July 15th-21st, 2018!!!!
From Institute for Integrative Healthcare’s 7/2/18 edition, Jenny Baltazar’s, LMT, RYT article was very positive! Whiplash injury comes on following acute trauma to the body and may cause chronic pain for many years. The whole body’s caught off guard, and the sudden impact leads to tears in muscle tissue. Early massage therapy intervention is best to help relieve both the physical and emotional pain of whiplash. It’s a traumatic injury that significantly impacts the central nervous system; the spine, surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments can all suffer damage too of course. Typically, patients benefit from several sessions close together in the 1st few months, then regular massage therapy (1-2 x/month) throughout life for health maintenance. People may feel little or no pain immediately; the body becomes numb in response to the shock as a way of “protecting” it from the true expression of disturbance to the body. Slowly (w/in hours, days, and weeks), stiffness and pain develop. In this acute phase, energy work and conversation are what’s needed. General massage therapy helps relax muscles, helps control pain, and decreases muscle spasms. According to Bentley, “Massage increases the amount of oxygen that reaches the healing tissues and opens them up so they can receive more oxygen and nutrients, thus speeding the healing process”. Next, the tears (to any tissue) will begin to form scar tissue for healing and protection. A therapist should work with this scar tissue using cross-fiber friction, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and trigger point therapy. Lastly, the following are the 2 big considerations the author stressed: 1. the patient should decide whether hot or cold therapy is best due to the specifics of the treatment 2. current research shows that neck mobility’s important for whiplash recovery, so a therapist should advise simple, gentle stretches!
Jenny Baltazar’s, LMT, RYT article from the 5/15/18 edition of Institute for Integrative Health Care reminded us all that most people can safely receive massage. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease. Painful inflammation is often a daily reality for people with it. Muscle and joint pain, swelling, and damage to the body systems are common. Flares or flare ups are a severe expression of the symptoms and can run the gamut from mildly uncomfortable to life threatening. Massage therapy’s main goal is to increase blood flow; inflammation, joint pain, and chronic muscle pain are all reduced by massage. Light, myofascial techniques can help soften and release adhesions and tightness in muscles that are sore and irritable. Gentle compression techniques can help to flush the tissues and bring fresh blood to joints, muscles, and skin. Overall, the increased movement of blood and other fluid decreases inflammation, thereby decreasing swelling and pressure. Jenny recommends that therapists communicate with all other practitioners treating a patient with lupus.
Jenny Baltazar, LMT, RYT’s 3/26/18 article from Institute for Integrative Healthcare A Non-Pharmaceutical Approach for the Aging Heart displayed that giving and receiving massage (ultimately, a professional form of the human touch) is beneficial and needed for the human body! Pre-hypertension is one way of predicting cardiovascular disease. In a 2013 study, researchers found that pre-hypertensive women benefitted from 10-15 minute massages (10 sessions over 3.5 weeks). There was a significant lowering of overall blood pressure for these women. Most remarkable was that their blood pressure remained lower for up to 3 days after each session. Once an adult has primary hypertension, massage therapy is also an effective intervention to help protect the heart. In a study done with patients who were older with primary hypertension, Swedish back massage significantly lowered blood pressure. They received 2 10-minute Swedish massages to their back, per week, for 12 weeks. Diastolic and Systolic pressures were found to be lower after each session. When a group of volunteers that was elderly gave massage to infants at a preschool, over 3 weeks, they displayed less anxiety and depression, as well as less stress hormone levels!
Christy Cael’s article, from my latest ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork, was full of palpation tips and client homework! The muscle is one, of the four SITS, that make up the rotator cuff, which has the important preventative job of stabilizing the shoulder (glenohumeral) joint. This joint is the most mobile in the body, which is why it’s also the least stable. Independently, they help to move the shoulders and arms!
In my second-to-last edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork, Christy Cael emphasized that the human body adjusts, instantly, to forces during weight-bearing activities. Specifically, our ankles are rigid and stable because of this. Our joints send dysfunction all the way up to our lower back if that adjusted information is not heeded.
In my second-to-last edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork, Ruth Werner investigated the safety of patients taking statins receiving massage. Really, she targeted SAMS (statin-associated musculoskeletal symptoms). She and her investigation found that a person CAN safely receive massage while using statins and experiencing SAMS; this is because, as always, the therapist should ask questions and still continually communicate with the patient for as long as that patient is their patient!