Posts Tagged ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’

M.E.L.T. the Pain Away!

by Paul Vachon

Many of you with whom we’ve worked have heard us encourage the use soft and progressively harder rubber balls for self massage of the bottom of the feet. In our culture of shoes, it is very common for our feet and lower legs to get rigid and the muscles weak. Hard soled shoes don’t allow for the natural bending and twisting of the feet which relates all the way up the body. We often forget how to spread or grip with our toes. The additional confining of our walking to only flat surfaces also takes out movements that are common and natural with uneven ground. If you’ve ever walked on cobble stone roads or a bumpy trail and found it difficult, it’s probably due to a few factors. Either you were in high heels, which I have to say are not the best functional shoes ever created. And/or your feet and lower legs were not accustomed to the constant change of surface. With more minimal shoes and flexible soles, we begin to feel the ground under us, and as a response the muscles in our feet and legs learn to quickly adjust and respond to the changing terrain.

Last year while visiting Manhattan for Amber’s strings camp, I went to the YMCA nearly every day and with those visits was able to try out several classes of which I’d never heard. I was like a kid exploring a new playground for the first time!! One of them is M.E.L.T. It is a class which utilizes foam rollers and rubber balls to work on the myofascia, to create length and increase suppleness. I liked this class so much I asked where one could get trained to teach classes. Unfortunately there are only classes in NY and CA so I’ve not made it to any of the trainings. It’s not cheap, either. If anyone would like to sponsor me to get trained, I’ll come back and teach classes!

As a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, we receive weekly updates and news articles. One of them had to do with MELT and offered $10 off the regular price for the Hand and Foot Treatment Kit. I’m planning on purchasing a set myself and know there are several of you who have voiced interest in this kit.

“Sue Hitzmann’s M.E.L.T Hand and Foot Treatment is a self-therapeutic system that can address neck and low-back pain, arthritis, bunions and carpal tunnel syndrome. It removes stress through neurofascial techniques, taking no more than 15 minutes, 3 days a week. The kit includes six M.E.L.T treatment balls, and a Bunion Reducer band as well as a one-hour instructional DVD and 24 page instruction manual. M.E.L.T. is available for $39.95 at www.meltmethod.com.

You can get $10 off the kit through Feb. 28th, 2011, using M.E.L.T.-MBM as a coupon code.” I am not affiliated with this company, but feel our clients, friends and family could all benefit from this! If you have any questions please call or email at 288-2662 / paul at ammatn dot com.

 

Dr. Weil’s Recommendations for Wrist Pain

Dr. Weil’s recommendations for carpal tunnel syndrome self-care include:

  • rest
  • a certain vitamin
  • yoga
  • arnica gel
  • ice packs

Read his entire article at: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02918/Carpal-Tunnel-Syndrome.html

 

Flex Accounts and HSAs pay for Massage

2009 is almost over. . . . Are you wondering how to best use the money in your Flex Account? A brief workshop will be held discussing how Flex Spending Accounts and HSAs can be used to pay for certain kinds of massage therapy treatments. This 30-minute workshop will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 19th at our office at 317 Cherokee Street in downtown Kingsport. Massage and other manual therapies can play an important role in helping you attain short and long term goals of better health and performance. This workshop is perfect for human resources personnel of large or small corporations, or for individuals with key health challenges they’d like to address.

This short workshop will also provide in depth and often surprising ways in which massage and other manual therapies can help with a variety of health challenges. Some conditions that respond particularly well to treatment include chronic and acute pain, neck and back pain, generalized joint pain, headaches, migraines, TMJD/jaw pain, postural problems, pregnancy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. It is also great for detoxification. Join us for an evening of education and discussion.

Amber and Paul Vachon are Nationally Certified Massage Therapists, with advanced training in several forms of bodywork as well as medical massage. To reserve a seat, please send an email to paul@ammatn.com or call us at 423-288-2662.

 

Massage Primer

The practice of various massage techniques can be traced though human history and nearly every culture. Artwork and literature from many civilizations show that nearly all ancient cultures practiced massage in some form. This is shown in cave drawings by out prehistoric ancestors, ancient Chinese books dating back as far as 3000 B.C., medical textbooks by Greek and Roman physicians written in the millennia preceding Christ, Indian and Hindu tradition and literature dating back over three thousand years.

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Massage Contraindications – Why Some People Cannot Receive a Massage

By Daniel Brownell

Massage therapy is a wonderful and beneficial form of holistic health care. Massage can provide stress relief, muscle tension relief, improve circulation, and the list goes on. But massage can be detrimental to your health if you have certain physical conditions, illnesses, or disease. You can also put your therapist at risk of contracting certain illness or disease if you are in a contagious state of health.

The term “massage contraindication” means you are not able to receive massage, or the massage may be limited to certain areas of your body. When you are contraindicated for a massage it is for your health and safety as well as the massage therapists. Not all contraindications mean that you will never be able to have a massage. Read the rest of this entry »