Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia – the Treatment You’ve Been Waiting For

September 27, 2010

When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, my doctor prescribed a number of pills to treat my symptoms.  Never once did he suggest I might try massage therapy, or any alternative treatments for that matter.  It was not until I did some research on my own that I discovered I had other options besides popping pills for my pain, fatigue, and other various ailments. Massage therapy for fibromyalgia was the treatment I had been waiting for.  A visit to John James just might make you feel the same way.

Defining Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Massage therapy utilizes a variety of techniques to alleviate stress and chronic pain in a person’s body.  By using his hands, elbows, and forearms; massage therapists like John James press, rub and knead the muscles and soft tissues of the body with moderate to deep pressure – relevant to each individual’s needs.  When you visit your therapist for the first time, he will speak with you at length about what areas of your body need special attention and what kinds of treatment he recommends.

John James has years of experience treating patients with massage therapy for fibromyalgia – he specializes in it.  He understands the effects fibro symptoms have on the sufferer’s body and knows how to counterbalance those symptoms.  Many medical doctors are undereducated when it comes to this complex condition and may not fully understand the best ways to treat it.  Be assured that John James does have the education and understanding necessary for treating fibro patients!

Benefits of Massage for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition with chronic widespread pain throughout the entire body.  Patients offer suffer from migraines, poor sleep or insomnia, extreme fatigue, joint stiffness, TMJ, and depression.  Massage therapy for fibromyalgia not only helps relieve acute pain but also alleviates many (if not all) of the other symptoms as well.

A study conducted at The University of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institute concluded that massage therapy provided increased serotonin levels, decreased circulating stress hormones, decreased levels of a pain messenger called Substance P, decreased tender point pain, improved sleep patterns and overall sense of well-being.  Researchers who conducted the study stated that “Massage therapy is a clinically significant complimentary treatment for fibromyalgia.

Massage therapy for fibromyalgia has been a critical treatment for many patients, myself included.  Therapy sessions reduce stress and anxiety which are major contributors to flare-ups.  A 68-year old fibro patient named Jane Wagner says “Massage therapy helps me feel less pain, and I sleep better on the days I get therapy.”  This illustrates another key benefit of massage therapy: improved quality of sleep.  When a person with fibro does not get sufficient restorative sleep, her health suffers considerably.  A regular routine of massage therapy for fibromyalgia is an essential way to beat this common ailment.

Fibro patients who visit John James enjoy many benefits including improved circulation, increased range of motion, reduced joint stiffness, increased flexibility, decreased states of depression, reduced stress levels, fewer migraines, and reduced pain.  If you have questions about massage therapy for fibromyalgia, visit John James or call him today.  This very well may be the  treatment you’ve been waiting for.

by Alaina Coyle, Freelance Writer

Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy Is Not A Luxury – It’s A Necessity

September 24, 2010

Millions of Americans suffer from the debilitating condition called fibromyalgia.  This complex syndrome is difficult to understand, difficult to diagnose, and often difficult to treat.  Fortunately there is an increasingly popular treatment that takes ‘difficult’ right out of the equation.  Fibromyalgia massage therapy is gaining popularity for good reason – because it works.  It provides relief often when no other treatments can.

Understanding Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy

There was a time when many people believed that massages were only for the rich or privileged.  In fact, it was not that long ago that I was scoffed at for receiving regular massage treatments.  When I mentioned to an acquaintance how I was benefiting from my fibromyalgia massage therapy, she said (with a sneer) “I wish I could afford the luxury of getting regular massages.”  I simply told her that I do not consider my treatments as a luxury; I regard them as a necessity.

Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy is a hands-on treatment utilizing a variety of techniques to relieve sore muscles, decrease joint stiffness, and alleviate a number of other fibromyalgia symptoms.  John James recognizes the impact this painful condition has on your body, and he is eager to help you.  He will listen to your concerns and work with you to find an appropriate treatment plan.  With years of experience, John understands each individual’s needs are different.  Your fibromyalgia massage therapy is tailored to meet your unique needs, ensuring you get the most out of your treatments.

Benefiting from Fibromyalgia Massage Therapy

Fibromyalgia massage therapy not only helps treat your pain, but it also treats the underlying problems that cause fibromyalgia flare-ups.  Research has proven that massage therapy improves quality of sleep and decreases stress – both huge contributing factors for controlling fibromyalgia symptoms.  In other words, you will have short-term benefits from your massage as well as long-term.

What are some of the other benefits you’ll enjoy?  Fibromyalgia massage therapy facilitates good circulation because the pressure of the massage moves blood through congested areas in your body.  When blood moves more freely, it brings oxygen-rich nutrients to your tissues; resulting in faster muscle repair.  Massage also flushes out lactic acid (a harmful toxin that causes pain), and improves the circulation of lymph fluid which carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and internal organs.  As a result, you’ll experience improved body function and lower blood pressure.

