Home Care Exercises – Other

homework-exercisesYour Massage Therapist or Chiropractor may prescribe home care exercises, in addition stretches and simple movements, for you to do between your appointments or for a certain amount of time following your final adjustment. It’s important to follow through with these homework assignments to help you heal and maintain proper joint health and/or spinal alignment.

Just like in school, the homework your health care professional assigns builds into something bigger and better. Many times, these are simple changes or tasks that can seem simple or unimportant, but these homework assignments can offer you multiple health benefits:

  • Replacing worn shoes or orthotics can help protect your spine from more painful subluxations
  • Sitting with proper support can protect your spine and neck, and reduce stress and pain
  • Sleeping with proper spinal support can help you get more restorative sleep and prevent pain
  • Gentle stretches and other movements can help maintain the benefits of massage long after your appointment
  • Getting adequate sleep can help reduce your daily stress, reducing muscle tension, headaches, and other painful side effects of stress and exhaustion

Other homework tasks can:

  • Decrease your chances of future injury or re-injury
  • Improve range of motion and comfort of spine and joints
  • Increase your ability to perform daily tasks and exercise without pain, increasing quality of life
  • Maintain or improve your overall health and wellness

You may find it helpful to use a calendar or notebook to track your progress, and to ensure that you remember to follow through with your homework. This can also help you keep track of any questions or concerns that may arise as you do them.

In this age of high-tech, many patients program a reminder into their phones or computers, so they don’t forget. Those devices can also be used to note those questions or concerns you want to bring to your next appointment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the homework, or if your questions or concerns become urgent between appointments. Your health and peace of mind are important to us!

Home Care Exercises – Stretches

Home Care Exercises - StretchesYour Massage Therapist or Chiropractor may prescribe home care exercises, stretches and simple movements, for you to do between your appointments or for a certain amount of time following your massage or final adjustment. It’s important to follow through with these exercises to help you heal and maintain proper joint health and/or spinal alignment.

Many times, these exercises consist of gentle stretches or movements that seem simple or unimportant, but these gentle movements can offer you multiple health benefits:

  • Increase muscle strength and tone
  • Improve support for your joints or spine
  • Provide tension relief to help prevent headaches and other aches and pains
  • Extend the effectiveness of your massage or adjustment
  • Decrease your chances of future injury or re-injury
  • Improve range of motion and comfort
  • Maintain alignment, helping to decrease or prevent subluxations
  • Maintain or improve your overall health and wellness

You may find it helpful to use a calendar or notebook to track your progress, and to ensure that you remember to follow through with your home care exercises. This can also help you keep track of any questions or concerns that may arise as you do the exercises.

In this age of high-tech, many patients program a reminder into their phones or computers, so they don’t forget. Those devices can also be used to note those questions or concerns you want to bring to your next appointment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the exercises, or if your questions or concerns become urgent between appointments. Your health and peace of mind are important to us!

Massage and Sports

massage and sportsMassage and sports have gone together for many years now. We know that massage can be an important part of health and training for both the serious career athlete, and the weekend sports enthusiast. Whether you use Sport Massage to prepare for a big game or event, recover from that same big game or event, or to increase your health, flexibility, and resilience during training, massage has a place in your sports routine.

Massage for athletes can be focused on a particular body part to help prepare for or recover from a major exertion, or it can be used as a tool to increase relaxation, resilience, flexibility, range of motion, to decrease the effects of rigorous training.

Professional athletes have long used massage therapists during all three stages of sport; training, preparation, and recovery. Weekend athletes are catching onto the benefits of massage therapy for their own needs, now, and Massage has never been more popular for amateur athletes participating in a wide variety of evening and weekend sports:

  • Golfers and tennis players use it to reduce and resolve back and shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Runners use it to increase their ability to train hard for weekend races
  • Hikers and walkers use massage to recover from muscle and joint injuries sustained on the trail
  • Volleyball enthusiasts use it to prepare for, or recover from, tournament play
  • Bowlers use it to treat arm, back, and shoulder flexibility and range-of-motion

All amateur athletes can benefit from the relaxation, flexibility, and increased circulation of blood and lymph to those targeted areas that need help when training, or to prepare for or recover from participation in their favorite sports.

Consider massage to give you an edge in training, boost your body’s preparedness, and to recover from an event you loved participating in…but may have left your body feeling sore, tired, or overworked.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

benefits-chiropractic-careWhether you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, stiff joints, headaches, or simply want to explore a drug-free alternative to traditional health care, you may be wondering about the benefits of Chiropractic care. Many people are turning to Chiropractic care to treat chronic pain, recover from an accident or injury, and to enhance their overall wellness.

The health benefits of Chiropractic care can include pain relief in muscles, ligaments, and joints; increased range of motion in joints; headache relief; relief from sciatica and other “pinched nerve” pain; and can improve your overall health by aligning your spine to return your body to optimum functionality and resilience.

These health benefits are a result of spinal adjustments and drug-free, non-surgical treatment on the part of your Chiropractor, making Chiropractic a leading choice for those seeking alternative medical treatments. However, while your Chiropractor can be a stand-alone health care professional for specific complaints, they can also work as an integrated member of your traditional or alternative health care team in caring for your lasting, overall health.

