have relatively few issues of “leaking”, my vaginal prolapse has lessened, and my pelvic muscles have strengthened significantly.  I am grateful to Donna for her gentle care and sharing her knowledge in a very practical way.  I  recommend her to all who may have similar issues or who simply need some gentle help with feeling better about themselves.


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