Massage therapy promotes a relaxed, meditative state that actually relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. Massage can also increase blood circulation, reduce localized swelling, relieve muscle pain and spasms, and increase a patient’s range of motion. This treatment can also reduce the presence of substances in your body that may generate and sustain pain.
Our specialists in medical massage provide neuromuscular therapy that manipulates soft tissue with the aim of treating underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. Our specialists provide massage therapy in Kailua to relieve the symptoms of neck pain, tension, stress, back pain, headache, and muscle pain. We address a wide range of issues, include:
- Tender muscles
- Nerve compression
- Incorrect posture
- Biomechanical problems caused by repetitive movement injuries
Combining chiropractic care with an individualized massage therapy regime will help your body achieve balance and health. Contact us for a consultation or to schedule an appointment for therapeutic massage in Oahu.
Massage Therapy For Fibromyalgia
Increasingly I am seeing more and more fibromyalgia patients on my massage table. Often, they are apprehensive about massage because they have been in pain for so long and are tired of being in pain. So, what is fibromyalgia?
According to Medical News Today, fibromyalgia is associated as a rheumatic condition that causes soft tissue or myofascial pain. Fibromyalgia can cause pain, and fatigue and unfortunately there is no cure. However, there are methods to alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Medication is one route for fibromyalgia. If you want to do something that does not involve medication, studies have shown that massage, exercise, and acupuncture can relieve the pain symptoms while also improving the sleep quality. At Oahu Spine and Rehab we can provide massage, exercise (through physical therapy, and acupuncture as well as chiropractic care to alleviate symptoms.
As a massage therapist I have found that myofascial techniques have been the most successful for my patients that suffer from fibromyalgia. One of the techniques I use is skin rolling. This is where I pick up the skin between my thumb and index finger (almost like I am pinching) and I roll this tissue down the length of the spine. This technique is very effective in loosening the fascia in this area. It is by no means comfortable in the moment but when my patient returns the following week they report longer episodes of relief from their symptoms.
Another way that massage is successful in relieving symptoms of fibromyalgia is that it can lower anxiety levels. When we reduce the patient’s anxiety levels they have reported improvements in their sleep cycles which in turn reduces their fatigue throughout the day. This can in turn reduce symptoms of depression according to a 2014 study referenced in the AMTA Massage Therapy Journal.
As with any massage, if you have fibromyalgia it is important to communicate with your massage therapist on pressure to your liking, and if you are experiencing too much discomfort. It is also important to hydrate after your massage. Most importantly pay attention to your symptoms following the massage so that you can report back to your massage therapist so they can adjust their treatment accordingly.