A Chiropractor is a medical professional who cares for your health by correcting subluxations, or misalignments of the spine. A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) typically has at least an undergraduate degree with an additional four or five year degree from a college of Chiropractic, which includes significant number of hours spent in practical, hands-on experience before earning the degree.

Your Chiropractor will begin by taking a full medical history, order tests such as an x-ray and labs, and will spend time learning about your current health concerns. Once your subluxations are diagnosed, your Chiropractor will treat them by gently adjusting your spine back into proper alignment, and may recommend further treatments, including massage, follow-up exercises (homework), lifestyle changes, regular adjustments, etc.

What Is the Difference Between Relaxation and Therapeutic Massage?

diference between relaxation massage and therapeutic massageWondering about the difference between Relaxation Massage and Therapeutic Massage? Relaxation Massage and Therapeutic Massage are mainly differentiated by the skill level of the person doing the massage and by the purpose.

Relaxation Massage is a service that can be offered by spas and other beauty outlets as a menu item, and is purely for enjoyment and relaxation. The masseuse may not have extensive training, license, or a degree, and their only purpose is to give you a relaxing and pleasant experience.

Therapeutic Massage is a service only offered by Registered Massage Therapists with a diploma from a school of Therapeutic Massage and with a license from the state in which he or she practices. Therapeutic Massage can also be enjoyable and relaxing, but it has a deeper purpose of contributing to your health and wellness. It can be a stand-alone treatment, or in concert with a physician’s care, physical therapy, or chiropractic care as needed.

Your RMT is a health care professional who will gather a health history, learn about your health concerns, and discuss what Therapeutic Massage can help you accomplish. Using this information, your RMT will develop a plan for you which may include home exercises and one or more massage sessions. Therapeutic Massage can help your body recover from an accident or injury; help relieve chronic pain; or help you achieve greater results in sports and also help you prepare for or recover from strenuous sports.

A Perfect Gift

Santa Carrying Shopping BagsWondering what to get your loved ones for Christmas? Perhaps they have a birthday coming up? Or maybe you just want to treat yourself? A gift certificate for massage is always a great idea. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer. A massage is great for anybody. Want to give the gift that keeps on giving? Buy a massage package. Most places will offer them in a series of 5-10 or 3, 6, 9 and 12 sessions. At A Massage Above The Rest we are offering gift certificates to match budget and packages to match any massage need. Whatever you decide to buy you’re sure to be a big hit this gift giving season. Happy shopping!

Pain in the neck

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Do you experience several headaches a month?

Do you have a stiff neck?

Do you have poor range of motion turning your head side to side?

You could literally have a pain in the neck. Many of the issues described above stem from one particular muscle in the neck called Levator Scapulae. This muscle attaches from the shoulder blade to the first 4 vertebrae of the neck. It allows us to turn our heads from side to side and helps to elevate our shoulders. And 9 times out of 10 when people are describing feeling a knot in their shoulders it is this particular muscle they are talking about. When this muscle is causing issues it can easily be helped with some general neck stretches or in some more severe cases with specific focused massage. If left untreated it can continue to cause discomfort to headaches to a number of greater shoulder issues. Because Levator Scapulae is one of the most common issues of head, shoulder and neck pain it is likely you or someone you know suffers from problems caused by this muscle. The good news is you don’t have to live with this pain in the neck any longer. Give us a call we can help.

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Drink Your Water

Girl And GlassDo you ever wonder why it’s so important to drink water after a massage? It’s pretty simple. Besides water being healthy for you, it has a lot to do with water helping to flush your system. You see when you get a massage your muscles release a chemical into your body. It’s the same chemical that helps you to feel and register pain. It’s called metabolic waste. So if you get massage, especially deep tissue massage and don’t drink your water afterwards, you can experience fatigue, achiness, fever, and even cramping. Clients will often ask how much should I drink? Well I usually tell them if you already get a good daily amount then I suggest 2-3 glasses. However if you’re like the millions of most Americans that don’t get enough then I would suggest at least 4-5 glasses throughout the rest of the day after the massage. Hate drinking water? Well as long as it’s not sugary, alcohol or coffee then it’s a pretty safe bet to help with flushing your system. An unsweetened natural brewed iced tea is a great substitute. So remember keep enjoying your massage and, as always, drink up!

How Often Should I Get a Massage?

Daily OrganizerI see many different clients on a daily basis. Every week a couple of new clients will join our practice. Some that don’t get massages very often or that have never had a massage before. The question is always the same.

“How often should I get massage?”

Even though the question is always the same the answer is very different. I will tell them first, Whenever you feel pain or discomfort, especially if you have had it for 2-3 days or longer.” Some acute injuries can really be helped with massage. However there are some situations that also contraindicate massage or hinder the client’s recovery depending on the nature of the injury. When a new client comes in for the first time and is experiencing discomfort, I will usually recommend twice a week to once every two weeks to help attack the issue. Once we get it under control, once a month is a great way to maintain a great plan for healthy living. At our practice we have regular clients that come as much as once a week, every two weeks and once a month. But my recommendation is at the very least once a month for a steady health maintenance plan.