DEEP TISSUE IS NOT INTENDED TO BE ROUGH OR PAINFUL. You may experience some pain however the guideline I like to give is that if you can still breathe through the pressure, and feel yourself opening and releasing then it's ok. If you feel tense or your breath catches, it's too deep. Always tell your practitioner if you feel the massage is too deep.
A therapeutic massage will address a specific pathology or target area through a series of muscle specific treatments. This can include acute or chronic problems (low back pain, carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, whiplash injury/neck pain, tension headaches, tmj, etc). Jewl's training includes hydrotherapy, cross fiber friction, myofascial release, and neuromuscular techniques such as trigger point therapy, and muscle energy technique (MET).
Treatment sessions can involve postural and range-of-motion (ROM) assessment, client education, and "homework" (stretching, body awareness/posture, ice/heat, etc...), and sometimes include special tests for certain conditions. The client must make a committment to their wellness for treatment to be effective. For a medical massage, Jewl recommends booking a 1.5 hour session to get the full benefit. The client will often, but not always, need to return for some continuous sessions to help retrain the muscles back to their natural state.
An example of what a session may include for a chronic injury such as repetitive motion (carpal tunnel, tendinitis, whiplash/chronic neck pain, etc) would be a combination of cross fiber friction (deep work at the tendon attachment), myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and movement. Most treatment massages will include some Swedish or Lomi Lomi, Craniosacral or Reiki (if client is ok with Reiki) for relaxation prior to and after treatment.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
repetitive motion injuries
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - The thoracic outlet gets its name from the space (the thoracic outlet) between your your first rib and your collarbone (clavicle). This tight passageway is filled with blood vessels, muscles, and nerves. Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) refers to the abnormal compression or irritation of these vessels, nerves and muscles in this area.
Trigger Point Therapy - Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. It may also be called myofascial (myo meaning muscle, fascial meaning connective tissue) trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy is sometimes regarded as one of a group of treatment aproaches called neuromuscular therapy or NMT. Myotherapy, developed by Bonnie Prudden, is a related type of trigger point therapy.
Neuromuscular Reprogramming - (from experiencefestival.com/neuromuscular_reprogramming - This therapy utilizes a form of positive kinesthetic conversation with the body to imprint new learnings on the motor control center of the brain, and replace damaged imprints created through trauma, injury, or repetitive strain
Triggerpoint Therapy Definitions from thebodyworker.com
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