What do you think of when you think of neck or back massage therapy? Most people think of the type of massage you would receive if you went to the spa for the day.  That type of massage therapy is known as a Swedish Massage. Swedish Massage is only one of over 40 types of massage that a person can receive. When you say you went to see your doctor today, what do you think of?  If I went to see my family doctor, my image would be different than if I said I went to see my Cardiovascular surgeon.  They are both doctors, but the exams and procedures that they perform are vastly different.

The field of massage is similar in its sub-specialization within the scope of massage therapy. Swedish Massage is great for relaxation and stress reduction, but if your back just went into spasm and is  locked up, you would be much better served going to a Massage Therapist that specializes in Rehabilitation and back pain relief.   Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Positional Release and Muscle Energy are just a few of the specialized massage techniques that were developed to treat muscle pain and skeletal dysfunction.  These techniques are focused on looking at the role of the soft tissues in causing pain. Soft tissues include muscle, tendon, ligament and fascia. Fascia is the covering over muscles and internal organs that provide stability and strength. Neuromuscular therapy treats fascia and muscle pain. Myofascial Release treats connective tissue disorders, particularly tight fascia which is a painful syndrome that frequently accompanies muscle pain and spasm. Positional Release treats muscle spasms, muscle energy treats joint restrictions.

These techniques are taught to Massage Therapists as advanced, highly specialized postgraduate courses. Just as a doctor can practice medicine after four years in medical school, he/she must first participate in a postgraduate internship and residency program to specialize in his/her specific field of medicine.  A Massage Therapist who is treating patient for acute and chronic muscle and joint pain should have more than just basic, Swedish Massage training. What patient’s want most is pain relief.

In summary, specialized massage therapy for medical conditions, requires advanced training on the part of the massage therapist. Many hours of postgraduate massage therapy education and training is necessary for successful outcomes in the treatment of patients suffering from pain in the neck, back, head or extremities. For more information visit Soar Point Massage or contact Jack Ryan, LMT a 941–993-3339 for an appointment.


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Do you have knee pain? Tear a knee meniscus, sprain a ligament or have symptomatic knee arthritis or bursitis? Knee injuries, cartilage tears or tendon sprains are common causes of knee pain. Many patients can get relief with rest, wearing a knee brace and taking an aspirin, ibuprofen or other pain relieving agent. Sometimes a cortisone injection will relieve the knee pain without further treatment. When knee pain persists, patients seek out orthopedic surgical opinions. All too often, patients are told that surgery is their only option. Unfortunately surgery does not always work and patients are left with persistent knee pain. They then resort to narcotic pain killers to relieve pain.

Platelet rich plasma therapy has been FDA approved for medical use for over 20 years. Platelet rich plasma is derived from your own blood, eliminating risk of disease transmission. Two ounces of blood is drawn and the natural healing component of the blood is concentrated by 500%. This is the platelet rich plasma, (PRP). PRP is the concentrated healing component of blood. This can be injected directly into the knee joint (a relatively painless procedure.) Platelet rich plasma will heal damaged knee tissue naturally, using the body’s own healing mechanism to repair the damaged meniscus, ligament or tendon. In patients whom suffer from bone-on-bone arthritis as a cause of their knee pain, platelet rich plasma can stimulate the natural regrowth of cartilage, which relieves the pain. PRP can also help patients who have had arthroscopic surgeries who still have knee pain. Avoid surgery, stay off narcotics.

Using PRP has many advantages: 1) it is an outpatient procedure with no recovery time, 2) it requires no general anesthesia, 3) there is no rehabilitation required, 4) healing occurs by a completely natural process, 5) complications are almost unheard of and 6) cost is much less than surgery. If you have knee pain or other joint pain, you should look into getting platelet rich plasma therapy a proven, non-surgical treatment for joint pain. For more information go to our Sarasota PRP for knee pain page or call Dr. Kassicieh at 941-955-5858 for an appointment.


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