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Therapeutic Massage:
Can it Help What Ails You?

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Therapeutic massage can help what ails you. Some conditions are treated more effectively by therapeutic massage than by traditional medicine using steroid shots and/or surgery.

Unfortunately, many health care professionals aren't aware of how massage therapy helps to relieve these ailments NATURALLY (or perhaps they just don't want you to know that it can, which would take business away from them).

Here is information on conditions that I've treated successfully, including what a physician will typically recommend and what techniques I use to help each condition:


Piriformis Syndrome

What is it? Pain in one of the deeper muscles of the buttocks (usually on just one side) that can radiate down the back or side of the leg to the thigh, calf, and even to the foot; especially painful after sitting for long periods of time (e.g., at a desk or in the car). 

pen Your physician may recommend steroid injections, physical therapy, stretching exercises, muscle relaxer drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs, pain reliever drugs, or surgery (all of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of deep tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Muscle Energy Technique (MET) 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is it? Pain in the wrist, sometimes with loss of control of the muscles of the thumb and index finger (e.g., dropping things held by those two fingers). 

pen Your physician may recommend steroid injections, physical therapy, a splint to wear at night, or surgery to cut the ligament that runs over the tunnel (all of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of deep tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Muscle Release Technique (MRT) 

Plantar Fasciitis

What is it? Pain on the bottom of one foot or both feet near the heel, especially painful when first getting out of bed in the morning or after sitting a long time, walking barefoot on a hard surface, after standing for a long time, climbing stairs, or walking on soft sand. 

pen Your physician may recommend rest, ice, stretches, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory drugs, and/or pain reliever drugs (all of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of deep tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Muscle Release Technique (MRT)

Fibromyalgia

What is it? A diagnosis that is made by a physician after finding generalized pain in a number of areas around the body.

pen Your physician may not even understand this condition or will recommend exercise, drugs such as Lyrica or Savella (which have unwanted side effects), pain relievers, antii-inflammatory drugs, and/or anti-depressants (all of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of varying levels of massage pressure and Trigger Point Therapy 

TMJ Dysfunction

What is it? Pain and/or clicking in the jaw joint and/or limitation in opening mouth wide that can be from injury, misalignment, dental work (mouth open for extended period or time), or from clenching the teeth (especially while sleeping). 

pen Your physician may recommend heat or ice, a mouth bite guard to wear,  Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-depressant/anti-anxiety drugs, or may recommend analgesic injections or surgery (all of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of deep tissue massage and Trigger Point Therapy 

Tennis Elbow

What is it? Pain on top/outside of the forearm near the elbow that doesn't have to come from playing tennis--it can come from repetitive use of a computer keyboard or gripping something, such as tools or even a pen or pencil for extended periods of time. 

pen Your physician may recommend ice, rest, physical therapy, wearing a splint, steroid injections, pain relievers, muscle relaxer drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs, or surgery (all of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of deep tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Muscle Release Technique (MRT) 

Golfer's Elbow

What is it? Pain on bottom/inside of the forearm near the elbow that doesn't have to come from playing golf--it can come from overuse of the fingers or wrist in a curled position. 

pen Your physician may recommend ice, rest, physical therapy, steroid injections, pain relievers, muscle relaxer drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs, or surgery (all of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of deep tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Muscle Release Technique (MRT) 

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Trigger Finger

What is it? A "locking" or "catching" of the middle joint of a finger when bending it that's caused by overuse of the fingers, typically from carrying heavy things with them (including carrying multiple shopping bags) or even overuse playing a musical instrument. 

penYour physician may recommend a splint, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid shots, or surgery (all of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of deep tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Release Technique (MRT), and Muscle Energy Technique (MET) 

Shin Splints

What is it? Pain in the shin muscles after overuse by walking or running, poor bio-mechanical alignment, stress fractures, muscle strains, or muscle tightness.

penYour physician may recommend ice, physical therapy, exercises, anti-inflammatory drugs, or surgery (all of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of deep tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Muscle Release Technique (MRT)

Runner's Knee

What is it? Pain in the knee that's caused by flat feet (overpronation or "fallen arches"), weak thigh muscles, overuse of the legs, most commonly from running long distances.

penYour physician may recommend rest, ice, stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory drugs, or surgery (all of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of deep tissue massage and Trigger Point Therapy 

Old injuries/scar tissue

What is it? After an injury, our body "patches" any torn tissue with scar tissue, which may lead to chronic soreness and limited range of motion in that area for many years. 

penYour physician may recommend a steroid shot or surgery (both of which typically only help temporarily) 

check To treat this condition, use the combination of deep tissue massage and Trigger Point Therapy 

Massage Therapy Can Help

As you can see, the traditional medical treatments that your physician may recommend for these conditions can range from fairly basic to quite radical, yet they typically only help temporarily. The techniques listed above to treat these conditions have proven to be effective by a local massage therapist in Brevard County, FL, so I'm confident in his ability to help many people with any of these conditions.