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How Massage Therapy Can Help Recreational Athletes

LeBronJames regularly sees a massage therapist to improve the jump in his jump shot. Soccer star MeganRapinoe counts massage therapy as a crucial part of her all-too-necessary recovery regimen to allow her muscles time to heal after a hard day of training or a tough game. And remember those round red marks on MichaelPhelps? Professional athletes often work with massage therapists before, during and after training and competition.
While you may not get a paycheck for completing your favorite workout or playing on a rec league team regular massage therapy can benefit your training and well being. While TrainingIt’s normal for new aches and pains to pop up when you start a new activity. More aches may present themselves as you work to increase your endurance and strength. Regular massage can help you stay ahead of any issues that could slow down your training. Massage therapy keeps you in touch with how your body feels so you can adjust your training as needed and stay on track. Before a R…

Common Myths About Back Pain

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There are dozens upon dozens of myths out there about what leads to back pain, what you should do to prevent back pain, and what kinds of treatments may solve your back pain troubles.
Today, I am here to tell you that you should think again about what may be causing your aches and pains and urge you to think twice about your course of treatment.
My goal as a massage therapist is to help relieve your pain. But what if many of the commonly suggested treatment solutions are ineffective at best? Throw out everything you know about back pain, and let’s take a look at some of these claims to see whether or not they stand up to science. Have You Made Any of These Frequent Misconceptions About Posture and Pain?You probably have heard that poor posture causes back pain. In fact, it’s likely that you heard it frequently from your parents when you were growing up as they were encouraging you to stand up straight.
And chances are you’ll find lots of experts claiming this to be true on the internet …

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Massage

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When you think of massage therapy, what comes to mind? Perhaps you consider those aches and pains in your shoulders and neck, or maybe your sore, tired, or swollen legs, or even a way you can cope with excess stress.
However, the therapeutic nature of massage therapy extends far beyond just relieving stiff muscles or alleviating stress and anxiety.
You can actually ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome with massage therapy.
So what exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome? Why do certain people develop carpal tunnel syndrome? And how does massage therapy improve your life if you are dealing with the pain and discomfort of carpal tunnel? What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?Carpal tunnel syndrome is a fairly common condition that affects the hand and wrist. It causes pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. This happens when there is an increase in pressure in the wrist, which compresses a nerve known as the median nerve, which runs through the wrist.
This median nerve is what allows your thumb, …