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Did you know that Orthopedic massage is an elite form of Sports massage? Orthopedic and Integrated therapies can help by going deeper into the issues of posture and muscle activity to optimize performance, prevent injury, recover from injury and feel better long term!

SPORTS MEAN INJURIES

The very nature of sports means that the athlete's body will undergo rigorous activity during training and competition. Muscles, tendons, joints and bones will be taxed, sometimes to their limit. Inevitably, injuries will occur. These injuries will range in severity from those that cause mild discomfort to those that hinder an athlete's ability to compete. Injuries will occur despite preventative efforts. Sport injuries bay be a result of accidents, poor training practices, the use of improper equipment, lack of conditioning of insufficient warm-up.

Sports injuries typically involve damage to the musculoskeletal system, although traumatic injury to the organ system can occur, too. Injuries occur when there is a force great enough to disrupt the internal structures of the body, causing damage or destruction to that tissue.

Traditional classification describes injures as either:

  • acute - a sudden injury that occurs when playing sport or exercising, or
  • chronic - injuries that develop slowly and last a long time

Most sports injuries, however, can be better described by mechanism of injury - either trauma or overuse:

  • traumatic injuries - a physical injury produced by an external or internal force
  • overuse injuries - a result of repetitive activities or a result of recurrent traumatic injuries

MUSCLE STRAINS

If a muscle is overstretched by tension or forced to contract against too much resistance, the resulting stretch, tear or rip of the fibers of the muscle or it's tendon is known as a muscle strain. Muscle strains are typically a result of dynamic overload, wherein the involved muscle contracts eccentrically while the antagonist force attempts to lengthen the muscle. Muscle strains most commonly occur at the musculotendinous junction of a muscle.

There are three grades of muscle strains:

  • Grade 1: Some fibers stretched with few torn; palpable tenderness; full active range of motion is possible, but may be painful
  • Grade 2: a number of fibers torn with a palpable depression in the muscle belly or tendon; active contraction, strength and range of motion are limited and painful
  • Grade 3: a complete rupture at the musculotendinous portion of the belly or at the tendinous attachment to the bone; deformity, loss of function, including strength and range of motion; intense pain that diminishes because of nerve fiber separation

MUSCLE OVEREXERTION and CONTRACTION INJURIES

Muscle cramps, muscle spasms, muscle guarding and muscle soreness are other forms of muscle injuries that are defined as:

  • muscle cramps - the involuntary contraction of a voluntary muscle
  • muscle spasmsa reflex reaction caused by trauma
  • muscle guarding - a muscle contraction in response to pain and injury in an area as an attempt to splint or self-protect the involved area
  • muscle soreness - pain caused by overexertion in exercise, typically caused by an activity to which the person is unaccustomed

There are two types of muscle soreness acute-onset muscle soreness and exercise-induced muscle soreness, also know as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Acute-onset muscle soreness is typically accompanied by fatigue. Exercise-induced muscle soreness usually appears 12

Did you know that Orthopedic massage is an elite form of Sports massage? Orthopedic and Integrated therapies can help by going deeper into the issues of posture and muscle activity to optimize performance, prevent injury, recover from injury and feel better long term!

SPORTS MEAN INJURIES

The very nature of sports means that the athlete's body will undergo rigorous activity during training and competition. Muscles, tendons, joints and bones will be taxed, sometimes to their limit. Inevitably, injuries will occur. These injuries will range in severity from those that cause mild discomfort to those that hinder an athlete's ability to compete. Injuries will occur despite preventative efforts. Sport injuries bay be a result of accidents, poor training practices, the use of improper equipment, lack of conditioning of insufficient warm-up.

Sports injuries typically involve damage to the musculoskeletal system, although traumatic injury to the organ system can occur, too. Injuries occur when there is a force great enough to disrupt the internal structures of the body, causing damage or destruction to that tissue.

Traditional classification describes injures as either:

  • acute - a sudden injury that occurs when playing sport or exercising, or
  • chronic - injuries that develop slowly and last a long time

Most sports injuries, however, can be better described by mechanism of injury - either trauma or overuse:

  • traumatic injuries - a physical injury produced by an external or internal force
  • overuse injuries - a result of repetitive activities or a result of recurrent traumatic injuries

MUSCLE STRAINS

If a muscle is overstretched by tension or forced to contract against too much resistance, the resulting stretch, tear or rip of the fibers of the muscle or it's tendon is known as a muscle strain. Muscle strains are typically a result of dynamic overload, wherein the involved muscle contracts eccentrically while the antagonist force attempts to lengthen the muscle. Muscle strains most commonly occur at the musculotendinous junction of a muscle.

