Running In Pain? Massage To The Rescue!

Running In Pain?  Massage To The Rescue!

Outdoor running season is now upon us!  With that said, more people are getting back into running or running a lot more.  Most runners are used to aches and pains that are associated with the repetition of running on the roads & trails.  However, when the pain from running doesn't go away and persists, it can easily put a halt to your training.  What are some of the conditions that massage can help relieve?  Read on to find out.

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Massage Therapy Is a Process

Massage Therapy Is a Process

Recently a client I'll name Joe for privacy's sake came into the office for chronic low back pain.  It was his first visit to my office, and what I call a "massage newbie".  Joe has never had a massage before, and was told by a friend that it may help with his low back problems.  This is when I educated him about the massage process.

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Happy New Years Everyone!

Happy New Years Everyone!

Wow, it sure was a busy 2016.  I hope you all had a great holiday season!  Now that we're getting into 2017, I know many of you are looking to take better care of yourselves.  Whether thats through better eating habits or creating self-care routines, it's important to stick with those new routines (which of course is way easier said than done).

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Deep Tissue Massage in Rochester, NY

Deep Tissue Massage in Rochester, NY

At Pain Relief massage, I specialize in deep tissue massage.  Since the beginning of my massage career, that's pretty much all I've done.  The hundreds of continuing education hours I've taken has only complimented the deep tissue work of my massage.  So what is deep tissue massage?

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The Male Massage Therapist Stigma

The Male Massage Therapist Stigma

I enjoy being in a career field that's predominately women.  I get to "stand out from the crowd" so to speak.  Of course being a male massage therapist does have it's set of challenges to overcome.  There are so many people I could have helped with their pain situation; if they would have let me work on them.  Sadly however many out there wouldn't ever let a guy perform bodywork on them.

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Why You Need Your Pecs Worked On

Why You Need Your Pecs Worked On

For years I've performed chair massage at numerous places of business.  The number one complaint most of my clients had were neck & shoulders.  Like 85% of office workers generally had shoulder & back pain.  The pain spots were generally right at the base of the neck or in the shoulder blade region.  Why did most of my clients present with the same type of symptoms?  Because their pectoral muscles were tight.

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Last minute cancellations, Lateness, & no shows

Last minute cancellations, Lateness, & no shows

I debated about writing this in fear it would be too negative or too whiney, but it's a topic I would like to get off my chest.  Most practitioners don't like it when clients cancel at the last minute, or when they are consistently late.  Even worse, clients who do not even make the time to notify the office that they will not be coming in that day.  Of course that should be obvious, but let me go more into detail.

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What is "The Fascia"?

What is "The Fascia"?

Has anyone ever talked to you about the fascia?  Does it sound familiar?  If you ever studied anatomy you may have possibly read about it.  Maybe you heard about it from your chiropractor or massage therapist (I do like to talk about fascia from time to time).  It is a trending word in today's pain science research.  So what is it, and why am I writing about it?

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"I don't need massage"

"I don't need massage"

I was sitting at the front desk waiting for my next client the other day when this older patient walks in.  He was coming in to get adjusted by the chiropractor for his lower back pain.  Going about my business, I overheard the chiropractor asking "Why don't you get a massage?  It would help with the adjustment"  His reply was simply "I don't need a massage, just the adjustment will do". 

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When the wheels are about to fall off

When the wheels are about to fall off

Have you ever bought a new car?  It smells great, looks nice, and it drives smooth.  Since it was a new car, you knew it was trustworthy on the road.  Of course, we all know that doesn't last forever.  Time goes by, and that shiny new car will eventually need maintenance after some time on the road.  Does that sound familiar?  How do people relate to the wear and tear of automobiles?

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"How often should I come in for massage?"

"How often should I come in for massage?"

It is the question I hear often at the end of a massage session.  The answer isn't the same for everyone.  It depends on your goals with massage and how helpful it was in your treatment.  For some, consistent massage can be very beneficial.  For others it may not be the best avenue of approach in healing the body.

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Massage Vs. Chiropractic

Massage Vs. Chiropractic

You're in pain.  The last trip to the doctor was uneventful, and he or she sent you home with painkillers that didn't take care of the problem.  You have a friend that swears that massage worked for her tough pains.  Another friend claims that chiropractic worked wonders on his low back pain.  Choosing between the two, you realize you don't really know much about massage or chiropractic.  Isn't massage all about pampering and relaxation?  Isn't chiropractic all about getting your back "cracked"?  Why would you even want to try either treatment for your pain?  Read on to find out.

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