Are you currently suffering from pain and not sure where to turn?
We all suffer some aches and pains, especially as we grow older. But there are times when pain drastically impacts our daily living. It forces us to stop doing things that are good for us—such as going on long walks with family members, playing with our kids, or even more simple things like attending your favorite games. In today’s world, with advanced therapists, there is no longer a valid reason to suffer in pain.
There are plenty of options to help you deal with your pain. Some of these options will make you feel better for a day or two. However, the problem with short-term relief is that it does not address the underlying cause of your pain.
That is why it is critical to find the right support to work with you to determine the best treatment to make you healthy again. Many individuals have benefited greatly from Therapeutic Massage for pain-related symptoms. Research shows that in response to massage, specific chemical changes cascade throughout the body, creating enormous benefits.
An excerpt from Harvard’s Education health website: “Therapeutic massage may relieve pain by way of several mechanisms, including relaxing painful muscles, tendons, and joints; relieving stress and anxiety; and possibly helping to "close the pain gate" by stimulating competing nerve fibers and impeding pain messages to and from the brain.” https://www.health.harvard.edu/alternative-and-complementary-medicine/therapeutic-massage-for-pain-relief
Keep in mind that massage therapists are NOT created equal. As you consider different massage practices, we encourage you to find licensed massage therapists who are educated and experienced in a variety of modalities, including Sports Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Myofascial Release, and Rolfing. Avoid massage therapists who focus only on providing spa-type treatments if you are looking for long-term pain relief.
As you can see from the list above, there are quite a few Therapeutic Massage options to choose from. Your therapist will recommend the best choice for your situation.
One of the most popular practices designed to address pain is Craniosacral Therapy, also known as Cranial-Sacral Therapy (CST). CST is a gentle, soft touch type of therapy tapping into the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Using specifically designed light pressure techniques, CST releases restrictions and compression in the Craniosacral system. CST has been shown to provide benefits to people suffering from a number of chronic disorders including:
- Migraine headaches
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Motor-coordination impairments
- Central nervous system disorders
- Orthopedic problems
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
- Learning disabilities
- Chronic fatigue
- Emotional difficulties
- Stress and tension-related problems
- Fibromyalgia and other connective-tissue disorders
- Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
- Neurovascular or immune disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Post-surgical dysfunction