What Types Of Dysfunction Respond To Clinical/Medical Massage?
The following dysfunctions respond to clinical massage.
Massage and Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction
- Pain and/or
physiological dysfunction originates from identifiable points within
muscles and their fascial tissues. These locations are known as trigger
points because they often trigger distant reactions. Scientists have
developed extensive maps of such referred pain. They have also
identified nearly a hundred dysfunctions that can have myofascial
trigger point origins. Some of these are: carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ
dysfunction, PMS, headache, diarrhea, dizziness, cardiac arrhythmia,
indigestion, tennis elbow, urinary frequency, sinusitis, deafness, and
Massage and Fascial Plane Dysfunction
Fascia can be compared to the body's own version of "Saran Wrap." It
covers most of the body in large, continuously connected sheets. Injury,
postural patterns and chemical imbalances can cause these sheets to
distort and bind to themselves and nearby tissues. Since all major blood
vessels and nerves follow these fascial sheathes through the body,
properly aligned and released fascia is vital to good health and the
proper operation of the circulatory and nervous systems.
Massage and Neuromuscular Dysfunction
- The smallest
muscular activity requires that countless nerve impulses be sent to the
muscle to be activated and to all of the adjoining and opposing muscles.
For example, let us say that you want to flex your elbow. This requires
that you must tighten the biceps and other associated muscles while
simultaneously relaxing the triceps and other associated muscles. The
combined nervous activity and muscular response must be precisely timed
and exactly proportionate. For more complex movements like rotating the
head or taking a breath, the amount of coordinating activity increases
exponentially. Unfortunately, the mechanism responsible for such
coordination can break down and muscle fibers or whole muscles can
actually lock in opposition to their normal activity.
Massage and Tonus System Dysfunction
- When overused,
muscles can lose their ability to understand how to relax. This is
referred to as hypertonic. As a result, the muscles become overly tight.
They tend to harbor myofascial trigger points, and cause stress on the
muscles that oppose them and the joints that they cross.
Massage and Dermatomic and Spondylogenic Dysfunctions
a nerve is pinched where it leaves the spine, or anywhere along its
route, the area that nerve serves will feel pain. Many people have
experienced such a problem with the sciatic nerve. It originates in the
low back, but when pinched can make the knee, shin, or heel hurt. This
is an example of dermatomic pain - literally translated - pain in an
area of skin.
Massage and Spondylogenic Dysfunction
- This occurs when
the joints of the spine are compressed or otherwise impaired and cause
their own special trigger point-type pain or dysfunction. Both of these
are successfully treated with clinical massage by loosening the muscles
and other soft tissue that surrounds the affected joint or nerve.
Who Can Benefit From Clinical Massage Therapy?
If you suffer from any of the following disorders, you may benefit by clinical massage:
- Any chronic muscle or joint pain.
- A known condition of referred pain, such as "when my neck gets tense I get a headache. "
- Any recurring symptoms that seem to accompany or are precipitated by muscle lightness.
- Tight muscles that are limiting the mobility of a joint.
- Chronically fatigued muscles.
- Low energy level, especially when accompanied by muscle aches and pains.
- A recent muscle injury that generates pain or dysfunction in areas not seemingly involved in the injury
- Any visceral dysfunction that tests negative for conventional causes.
- Muscle pain that recurs in an area with no apparent new cause.
- A tendency for pain to spread to other muscles whenever a simple strain or injury occurs
People find that therapeutic massage can help with a wide range of medical conditions, including:
- Arthritis (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Asthma and bronchitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic and acute pain
- Circulatory problems
- Digestive disorders, including spastic colon, constipation and diarrhea
- Headache, especially when due to muscle tension
- Gastrointestinal disorders (including spastic colon, colic and constipation)
- Immune function disorders
- Myofascial pain (a condition of the tissue connecting the muscles)
- Premature infants
- Reduced range of motion
- Sports injuries (including pulled or strained muscles and sprained ligaments)
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction