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A fundraiser to help a wounded militay hero

Posted by Jim Stark on Saturday January 31, 2015 3:47 pm

Date: Feb 27, 2015

Place: Bella Sera

Time: 7 - 11PM

Contact phone number : 412-235-4050

Tickets:  www.trwmg.com

 

CHAIR MASSAGE

In office service

Posted by Jim Stark on Saturday January 31, 2015 2:35 pm

A TYPICAL ON-SITE CHAIR MASSAGE

A chair massage session takes place at your office.   BeauFusion Massage LLC provides you with a 15 to 30 minutes seated massage in a portable, ergonomic chair.  The therapist will focus on the neck, shoulder, back, arms, and hands.  Each session is done fully clothed with no oil so you and your employees can go right back to work!

 

BENEFITS OF CHAIR MASSAGE

  • Boosts energy, alertness, and productivity
  • Reduces muscle tension and pain
  • Helps prevent Repetitive-Stress Injuries
  • Relaxes and rejuvenates
  • Relieves emotional stress

 

REPETITIVE STRESS INJURIES (RSI)

A chair massage can help reduce the cost of Repetitive Stress Injuries.  When a repeated physical movements results in RSI,  damage can exist in tendons, nerves, muscles, and other soft body tissue.   The increased use of computers in the workplace has resulted in an epidemic of injuries to hands, arms, and shoulders: Tendinitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or Cumulative Trauma Disorder. 

 

EFFECTS OF STRESS

The ups and downs of everyday life affect the mind and body.  These effects are stress and everyone feels it to one degree or another.  Over time, we begin to notice the headaches, back pains, digestive problems, lower resistance to colds and infections, high blood pressure, irritability, emotional exhaustion, or a host of other stress related symptoms.

According to statistics from the Occupational Health and Safety News and the National Council on Compensation Insurance,:

  • stress accounts for:
    $26 Billion in medical and disability payments
    $95 Billion in productivity loss

  • 1 million American workers a day absent from work 85% of employee accidents

Employers have invested much money in adjustable chairs, wrist rests for typists, and methods to shift and vary tasks among employees.  On-site chair massage programs are a wonderful, relatively inexpensive addition to programs offices may already have in place.

Regular access to chair massage can make your employees feel better.  This can have a positive on the productivity, moral of the work force, and the bottom line.  Please consider making it available to your employees. Call 724-255-6610 to make arrangements.

Trauma and the Healing Process

scars

Posted by Jim Stark on Saturday January 31, 2015 2:28 pm

To heal fully, the total body, mind and spirit must all be reached.  In a world focused on health, the doctor, the physical therapist, the massage, therapist, and the occupational therapist would collaborate to respond to the whole person.  According to the National Institutes of Health, a clinician’s style in interacting with patents may bring about a positive benefit that is independent of any specific treatment.  In a study by Harvard Medical School’s program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter, the report concluded that the practitioner’s empathy made the difference – “the therapeutic encounter influenced the results” (1).  A new master’s program in narrative medicine has been developed at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New Your.  The essence of the program is to make doctors aware that care is a separate, legitimate part of medicine to be studied and delivered.  By getting to know the patient completely their life, love, dreams, hopes and fears, better medicine is practiced by addressing the multidimensional nature of problem.

The medical community works wonders at rebuilding the body after the trauma of accidents, injuries, or disease.  Great strides are being made to reduce the size of incisions. Surgeons use miniature devices to travel through the patient to reduce shock to the body. Medical doctors use drugs with greater precision to rid the body of unwanted agents and to restore function to body parts which are essential to human life.  Even miraculous surgical and medical approaches to the problem have the potential for residual problems as unwanted but necessary companions following treatment.  The power of human touch must be included for maximum healing.

