Andrew Wolfe LMP of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy speaks live on radio broadcast on spotlight radio on 2/28/14 on the topic of medical massage. He has been in private practice in Arlington Washington since 1987 and has achieved advanced training and certifications and experience in the field of medical massage.
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When individuals think about the treatment of their spine they think of a number of ways they can treat it. Commonly prescribe thinking under mainstream medicine is to medicate it. While medication can help reduce the pain level and help fight inflammation, it masks the pain by hiding it; thereby not resolving the underlying cause of the pain. Medications allow us to go on with our day to lives in our demanding schedules but do nothing to correct the problem. The problem may be stemming from a number of things. Pain is a broad term and very subjective; as subjective as the person experiencing it. Acute pain (that arriving of a new injury or trauma or onset) is easier to determine the cause. By assessing what the individual did prior to the onset uncovers a lot of the mystery. But sometimes it’s not that simple. Back pain affects some 8 out of 10 people statistically at some point in the lives according to NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It is the number one reason of disability of persons under the age of 45 as well as the second leading cause of doctors visits in American, second only to the common cold;
By taking an assessment of the history of the patient a better determination can be made. A proper diagnosis makes recovery easier to treat. Simple muscle strains and strain makes up for a lot of discomfort in individuals as well emotional, physical and physiological stress, poor nutrition, poor body mechanics, repetitive use dysfunction, spinal abnormalities, scar tissue formation from past unresolved traumas and or surgery and other abnormalities including underlying diseases can exhibit symptoms of back pain. So as simple as the diagnosis is of having back pain, it may have other dimensions that create a complexity of findings. Most health care providers as well as insurance companies policies require, which is a practical approach, is to start with the most cost effective and least evasive (non intrusive to the body) care in managing pain of a patient. Massage therapy happens to be one of the conservative, more natural approaches of healing for back and spine pain. By addressing the connective tissues in relaxing the tissue, giving it normal length and range of motion, eliminating scar tissue and inflammation and increasing circulation you allow healing to take place naturally. The attachments of soft tissue correspond to underlying structures (bone and cartilage) of the body giving it the ability to be flexible. By lengthening the tissues and addressing these attachments (connections to the structure or skeletal system) you are able to affect the body and it s structures naturally by changing the formation of dysfunction. Muscles and the soft tissues sounding and making up the muscular system are malleable and conduct behavior by patterning itself to conditioned response from the nervous system. Trauma, disease, stress, lifestyle, surgery and other dysfunctions as noted prior can disturb, change and affect adversely this response creating a repatterning that when becoming chronic (long-standing) can assume as “normal” conditioning or patterning. By changing the repatterning of dysfunction through soft tissue manipulation the body find restoration and balance.
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When it comes to the rehabilitation of accidents and injuries most medical providers think within the convention of physical therapy and pharmacology. When injuries occur nerve fibers in the muscle tissue tear, strain, overstretch and literally shorten. This shortening of the tissue impairs normal movement . Scar tissue forms as a natural agent of healing. Often times the scar tissue can adhere to surrounding tissue and joints creating a memory of lost function as well as structural impairment. Cross fiber friction and myofascial release therapy, a form of deep tissue massage, reduces the scar tissue from forming as well as breaks it up when it does form. Nerve fibers in the bundles of muscle and other soft tissue such as ligaments, connective tissue, tendons and softer cartilage, can be damaged and impaired creating a muscle memory of dysfunction. Remedial massage therapy redirects the muscle memory by reconnecting the nerve -muscle connection. Heighten sensitivity and pain impairs mobility and natural healing and inflammation occurs. The function of inflammation is to “buffer” or protect the damaged area, but often times can delay in the healing. The most natural and effective support to healing is massage therapy, it is safe and has minimal to no negative side effects. Massage therapy works directly the site of the problems in a “hands on” approach. This approach makes common sense when you think about what is effected; the soft tissue. Change needs to come by working out the dysfunction. By working directly on the soft tissue you effect change. Thinking outside the conventions of the medical industry are alternative health care options. Even within the mainstream of modern medicine massage therapy is being recognized as a medical modality; see reference http://my.brainshark.com/Medical-Massage-and-Insurance-Coverage-by-Andrew-Wolfe-LMP-551505931
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Why does it feel like my bones hurt? I want to say its body ach but not really the same feeling. kngstev AskedDecember 12, 2011
Repetitive motion can create dysfunction; i.e. pain, swelling, in the joints and surrounding tissues. Frequent stretches and changing posture can help reduce some of the symptoms, as can taking supplements for joints and ligament support. You have to increase on the body maintenance if you wish to preserve quality of life as we mature.
Answered by Andrew Wolfe LMP on ask.com
Depending on the kinds of “rehab”. Physical rehabilitation is the ability to restore the body to normal functionality by means of therapeutic intervention. Drug rehab focuses on the rehabilitation of the recovery of chemical addiction. Answered by Andrew Wolfe, LMP
prodigy Asked What are the most common ailments/problems/malfunctions that happen to the muscular system ? Question on ASK.COMDecember 12, 2011
It has shown through the life time of an individual that odds are at some point in time all persons will experience some kind of low back pain/dysfunction. repetitive use,misuse;incorrect lifting,ergonomics and body posture, trauma, surgery, lifestyle choice; specifically atrophy in the abdominal and obesity can be all factors in creating low back dysfunction.
Answered by Andrew Wolfe LMP
Question: Hi! I have a sharp pain in my shoulder and below my breast from lifting heavy things at work. Tips?xAsked by cassandranicoleDecember 12, 2011
The pain started in my shoulder and is now spreading down my rib cage and to my chest. It does get better when I use heat patches but not for very long. I can feel a knot beside my shoulder blade.
What kind of treatment would be best? I would not want something too aggressive! – I have quit my job now, so hopefully I will get better soon! 🙂 – oh, but it means that I am a bit on a small budget! 😛
I am sorry to here about your troubles. First of all if your injury occurred on the job you should put in a work related claim. Even if you don’t work there any longer. If it happened at work it is a labor & industry matter. Get it documented as soon as possible. You can be eligible for therapy to get you better. It sounds like you have a muscle strain/sprain. Getting massage therapy care will help you pending no other issue are present to complicate things. Ice is always suggest for anything acute- that is to say for injuries that just happened. Try not to irritated it by lifting or doing any movements that irritate it. You can try laying on you side (hurt side up) with a pillow under your other side and bend to stretch open your side ribs and breathe deeply with the stretch. Andrew Wolfe,LMP