Why Massage Therapy for My Pain?
Massage therapy is turning out to be more broadly accepted as a dependable treatment for many types of pain within the medical community. It is also accepted as an adjunct to other medical treatments. In general, massage is rarely given as the primary or sole treatment for pain management. It is often employed as one factor of therapy and to aid in preparing the patient to partake in exercise or other treatment methods. Regardless, massage can be an essential and operative component of your pain management routine.
Why Massage Therapy for My Pain?
Massage therapy can ease chronic heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciosis but first, it’s essential that you understand how both conditions differ. Why is this important? Because of plantar fasciitis and plantar fasciosis call for the exact opposite approach to massage therapy.
Achilles Tendonitis is a term that commonly refers to an inflammation of the Achilles tendon or its covering. It is an overuse injury that is common especially to joggers and jumpers, due to the repetitive action and so may occur in other activities that require the same repetitive action.
Pain that occurs in the calf muscle on the lower part of the leg often is the result of a pulled or torn calf muscle.
A torn calf muscle is similar to an Achilles tendon tear or rupture but occurs higher up in the back of the leg. A sign of a torn calf muscle is similar to that of an Achilles tendon rupture. You may think you’ve just been hit in the leg and potentially hear a “pop.” There is sudden pain in the back of the calf. Then you’ll experience pain, swelling, or bruising in the calf muscle, and you’ll have difficulty walking properly or standing on your toes.
Patients will describe referral patterns from myofascial trigger points in the tensor fascia lata muscle, as pain in the hip and down the front side of their thigh (Images 1A and 2).
Other symptoms include tenderness and pain, from the pressure of the patient’s own body weight, which prevents them from laying on the affected side. Patients can lay on their opposite side by placing a pillow between their knees. The pillow prevents the tensor fascia lata, and the other hip abductors on the painful side from being lengthened, which can activate trigger points. If both sides are too painful, the patient will sleep on their back with a pillow under their legs or in a reclining chair.
Often when a muscle has been overworked, tense, or stationary for a period of time the layers of myofascial within the muscle can become adhered to each other. This restricts circulation to the muscle cells and leads to a build-up of metabolites such as lactic acid. Massage strokes that break this type of adhesions typically involve a cross-fiber component. Consider this image of the muscle structur
Therapeutic massage is a general term that describes any type of massage modality that helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem—such as a frozen shoulder. People tend to assume therapeutic massage means deep tissue massage, and that they will get a very strong massage.
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