Q:  Can massage therapy help with headaches and migraines?

A:   Absolutely. There are two major groups of headache: Migraine and Migraine type (Tension, Cluster, Medication overuse). The accepted theory of a migraine is the disbalance between the body’s nervous systems. Rest and digest vs. fight or flight. Massage is the perfect tool to bring the body back into balance.

In the instance of Migraine type (.i.e. Greater occipital Nerve Neuralgia, vertebral Artery Syndrome,Vertigo Trapezius muscle syndrome or TMJ disorders), the dysfunction is soft tissue/muscle related. There are specific massage protocols we use for each to reduce/eliminate the pain.

Q:  Can massage therapy help with frozen shoulder?

A:  Yes. Also known as Adhesive Capsulitis, frozen shoulder is sometimes confused with Rotator Cuff injuries. In either instance there are six muscle groups as well as joints , tendons, labrum and bursa that all must be tested and examined in order to correctly diagnose the problem. A visit to your doctor and MRI can establish if there are tears in any of the tissues. In many instances just wear and tear or inflammation in these areas can cause similar symptoms. Medical massage can help to repair all these areas and in many cases surgery is not necessary.

Q:  What Are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?

A:  People get massages for many reasons:

  • Relaxation
  • Injury recovery
  • Athletic massage
  • Pain reduction
  • Stress relief
  • Physical therapy
  • Migraine headache mitigation
  • Improved digestion
  • Fibromyalgia treatment
  • Insomnia prevention
  • Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer symptom reduction

Q:  What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

A:  LDM was developed by a Danish physical therapist E. Vodder in 1932 . His methods are still in use today. Lymph massage is used to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. Imagine lymph nodes as little pool filters, catching the debris and filtering the rest.When lymph nodes are damaged or compromised due to soft tissue trauma, infection, surgery, malignant tumors etc., it causes edema or swelling in the corresponding area and/or limb. The flow of lymph goes in one direction throughout the body. LDM reverses the flow of the lymph using various pumping and light massage techniques in order to reduce the edema or swelling in the affected area. LDM is a very important tool in oncology massage as well as Liposuction surgery recovery and other instances of edema.( view of lymph system?)