Treatment Plan For Massage

Treatment Plan For Massage

Starting a Treatment Plan

When starting a treatment plan for massage there are a few things to think about. Including: tension, injury, or quantity of knots. Location of these problems is also important as we want to prevent future injuries & structural issues to occur. Treatment plans MUST include a lot of communication between the therapist and the client. When followed diligently, treatment plans can help or even replace medication or other forms of treatment.

Time Frame For Treatment

The therapist determines how often a client should come in for a massage. Typically, the start of a treatment plan includes massage every 1-2 weeks. Once progress is being made, then the therapist works with the client to extend time between massages. Regular massage is always recommend to prevent problems, as we are always using our bodies, we should be always maintaining them. 

Course of Treatment

Treatment begins with the problems that are the worst. These are typically causing pain, or interrupting the life of the client. Communication is again essential here. Discussing what the therapist finds and treatment that is given to the area is key. The therapist can also give tips for stretching, posture, and any other things that might help with healing.

Treatment plans are not set in stone. Just the opposite in fact. They are more “jello” like, and involve wiggle room for change. This happens most often when the plan is going better than expected, or when the client has injured the area further.

Sometimes there are conditions that massage will not affect. It will not make it better or make it worse, but can help deal with the symptoms. For example: arthritis. Massage cannot cure arthritis, but it could help manage the pain. This is tricky, because it is not best to massage when the client is having pain. If they receive massage when they are feeling good, it can keep the pain away.

Wrapping it up

Every client is different to their pain and their needs. Every client will have a different treatment plan and their outcome can also be different. Following through on your  treatment plan can give you the best course of recovery.

-Natasha McNabb- LMT

Communication is Key

Communication is Key

The Key

We massage therapists get a lot of questions, and we LOVE them! Honesty and trust is the key to a good relationship between massage therapist and client. This honesty is trust is gained through 2 way communication. Communication is key. If you have a question about your treatment plan, ask. If you have a question of what a particular muscle is doing, ask! You can never ask to many questions. I personally love when clients want to learn about what’s going on in their bodies.

Don’t Know What to Ask?

Asking the right question can be hard. If you feel your massage therapist spending a lot of time on one specific area, ask why. They will tell you what’s going on and how your muscle is responding. Another great question to ask is where they think you are in the treatment plan. Its always pays off to know your progress. My favorite question a client can ask me is about self-care! Ask them what more you can do to make your treatment more effective. They will give you stretches, exercises or possibly oils you can use.

What should you tell your massage therapist?

The first appointment is one of the most important ones!  This is the time to tell your massage therapist what your body feels daily. What pains you feel, what movements are difficult, what medication you are taking, if it’s for pain management. The biggest one to tell your massage therapist is what other medical conditions you may have! This includes diabetes, cancer, bulging or herniated discs, or any thing else. This is crucial because some conditions will affect the way we have to massage. Even if its embarrassing, be honest! Trust me, we hear it all. We are here to help.

Don’t be Afraid

It’s okay to be nervous to ask your massage therapist to work on a specific area, but don’t let it stop you. Don’t be afraid to tell them if the current treatment plan isn’t quite working. You can also ask questions over the phone. If you have a specific concern, ask the receptionist. The receptionists can either answer if they know, or they will grab a massage therapist to answer the question for you. You can even ask what massage therapist will best fit your needs. There are no bad questions.

If you want the best results for your body, communication is key!

We would love to hear questions that you have, comment below!

Stay healthy!

Karlee Boston, LMT

Habits You Need to Break

3 Habits You Need to Break

Habits can be great…or not so great. That depends on what kind of patterns you have gotten yourself into. Habits such as: going to bed early, eating healthy, and exercising can be great! On the flip side, there are some habits that we can all do without. Unfortunately, we are ALL guilty. Let’s talk about 3 habits, that we would all be better off without.

#1: Taking Care of Yourself LAST

We can all agree that taking care of others is important and needed in this world. Most of us were taught from a young age that caring for others makes us better people. This is all true, and I would never argue with such principles. However, I will say that you can take care of others far better, if you take care of YOURSELF FIRST. This is not selfish or prideful. If you take time to care for your body, mind, and spirit- then you will be a better you for those around you. Therapeutic massage is a great way to find healing, and reduce stress, leaving you feeling better and more like yourself. So take time for YOU, then go out and save the world!

