USING BODYWORK TO MANAGE PAIN AND INJURIES
Massage and Bodywork can have a huge impact on the recovery and prevention process! The most beneficial part of bodywork for recovery from an injury or decreasing pain is the process of flushing out "old" fluid from the affected and surrounding areas. By decreasing swelling and filtering new fluid to the area we are able to assist and speed up the healing process.
CONDITIONS WE OFTEN WORK WITH
Chronic Pain Affects People of all Ages
Pain does not discriminate between gender or age and affects a very large percentage of our population. Pain, especially chronic pain, is now happening to so many people that it almost seems to be a normal part of life.
The sensation of pain is important to our survival in many ways. However, it is not normal to be in chronic pain and it is not a normal part of the aging process either. As we increase in age we do not have to increase in pain. Read below to see how massage and bodywork can actually help to reduce chronic pain!
How Can Massage Help?
One of the biggest impacts that massage has on the body is the ability to increase healthy blood flow into areas that need it most. This helps to break up scar tissue and increase mobility to the area which improves overall wellness. Studies have shown that many cases of chronic pain come from the dysfunction of soft tissue (muscles and other cool stuff) that can be addressed or corrected. There have also been cases in which massage or bodywork has actually prevented the need for surgery!
Some Interesting Statistics
While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2011).
Researchers reviewed records from 1,450 patients in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation database who had diagnoses of disc degeneration, disc herniation or radiculopathy, a nerve condition that causes tingling and weakness of the limbs. Half of the patients had surgery to fuse two or more vertebrae in hopes of curing low back pain. The other half had no surgery, even though they had comparable diagnoses.
Acute Injuries - Heal Like Hugh Jackman.
Massage can help speed up the natural healing process of the body. Improving circulation and lymph drainage with massage allows your body to complete the healing cycle and reduce your down time.
Massage can also reduce the amount of swelling you have with an injury and can increase post-injury range of motion!
Massage after surgery is extremely beneficial and can have a huge impact on your post-surgery results. Post-surgery massage can also help with the pain felt during your recovery time.
"In patients getting massage, the acute response was equivalent to a [dose] of morphine, which was pretty remarkable," said study senior author Dr. Daniel B. Hinshaw, professor of surgery and a member of the palliative care team at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan.