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Massage for Leg Pain

Massage for Leg Pain

A strained adductor muscle or tendon can be a tenacious, enduring injury, causing a persistent pain in the inner thigh. If a person feels pain high up near the groin, he or she has injured the tendon of one of the four primary adductor muscles: the gracilis, adductor longus, adductor brevis, or adductor Magnus. If the pain is toward the mid-thigh, the muscle fibers are injured. Pain in both places indicates damage to both tendon and muscle fibers.

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Massage for Hip & Thigh Pain

Massage for Hip & Thigh Pain

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.

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Massage for Torso Pain

Massage for Torso Pain

Massage is one of the ancient arts of wellness. The first mentions of massage occurred in China in 2700 BCE, but it was not long before it spread to the Middle East, Greece, and India. Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. The goal of this manipulation is to promote relaxation and stress relief while easing pain and promoting an overall feeling of wellness. Physically speaking, massage also increases oxygen and blood flow to muscles. This can, in turn, promote your brain’s release of serotonin, the relaxation chemical. We know that most people suffer from pain in their back, neck, and shoulders due to today’s working conditions. Because of this, we’ll look at the best massage for back pain specifically, as well as styles that can help with other pain conditions.

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Sciatica

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and sciatica is an umbrella term given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.

Symptoms include leg pain, sometimes accompanied by tingling, numbness, or weakness.

It originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve behind the thigh and the pain can radiate down below the

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Low Back Spasms

Low Back Spasms

Low back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical attention in the U.S., and it is notoriously tough to treat. Studies show very few medical therapies, from medications to injections to surgeries, reliably relieve it, and some can aggravate the problem.

The new study randomly assigned 400 adults with moderate-to-severe low back pain lasting for at least three months to either weekly whole-body massages for relaxation, weekly massages that focused on specific muscle problems around the lower back and hips, or usual care.

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Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel

Simply put, carpal tunnel syndrome is the inflammation or entrapment of nerves within the carpal tunnel of the anterior wrist, which can cause pain and numbness symptoms to include numbness and tingling in the hand, difficulty grasping or carrying objects, and, sometimes, hand pain. Some, report the pain is worse in the evening, and sleep can be interrupted.
The causes of carpal tunnel syndrome are often associated with repetitive motion, such as working at a computer all day, for example, though other factors can come into play, as well. “Carpal tunnel is most often considered a repetitive strain or overuse injury, but genetics and disease processes can contribute to the symptoms, too. “Excessive flexion and extension of the wrist seem to be the most popular theory as to cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. However, heredity, those with smaller carpal tunnels, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, to name a few, can all play a part.”

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Massage for Neck Pain Relief

Massage for Neck Pain Relief

Describing any situation as “a pain in the neck” is a sure way of letting people know how bad things are. For many people, that phrase can be taken literally. In fact, the U.S. National Institute of Health Statistics reports that 15% of Americans are troubled by neck pain.

Usually, the pain is caused by something simple, like hunching your shoulders over a keyboard or work surface. Posture can be another factor. Other causes include arthritis, whiplash, a pinched nerve, muscle strain, or degenerative disease. Whether it’s chronic or lasts only a short time, neck pain can be relieved by massage.

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