#2: Step Back From the Tech

In this day and age, we are tethered to our technology. We use it for everything! And this is not necessarily a bad thing. Technology is a great tool, but it can also be a great DISTRACTION. We encourage you to step away, to turn of the screen. Limiting your screen time, opens your mind, and frees your thoughts. When you are spending less time looking at the glowing screen, you are naturally spending more time doing better things. Such as: being with family, neighbors, and friends…you know…actual people! Your mind & body will thank you by helping you feel more fulfilled in other areas of your life!

#3: Thinking “My Body Will ALWAYS Feel This Way…”

As we all live our busy lives, trying to get from one place to the next; we experience fatigue & soreness. It is normal for bodies to feel the wear and tear of aging and stress. However, you can find relief and healing. Your muscles can be restored to feeling rejuvenated again! How is this possible? Therapeutic massage is intended to loosen muscles, and remove stress and toxins from your body. You can sleep better, feel better, and LIVE better than you have in a long time!

How Do You Break a Habit?

Just as habits take a while to form, they also take a while to break. But, you know what they say “practice makes perfect!” By changing your mindset, to follow the things above, you can improve yourself and your life. Make YOU a priority, and start feeling better today!

Stretching + Massage

Stretching + Massage= What a Combo!

What Are The Benefits of Stretching + Massage?

I wanted to see the benefits of stretching + massage and how it would affect lifting or exercising in general. Well, it comes down to this:

  • More flexibility and Range of motion to prevent injuries from strained or pulled muscles is always a plus in my book. When the muscles are warm, they are more pliable, making it easier to lift or do more. Massages work with stretching to get that range of motion back to where it needs to be to be at our best. Isn’t this fantastic?!
  • Better Blood Flow: Now who doesn’t want better circulation to prevent those pesky knots for better recovery and less pain. Massage will get the rest out that stretching will not. Those who are not so active during the day because they may have to sit at a computer all day will not feel as stiff. That is great news, right?
  • This is the Best part: Just a sense of well being or good for the soul! Massage and stretching those muscles out can reduce stress. What? Now who doesn’t want to be less stressed? The combo can even boost your immune system. In a study in an article in Live Science in 2010 it showed that a 45 min or longer massage increased the number of lymphocytes or white blood cells that fight diseases. Now that is something we all could use, right?!
  • Last but not least: Better sleep! I know I could definitely use a better night’s sleep. Most of us do not even get to the point of deep sleep. But what if you could? Your body starts to produce feelings of calm within 3 min into a massage. The better the sleep the better the performance at the gym or just life. Wouldn’t you say?

My Conclusion

I need to combine stretching + massage on a regular basis so that I may have better quality of life! And don’t forget to drink that water!

Vroqua King, Receptionist

DoTerra Essential Oils- The Basics

DoTerra Essential Oils- The Basics

Where To Begin…

The world of Doterra essential oils is a large one, and at times it can be intimidating to decide which to use and where. When used properly Doterra essential oils can be extraordinarily beneficial to your well being as well as those around you. Though intimidating, their application can be described in three main categories: aromatic, topical, and internal.

Aromatic

A simple description of this category is to smell the oils. The easiest way to do this is to open the bottle and breath through your nose. To enhance that method simply put a few drops on your hands, rub them together cup them around your face and breathe. Another common method is to defuse them in your home. A personal favorite method of mine is, during the colder months when everyone is getting sick around me, I put a few drops of On Guard onto a wool dryer ball before drying my sheets and clothes, so everywhere I go my immune system is getting a boost. No matter how they are used, essential oils bring a fantastic aroma to any environment.

Topical

This category is applying the oils directly to skin. Personally, I have a great distaste for the smell of ginger but I frequently feel sick so in the morning I will rub it on my feet, put on socks, and I don’t have to deal with the smell while still having the benefits of my oils. Some oils, like peppermint are often too strong for people with sensitive skin, so it is recommended to use a carrier oil when applying directly to the skin. Common carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil or almond oil. You can also add the oils to a bath. Oils go a lot further than you would think and you don’t need to use much to get the benefits. Applying oils to specific areas can help target specific issues and give more specific results.

Internal

When you ingest an oil, or take it into your body, this is described as internal usage. Many people add oils to their tea, put oils in a veggie capsule and take them like a vitamin, or add peppermint to a mouthful of water and drink to have clean breath. I love to add a few drops of lemon in my water, it tastes good and it helps clean out toxins. Digestion, health, and general well-being can all be improved with proper internal essential oil usage.

