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What is myofascial pain?

Myofascial pain, put simply, is pain affecting muscles and connective tissue ('fascia') which is more localised than fibromyalgia. It is characterised by having 'trigger points' - particularly sensitive areas in the muscles which seem to 'set off' the pain when they are touched or pressed.

Myofascial pain is one of the commonest pain conditions, and nearly everyone experiences it in some form at some time.


Why Should Massage Therapists Use Shockwave Therapy?

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Any healthcare practitioner can benefit from using shockwave therapy in their daily practice – chiropractors, podiatrists, chiropodists, veterinarians, horse trainers, physiotherapists, and more.

Many people may not know the benefits of shockwave therapy can also be provided by massage therapists in their clinics.

Patients suffering from rotator cuff tendinopathy, tennis elbow, hamstring tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and other conditions can benefit from massages.

A massage aims to reduce pain by increasing blood flow and disturbing the pain signals sent to the brain. It helps work out any knots and trigger points in overworked muscles and connective tissues to reduce inflammation and encourage the body to heal faster.

Shockwave therapy for massage therapy is a great tool for making the healing process faster and smoother for patients.

Instead of relying on massaging with hands, shockwave therapy for massage therapy uses machines to disperse acoustic sound waves throughout the injury or treatment site.

The sound waves will deliver micro-trauma to the treatment site, starting the body’s natural healing process. It also helps break down any scar tissues and knots and promote cell and collagen growth to relieve joint pain and heal injuries.

Shockwave therapy for massage therapy provides long-term benefits for patients.

There is almost always an immediate significant decrease in pain after the first treatment, and the pain continuously diminishes.

Whether your patients need relief from the stress they put on their bodies or want to improve their mobility, shockwave therapy can help.

Shockwave therapy enables registered massage therapists to practice longer because they aren’t relying on their hands and shoulders to deliver treatment.

With the shockwave therapy machines from Shockwave Canada, a distributor of the Storz Medical shockwave machines, massage therapists have complete control over the pressure and application during each treatment.

The MASTERPULS® line comes with many optional accessories that can treat specific conditions and different body areas.

The V-ACTOR® Handpiece, for example, offers vibration technology for the treatment of large muscles areas and specific muscle points. It’s perfect for tissue massages and muscle soothing to provide healing and relief to patients.

The ergonomics of our shockwave therapy machines mean you can provide massage therapy without stressing your hands and body, enabling you to treat more patients comfortably and bring in more revenue.

To learn about how you can incorporate the long-term benefits of shockwave therapy into your practice, contact us today by calling 1 (888) 741-SHOC(7462) or visit our website.

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What is massage?

Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. Massage may be helpful in reducing tension and pain, improving blood flow, and encouraging relaxation. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. There are at least 80 different types of massage. Some are gentle, and some are very active and intense.

For example, Swedish massage is very gentle and is often used to promote relaxation, improve blood flow, and relieve muscle tension. The therapist uses long, gliding strokes and kneading and tapping techniques on the top layer of muscles in the direction of blood flow to the heart. This may also include moving the joints gently to improve range of motion.

Deep tissue massage is more active and intense. It is used to treat long-lasting muscle tension. The therapist applies slow strokes (with the fingers, thumbs, and elbows) using intense pressure to reach deeper layers of the muscles than those reached with a Swedish massage technique.

You can use self-massage to unwind after work or school, or to energize yourself in the morning. You can easily massage your feet, hands, or neck while doing other tasks or while relaxing. Self-massage works best if you are in comfortable clothes and are sitting or lying in a comfortable position. Use oil or lotion to massage bare skin.

Trigger point massage is less gentle and can sometimes be uncomfortable. The therapist applies firm pressure to knots or tight, tense muscles that have been overused or injured, continuing until the muscles relax. Let your massage therapist know if you feel any discomfort during the massage.

Some people feel that massage works because the touch is healing. Touch also communicates a sense of caring.

What is massage used for?

People use massage to promote relaxation and relieve pain. It can also relieve muscle tension and may improve blood flow, relieve pressure on nerves, and restore normal joint movement.

Is massage safe?

When done properly, massage is considered safe. But talk to your doctor before you get a massage if:

You have open wounds, bruises, or areas of weak skin.
You have a blood clot in a vein.
You have a bleeding disorder, have low blood platelet counts, or take a medicine (called a blood thinner) that prevents blood clots.

Choosing a massage therapist who has received provincial certification ensures that your massage therapist has a certain level of training and uses certain practice guidelines. Keep in mind that massage requires a time commitment and may be expensive. The cost of massage therapy is generally not covered by provincial health plans but may be covered by private health insurance.

Always tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on an alternative therapy.