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How massage therapy can help…

SLOCO Massage is not just about giving a relaxing massage like you get in the spas. We take the time to help you improve your health while you are on the table. Our massages are custom tailored to give you a relaxing experience, while helping you work towards pain free living.

When you come in for a massage, we will educate you on preventative care and also teach you how to maintain your results between sessions. We have worked extensively with clients who have experienced the following symptoms and helped them alleviate pain.

Headache & Migraine Relief

Many migraine sufferers seek relief through massage therapy since it helps in quieting the central nervous system. This “quieting” is known as the relaxation response because it helps ease muscle tension than can trigger migraine, reduce sensations of pain and stress, and even improve sleep.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

When you use a muscle over and over again, the muscle tightens and restricts circulation. When this occurs, muscle memory is lost and it is unable to go back to its full resting length. This results in inflammation which in turn compresses on nerves, creating pain, loss of feeling and/or tingling sensations. Massage helps release that tension, lengthen tight muscles and improve circulation to the area.

Insomnia

Insomnia is associated with a lack of serotonin. The neurochemistry of sleep is relevant to massage therapists because massage can directly influence the body’s production of serotonin. A study on back pain, conducted in January 2000 by the Touch Research Institute in conjunction with the University of Miami School of Medicine and Iris Burman of Miami’s Educating Hands School of Massage demonstrated that in addition to a decrease in long-term pain, subjects receiving massage experienced improved sleep and an increase in serotonin levels.

Sciatica

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. A skilled massage therapist can help loosen up key muscle groups that cause this compression on the nerve, increasing circulation to the area, restoring range of motion and alleviating pain. [

TMJ Disorder

TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint which is where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) meet. Within the TMJ, there are moving parts that allow the upper jaw to close on the lower jaw. This joint is a typical sliding “ball and socket” that has a disc sandwiched between it.

TMJ pain disorders usually occur because of unbalanced activity, spasm, or overuse of the jaw muscles and can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, bite problems (malocclusion), clicking sounds, or locked jaws. A skilled massage therapist can help suffers of TMJ disorders regain motion in that joint, and dramatically reduce pain caused by unbalanced muscles.

Frozen Shoulder

Without any known cause, frozen shoulder generally starts with pain. This pain prevents you from moving your arm and the lack of movement leads to stiffness and eventually loss of range of motion. The recovery time for frozen shoulder can be up to a year, but massage therapy helps speed up that process. Traditional medicine usually prescribes daily physical therapy and steroid injections, however SLOCO Massage clients who are willing to commit to regular massage recover more range of motion in less time.