With today’s ever increasing pace of life, don’t you deserve some ME time?
As we age, many older adults consider the aches and pains they have from day to day just something they will have to live with. This does not have to be the case. Most people are surprised to learn that their discomfort simply comes from postural issues alone.
For patients of all ages, reducing pain, tension (stress), mental and physical fatigue is often the goal of therapeutic massages. With the correct procedure, one can tackle such ailments as the lowering of blood pressure, improving postural alignment, increasing lung capacity and lung activity, aiding digestion and elimination, strengthening and supporting endocrine production. There’s no doubt that in addition to relaxing you (like a mini-vacation would), a good massage can bolster your immune system and aid in your overall health.
Understanding the need for interdisciplinary cooperation is essential for achieving optimal goals and outcomes. This is to suggest that frequently there are places for combining conventional and ‘alternative’ approaches. It is unlikely for only one treatment system to have the ability to address every condition or issue. In more advanced methods of therapeutic massage there needs to be an understanding of the links between many chronic conditions and a variety of contributing factors. These can be addressed, without the use of medications, through specialty treatment methods such as Myofascial Release, a system of gently relaxing and realigning the muscles to improve and restore more functional posture. With the application of Myofascial Release the goal is to return you to a pain free active life.
The human touch, one person reaching out to another demonstrating concern or to alleviate discomfort predates ‘modern medicine’ by thousands of years. Most people, almost without exception, feel improvement when they are the recipients of appropriate massage therapy techniques. Few categories of health issues will not be improved by a skilled professional massage practitioner, but many will be.
Oregon has a rigorous licensing system mandated by our state’s regulations which contributes to the high standards required of those who must pass not only one but two State Board examinations; a written test and a hands-on practical exam. Oregon is one of only six states nationwide to have a two-step Board Examination process. This degree of standards, education and training helps foster a greater appreciation of Oregon’s Licensed Massage Therapists.
Article Provided by:
Dennis Specht, LMT #7838
A Balanced Body