Scar Effects

The healing process of surgery produces a mesh of random collagen fibers to produce a scab.  The random nature of the collagen fibers makes the replacement tissue stiff and non-flexible. Since the fibers are arranged in a random pattern the tension between the cells is not uniform so irregularities will exist.  Scar tissue forms adhesions to nearby tissues which may want to stretch in different directions than the site of the trauma. This process leads to restrictions in movement and the resulting pain.

If muscles do not stretch or contract as they once did, the modification of the muscle motion can result in nerve impingement, pain, numbness, tingling, loss of range of motion, and body misalignments.  Muscle motion works with the lymphatic system to return the interstitial fluid and blood back into the veins and back to the heart. A reduction in muscle movement leads to a decreased blood supply in the area which can result in muscle atrophy.  The formation of scars can block the lymph capillaries which can result in swelling, and a decreased ability to fight infections in the affected region.  The restrictions in blood and lymphatic flow result in modifications in appearance, such as reduced muscle mass through atrophy and edema due to lymphatic swelling.

Massage

The body’s natural self-repair mechanisms are most effective when the nervous system is relaxed.  Massage affects the parasympathetic nervous system so that the body is in a relaxed state.  It is important to proceed cautiously when dealing with scars. Coordination of the medical massage therapist with the doctor is important due to the delicate nature of fresh scarring. New scar tissue has the potential to break which would lead to a much longer healing time. 

The purpose of medical massage is to improve your mobility and reduce your pain. As the person getting the massage, you should inform your therapist about information from your doctor.  Each individual has a unique 0 to 10 pain scale.  A massage should not hurt.  If the pain level exceed a “3” on your pain scale, it is your responsibility to report that immediately to the massage therapist who will then modify the technique to bring it into your comfort range. There are exceptions to this rule such as cross fiber friction and Rolfing , but in all cases your have the right to let the person know when the pain is becoming excessive.

Post-Surgical Massage Techniques

Scar tissue by its nature produces a random fiberglass-like mesh which needs to be modified and brought into alignment with surrounding tissue. Several massage techniques exist that assist in the healing process:

  1. Heat always helps increase the blood flow.  This can be delivered by warm towel, moist heat packs, or paraffin wax

  2. The use of lotions, castor oil, and vitamin E help in increasing the pliability of the scar tissue.

  3. Cross-Fiber Friction is a deep-tissue technique that can prevent adhesions or break up adhesions that have formed.  It involves deep rubbing across the fibers of the muscle.  This technique is not pain free, so it is important that you have good dialogue with the massage therapist to keep within your pain tolerance.  This technique should be of short duration, followed by myofascial release. 

  4. Myofascial Release relieves constrictions by stretching the skin in a circular or parallel direction next to the scar.  The strokes are short and progress along the length of the scar.

  5.  Manual Lymph Drainage is a gentle technique that should not hurt nor redden the scar tissue.  The lymph ducts are fragile so the pressure is light, just enough to cause straight or circular skin motion along and adjacent to the scar.

  6. Eccentric muscle contractions and stretches are essential in increasing the range of motion and alignment of muscle fibers.  Eccentric contraction is when the muscle tendon lengthens against mild resistance. For example if you had a scar in the biceps, you would put tension on the forearm as the triceps is contracted.  This helps with fiber alignment.  Gentle stretches assist with the range of motion.  Stretches should be held for 20 to 30 seconds, and should not hurt.  If it hurts don’t do it.

In closing, for the most thorough and long-lasting healing results, find doctors and therapists who respect you.  Give your permission for them to consult each other for your benefit.  These will be practitioners who care about the entirety of you – Body, Mind, and Spirit.

References

  1. http://www.nextavenue.org/blog/healing -power - Empathy

  2. http://www.newscientist.com/special/heal thyself

  3. Clinical Massage Therapy:  A Structural approach to Pain Management, by  James Waslask, AA, LMT, CPT. Published by Pearson

  4. The Anatomy and Physiology-Learning System 4th edition , by  Edith Applegate. Published by Saunders Elservier

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