To Sum It All Up…

Essential oils have so many uses and applications. They can assist with a variety of ailments, and there are many personal testimonies describing how they improve people’s lives. Whether they are used aromatically, topically, or internally, each oil has individual benefits. Remember to research each oils benefit and uses, as not every oil can be safely used in each way. Welcome to your own essential oils journey!

Stats Behind Massage

Stats Behind Massage

Does it Work?

Massage is a wonderful and helpful tool for relaxation, pain management, and so much more! But, don’t take our word for it…here are some stats behind massage to show how amazing it truly is. These statistics are from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), through studies they they have done.

The AMTA reported that the primary reason that people get massages is for health and wellness:

  • 43% of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2016-July 2017 received it for medical or health reasons such as pain management, soreness/stiffness/spasms, injury rehabilitation, or overall wellness, a slight decrease from 2016 data.
  • 89% agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
  • 29% of massage consumers had a massage for relaxation/stress reduction between July 2016-July 2017.

So if so many Americans receive massage for wellness vs relaxation, that must be a sign that it works…right? Need more stats, alright…let’s keep them coming!

A Regular Massage Keeps the Doctor Away

In July 2017, roughly fifty million American adults had discussed massage therapy with their doctors in the previous year. Massage is seen in the medical world as a real option for treatment of a variety of problems. The following diagram shows health care professionals referring patients to massage therapists.

Massage recommendation graphic

So, What Can Massage Help With?

Massage, especially Therapeutic Massage, can help with SO many problems. The AMTA has done extensive research into this area. The following list is provided by the AMTA:

  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Reducing post-operative pain
  • Boosting the body’s immune system functioning
  • Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing headache frequency
  • Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms
  • Decreasing pain in cancer patients
  • Fibromyalgia

And this list just scratches the surface! We can also include help with pregnancy, depresssion, anxiety, austism, sports performance, injury, car accident pain, and it goes on and on!

Need more proof? Then come in and try out a massage for yourself! With over 6 modalities offered to best fit your needs, you will walk away feeling better than you knew you could!

Massage for Injury

Massage to Treat an Injury…?

MASSAGE FOR INJURY

Most people believe that massage for injuries isn’t a great idea, but it is actually very beneficial. Do you understand why? Well, let me explain! Massage is all about relaxing tight muscles and releasing stuck connective tissue that we call fascia (stuck fascia meaning “knots”). When we get knots, it pulls on the connective tissue around it. This causes the muscles to eventually get tight due to resistance in movement.

FACTS

These facts help show how massage can help an injury. If someone has a knee injury it’s possible the injury occurred because of a tight muscle pulling on the joint. As this person went about his/her normal activities, let’s say soccer, that person is running and suddenly stops to kick the ball. Well, because a certain muscle was pulling more than the others on that joint, it pulls it too far to one side and causes one of his/her ligaments to tear or break because too much strain put upon it.

FIRST STAGE MASSAGE

As this injury is healing that muscle is still pulling because of how tight it is, causing it to heal differently than it normally would if that muscle were relaxed. And this could cause future issues. If this person chooses to get massage, while it heals in the beginning, it would be more of a light touch massage, but still very important because in this stage the massage is called a Lymphatic massage. Lymphatic helps reduce the inflammation and helping the healing process to move along.

SECOND STAGE MASSAGE

The second stage could be Therapeutic or myofascial massage. Myofascial helps to lessen the amount of stuck tissue, and Therapeutic helps lessen stuck tissue as well as get into those muscles causing the imbalance of the body thus helping the injury to heal more efficiently.

SO, WHY A MASSAGE?

If you ask me, getting a massage while the injury is healing is quite a smart idea! It’s reducing pain, helping the healing process and reducing the chance for future issues! I’m sold! Not to mention, you are going to be more relaxed by the time you leave, making the healing process a little easier!

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy is a light touch therapy that uses gentle pressure to relieve restrictions and promote healing to the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is comprised of the bones in the head, spine, face and mouth. It is also the fascia of the body and some of the more delicate membranes and fluids contained in the body. A wide range of application for craniosacral therapy exists because it can be applied to any part of the body and can be used on any age.

How Does it Work?