Many patients of John James also report fewer migraines, decreased feelings of tension and stress, as well as an increase in energy levels.  Why not visit John James to see for yourself?

by Alaina M. Coyle, Freelance Writer

Sports Massage – Essential for Any Fitness Routine

September 20, 2010

Sports massage is an essential part of the fitness routine for any sportsman or woman.  This special form of massage therapy may be used before, during, and after sporting events.  Athletes who receive regular sports massages suffer from fewer injuries and enjoy better overall health.

Types of Sports Massage

Each individual athlete uses different muscle groups and therefore has a unique set of needs when it comes to massage therapy.  Sports massage therapists like John James and Evelyn Davis are familiar with each muscle and how they are affected by specific movements and stresses of each sport.  Whether you are a football player, dancer, or swimmer; John James has the experience necessary to treat you effectively.

A maintenance program is recommended for the athlete who wants to improve his range of motion and muscle flexibility, as well as reach his optimal performance level.  Your massage sessions will help your body recover from previous injuries and prevent future ones from occurring. John or Evelyn will come to understand you and the needs of your body through these regular routine therapy treatments.

Event massage is another area of treatment that may include pre-event, inter-event, and/or post-event massage.  A brief 10 to 15 minute sports massage before and during an athletic event boosts your body’s circulation, warms up the muscles about to be used, and reduces mental tension – ensuring your best performance.  Seeing your sports therapist right after an event will reduce the risk of muscle spasms and help your tissues normalize and begin to repair themselves.

Even with proper preventative maintenance, muscles may cramp, bruise, and ache after strenuous activity.  Sports massage will speed healing and reduce discomfort during your rehabilitation process.  Whether you have an acute injury or have suffer from chronic pain, John James and Evelyn Davis use a variety of special techniques to facilitate your recovery.

Benefits of Sports Massage

When you visit a skilled massage therapist like John James, you will enjoy a number of lasting benefits.  Sports massage is the most effective way to release muscle tension, restore balance to your musculoskeletal system, and extend the life of your sporting career.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduction of blood pressure
  • Relief for swollen joints
  • Improved blood circulation and lymph flow
  • Release of painful muscle and fascia tension
  • Improved muscle elasticity
  • Breakdown of scar tissue (which, left untreated, results in inflexible tissues prone to pain)
  • Relaxation of mind and body
  • Reduction of anxiety and stress
  • Improved quality of sleep

For athletes who compete on a regular basic, sports massage is key to maintaining a healthy body.  John James will pay special attention your trouble areas, monitor them and keep them in good condition.  Because you will experience a better quality of sleep thanks to your massage treatments, you will be more mentally alert for physical challenges.  You will enjoy physical, psychological, and physiological benefits; allowing you to achieve better levels of performance.  Whatever your goals are, John James Massage Plano Texas can help you reach them.

by Alaina Coyle

Fibromyalgia Massage: Pain Relief Without Pills

September 16, 2010

If you suffer from fibromyalgia as I do, no doubt you are constantly looking for new ways to treat your symptoms.  The pain and aches you experience on a daily basis are as discouraging as they are debilitating.  Fibromyalgia massage has proven to help fibromyalgia patients in a variety of ways, and is becoming increasingly recognized as a valid treatment among medical professionals.

What is Fibromyalgia Massage?

For many of us who suffer from fibromyalgia, visiting an inexperienced massage therapist can make us question the value of massage therapy – or even leave us worse off than before.  A treatment with a therapist with extensive experience in fibromyalgia massage can make all the difference in the world.

Although it may appear to be a new treatment, massage therapy dates back thousands of years.  Hippocrates actually defined medicine as “the art of rubbing.”  John James takes this “art” very seriously and has dedicated himself to helping his patients find the relief they so desperately seek.

Fibromyalgia massage is a hands-on treatment that utilizes key techniques to draw negative energy away from the face and head, relieve tender trigger points, loosen fascia (the tissue that covers your muscles), and improve circulation – all important elements of treating fibromyalgia.  John James, who has eighteen years experience leading fibromyalgia support groups, understands fibromyalgia and its impact on the body. John has the knowledge and compassion necessary to treat you professionally – and successfully.

The Benefits of Fibromyalgia Massage

Although researchers are not certain exactly how massage therapy reduces pain, they do know that it does.  One theory suggests that massage boosts the body’s production of natural pain-blockers, such as endorphins and serotonin.  These “feel-good” hormones counteract pain signals the brain sends to different parts of the body, which explains why so many patients report relief from their fibromyalgia pain.  However, this is only the beginning of the long list of benefits you’ll enjoy from your fibromyalgia massage.

John James’ patients also experience improved blood circulation – blood flowing more freely through congested knots of muscle.  You will enjoy increased flexibility and range of motion, as well as a reduction of stiffness in your joints.  Because fibromyalgia massage focuses on bringing energy away from the head and neck, you may experience fewer migraines – a frequent complaint among many fibromyalgia sufferers.  John James will use massage strokes that move down your body to encourage release of negative energy out through your feet, leaving you feeling lighter and refreshed.

