Therapy for Chronic Pain
This treatment option includes an array of virtually pain-free modalities aimed at calming the central nervous system and, in turn, reducing or eliminating chronic pain complaints. We believe that treatment that feels soothing and generates little or no pain may yield better outcomes, especially for those suffering intense pain, or those who have experienced ongoing pain of any degree for an extended period of time. Because each person’s pain is different, we utilize a blend of therapies to favorably change the body’s pain response. Some of the most effective modalities include: light-touch trigger point therapy, craniosacral therapy, KST, lymphatic drainage massage, energy work, breathing & mindfulness techniques, and gentle movement.
An effective means of dealing with pain, re-establishing normal ranges of motion, and improving physical performance may be found in Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy–a specialization within the field of massage. Trigger points are sensitive areas in the muscle or connective tissue that result in pain, reduced mobility, and often other symptoms. They frequently follow predictable referred pain patterns, are usually found some distance away from the area(s) where pain is felt.
The therapeutic action plan has two parts: hands-on treatment and self-care. On the treatment table, the objectives include tracing the pain to the trigger point source, deactivating the trigger point, and restoring normal sensation and mobility. Off the table, and of equal importance, clients learn self-care strategies to use at home. Actively participating in the healing process almost always speeds recovery, compared to receiving passive therapy only. Learn more about trigger points and traditional Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy here…
Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) supports the body’s waste management system, by helping to dispose of excess lymph fluid held in the tissue. Excess fluid in the tissue can happen following surgery or trauma, and for many other reasons. By applying very light pressure to the skin, along with slow, systematic movements, unwanted fluid is gently guided towards the appropriate lymphatic drainage point. We most commonly utilize LDM in conjunction with other modalities, rather than as stand-alone, full body treatment.
Here is a partial list of benefits that incorporating LDM into a treatment plan may yield:
- Reduction of inflammation and pain post-surgery or post trauma;
- Acceleration of healing post-surgery or post trauma;
- Removal of metabolic waste following high intensity sporting events;
- Easing stress by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Infrared Heat Therapy with the Amethyst Biomat
Each of our treatment tables are equipped with an Amethyst Biomat, which is utilized during treatment at the client’s option, in the absence of any contraindications. The Biomat emits Far Infrared Heat, which has been proven effective in the treatment of sprains, muscle spasms, arthritis, neuralgia, stiffness and other pain-producing musculoskeletal conditions.
The Amethyst Biomat’s Far Infrared Rays (FIR) deliver heat 6-8 inches into the body, reaching soft tissue, nerves, blood vessels and even organs. In turn, circulation increases, bringing in more oxygen and nutrients, and carrying away waste products. The gentle warmth of the Biomat, along with its Negative Ion Technology, acts as an antioxidant for the cells, which aids in reducing stress, improving sleep and increasing overall energy. See the reviews section for client experiences on the Biomat.
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