WHAT IS ORTHOPEDIC BODYWORK?
Orthopedic Bodywork is a comprehensive treatment for muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves, and connective tissues to relieve pain, restore normal joint function, improve posture, balance, comfort and range of movement.
Precise and extremely effective, it speeds recovery from accidents and most painful musculoskeletal conditions, including whiplash, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, TMJ dysfunction, scoliosis, rotator cuff injuries and “frozen shoulders”, thoracic outlet syndrome, knee problems, hip flexor rotation, plantar fasciitis, and most other strains and sprains. Symptoms of arthritis can be relieved as well, as the position and function of the joints improve.
Orthopedic Bodywork incorporates:
* Hendrickson Method Orthopedic Massage
* Neuromuscular Coordination Technique
* Egoscue Method of Postural Therapy
* Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
* The Neurology of Posture
Orthopedic Bodywork may be recommended by a physician who wants a patient to pursue multiple treatment modalities, and people can also see a Medical Massage Practitioner independently. Orthopedic Bodywork focuses on problems with the client's musculoskeletal system. I can release tight muscles, help to stretch shortened muscles and tendons, decompress joints, in addition to releasing subluxations of the spine.
The goal is to normalize the soft tissues of the body, both to treat specific conditions and to keep clients generally healthy and fit. Because Orthopedic Bodywork is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training.
Most people feel relaxed and/or refreshed after a treatment. Occasionally some people experience post soreness the day after. This is nothing to worry about. Most people feel a great reduction of the original muscle tightness and pain after the delayed soreness resolves itself within the first 24 hours post treatment.
There are several theories, about the exact cause of this delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). An old theory suggests that excess lactic acid in the muscle is the cause of this soreness. However studies conducted by exercise physiologist, Dr. George A Brooks, have concluded that “lactic acid does not cause muscle soreness, fatigue or the “burn” of intense exercise, nor does it cause post-massage soreness. While excess lactic acid is typically present in sore muscles, it is not the cause of the soreness itself.
It is most commonly believed that post-massage muscle soreness is due to tight muscles having been stretched and realigned, adhesions and scar tissue having been broken apart so new tissue can form and lay down correctly, and / or deep pressure having been applied to an injured muscle to release spasm. This is why post soreness happens.
All such procedures help muscles relax and heal. However; they can also cause soreness the next day. This delayed onset muscle soreness is silmiliar to what a person experiences after intense exercise.
Any time muscle tenderness occurs, DRINK MORE WATER than you would normally would in a typical day. This aids to help hydrate your muscles and help flush toxins that have been released in the bloodstream during the treatment. Also, place 4-5 cups of Epsom salts in hot bath water. Soak for
15 minutes and REST for a while after.
(This soak/bath is contraindicated for anyone with cardiovascular problems or any other condition that might respond negatively to forms of heat therapy)
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