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Conditions treatable with massage therapy

November 2018​

Rotator Cuff

Just had a day of continuing education learning about treating the rotator cuff in a class called Releasing the Rotator Cuff. I have the tools to treat mild to moderate injuries and improper use conditions. Anything more serious must be assessed by a specialty doctor.


Quick Facts

Risk Factors

Age


People who do repetitive lifting or overhead activities – e.g. painters, carpenters, movers


Athletes, particularly tennis players and baseball pitchers

Traumatic injury


Symptoms

Pain at rest and at night, particularly if lying on the affected shoulder


Pain when lifting and lowering your arm or with specific movements

Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm


Crackling sensation when moving your shoulder in certain positions


Tears that happen suddenly, such as from a fall, usually cause intense 

pain. There may be a snapping sensation and immediate weakness in your upper arm. This is more than a mild to moderate injury.


Click here for an overview of the rotator cuff muscles


Click here to learn more about massage for rotator cuff injuries


December 2018​

Sciatica

Aside from chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, this is the second reason I see people. Sciatic pain, which often ends up being Piriformis Syndrome or "Pseudo Sciatica"  is real and can be so debilitating. The only time massage cannot help in the long term with sciatica is when the nerve is impinged by bone vs being impinged by muscle like the gluteus medius or the piriformis. I have only come across this once. This is a treatment where I see a quick and remarkable transformation  after a few 30 minute treatments. Piriformis syndrome's best treatment is massage!


Quick Facts


Click here to learn how massage can help treat sciatica


Could it be Piriformis Syndrome or Sciatica?  Symptoms are similar and most often times Piriformis Syndrome

Click here to learn about Piriformis syndrome or Pseudo Sciatica Syndrome


Is this how where you are feeling pain: 

Click here to view pain referral charts for Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome pages 1 , 2 , 3 and 4 (from Abbott Center for Neuromuscular Therapy)  


Click here for Piriformis Stretches ( check with healthcare provider first)