Migraine VS. Headaches

How do you know if you are having a migraine or a headache?
There symptoms can be very similar. Symptoms, such as location of pain, mild to severe symptoms, and sudden or gradual onset.

So how can you tell them apart?
Migraines tend have more symptoms and precursors before they actually occur.

Here are some of the differences between the two:

Migraine

• An Aura of vision loss or spots.
• Nausea or vomiting
• Sensitivity to light and sound
• Symptoms worsen with exertion
• Throbbing sensation

Headache

• No Aura change in vision
• No Nausea or vomiting
• Possible sensitivity to light and sound
• Symptoms do not worsen with exertion
• Pressure and tightness around head

Migraines/Headaches and Massage

With the onset of migraine symptoms, touch and pressure can increase pain. However, in between episodes massage therapy has proven to be an effective treatment. Decreasing the number of episodes, severity of symptoms, and feelings of anxiety or depression. Massage therapy promotes a better sleep and serotonin levels which help with anxiety and depression.

Tension headaches come from physical (over exertion or anatomical issues) or emotional stress that manifests in the muscles around your neck and head. Massage therapy focuses on relieving stress and tension, so it directly relieves symptoms and pain.

Did you know if you are having headaches or migraines your insurance or health savings account could pay for your massage therapy sessions?

Contact our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members! Schedule your appointment today, 859.443.4292!

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Spinal Muscular Awareness Month

Massage therapy is beneficial for multitudes of issues ranging from headaches to plantar fasciitis. Since August is SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) awareness month we are going to look at the benefits of massage for this condition.

SMA is a degenerative condition that affects nerve cells that communicate with the voluntary muscles of the body. Muscle tissue doesn’t receive signals from the brain. Therefore it starts to atrophy causing mobility and motor function issues. The severity is dependent on the age of which the symptoms appear.

Massage therapy works with soft tissues of the body. Even though massage therapy won’t stop atrophy it can keep the muscles supplied with nutrients and oxygen. Since SMA reduces motor function, muscles need help with circulation and movement. Both areas are key focuses for massage therapy sessions. Light stretching and traction on the muscles can assist in keeping them toned and help remove adhesions that may have occurred.

Speak with your physician to see if we can add massage therapy to your treatment plan.

Call to schedule you massage today! 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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What is Myofascial Release?

Does your shoulder hurt, and you can’t move it like you used to? Maybe you feel a sharp pain when you stretch, or just a general tightness that won’t go away?

A manual therapy technique called Myofascial Release could be the treatment for you.

What is Myofascial release (MFR)?
An effective massage therapy technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the connective tissue surrounding the muscles to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Fascia is a spider web type tissue surrounding each and every muscle. Sometimes it becomes “stuck” or restricted. Typical massage techniques focuses on just the muscles, however MFR strictly focuses on this spider web like tissue to stretch it out. With subtle and sustained pressure, your pain and discomfort can melt away.

Ask your therapist specifically about receiving Myofascial Release within your next session at The Therapy Centers.

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Automobile Accidents & Massage Therapy

Every day, millions of people drive on roads and streets across America. So many people are behind the wheel and it’s no surprise that automobile accidents happen daily. Eventually, if you haven’t already been in an automobile accident, there is a reasonable chance you will be in the future.

The most common types of injuries resulting from car accidents are soft tissue injuries.

“A Soft tissue injury (STI) is the damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Common soft tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain, a direct blow resulting in a contusion or overuse of a particular part of the body.”

Soft tissue injuries can cause discomfort in the form of bruising, soreness, swelling and stiffness. These types of injuries are common in automobile accidents due to the impact of the collision between the automobiles.

Whiplash

Whiplash is by far the most common injury resulting from an automobile accident. The proper medical terms for whiplash are cervical strain/sprain or hyperextension injury.

Symptoms include:

  • Sharp neck pain
  • Stiffness of the neck
  • Back problems
  • Cognitive issues, such as problems with memory and concentration

Whiplash occurs when the impact from a rear end collision forces your head and neck to move back and forth violently.

Whiplash symptoms can occur gradually, several days after the accident, or immediately. Anyone suffering from whiplash should seek medical attention even if the symptoms seem minor. If whiplash is left untreated, pain can develop into chronic minor to sever discomfort in your neck and back.

If you have been in an automobile accident, massage therapy can help treat whiplash and many other soft tissue injuries. Also with a referral from a physician, insurance will cover the cost of your treatments.

Seek a medical massage therapist or a massage therapist with specialized training and knowledge of injuries associated with automobile accidents. Here at The Therapy Centers, we look forward to helping you enhance the quality of your health through manual and massage therapy.

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