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Massage Therapy for Nighttime Muscle Cramps

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There is nothing worse than an ailment that keeps you up all night, tossing and turning while desperately searching for something - anything - to relieve the condition as you tear apart the medicine cabinet. Whether it's flu-like symptoms, Restless Leg Syndrome, or anything in between, no one relishes the thought of losing treasured hours of sleep because of discomfort. Here we are going to take a closer look at one of those ailments that generally comes along with severe and chronic pain, typically in the calf muscle, repeatedly all night long.

Nighttime muscle cramps are nothing to take lightly - just ask the millions of folks who suffer with them. These nocturnal contractions can occur not only in the aforementioned calf muscles, but sometimes in the feet, and come on suddenly. To say the pain associated with this suffering is intense is something of an understatement, but regular massage therapy has been proven to loosen up the muscles and stop cramping.

Why Do People Get Noctur…

The Health Benefits of Music

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Everyone knows that music is relaxing and helps to manage or alter emotions. Research has shown that music has a number of other benefits, some that we may know about subconsciously and other benefits that are often overlooked. Music has the power to benefit our physical health, as well as our mental health. What are the most noted physical and mental health benefits of music? Let's explore the research available on music therapy.

Physical Benefits of Listening to Music

There are many physical benefits to listening to music, especially music that can positively affect your emotions, and help you build energy internally. Here are some of the benefits you can receive from listening to music.

Pain Relief

Studies have proven that the right kind of music is effective in reducing the amount of pain a person feels, as well as the intensity of the pain they are experiencing. These studies cover a wide range of subjects, but the most noticeable results were found in patients who required long-…

Foods that Reduce and Prevent Inflammation

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This article is based on the latest nutritional research. I am not a nutritionist. I suggest you use this information in order to have a conversation with your doctor if you are suffering from inflammation and think dietary changes may be beneficial.

Inflammation impacts both our health and the quality of our life. It triggers several chronic diseases, and it has become a burden that affects health care all over the world. Anti-inflammatory diets and medications exist, but most people do not understand what inflammation is.

What is Inflammation?
When something is inflamed, it feels warm and is swollen, sore, red, and painful. In this situation, inflammation is uncomfortable and obvious. However, it is a part of the natural defense mechanism of the body where the immune system wards off and fights infection and sometimes to repair tissue damage.

The immune system activates and is in fight mode when the body identifies something foreign, including a chemical, pollen, or an attacking microbe…

How CranioSacral Therapy Can Treat Inflammation

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Many people suffer from severe neck pain or have constant headaches or muscle tension that leads to head and neck problems. There are others who wish they were able to get the swelling down around an injury so that they can move better. CranioSacral therapy may be the natural treatment needed to find relief without invasive procedures. CranioSacral therapy was developed by an Osteopath, Dr. John Upledger. This therapy uses a light touch to gauge tension and find restrictions in the tissue. The therapists then uses CST to release those restrictions. 

CranioSacral therapists undergo extensive training to teach them how to listen to the body in order to find and release the restrictions which may come chronic pain or a regular injury response.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

A therapist that learns how to move slowly and gently appreciates the responses from the body and understands the anatomy of the structures being treated. They use extensive knowledge about pain and bodily reactions to he…

How Myofascial Trigger Points Alters Brain and Nervous System Activity

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Myofascial trigger points cause pain that creates a widespread pattern that can affect other areas and muscle groups. Trigger points are classified as being either latent or active. The symptoms often mimic other disorders like migraines and tension headaches. Treating this condition is difficult because many physicians are just learning how to diagnose a patient with the trigger point condition. Getting the muscle to release and retraining it to move correctly is the only known cure. Most people have one or two of these trigger areas, but it is not uncommon for people to develop several in various regions of the body including the neck, back, feet, and legs.

What is a Myofascial Trigger Point

The word "myo" means the muscle, and "fascia" means the tissue around the muscle. The National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists says that people often get these triggers from using the muscle too much, or from an injury like a fall or car accident. What happen…

How Amateur Athletes Benefit from Massage

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Sports massage involves using hands-on techniques to work on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons to improve circulation, reduce tension in the muscles, stimulate or suppress nerve activity and to enhance removal of waste in the body among others benefits. Despite its many benefits, most amateur athletes are yet to appreciate the importance of massage.

Exercising while playing sports can be strenuous. Take tennis as an example. Players have to do a lot of running in addition to the repetitive and forceful motions that the body must endure to master the forehands, serves, backhands and volleys. This places a lot of stress on the joints, muscles, and ligaments. Sports massage therapy will help to keep the players healthy not only during matches but as also during training and after the matches.

Increased Flexibilty: Massage can increase the motions in the torso and hands to enable a player to make powerful swings. It also eases pain and tightness in the neck and shoulder areas allowing one…

Massage Therapy for Stroke Recovery

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Individuals who have suffered a stroke are likely to receive treatment and support from a wide range of healthcare professionals, including licensed massage therapists. Massage therapy can help improve the nerve function and joint mobility and relieve stress that is associated with the trauma of having a stroke.

Following a stroke, the intent of therapeutic massage is to stimulate the nerves, so the nervous system is not able to ignore the stimulation. This physical stimulation of the nerves causes the nervous system to follow and process the tactile sensations. When the brain is trying to find better and more efficient ways to handle the information, it is forced to develop new connections by creating new cellular circuitry around the damaged areas. This is called neuroplasticity.

Massage therapy is recommended for stress relief and therapeutic benefits, but the primary focus of treating strokes with massage is to stimulate the nerves. One of the most common massage techniques that are…