There are three grades of muscle strains:

  • Grade 1: Some fibers stretched with few torn; palpable tenderness; full active range of motion is possible, but may be painful
  • Grade 2: a number of fibers torn with a palpable depression in the muscle belly or tendon; active contraction, strength and range of motion are limited and painful
  • Grade 3: a complete rupture at the musculotendinous portion of the belly or at the tendinous attachment to the bone; deformity, loss of function, including strength and range of motion; intense pain that diminishes because of nerve fiber separation

MUSCLE OVEREXERTION and CONTRACTION INJURIES

Muscle cramps, muscle spasms, muscle guarding and muscle soreness are other forms of muscle injuries that are defined as:

  • muscle cramps - the involuntary contraction of a voluntary muscle
  • muscle spasmsa reflex reaction caused by trauma
  • muscle guarding - a muscle contraction in response to pain and injury in an area as an attempt to splint or self-protect the involved area
  • muscle soreness - pain caused by overexertion in exercise, typically caused by an activity to which the person is unaccustomed

There are two types of muscle soreness acute-onset muscle soreness and exercise-induced muscle soreness, also know as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Acute-onset muscle soreness is typically accompanied by fatigue. Exercise-induced muscle soreness usually appears 12 hours after exercise and peaks 24 to 48 hours post-exercise.

Many of these issues, if left untreated can lead to more complicated chronic conditions. Such as tendinitis, joint adhesions, sprains, bursitis, plantar faciitis, compartment syndrome, sciatica, nerve compression, carpal tunnel and so much more.

Orthopedic massage may be a solution when Sports massage has not taken you as far as you hoped. With posture analysis and assessment tests, both on and off the table, we dive deeper in the what may be causing pain, lack of range of motion and performance. Treatment doesn't end there. With corrective stretching and strengthening exercises we work together to find a long term solution to living pain free. 

Typical treatment plans consist of 3 - 90 minute sessions every two weeks then plan according to your needs. I have openings this week. Call/text to book now at 916-757-2976

SPORTS MASSAGE: INJURY + RECOVERY

Did you know that Orthopedic massage is an elite form of Sports massage? Orthopedic and Integrated therapies can help by going deeper into the issues of posture and muscle activity to optimize performance, prevent injury, recover from injury and feel better long term!

SPORTS MEAN INJURIES

The very nature of sports means that the athlete's body will undergo rigorous activity during training and competition. Muscles, tendons, joints and bones will be taxed, sometimes to their limit. Inevitably, injuries will occur. These injuries will range in severity from those that cause mild discomfort to those that hinder an athlete's ability to compete. Injuries will occur despite preventative efforts. Sport injuries bay be a result of accidents, poor training practices, the use of improper equipment, lack of conditioning of insufficient warm-up.

Sports injuries typically involve damage to the musculoskeletal system, although traumatic injury to the organ system can occur, too. Injuries occur when there is a force great enough to disrupt the internal structures of the body, causing damage or destruction to that tissue.

Traditional classification describes injures as either:

  • acute - a sudden injury that occurs when playing sport or exercising, or
  • chronic - injuries that develop slowly and last a long time

Most sports injuries, however, can be better described by mechanism of injury - either trauma or overuse:

  • traumatic injuries - a physical injury produced by an external or internal force
  • overuse injuries - a result of repetitive activities or a result of recurrent traumatic injuries

MUSCLE STRAINS

If a muscle is overstretched by tension or forced to contract against too much resistance, the resulting stretch, tear or rip of the fibers of the muscle or it's tendon is known as a muscle strain. Muscle strains are typically a result of dynamic overload, wherein the involved muscle contracts eccentrically while the antagonist force attempts to lengthen the muscle. Muscle strains most commonly occur at the musculotendinous junction of a muscle.

There are three grades of muscle strains:

  • Grade 1: Some fibers stretched with few torn; palpable tenderness; full active range of motion is possible, but may be painful
  • Grade 2: a number of fibers torn with a palpable depression in the muscle belly or tendon; active contraction, strength and range of motion are limited and painful
  • Grade 3: a complete rupture at the musculotendinous portion of the belly or at the tendinous attachment to the bone; deformity, loss of function, including strength and range of motion; intense pain that diminishes because of nerve fiber separation

MUSCLE OVEREXERTION and CONTRACTION INJURIES

Muscle cramps, muscle spasms, muscle guarding and muscle soreness are other forms of muscle injuries that are defined as:

  • muscle cramps - the involuntary contraction of a voluntary muscle
  • muscle spasmsa reflex reaction caused by trauma
  • muscle guarding - a muscle contraction in response to pain and injury in an area as an attempt to splint or self-protect the involved area
  • muscle soreness - pain caused by overexertion in exercise, typically caused by an activity to which the person is unaccustomed

There are two types of muscle soreness acute-onset muscle soreness and exercise-induced muscle soreness, also know as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Acute-onset muscle soreness is typically accompanied by fatigue. Exercise-induced muscle soreness usually appears 12

Did you know that Orthopedic massage is an elite form of Sports massage? Orthopedic and Integrated therapies can help by going deeper into the issues of posture and muscle activity to optimize performance, prevent injury, recover from injury and feel better long term!

