Monday, January 17, 2011

Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom!

We’ve all experienced some sort of muscle soreness now and then. You wake up with a kink in your neck from having slept wrong or you pulled a muscle in your lower back trying to lift that heavy box. Or you’ve even had to deal with that nagging tension headache you get all the time, but nothing helps except that regular dose of pain relievers.

But the problem with taking those over-the-counter pain relievers (Tylenol, Advil, etc.) is that you’re only masking the pain, not treating the cause. Too often, people think because the doctor hasn’t helped their problem, they just have to live with it.

Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s a good chance YOU DON’T HAVE TO! Pain relievers work by interrupting or blocking pain signals that travel along the nerves to your brain. But they don’t do anything to help improve the condition of the muscle. Even though they get rid of the pain, they won’t loosen muscles that are tight or spasmed.

Massage therapy works because it encourages more blood flow to the area, flushing out metabolic waste and toxins and bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the tissue, thereby forcing the muscle to relax. It’s a natural, homeopathic way of stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system (the system that tells your body to relax, such as when we‘re sleeping) and releases endorphins (hormones that increase feelings of well-being). Massage therapy may be able to help you reduce the pain and get away from taking those pain relievers.

Here’s a good example. A friend of mine had injured his shoulder some years ago and it has always given him problems when he practiced martial arts or did any other workout that involved his shoulder. He got so used to it, he just figured that was part of growing older. My husband kept urging him to get massage, but we sort of figured he wasn’t comfortable coming to me because he knows me. Fine. So my husband said, if you don’t go see my wife, go see her massage therapist, Sandy Castle, which he finally did. After a number of sessions, his shoulder was completely fixed! And because of his success with massage therapy, he’s now a believer.

So my question to you is, why live with pain when you don’t have to? Call Amy Prior Massage Therapy and schedule your appointment today!