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 Therapy Benefits Swimmers Pre and Post Event

May 21, 2010

Evelyn Davis Licensed Massage Therapist

Evelyn Davis Licensed Massage Therapist

Sports massage therapy for swimmers has both physical and psychological benefits. Serious competitors and recreational swimmers alike can improve their swimming performance with sports massage therapy designed specifically for the issues swimmers face.

Swim athletes worldwide now view regular massage as a necessary part of their training regimen. Sports massage therapy increases blood flow which reduces soreness and speeds recovery. Certain sports massage techniques, properly applied,  increase the range of motion of injured muscles and further accelerate the healing process. With a shorter time required for full recovery you can increase workouts and adapt your body to a higher level of physical stress.

For swimmers’ sports massages we prefer a combination of trigger point massage, myofascial release and Swedish massage methods aimed at the muscle groups and movements that swimmers use in order to swim fast.

swimmer sports massage therapy

Trigger point release of the infraspinatus muscle.

Most swimmers generally get tight in the areas underneath and behind the shoulder blades, with lots of tender trigger points. Swedish massage movements are best here to relieve the general tension in the muscles while the patient is lying on their side. Trigger points are released with careful pressure as they arise. In particular in swimmers, the infraspinatus muscle (see photo) often triggers and refers pain to the front of the shoulder, limiting the internal rotation which is needed for a good “catch”.

Another area of significant range-of-motion concern for swimmers is the myofascia located below the shoulder at the side and extending the length of the latissimus dorsai down to the lower back. Tightness in this long muscle and fascia group is a significant impediment for swimmers. For this area we use a myofascial release technique which stretches the muscle and fascia in a very targeted way.

Swimmers all seem to generate trigger points on the back between the spine and

top of shoulder trigger point release

Top of shoulder trigger point.

shoulder blade as well as on top of the shoulder closely adjacent to the neck. We find that relieving these irritations significantly improves relaxation, posture, and breathing.

Here are some thoughts about how massage could be incorporated into your swimming regimen:

Pre-swim meet: Use a sports massage to aid in warming up your muscles before training or an event. A sports massage can help stretch the muscles as well as stimulating blood flow and relaxation. By having the muscles well stretched and relaxed it can help prevent sports injuries. Massages can provide benefits even if performed up to two days before an event.  And it’ll relax you – a competitive edge!

Post-swim meet: Utilize a sports massage after the sporting event to help in muscle recovery. A post-event sports massage can also aid in reducing muscle spasm and soreness. Post-event massages are short and direct lasting usually only 30 minutes. The post-event focuses on the muscles used specifically for the sport. After striving hard a massage will increase your blood circulation to speed the removal of fatigue toxins, relieve your muscle spasms and prevent soreness.

Fine-tuning: For regular fine-tuning a massage will search out and relieve areas of bio-mechanical stress in your muscles before they become problems, enabling you to train harder and more consistently.

Injury Rehabilitation: Massage will speed healing of your injuries, increase your range of motion, and reduce scar tissue thus allowing your muscles to expand and contract fully. With less time spent recovering you’ll be training at your peak levels more often and become more competitive.

John James Massage Plano is a sponsor of the City Of Plano Swimmers (COPS)  and provides complimentary massage services to COPS members at their regular swim meets.

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