Almost every massage therapist has encountered a client with chronically tense muscles that are so stiff it takes great effort to massage them. Others quietly suffer from muscle aches that affect both their work and leisure time, making them miserable. Some people don’t even know they are tense, while others are aware but have no idea why. There are dozens of less-common medical conditions that can cause stiff muscles, such as Lyme’s disease or lupus, but the following 5 reasons are among the most common.
Massage therapy has powerful healing properties. There is simply nothing that compares to the warmth and precision of real human touch. But modern life has become so tense and stressful that an increasing number of clients are suffering from chronic tension: painful muscle spasms and conditions like fibromyalgia, where they feel a diffuse discomfort almost every day.
Adults are now sitting around more than at any other time in history. And there can be rather serious consequences. Some authors have gone so far as to describe chronic, prolonged sitting as “the new smoking,” a deadly habit.
As a pathology educator, I am often called on to describe situations in which bodywork must be adjusted to be safe for a client who has some kind of health-related limitation. I describe a person’s ability to receive massage therapy or bodywork safely as “adaptive capacity.” This term makes sense to me, but others may find it less clear, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain what I mean.
We are filtering through a barrage of timepieces. Take your pick from either the ordinary clock face displaying the standard numerical or Roman numeral sequence, or the digital kind found on almost every electronic device the majority of the population owns. The car displays a digital version so the driver can view, just to hammer home, how much time they’ve spent in traffic. The computer displays the time.
The dramatic increase of repetitive motions in numerous jobs has led to a surge of tennis elbow over the last several decades. Massage is one way to tackle this common, frustrating problem.
I like deep pressure, but is there ever a point where the work could be too deep? Do I ever pose a hazard to myself by getting deep bodywork?
It’s that time of year when the cold and flu bug starts knocking on our doors. What should you do if you get sick on the day of your massage appointment?
Michelle Ebbin, massage therapy expert and author of The Touch Remedy, believes that holistic practices like massage therapy can play a greater role in helping people keep their mental health in check.