SPORTS MEAN INJURIES

The very nature of sports means that the athlete's body will undergo rigorous activity during training and competition. Muscles, tendons, joints and bones will be taxed, sometimes to their limit. Inevitably, injuries will occur. These injuries will range in severity from those that cause mild discomfort to those that hinder an athlete's ability to compete. Injuries will occur despite preventative efforts. Sport injuries bay be a result of accidents, poor training practices, the use of improper equipment, lack of conditioning of insufficient warm-up.

Sports injuries typically involve damage to the musculoskeletal system, although traumatic injury to the organ system can occur, too. Injuries occur when there is a force great enough to disrupt the internal structures of the body, causing damage or destruction to that tissue.

Traditional classification describes injures as either:

  • acute - a sudden injury that occurs when playing sport or exercising, or
  • chronic - injuries that develop slowly and last a long time

Most sports injuries, however, can be better described by mechanism of injury - either trauma or overuse:

  • traumatic injuries - a physical injury produced by an external or internal force
  • overuse injuries - a result of repetitive activities or a result of recurrent traumatic injuries

MUSCLE STRAINS

If a muscle is overstretched by tension or forced to contract against too much resistance, the resulting stretch, tear or rip of the fibers of the muscle or it's tendon is known as a muscle strain. Muscle strains are typically a result of dynamic overload, wherein the involved muscle contracts eccentrically while the antagonist force attempts to lengthen the muscle. Muscle strains most commonly occur at the musculotendinous junction of a muscle.

There are three grades of muscle strains:

  • Grade 1: Some fibers stretched with few torn; palpable tenderness; full active range of motion is possible, but may be painful
  • Grade 2: a number of fibers torn with a palpable depression in the muscle belly or tendon; active contraction, strength and range of motion are limited and painful
  • Grade 3: a complete rupture at the musculotendinous portion of the belly or at the tendinous attachment to the bone; deformity, loss of function, including strength and range of motion; intense pain that diminishes because of nerve fiber separation

MUSCLE OVEREXERTION and CONTRACTION INJURIES

Muscle cramps, muscle spasms, muscle guarding and muscle soreness are other forms of muscle injuries that are defined as:

  • muscle cramps - the involuntary contraction of a voluntary muscle
  • muscle spasmsa reflex reaction caused by trauma
  • muscle guarding - a muscle contraction in response to pain and injury in an area as an attempt to splint or self-protect the involved area
  • muscle soreness - pain caused by overexertion in exercise, typically caused by an activity to which the person is unaccustomed

There are two types of muscle soreness acute-onset muscle soreness and exercise-induced muscle soreness, also know as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Acute-onset muscle soreness is typically accompanied by fatigue. Exercise-induced muscle soreness usually appears 12 hours after exercise and peaks 24 to 48 hours post-exercise.

Many of these issues, if left untreated can lead to more complicated chronic conditions. Such as tendinitis, joint adhesions, sprains, bursitis, plantar faciitis, compartment syndrome, sciatica, nerve compression, carpal tunnel and so much more.

Orthopedic massage may be a solution when Sports massage has not taken you as far as you hoped. With posture analysis and assessment tests, both on and off the table, we dive deeper in the what may be causing pain, lack of range of motion and performance. Treatment doesn't end there. With corrective stretching and strengthening exercises we work together to find a long term solution to living pain free. 

Typical treatment plans consist of 3 - 90 minute sessions every two weeks then plan according to your needs. I have openings this week. Call/text to book now at 916-757-2976

Sciatica - Nothing Helping?

At one point, most, if not all reading this post have suffered from sciatica. A sharp, sometimes debilitating pain shooting down your glutes, your hamstrings, maybe even your shins and down to your feet! 

The question is where does sciatica originate from? What are some causes to this pain? What are some symptoms that are not commonly known?

Most know that sciatic pain originates in the back. More specifically nerve communication is cut off in the lumbar vertebrae between, typically, L4, L5 and S1. The majority of sufferers have typically been diagnosed with either a herniated disc or disc compression. For some this may feel like a life sentence. And it doesn't have to be, there are treatments with manual therapies that can aid you.  But what are the underlying root causes of of herniated and compressed discs?

