I have a client who is 90 and comes once a month for massage. I have been working on the “frozen” big toe for 12 visits now because client cannot bend the toe. It sticks up because the tendon is so tight.
The last time client came in, they reported that I “Broke the spring”. I asked what that meant and client replied, “You released the tendon so I can now bend that toe. Now every morning and evening I rub that toe and foot and clench the toe 20 times. I don’t want it to go back to being unbend-able.”
I was so happy I could help. I know it was a bit painful every time I worked it but what a great result. Client said the toe hadn’t bent in 20 years.
It always bothers me when a finger or toe won’t bend so I do work them but that was the first time I ever made such a big difference. I would massage the tendon and bend the toe a little past the comfort zone. Client reports pain free walking for the first time in 20 years.
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Scar tissue is the body’s natural response to tearing or cutting the skin. Muscle tissue forms in nice parallel lines. Scars are collagen fibers that form across the cut or tear to hold it together. The result can limit range of motion.
One case I worked with was a hernia scar that had staples under the skin. The staples were pushing toward the outside into scar tissue causing pain twelve years after the surgery. One hour of massage on the site solved the problem. Another was a pin and plate in the lower leg that was causing pain 15 years after the surgery. One hour of massage on the site cleared that up.
Metal expands and contracts but scar tissue does not, so the scar tissue must be worked to allow it to stretch also.
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I received a very unpleasant email the other day and needed time to think about how to respond. I slept on it and upon awakening found that I had clenched my teeth so hard all night I had severe pain in my jaw and cheek muscles, so bad; that it hurt to open my mouth.
I am glad I am a massage therapist because I had to work that cheek and neck 3 times a day for 3 days for all the pain to go away. I used Traumeel on it each time.
People usually clench lighter than that in the night and slowly build up to more and more pain. I know someone whom in the day time I see grinding and clenching their teeth. If you have been clenching for a long time and slowly been building up the muscle, it becomes very strong and takes more time to treat. That is true for any long term problem. The longer you have had the problem, the longer it takes to treat.
I felt lucky I only clenched that night. It is not something I do very often.
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I have had women come for massage near the end of their pregnancy where the baby was in the breech position. I was fortunate in massage school to learn some techniques to help the baby turn.
Massage for the prenatal client includes stretching of the leg and hip to help create more space for the baby to turn naturally. It does not include pushing on the baby to force it to turn. This is a very important distinction as we want the massage to be firm but gentle to show the baby there are more possibilities. It does not have to remain stuck in that one position.
I work with the client in the side lying position so I can work the back, hip and leg. This work will also help the low back pain that can accompany pregnancy.
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I have a client coming to me for problems after a car accident. Client went to another massage therapist for the first three months post accident and Client came to me complaining that the other therapist only worked on the shoulder and neck. Client had pain in many other areas but the neck and shoulder were the most affected. Client felt that the limited work actually made the less affected muscles even tighter causing a frozen shoulder which was much worse than when Client started massage right after the accident.
I began working on all the areas that were painful, because all muscles affect other muscles. One tight muscle will pull on the next one etc. causing pain in other seemingly unrelated areas. So first the knee pain went away, then the leg pain left etc. Now the work focuses on the neck and shoulder and includes what came up that week.
We are down to the last one to three inches of range of motion to yet recover depending on the motion. I have been working with this client for eight months and Client has made amazing strides. We are both pleased and excited to see the recovery rate.
If you are not receiving the results you expect, look for another therapist that will help you on the road to recovery. Body work is very personal so go the extra mile to find the right therapist for you.
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