Topic: medical massage therapy

Peripheral Neuropathy and the Nervous System

Peripheral Neuropathy and the Nervous System

The nervous system is important in transmitting messages between the brain and the body. Most people have experienced nerve pain, if only from a dental injection or from an electric shock, so everyone knows that nerve pain can be very sharp, unexpected and unpleasant.

Nerves have the reputation for being “delicate,” so the idea of performing manual therapy upon nerve tissue may seem likely to cause some harm. Nerves are seen as “delicate” because of their sensitivity, the ability to detect energy changes and produce sensations of all kinds. On the structural level nerves are well supported and protected by connective […]

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Peripheral Neuropathy Healing Options in Denver

Peripheral Neuropathy Healing Options in Denver

The medical diagnosis, “peripheral neuropathy” is so alarming that people assume there is no help except whatever relief prescription drugs might provide. Many people suffer from a type of peripheral neuropathy that can be easily cured. The cure consists of a combination of the right kind of manual therapy combined with the right kind of exercise.

We can help you! Call Dr. Joan for a 10-minute free phone consultation at 303-986-0492. Dr. Joan has had extensive training and experience in assessing and treating peripheral neuropathy in the Denver Metro area.

Typical symptoms of peripheral nerve disease include:

  • tingling
  • numbness
  • loss of sensation.

Other signs can […]

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage Stimulates Healing

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Stimulates Healing

Dr. Wanda Bedinghaus has an interesting and important discussion with Dr. Joan Sloss about the preventative power of frequent lymphatic message.  Dr. Sloss discusses how lymphatic massage can help people remain healthy even when they are repeatedly exposed to colds and flu.  Lymphatic massage can also help people who are having surgery, before and after the procedure to clear the toxic anesthesia used.

Lymphatic massage is a very relaxing experience and enhances a sense of well-being and calm.  It is a gently process and that stimulates the lymphatic system to clean out harmful toxins.  Adequate water is highly recommended after this […]

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Medical Massage Diminishes Pain from Scar Tissue

Medical Massage Diminishes Pain from Scar Tissue

The body’s means for healing physical injuries is marvelous and reliable.  Occasionally, things can go wrong.   Abnormal, dense and adhesive formations of fibrous scar tissue may form during the healing process.  Medical massage offers a cure.

Scar tissue can form as part of any collagen-based tissue such as skin, muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia and nerve. Scar tissue develops as a result of:

  • injury
  • repetitive strain
  • surgery
  • prolonged immobilization of a structure
  • burns and wounds
  • advanced osteoarthritis and inflammatory processes.

Scar tissue can interfere with normal patterns of movement by gluing together sections of collagen-based structures.  Dense scar tissue can cause pain during movement.  Worse, scar tissue […]

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Posture, Pain and Joint Degeneration

Posture, Pain and Joint Degeneration

Poor posture is not a laughing matter, unless you can laugh in the face of chronic pain.  Slumped and rounded shoulders lead to chronic headache, neck tension and upper back ache.  The usual compliment to slumped shoulders is a head that drops forward and downward.  Almost all Americans stand, sit and move with this combination of deadly postural habits.  These habits are deadly because, over time, they cause degeneration of cervical discs along with inclination for rotator cuff and shoulder injuries.

Postural slump has been linked to poor mental performance, fatigue, and even depression.  Circulation of blood, lymph and other body […]

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A New View of the Human Body

A New View of the Human Body

Therapists and patients need to learn how to work with the mind-body so we can heal chronic muscle and joint pain. The mind-body creates health, resists disease, withstands stress and continuously renews itself when it is supported with healthy living and holistic therapies.

Patients need to develop self-awareness, self-responsibility and self-support.  Positive psychology boosts our ability to heal and become whole.  Therapists need to observe the body closely and this means relying on information garnered from thorough palpation of soft tissues.

We need to pay attention to our bodies, to discover how we are limited and stuck in negative habits.  You become […]

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The Science Behind Medical Massage

The Science Behind Medical Massage

The health of the body relies strongly on the movement of the body fluids through all the tissues and systems.  Research has proven that massage does assist the movement of the body fluids.

We are learning more about the creation and transfer of energy in the human body.  Energy moves in both directions, from macro levels to micro levels and back again.  Scientific manipulation of the skin, muscles, connective tissue, organs and nerves does influence the movement of energy through the body.

What medical massage can do

  • People with deformities  live more comfortably in their bodies
  • Surgeries are averted
  • Medications are eliminated
  • Chronic pain diminishes or […]

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Trigger Points…What are They?

Trigger Points…What are They?

All physiotherapists and patients should be on the lookout for trigger points. Very painful and persistent muscle and joint pain will not resolve when an active trigger point is causing the pain.  What is a trigger point?’  What makes a trigger point form?

Trigger points are small, hard, irritable nodules that form within a taut band of muscle tissue or its fascia. Trigger points can be difficult to locate because of their tiny size so it is easy for a manual therapist to glide over one without noticing it.  Whenever pain is severe, persistent, and limits movement, the therapist should […]

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