What Types of Dysfunctions
Respond To Clinical Massage?
The following dysfunctions respond to clinical
Massage and Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction
Pain and/or physiological dysfunction originates from identifiable points within
muscles and their fascial tissues. These locations are known as trigger points because
they often trigger distant reactions.
Scientists have developed extensive maps of such referred pain. They have also
identified nearly a hundred dysfunctions that can have myofascial trigger point origins.
Some of these are: carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ dysfunction, PMS, headache, diarrhea,
dizziness, cardiac arrhythmia, indigestion, tennis elbow, urinary frequency, sinusitis,
deafness, and blurred vision.
Massage and Fascial Plane Dysfunction
Fascia can be compared to the body's own version of "Saran Wrap." It covers
most of the body in large, continuously connected sheets. Injury, postural patterns and
chemical imbalances can cause these sheets to distort and bind to themselves and nearby
tissues. Since all major blood vessels and nerves follow these fascial sheathes through
the body, properly aligned and released fascia is vital to good health and the proper
operation of the circulatory and nervous systems.
Massage and Neuromuscular Dysfunction
The smallest muscular activity requires that countless nerve impulses be sent to the
muscle to be activated and to all of the adjoining and opposing muscles. For example, let
us say that you want to flex your elbow. This requires that you must tighten the biceps
and other associated muscles while simultaneously relaxing the triceps and other
associated muscles. The combined nervous activity and muscular response must be precisely
timed and exactly proportionate.
For more complex movements like rotating the head or taking a breath, the amount of
coordinating activity increases exponentially. Unfortunately, the mechanism responsible
for such coordination can break down and muscle fibers or whole muscles can actually lock
in opposition to their normal activity.
Massage and Tonus System Dysfunction
When overused, muscles can lose their ability to understand how to relax. This is
referred to as hypertonic. As a result, the muscles become overly tight. They tend to
harbor myofascial trigger points, and cause stress on the muscles that oppose them and the
joints that they cross.
Massage and Dermatomic and Spondylogenic Dysfunctions
If a nerve is pinched where it leaves the spine, or anywhere along its route, the area
that nerve serves will feel pain. Many people have experienced such a problem with the
sciatic nerve. It originates in the low back, but when pinched can make the knee, shin, or
heel hurt. This is an example of dermatomic pain - literally translated - pain in an area
Massage and Spondylogenic Dysfunction
This occurs when the joints of the spine are compressed or otherwise impaired and cause
their own special trigger point-type pain or dysfunction.
Both of these are successfully treated with clinical massage by loosening the muscles
and other soft tissue that surrounds the affected joint or nerve.
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