massage therapy for chronic pain

Definition of chronic pain: Chronic pain is not a symptom, but a disease state. Pain which lasts beyond the ordinary duration of time that an insult or injury to the body needs to heal. 4 - 6 weeks, although others have chosen three months as the dividing line between acute and chronic pain {Bonica, JJ. The management of pain. In: Lea and Febiger, 2nd ed, Philadelphia 1990} Examples: Headache, Low back pain, Cancer pain, Myofascial pain (trigger points), Arthritis pain, Herpes Zoster ( post-herpetic neuralgia) Includes, but not limited to, neuropathies that affect nerves throughout the body. Ref: {Clinical Anesthesia, Paul G. Barrash, 4th edition} Effects: Pain of such chronic and intense proportions that it overwhelms all other symptoms & becomes the main problem Inability to work. Appetite falls off Physical activity of any kind is exhausting and aggravates pain. People become victims of a vicious circle total preoccupation with pain leads to irritability and depression. Effects Cont'd Less sleep at night more irritability, depression, and pain. "Terrible triad" of suffering, sleeplessness, and sadness. drug-dependency Submission to repeated surgery/resorting to questionable practitioners who promise quick & permanent "cures". The Pathology: Tight muscles reduce circulation waste products accumulate soreness and fatigue. Waste products also irritate nerves, causing the pain to spread. Muscles stay tightened over time body compensates by developing restricted patterns of movement. Fatigue, frustration, lack of energy, mental and emotional stress can develop from post-traumatic chronic pain and physical restriction. Study: Levoska S., MD, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Vol. 74, April 1993) Deep heat & massage improve blood circulation and metabolism reducing pain. Poor blood circulation in a muscle decreases pH & reduces muscle contraction, as well as muscle strength. When M.T's release contracted muscles, they help restore capacity for normal movement. Anxiety & stress lessen as clients increase their activity level & achieve more control in their daily functioning. People sleep better after a massage aids physical & emotional health and helps restore mental equilibrium. As clients begin to feel better with massage, they often discover renewed energy and motivation for physical activity. REFLEXOLOGY in Chronic Pain Reflexology, or zone therapy, is the practice of massaging, squeezing, or pushing on parts of the feet, or sometimes the hands and ears, with the goal of encouraging a beneficial effect on other parts of the body, or to improve general health. There is no clinical or scientific evidence that reflexology has any

Immobility leading to DVT (Deep vein thrombosis). If we attempt to stretch tight muscles without strengthening the opposing muscles." "Yoga is an effective form of structural therapy because it focuses not just on "Yoga poses work from head to toe recognizing the `weave' of energies that run through the entire body.Modified Ardha Matseyendrasana. 3% of these will get severely disabled from it. however coping and healing chronic pain is obtainable with the help of a doula. Causes: 4. Nerve entrapment. Degenerating fibroid . What is a Doula? A doula provides physical and emotional assistance and encouragement during child birth and in the early post partum phase. Eka pada rajakapotasana (pigeon pose) These poses can be offered as treatment or home care as a part of a Massage Therapy treatment plan. their sleep. Pregnancy & Chronic Pain What a Doula can do for you Experiencing chronic pain while pregnant is almost unavoidable. which are leg blood clots that lead to strokes and heart attacks. An injury at any one place in this `fabric' affects the integrity of the whole. and the imbalance that led to the problem will largely remain.Sciatica: Sciatica is pain radiating from the buttocks down the leg due to pressure on the sciatic nerve. Some stretches include: Piriformis Stretch . An experienced doula can greatly improve a pregnancy and labour by offering consistent information Pain experienced during pregnancy "25-56% of those that are pregnant will suffer from back or pelvic pain while they are pregnant. and also shows a weakness in the whole" Doug Keller "Yoga as Therapy" Yoga for Sciatica: Sciatica can be a problem for individuals because piriformis is tight and "pinches" the sciatic nerve. Reflexology for Sciatica: This nerve is of particular interest to Reflexologists because it is the very nerve conducting all the touch and pain sensations from the feet YOGA Therapy for Sciatica : Yoga therapy can be an alternative (or complementary) treatment to Massage Therapy. Post partum carpel tunnel syndrome. Thoracic pain. and their daily lives." Other pains associated with pregnancy : Depression. the stretch will be relatively temporary and ineffective. The Piriform Muscle: tension in this gluteal muscle can compress the sciatic nerve causing pain. The doula contributes as an extra pair of hands for the doctor/midwife and father during the labour. and a clear third of the pregnant women will have pain so severe that it will affect their work. "We need to strengthen lines of Myofascial that are `locked long' and stretch lines that are `locked short'. Or more commonly cause 5. Root Pressure: entrapment of the root involving spinal nerves from L4-S3 either by a herniated vertebral disk or arthritic narrowing of the spinal canal itself.

Improves sleeping patterns. teaches skills for dealing with and preparing for the labour. soothing strokes to one's back or neck can slow a busy. Infant Massage: Promotes bonding with parent and infant. and weight of carried infant. The Power of Touch: Often touted are the psychological benefits of massage therapy. During the Labour: Greatly reduces the need for a Cesarean section. 2004 ) . and shortens the length of the labour! Postpartum: Alleviates muscle pain from postural shifts. ( Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance. fuller breast. and stimulates brain development. receiving massage faithfully for the continuance of good health. and eases colic. the need for pain medications or epidurals. and digestive discomfort. can be harmful to the body over long periods of time. gas. Physical touch and massage techniques involving slow. Many people also use regular massage therapy as a form of body maintenance. drug free relief of aches and pains. massage therapy can produce benefits whether the situation is acute (immediate) or chronic (longstanding). increases circulation. The communication of such caring touch is also recognized by health professionals as an adjunct to pain relief. improves sleeping and emotional tension. overworked mind and settle or centre a person. reduces swelling. Restores muscle tone to abdomen. stimulates circulation. and stimulates the uterus to return to its pre-pregnant size. the need for forceps and vacuum extraction. eases pressure on the sciatic nerve.The benefits of a doula: During the pregnancy: Provides safe. whether physical or emotional If a person's physical or emotional health is challenged. The Power of Touch Stress chemicals (the fight or flight response).