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Pain Relief Massage 
Los Angeles, near West Hollywood and Beverly Hills

Have you experienced Muscle Tension Pain?

Muscle pain with no reason & injury will limit your activity, causing stress and frustration. The most common causes of muscle pain are tension, anxiety, overuse, and minor injuries. This pain is usually localized, affecting just a few muscles or a small body part. Still, some pain may refer to an unlikely part of your body, like deep dull achy spasms. Pain can be acute or chronic.

 

Almost everyone has had sore muscles after exercising or working too much. Some soreness can be a regular part of healthy exercise. But, in other cases, muscles can become strained. Muscle strain can be mild to severe - the muscle group has been stretched too much. Lifting heavy things in the wrong way can also strain the muscles in your back. This injury can be very painful and even cause chronic pain that will last a long time and make it hard to do everyday things. A group of muscles contracted repetitively or through repetitive motions used in jobs, or hobbies may cause stress-related muscle tension.

report on chronic pain from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that chronic pain affects about 50 million U.S. adults. In addition, high-impact chronic pain that regularly interferes with work or life affects approximately 20 million U.S. adults.

According to a recent national survey, 2 an average of 19 percent of adult Americans received at least one massage from a professional massage therapist between July 2016 and July 2017. Of those who had a massage in that timeframe, 72 percent received it for medical or stress-related reasons. Medical reasons include pain relief, stiffness or spasms, injury recovery, migraines, prevention, pregnancy or prenatal care, and general well-being. 

What is Pain?

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the global organization that studies pain, has updated its definition of pain for the first time in 4 decades.

 

2020 revised definition of pain

The new definition states that pain is: “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage,”

and is expanded upon by the addition of six key Notes and the etymology of the word pain for further valuable context:

•  Pain is always a personal experience that is influenced to varying degrees by biological, psychological, and social factors

•  Pain and nociception are different phenomena. Pain cannot be inferred solely from activity in sensory neurons.

•  Through their life experiences, individuals learn the concept of pain.

•  A person’s report of an experience as pain should be respected.

•  Although pain usually serves an adaptive role, it may have adverse effects on function and social and psychological well-being.

•  Verbal description is only one of several behaviors to express pain; inability to communicate does not negate the possibility that a human or a nonhuman animal experiences pain.

If you suffer chronic pain from orthopedic conditions, sports injuries , rehabilitation, automobile and work-related injuries.  Chronic pain can affect one’s quality of life, at times even leading to depression or anxiety.

   Such as

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Headaches

  • Hip pain

  • Knee pain

  • Jaw pain

  • Whiplash

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Buttock Pain

  • Spasm 

  • Dental work

Acute and Chronic Pain Management 

Pain management means getting the proper treatment for physical pain. Pain may range from a dull ache to a sharp stab, ranging from mild to extreme. You may feel pain in one part of your body, or it may be widespread.

There are 2 main types of pain:

Acute pain:

  • Is sudden

  • Typically resolves within a certain amount of time, usually a few weeks to months

  • Can result from an illness, injury, or surgery

Acute pain often serves as a protective response from your body. Therefore, with acute pain, you will generally be encouraged to stay active and gradually return to your normal activities.

Chronic pain:

  • Persists, generally for three months or more

Musculoskeletal injury is an all-too-common occurrence for athletes and workplace 

However, it is important to seek professional help in these circumstances:

  • when numbness, tingling, or shooting pain is present

  • when a limb or region becomes cold or turns white or blue

  • when swelling, heat, redness, and fever are unresponsive to first aid

  • measures within forty-eight hours

  • when pain persists for more than seven to ten days

  • when other areas begin to hurt due to compensation for an injured area

  • when oral medications are needed for pain relief for more than two to

  • three days

  • when pain interrupts or disrupts your sleep for more than one or two

  • nights

  • when you are unable to bear your own weight

You should see a doctor if your pain is severe, unusual, or doesn’t go away. Pain is a sign that something could be wrong. Your condition might not be serious, but it could be. If it’s bothersome in any way, you will want to get it checked out.

Looking for  Effective Massage Techniques for Pain Relief and Management ? Your Specialist is Here!
I am a Soft Tissue Specialist providing Neuromuscular Therapy to help you ease and manage the pain. Neuromuscular Massage Therapist will help you keep your muscles healthy with no pain and will help you to be able to walk, run, jump, lift things, play sports, sleep & rest well and do all the other things you love to do. I am here you make sure you remain well. Myofascial Release in Los Angeles!

