Massage As Medicine

“The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life, the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need for a physician.”
William J. Mayo (1861  1939), American surgeon and co-founder of the Mayo Clinic

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Thomas A. Edison

What is the difference between a therapeutic (Swedish) massage and a medical massage?

Swedish or therapeutic massage is intended to improve health and well-being by reducing stress and soothing tight, aching muscles. This type of massage generally utilizes a conventional, set configuration for a relaxing full body treatment for every client...

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Ice Packs and the Injury Repair Process

The physiology of a common sprain and how applying ice speeds recovery

“Scratch Thee but with a pin and there remains some scar of it”
As You Like It, 111 5-21

When in doubt as to the severity of an injury, consult a physician.
While awaiting medical attention, consider applying these principles.

The application of ice to an injured or inflamed area is called “cryotherapy.” Our high level of interest in sports activities has prompted much-needed scientific inquiry into how the body heals an injury and the effectiveness of cryotherapy. There is now no doubt that the timely application of ice packs will speed recovery. To understand how and why this therapy works, it’s helpful to know the nature of injured tissues and the ways in which the body responds to repair itself.

Injuries a...

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R-I-C-E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and REHABILITATION

First aid and recovery strategies for sprains, strains, tendonitis and more.

Consult a physician when:
• in doubt as to the severity of a traumatic joint injury.
severe pain lasts more than 24-36 hours.
• pain in the joints or bones lasts longer than 2 weeks.
an injury doesn’t appear to be healing or remains immobile.

To give yourself the best chance for a quick recovery from “pulled” muscles, “throwing your back out,” and common sprains and strains, use the immediate application of the famous RICE formula of Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

These measures minimize bleeding into the injury and reduce inflammation and swelling that otherwise cause immobilizing pain and a prolonged recovery...

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Causes of Pain in Soft Tissue

Physiological Factors for Consideration by the Neuromuscular Therapist & Client

“ The musculoskeletal system is the means whereby we act out and express our human existence – ‘The primary machinery of life’ is what osteopathy’s greatest researcher Irwin Korr called it. While, medically speaking, the musculoskeletal system may lack the glamour and fascination of vital organs and systems, the fact is that these organs and systems exist only to service this great machine through which we live and function.

It is by our musculoskeletal system (not our kidneys or livers) that we perform tasks, play games, make love, impart treatment, perform on musical instruments, paint and, in these and a multitude of other ways, interact with each other and the planet.

The musculoskeletal system ...

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