Just like death and taxes it is rare that an individual will be able to go through life without experiencing pain. We have seen medical sciences spring up in every ancient culture and continue to grow until our modern medical model has been developed to treat pain. In both the ancient and modern systems hands on healing has always been an integral part of these treatment protocols.
As our modern understanding of pain grows from the early 19th century and the discovery of morphine’s effect on pain to the many types of anesthesia and analgesics that are used today in medicine we sometimes forget that massage has always been a part of pain management and treatment. In order to understand how massage can benefit pain it can be useful to uncover what we currently know about pain. It should be noted that most of our current understanding is theoretical and although evidence based the evidence is still incomplete. Read More
How to Heal a Trauma in the Neck
By Noah Volz
It happens. You may get rear-ended, crash your bike, face plant on your skis or get hit by a kayak. Whiplash may come in many forms and if not treated wisely it can become a long-term problem. Massage and bodywork can can be a primary or adjunct therapy for the pain and discomfort that come with whiplash.
The term "whiplash" says it all. The head whips forward when their is sudden impact and the muscles of the neck contract to try and slow the forward momentum. This contraction to slow down the momentum of the head can cause micro-tears to the muscles, tendons or ligaments in the neck. Read More
By Noah Volz
There are multiple causes of low back pain but in this article we will look at one common cause which is ligament injuries. By having a deeper understanding of how they occur, what the common symptoms are, and how to pinpoint the structure that has been damaged we can learn a lot about the treatment of pain in this area.
What Are They?
Sprains are microtears in the ligaments that connect bone to bone and when they cause low back and hip pain they are most often found along the lumbar vertebrae from L1-L5 or along the sacral ligaments. Because of their structure they do not receive good blood supply and when damaged adhesive scar tissue will often form. Ligament pain is often considered to have a similar pain pattern as nerve pain. It is sharp, burning and powerfully painful. Read More