Massage Info & Tips

 

Benefits of massage

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Do you think that getting a massage is a luxury you can’t afford? Do you have problems with stress and fatigue? Massage therapy is actually not a luxury; it is an investment for your health and well-being, a deserved rejuvenation from your hectic lifestyle. Everybody deserves to feel relaxed and pampered, and this can easily be achieved through massage therapy.

What to Expect When Getting a Massage at Therapeutic Touch Massage Studio
Massage therapy has many benefits and is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. Some of the benefits include:
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Drink Water After a Massage - Reasons Why

 

Ice or Heat

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When to Use Ice or Heat?

  • Ice – Use ice within the first 72 hours after an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain. Its aim is to limit the body’s response to the injury. It does this by reducing further bleeding into the injured tissues, preventing or reducing swelling, and reducing muscle spasm and pain. Ice should also be used for chronic conditions such as overuse injuries in athletes.
  • Heat – Use heat before activities that irritate chronic injuries such as muscle strains. Heat can help loosen tissues and relax injured areas.

How to Use Ice or Heat?

  • Ice – The best way to ice an injury is with a high quality ice pack that conforms to the body part being iced. You can also get good results from a bag of frozen peas, an ice massage with water frozen in a paper cup (peel the cup down as the ice melts) or a zip lock bag of ice wrapped in a thin towel.
  • Heat – Heating pads or hot wet towels are both excellent methods. Place a washcloth under hot tap water and then apply to the injured area.

How Long to Use Ice or Heat?

  • Ice – Apply ice treatments for no longer than 20 minutes at a time. Too much ice can do harm, even cause frostbite; more ice application does not mean more relief. Allow the skin temperature to return to normal before icing a second or third time.
  • Heat – It is not necessary to apply a heat treatment for more than about 20 minutes at a time. Never apply heat while sleeping.
What is Ice treatment (or cryotherapy)
What is Heat treatment (or thermotherapy)
How to Make a Homemade Cold Pack

 

Muscle Knots and Treatment

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What are Muscle Knots

The medical term for the muscle knot is myofascial trigger points.

Muscle knots are abnormal areas within the muscle, which cause pain or discomfort. Knots are formed when a muscle spasms and is continually “on”, no muscle is meant to do this, they are supposed to cycle on and off. After some period of time, a knot is formed, which is usually uncomfortable and or painful. Massage therapy is a very helpful treatment to work out these muscle knots.

What starts the chain of events?

The answer is poor body mechanics. I wish I could tell you it’s a more exotic cause, but it’s just plain and simple the way we carry ourselves every day. (Sometimes it can be injuries.) But almost all of us are leaning over something all day at work, or looking down at a computer screen, holding a phone to our ear all the time and sleeping in awkward positions. When most people get stressed, frustrated or mad, they tend to bunch up their shoulders and hold them up around their ears.

What can be done to prevent the muscle knots?
Once I have them, what should I do?
Tips for treating muscle knots at home.