 We live in a society of flexion. What do I mean by that? We sit at desks, we drive our cars, we sit at home. Our entire front muscle structure is flexed forward. Over time this becomes our muscle memory and causes tightness in our muscles that end up putting strain on all of our joints in our body. More specifically pulling our vertebrae forward and possibly causing the disc to herniate or compress.  

Sciatica not only can cause pain, weakness, numbing and burning down the back side of your leg and shin it can also appear as plantar fasciiitis. If you've tried all the inserts and treatments and still have that heel pain, there could be another issue going on. 

The good news is these are treatable conditions to live with less pain, if not pain free! By opening up the lines of communication in the nerve and getting the nerve to move more freely in the body, you begin to live more freely. Call/text any questions you may have to see if we can get you living more comfortably in YOUR body! 

 

Source: https://www.spine-health.com/video/sciatic...

How Often Should You Get A Massage?

How Often Should You Get A Massage?

Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask about massage therapy, and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it’s a combination of the two, so let’s look at some of the most common reasons to get regular massages:

Relaxation & Stress Relief
One of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up and causing problems. Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!

There may be times in your life where you experience higher levels of stress and more muscle tension than normal. It is especially important to practice good self-care during these times. When we “don’t have time” for a massage, is usually when we need one the most. Make yourself a priority even during stressful times, your health is worth it.

If you are in a high-stress job or you work in an environment where you stay in a certain position for a long period of time (at a computer for example), you may begin to develop tight or “knotted” muscles. This will frequently occur in your shoulders, arms, and back. All of this increased muscle tension will make movement harder and can cause a great deal of pain. Regular massage can help to keep you loosened up and will help to prevent pain and stiffness.

Living with high levels of stress for a prolonged amount of time increases the risk of contracting heart disease and other diseases. It has been estimated that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. The good news is, massage can help! Just knowing your massage is coming up in a few days can help to relieve stress, and a massage every 2-4 weeks will help with stress related tension.

Sports Recovery
Are you a weekend warrior, or do you just like to stay in shape? Either way, massage can help with sports performance and recovery. Many athletes and physically active people receive sports massage because it enhances their performance, prevents injury, and speeds up their muscles’ recovery. Competitive sports can put a lot of stress on a person’s muscles! Research conducted at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging at McMaster University in Ontario shows that massage reduces inflammation and stimulates the growth of new mitochondria, the energy-producing units in the cells, after strenuous exercise. This means that massage can help relieve pain, build muscles and help with muscle recovery too! For these benefits it is recommended that you get a massage up to three times a week or at least three times a month.

Chronic Health Conditions
People with ongoing health issues often find massage very helpful to alleviate symptoms. Chronic health problems that greatly benefit from massage therapy include back pain, joint pain, and localized inflammation. If you get therapy for specific issues, the frequency of getting massage therapy varies with the type of condition you have and how severe it is. Relief from pain can usually be achieved with 2-4 massage sessions per month. Your massage therapist will work with you to help you get on the best schedule for your body.

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Golfer's Elbow - Corrective Excersizes

Golfer's elbow, tendinitis, medial epicondylosis. No matter what you call it, it's a repetitive stress injury. Orthopedic massage can aid in the recovery and even more important is the after care. When I started massage a couple year's ago I immediately started having the pain on the inner elbow. It wasn't until I received Orthopedic training did I realize it could even be treated without surgery. With a few treatments and consistent corrective exercises, I now live pain free in my elbow! Click the video link below:

https://youtu.be/mrqNLlckkc0

Source: https://youtu.be/mrqNLlckkc0

What is Orthopedic Massage?

Orthopedic massage involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of locomotor soft tissue to reduce pain and dysfunction. Restoring structural balance throughout the body allows us to focus on both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

This is an advanced integrative therapy beneficial for injury treatment and prevention, chronic pain, and elite sports therapy to increase and maintain optimal performance of the body.

Research and practice have shown in up to 90% of cases like frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears and carpal tunnel syndrome surgery may be prevented with these specific medical massage protocols.

By bring the muscles of the body back to its neutral state, including bringing our body out of the state of flexion we live in, (computers, phones, driving) we can facilitate healing within strains, sprains and capsular adhesions bring full range of motion and increased muscle performance.

A major part of the success of this modality is client commitment to recovery and wellness. Each session ends with stretching techniques for the tight,  over worked muscles and strengthening exercise for the over stretched under used ones. With out the commitment to these routines, optimal function of the body will not be obtained.

Olivia is currently in process of becoming a Certified Orthopedic Therapist through the training of James Waslaski, over the next year. These treatments will be a huge part of her learning and growing to be of better service to you.

To learn about booking an orthopedic massage with Olivia, visit the orthopedic massage section of her Restorative Massage page. 

 

What is orthopedic massage