Many patients also enjoy a better quality of sleep after having a treatment with John James.  Since a lack of refreshing sleep is one of the leading culprits of fibromyalgia flare-ups, this may be the best benefit of all.

Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that fibromyalgia massage has been a complete life-saver for me.  My fibromyalgia is always worse when I am under stress, and there is simply no better stress-reliever than a good massage from an experienced therapist who really, deeply understands fibromyalgia massage. I know you will find similar relief when you visit John James Massage Plano.

by Alaina M. Coyle, Freelance Writer

Massage Therapy from Pharoah to Plano Texas

March 7, 2010

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John James, LMT

Massage in many forms has existed since the beginning of human history. The power of physical touch to soothe, comfort and even to heal physical and emotional pain has been noted in all civilizations.  Many cultures have evolved massage therapy techniques into distinctly different and recognizable methods.

Early Records of Therapeutic Manipulation

Ancient Egyptian, Indian and Chinese civilizations produced the first written records of manual techniques for medicinal and therapeutic uses. Drawings on pyramid walls and papyrii from nearly four thousand years ago advise manipulation and specific types of gentle touching for pain relief. The Ayurveda, a pre-Christian medical script, codifies specific manual methods which are still used today. Traditional Chinese medicine is based upon Huangdi Neijing, written in the first or second century BC, which includes the recommendation for stroking, stretching and repeated gentle blows to the muscles among its methods.

Hippocrates, the Greek physician often called the “father of Western medicine” strongly promoted massage. So did Julius Caesar who demanded massage therapy daily to treat his frequent headaches.

Massage became widespread in France during the sixteenth century due to surgeon Andre Pare’, the Royal Court physician to four French kings. Inventor of hemostats and the first to use ligatures in surgery, Pare’ commonly used massage therapy practices on his patients. Many of the terms used in teaching classic massage techniques today are of French origin - i.e. effleurage, petrissage, tapotement.

That’s Swedish Isn’t It?

Widely used and known to most people in the West, “Swedish massage” is a collection of methods initially developed in the 1800s by the Swedish doctor Per Henrik Ling. Borrowing techniques he learned from the traditional Chinese manipulative therapy tui na and from Asian martial arts, Ling founded the Royal Central Institute for Gymnastics in Stockholm to educate physiotherapists in his medical gymnastics protocols.

The development of “classic” Swedish massage as a separate discipline, and, the use of French terms for its techniques, is credited to Dutchman  Johan Georg Mezger (1838-1909). Mezger, a massage practitioner, compiled a reduced set of techniques and maneuvers from Ling’s gymnastics into what he called the “Swedish massage system”, the collection of strokes used in classic massage that are still employed today. So what is commonly known today as “Swedish massage” was actually developed by the ancient Chinese, systematized and given French technique names by a Dutchman, and yes, finally employed and widely popularized by a Swede – Per Henrik Ling.

Recent Developments in Massage

The twentieth century has seen America evolve its own physical therapies based on more subtle understanding of human anatomy, and, on selected ancient techniques. Two advanced methods in particular have emerged as popular and effective – myofascial release technique and cranosacral therapy.

Myofascial Release Therapy

Devised by the internationally recognized physical therapist John F. Barnes, myofascial release therapy considers the patient’s whole body rather than just isolated symptoms of aches and pains.Rather than focus entirely on musculature, this whole body approach considers the tissue that joins, supports and surrounds the muscles, the fascia, as equally important. The myo-fascial unit composed of muscle fibers and fascia should move smoothly within the body, gliding over adjoining muscles, structures and even its own muscle fibers.

Injuries, overuse or poor posture may cause the smooth and flexible myofascial tissue to shorten and become rigid and inelastic. Pain is caused thereby, range of motion is restricted and muscle spasms might occur. Stress to the myo-fascial unit and imbalance can radiate up and down the body causing pain in unexpected locations.

Myofascial release techniques restore the smooth functioning of the fascia caused by injured muscles, and, stretch the fascia/muscle unit back to its normal length. This form of massage therapy releases tight, bound-up areas of muscle in a gradual way, slowly evening-out tight, injured fascia and relieving pain.

Craniosacral Therapy

An Osteopathic Physician and Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University, Dr. John E. Upledger developed CranioSacral Therapy after years of research and clinical testing. Focused on improvement of central nervous system performance, CranioSacral Therapy frees circulation of the brain’s cerebrospinal fluid by relaxing the fascial tissue surrounding the spine. By relaxing restrictions to the free flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the spine and in the cranium, migraines, insomnia, and TMJ pain and tension from stress can all be reduced.

Call me to learn how massage therapy techniques descended from ancient sources can help you now:

John James, LMT
John James Massage Therapy Plano Texas
469 855-2049

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