I am always astounded by the amount of massage therapists that do not address the sternocleidomastoid, known as SCM for short, muscle in the neck. The SCM is one of the largest and most superficial cervical muscles and it divides the neck into anatomical anterior and posterior triangles. Responsible for flexing and rotating the head, it is named by the anatomical origin and insertion points, being Sterno- (refers to the sternum), Cleido- (the clavicle, or collarbone), and -Mastoid (the mastoid process, a bony knob behind the ear).
When this muscle is really tight and produces "active" trigger points, which are irritable localized spots of exquisite tenderness that refer pain, the SCM can cause moderate symptoms. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, ear pain, postural imbalance, jaw and sinus pain, teeth hypersensitivity, stiff neck, chronic cough, and sore throat.
Originating in China in 1978, TDP, or “Tèdìng diàncíbō pǔ” (特定电磁波谱), Lamps or “special electromagnetic spectrum” lamps first developed as a result of studies conducted on the workers that worked in a rural black clay plant. Researchers were surprised to note that despite treacherous work conditions, the employees remained healthy and rarely fell sick. The scientists discovered the clay contained 33 minerals that happen to correspond with 33 essential minerals in the human body. They also discovered that the far infrared light emitted by the kiln contained special healing properties when combined with the unique mineral composition of the clay. When this mineral rich clay is sufficiently heated, it radiates far-infrared energy exactly like the human body.
As a practitioner working in the field of Specific Injury since 2010, certain therapeutic massage techniques have been found to help speed the process of recovery. Acute injury is a sudden, sharp, traumatic injury that causes pain, such as a fall, strain, sprain or collision. When the body experiences an acute injury, there is an acute period of healing, generally lasting 48-72 hours, which typically involves pain and inflammation.
The four cardinal signs of inflammation are known as redness, swelling, local heat, and swelling. During this time, massage would be contraindicated as an effective technique while the body's own immune response is stimulated and begins its job of healing.
What really makes you feel so good during a massage? There are specific neurohormones, hormones produced by the nervous system, and neurotransmitters released during massage that that benefit your overall state of mind and well-being. Massage has been proven over the years to reduce stress, anxiety, tension, and pain in the body, but why? Massage therapy elevates levels of dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin in the body while reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Massage regulates our body's neurohormones by either stimulating or inhibiting the systems to get the body back to a proper balance, or homeostasis, and "massage increases the availability of all neurohormones affecting brain chemistry."
How do you take care of yourself in between sessions? Of course, we all have probably used tennis balls, foam rollers, and exercise balls to alleviate a tight spot in a pinch. Now there is a complete system that is designed to address your acute and long-term needs and injuries at home right away when you need it most.
Deep Recovery™ is a whole body approach with whole body deep tissue massage tools designed to be used methodically and specifically with sustained pressure to release myofascial trigger points, muscle tension, headaches, jaw pain, and more.
While we all should know that massage should be avoided during an acute injury stage of 48-72 hours, there are many reasons that you may want to seek an alternative type of therapy or see a specialist for other conditions following that time period. Contraindication, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is something (such as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable, such as massage therapy in this case. Contraindications for massage could be categorized into General, Local, or Medical types.
Acute injury is a sudden, sharp, traumatic injury that causes pain, such as a fall, strain, sprain or collision. When the body experiences an acute injury, there is an acute period of healing, generally lasting 24-72 hours, which typically involves pain and inflammation.
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