Automobile accidents can be very traumatic and life-altering, and if you don’t recognize the symptoms of physical injury, such as hip or ankle pain, your structural integrity can be compromised and cause increasing levels of pain over even a long period of time.
Most doctors and chiropractors generally prescribe physical therapy to assist with injury recovery, but over the past couple years our clients have shared that they did not complete the program due to high levels of pain when following directions. This is where clinical or medical massage can initially be beneficial; we help de-sensitize the nervous system, bring down swelling and minimize inflammation while helping muscle tissue recover. Subsequent physical therapy is then more successful and there is a greater chance the patient will follow through a PT program to completion.
Myotherapy is a term used in the health field as a more clinical term for soft tissue manipulation, or otherwise known as massage. According to the Touch Research Institute of the University of Miami, human touch can have physical and emotional as well as social impacts in infants through seniors. For practitioners, this work changes their lives and is deeply moving on an emotional level. For their clients, years of chronic pain can disappear in one session or they may even release an emotion from an occurrence during childhood.
There is a long list of modalities of bodywork, ranging from medical massage through relaxation techniques to aromatherapy and energy work. If you have never experienced a massage, it is vital that you have a discussion with your practitioner of choice to decide whether they posses the skill set with which you are comfortable or find would help you
In America today, we take it for granted that we can consume a complete meal prepared in a few minutes from a microwave oven, and then routinely pop a colorful variety of pills, caplets and powders to presumably make up for the deficiencies represented in that “meal”. Over the last century, however, science has shown that this attitude is causing more health problems than is conceptually acceptable.
What happened to the nutritional and overall wisdom on health of our forefathers? Were we such bratty teenagers that we continued the arrogance throughout our adult life and now have forgotten what it means to eat a whole-food, well-balanced diet? Have we forgotten sound sleep, family bonding around the table, hard physical work and those values our grandparents took for granted?