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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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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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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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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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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