BEST MASSAGE THERAPY FOR PAIN
Non-invasive Pain Management 
Non-pharmacological Approaches

Something starts to hurt, so you tense the area up. Then it hurts more, so the muscle tightens up more, perpetuating and escalating the cycle of pain. Any intervention that helps treat the pain and eliminate perpetuating factors can help break the cycle: trigger point therapy, stretching, heat and/or ice, chiropractic or osteopathic treatments, massage, ultrasound, homeopathy, biofeedback, acupuncture, dry needling , counseling, and even analgesics. You need to break the pain cycle as soon as possible to helps prevent the symptoms from getting worse or affecting other muscles and soft tissues.

There is ongoing scientific research on the benefits of massage therapy. Some of the current findings include:

  • Pain relief: Massage therapy has been found to be effective in reducing chronic pain, including lower back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis.

  • Stress reduction: Massage therapy has been shown to reduce levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and to increase feelings of relaxation and well-being.

  • Improved sleep: Massage therapy has been shown to improve sleep quality and duration, particularly in people with insomnia.

  • Improved range of motion and flexibility: Massage therapy has been shown to improve flexibility and range of motion, making it particularly useful for people with conditions such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain

  • Improved athletic performance: Massage therapy has been shown to improve athletic performance by reducing muscle soreness and stiffness, and improving recovery time after exercise.

It's important to note that the benefits of massage therapy can vary from person to person, and that more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind its effects.

The way in which we experience pain is very complex. All sorts of factors influence our experience, including our thoughts and feelings. 

Nerves from all over the body run to the spinal cord, which is the first main meeting point for the nervous system. In the spinal cord, you might imagine a series of gates into which messages about pain arrive from all over the body. These gates can sometimes be much more open than at other times. This is important because it is through these gates that messages from your body pass towards your brain. If the gates are more open, then a lot of pain messages pass through to the brain and you are likely to experience a high level of pain. If the gates are more closed, then fewer messages get through and you are likely to experience less pain. 

So, what are the factors that make a difference to how open or closed the gates are? 

Factors that open the gate 

There are three main ways in which the gates to pain can be made more open, so that the pain feels worse. These are to do with how we feel about things, how we think about things, and what we are doing.

 

1.  Stress and Tension All sorts of emotional states can lead to the gates to pain being more open. These include being anxious, worried, angry, and depressed. Having a lot of tension in the body is a common way of opening the pain gates.

 

2. Mental Factors One of the most effective ways of opening the gates and increasing your pain is to focus all your attention on it. Boredom can also lead to the pain gates opening.

 

3. Lack of Activity Another factor that seems to open the gates to pain is to not move around, to have stiff joints and to lack fitness. 

Factors that close the gate 

In the same way as above, the way we feel, the way we think and what we do can all have a part to play in helping to close the gates to pain.

 

1. Relaxation and Contentment Feeling generally happy and optimistic has been found to help to close the gates to pain. Also, feeling relaxed in yourself seems to be a particularly useful way of closing the gates.

 

2. Mental Factors Being involved and taking an interest in life helps to close the gates. Also if you concentrate intensely on something other than the pain (e.g. work, T.V., book), then this can distract you from any pain, helping to close the gates.

 

3. Activity  Taking the right amount of exercise, so that you develop your fitness, can help to close the gates.

4. Other Physical Factors You may also find that for you certain types of medication can help to close the gates, as might certain types of counter-stimulation (e.g. heat, massage, tens, acupuncture). 

So, how can you apply the gate control theory of pain to you? The best way is to experiment with some of the ideas that are described above.

How might you be able to use the fact that emotional factors can make a difference?

Are there ways of becoming more relaxed, for example?

And what about mental factors?

Are there ways that you can get more involved in life?

Can you use distraction more than you have been doing?

And what about physical factors?

Could you increase your fitness and activity levels 

And might you be able to make more use of counter-stimulation? 

Massage can make you feel like a new person with a new start to your month. In some cases, more than once a month is beneficial especially for people who get frequent headaches, those recovering from car accidents or whiplash, scoliosis, athletes, people who tend to hold more stress than average, and more. I make recommendations individually per what I am feeling and seeing in the client on my table. I don’t recommend the same frequency for each person.

Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever

I help get you back to the same quality of life that you have!

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