Stay Safe During the Holidays

There’s nothing worse than spoiling your holiday season with a trip to the emergency room. Here are a few tips for staying safe during the holidays.

Most of all, have a happy holiday season with family and friends. The ER won’t mind, if you don’t need them.


There are Times when You Must Consult a Doctor for Back Pain

There are a few instances in which consulting a doctor for back pain is absolutely necessary, including: sudden, severe pain without a history of falls or other trauma, weak or numb legs, or a loss of bladder or bowel control. These are all indications of something more serious than simple back pain.

Why does your back hurt?

Standing upright requires the spine to support the weight of the upper body while remaining flexible enough to bend in many directions. The back’s complex set of bones, muscles and ligaments get a workout every time you move. Disks between the bones intended to cushion movement can slip, bulge or press on spinal nerves causing pain. Plus, disks wear and shrink as we age. If you have back pain, a good neuromuscular massage can help relieve the pain and restore your flexibility.

Tai Chi is Good for Back Pain Sufferers

Tai Chi is often recommended for people who have chronic back pain because it combines slow, gentle movements with deep breathing and meditation. Especially for people who have range of motion issues with their backs, Tai Chi is a great exercise regimen to get you moving again.

The Insurance Industry is Slowing Coming Around to Massage Therapy for Back Pain

One problem the medical community needs to solve is that insurance companies are often happy to cover the cost of a doctor’s visit and prescription drugs, but are just now coming around to more effective therapies that include massage therapy.

Massage Eases Back Pain

Recently, the American College of Physicians issued new guidelines for back-pain treatment, stating that non-drug treatments should be tried first. And in a new Consumer Reports study, 80% of people who had experienced back pain found relief with a combination of yoga, tai chi and massage therapy.

Common Trigger Point #11 — Upper Back Pain

Pain in the upper back can be caused by a bunch of little trigger points scattered from the base of the neck, down the spine and out along the shoulder blades.

Anyone who drives a vehicle with a big wheel such as a truck, or people who do data entry can suffer from upper back pain due to injury to the muscles of the neck and shoulder.

Neuromuscular massage can ease the pain of these repetitive injuries.


Common Trigger Point #4 — Sciatica

Sciatica, often thought to be caused by a pinched nerve, is more often caused by a trigger point in the piriformis muscle.

In fact, pain in the lower back, buttocks, hips or pain that shoots down the leg, often is a result of tightness in two major muscles in the buttocks.

Anyone who sits for extended periods is susceptible to pain from trigger point #4 — cab or truck drivers, gamers, and people who work at computers. A qualified massage therapist can greatly relieve the pain from sciatica by addressing trigger point #4.


Massage Relieves Upper Back Pain

While lower back pain is the number one complaint to massage and physical therapists, upper back pain can be equally aggravating. Many describe the feeling they have in their upper backs like having a brick between their shoulder blades.

This is because the muscles surrounding the spine in that area have become so tight that even crossing the arms over the chest can be painful.
Massage will target the small muscles surrounding the spine first, and then address the larger muscles out toward the shoulder blades to get rid of the brick, relieve pain and restore range of motion.