This type of therapy helps to enhance the body’s own healing abilities, which is called homeostasis. The craniosacral system acts as a hydraulic system, pumping cerebral spinal fluid from the sacrum all the way up to the brain. This hydraulic system feeds and nurtures our delicate nervous system. The therapist taps in and tests for restrictions along with “listening” through their hands for the craniosacral rhythm which encourages and enhances the function of the body. This helps promote healing and relaxation to anywhere on the body!

Craniosacral Therapy encourages your body to enter a REM cycle, similar to the REM cycle we experience as we sleep. The subconscious mind is able to release the tensions and pain that our conscious mind has chosen to ignore. This therapy is very noninvasive, and really just opens the door for your body to heal itself.

What are the Benefits?

Craniosacral Therapy has many benefits and a wide range of use. This modality can help to relieve stress, by allowing your body to relax and heal itself. Craniosacral can alleviate headache pain, concussion injury, and neurological stress. Have you suffered from a past physical or emotional trauma? Craniosacral therapy can help your body to process those emotions and tensions in such a way to relieve all pain.

Autism

Massage Helps Children with Autism

A Quick Look at Autism

Autism has a wide range of diagnoses. Experts now believe that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability triggered by complex neurodevelopment disorders – or abnormalities in brain structure and function. The structure appears to block, distort or disorganize sensory information, which is called Sensory Processing Disorder. For now, there is no known cure.

But… Massage Helps

There are many ways to help children with ASD to manage and control symptoms. Some therapies include speech therapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy. The common belief that children with ASD oppose touch, is false. Knowing and understanding how touch affects the child is the key. The Massage Therapist needs to go with the flow and the needs of the child.

How Does Massage Help?

Touch is the most important aspect of the treatment. Massage promotes relaxation in the body, which provides many perks. The relaxation will combat fatigue, anxiety, lowers blood pressure and heart rate. It also improves energy levels, sleep, creative ability and thinking processes. It also helps reduce their stress and calms muscle spasms. After a relaxing massage, children with ASD have shown more focus and are less high strung. A big important factor is patience. All of these great benefits take time, and sometimes big changes aren’t always shown in the beginning, so don’t give up!

Parents Can Massage too!

It’s not just the Massage Therapist that should be massaging, it should also be the parents. Massage Therapists can teach simple techniques to help the parents manage symptoms. This will help balance and manage day to day life. But it’s not just to help parents calm the child, it also creates a bond.

Types of Massage

There are several types of massages that can help ASD. Craniosacral, which is a more energetic massage with a series of holds. Therapeutic, focuses more on specific parts of the body, and Thai, which is a series of stretches. All this combined, compliment the treatments of western medicine. Massage is a great homeopathic tool to help give a natural way for managing symptoms.

If you have any questions or comments, we would LOVE to hear them! Comment below!

Stay healthy!

Karlee, LMT

Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage

Benefits of a Hot Stone Massage

#1: Relaxation

Massages are great. They relax us and help our bodies heal. There are many things that you can use to help you receive a better outcome from your massage. One of these things are hot stones. Hot stone massage is personally my favorite kind of massage (being I’m always cold so having hot stones placed on me helps me warm up) Plus, it feels so nice! I can’t explain the sensation of the warmth and smoothness of the rock combined with the massage gel and the massage therapists’ talents. It helps me relax even deeper.

#2: Circulation & Blood Pressure

Now it isn’t just for relaxation but also has a use for helping the massage have a better outcome. The heat of the stones is going to open the blood vessels and help the blood flow more freely through the body. Getting it to where it needs to go faster. Hot stones can bring a form of natural sedation that can help chronic pain and stress and gain a deeper relaxation.  

A study done in 2010 by David Geffen at the School of Medicine in California, showed that hot stone massage can aid in boosting your immune system. Increased circulation causes toxins to be flushed out, reducing sickness. Doctors took blood samples before and after the session; and saw a decrease in arginine-vasopressin. This is a hormone that helps with water retention, and regulating blood pressure.

How Does it Work?

Hot stones can be beneficial to many areas of the body. It can range any where from the spine, abdomen, toes, and possibly even your face. Your therapist is trained in cooling down the stones to just the right temperature for the different parts of the body. They can use different methods to massage these stones on your body. They might use long strokes, circle motions or even tapping depending on what they are trying to achieve.

Different massage modalities bring different results. Want different results? Talk to your therapist about how a hot stone session could benefit you. Enjoy feeling that deep relaxation that a hot stone massage can bring…