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Self Massage to Alleviate Tight Muscles

We all love getting massages, but we also live busy lives and have busy schedules. Sometimes we just get too bogged down to see our therapist. The aches and pains just don’t go away, so what do you do? Fortunately, a simple use of a tennis ball can ease most aches and pains.

Low Back – First, lie down on the ground. Place a tennis ball right about your hip and to the side of your spine. Roll your back across the ball until you feel relief. Continue this for about 1-2 minutes.

Neck and Shoulder- Stand with your back against the wall. The tennis ball should between your shoulder blade and your spine. Roll it from the middle of shoulder blade to the base of your neck.

Forearm- This one is pretty easy; place a tennis ball on a table and your forearm on top of it. Then just roll it up and down until you feel relief.

Feet- Another easy one, just rest your foot on top of a tennis ball on the floor. Gently roll the ball up and down your foot. Don’t try to flatten the ball, use firm but steady pressure.

Adding these quick self-massage techniques while at home or work will help to alleviate tight muscles until you can come see us. There are other great tools for self massage such as a foam roller. You can use a foam roller to release tight muscles as well.

Ask your therapist about foam rolling and tennis ball self massage during your next visit. Your therapist can teach you many more techniques than just the few we have listed above.

Call us to schedule your massage appointment today at The Therapy Centers, 859.443.4292!

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Treat Dad to a Massage this Father’s Day

Whether it is sitting in an office chair, gardening, mowing our lawns, or hauling the kids around, Dad probably has some aches and pains that need attention. Dad may overwork himself and find his back reminding him of this for weeks, especially the lower back.
Low back pain can feel anywhere from uncomfortable to debilitating depending on the severity of it. The type of pain can vary as well with some cases feeling like a sharp stinging to a dull ache that throbs. Whichever the symptoms or severity you might be experiencing, massage therapy may be the answer you need.
There are three muscles that are likely the culprit of your discomfort; Quadratus Lambroum, Iliopsoas, or the Gluteal muscle group. Tightness in these muscles can lead to poor posture and create a pain cycle. Another cause of a sharp shooting sensation would be an inflamed or impinged nerve. With deep tissue massage therapy and pin-stretch techniques, we can alleviate your pain and give you the comfort you need.
Instead of buying Dad a tie, wallet or cologne this year, give him the gift of health. With this generous gift, you can help your dad relieve stress and pain, improve his range of motion and flexibility, increase circulation and improve his posture, and even provide headache relief. Even if Dad’s not suffering from any symptoms, he will leave The Therapy Centers feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Our Father’s Day Special is a 1 Hour Massage & Foot Scrub for only $55! A savings of 33%! Give us a call to schedule today! 859.443.4292

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Prenatal & Infant Massage Therapy Benefits

Prenatal Benefits with Massage Therapy

• Lower Anxiety levels
• Reduce leg and back pain
• Improved mood and sleep
• Infants experience fewer post-natal complications and lower incidence of prematurity
• Reduced symptoms of depression benefits mom and baby
• Improves overall well-being

Prenatal Benefits with Massage Therapy associated with labor

• Relaxation
• Reduce Anxiety
• Alleviate pain
• Shorter labor
• Less labor medication
• Shorter hospital stays
• Less post-partum depression

Infant Benefits with Massage Therapy

• “The importance of touch”
• Reduces infant stress
• Associated with improved sleep organization
• Falls asleep faster, longer, and less fussy
• Increases attention level
• Improves overall well-being
• Positive effects on growth
• Teaches communication with touch
• Stimulation and Relaxation helps with respiration, circulation, digestion & elimination
• Relieves gas and colic
• Reduces pain from teething and constipation
• Eases congestion and pain during illness
• Enhances parental bonding
*Mothers who perform massage to infants experience less post-partum depression

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Young Athletes & Sports Massage

Back to school and we all know what that means; our young athletes are diving back into their respective sports. We know that proper education and conditioning is imperative to help these young athletes maintain their health and reach their desired performance levels. The pressure put on these athletes is unreal, and many will specialize in one sport for the entire year. By doing the same sport for the entire year, many athletes are experiencing repetitive strain injuries by putting stress on the same muscles over and over. Massage has great benefits in helping with stiffness and soreness in muscles and can speed up recovery times. An added benefit is stress management; massage can also help young athletes manage their stress.

Dr. Jayanthi, who presented this data last year at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference, studied more than 1,200 young athletes, and found that lower back injuries were the third most common injury in athletes younger than 18, after knees and ankles.

He made a few suggestions for parents to help prevent and reduce the risk of injury. First, do not have these athletes specialize in just one sport before adolescence. Second, diversify the types of sports they play throughout any given year. There is so much pressure to stay competitive, and it is an added stress to these athletes and can have adverse effects on their bodies. So third, be sure your young athlete participates in unorganized play as well.

Consider massage therapy for your young athlete; here are some tips for parents to make this a therapeutic and comfortable experience. First, you may want to start with a shorter session time, maybe 30 to 45 minutes. Second, have your child dress in comfortable clothing so the therapist can go through range of motion, as well as passive and active stretching. Third, it may make your child more comfortable to choose a therapist of the same gender. A young boy may feel uncomfortable getting a massage from a female and vice versa. Last, the parent should consider being in the room while the athlete is receiving their massage treatment. This will make your child feel at ease if they have any apprehension about massage.

Please give us a call at The Therapy Centers if you have any questions, or to schedule your young athlete today. We are confident in sports massage and rehabilitation for athletes of all ages. We do require a legal guardian be present during the massage session and we must have a legal guardian consent form signed for all minors before a massage therapy session! We look forward to helping improve your young athletes performance by helping to keep them physically and mentally healthy. Call us today 859.443.4292!

 

 

Reference: American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Sports Specialization in Young Athletes. Pediatrics. 2000;106:154-157

 

 

 

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