Massage case study – A therapeutic massage at Lushington Chiropractic
Massages are incredibly popular as part of pamper packages to help people relax and unwind. However, massages can also play an important role in treating those suffering from pain and discomfort. Therapeutic massages are slightly different from those you might encounter at a spa or beauty clinic but the results can be profound. Here’s a case study relating to Janet Barber, who visited Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne to seek treatment for an ongoing elbow problem.
Janet Barber was suffering from localised pain through the brachioradialis (forearm muscles) and the extensor Carpi radialis longus muscles, which control muscle movement at the wrist. She visited Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne for a consultation with Andy Swan, one of the clinic’s masseuses. On her initial visit, Andy took a history from Janet about her elbow pain in her right arm, she was unable to lift objects or reach without pain or discomfort.
She had a very limited range of motion with the arm, and so Andy used a combination of massage techniques such as soft tissue release. Soft tissue release or STR involves the therapist using manual pressure on a muscle to create a temporary false attachment point before taking the muscle into a pain-free stretch to untangle the muscle fibres. STR is used to increase range of movement, relieve pain, prevent, repair and manage injuries.
Andy also used Neuromuscular technique (N.M.T), which consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The massage therapy pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow and some cross friction on the forearm muscles. The purpose of cross friction massage is to maintain the mobility within the soft tissue structures of ligament, tendon, and muscle, preventing adherent scars from forming.
Janet visited Andy for regular treatment over a period of 4 weeks. By the end of the course of treatment, Janet had regained full use and function of the arm with no re-occurrence of the pain that had been hampering her daily activity.
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