It's a complementary medicine therapy designed for people with cancer histories, in cancer treatment, those who have had lymph nodes removed or radiation, as well as those in the final stages of living. Oncology massage therapist's skill set are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a modern, logical system of massage therapy. NMT is based on understanding how the neuromuscular system functions. Neuromuscular principles will help you understand what's causing your pain, and how to treat it. The nervous system controls everything in the body, including muscle tension and pain.  


NMT's massage techniques often use the thumbs and fingertips to explore tissues in detail. Elbows or forearms and knees are also used. (PNF Stretching)- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation is a set of stretching techniques commonly used in clinical environments to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation.

Myofascial Release is a gentle blend of massage and stretching using traction, pressure and positioning of the body to initiate relaxation of muscle spasms and break painful adhesions in the fascia.  Our Massage therapists may use this technique to ease pressure in the fibrous bands of connective tissue (fascia) that encase and connect muscles, organs, vessels, bones, cartilage and nerves throughout the body. Injury and scarring of the fascia is a major cause of pain and improper motion and can lead to long term consequences. Myofascial release is used for many conditions and for people of all ages. .

Myofascial Release

Sports Massage

Sports massage is geared towards athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. Sports massage focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often intense movements used during sports. This therapy is used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Sports massage promotes flexibility and endurance, while also helping prevent injury by preparing the body for optimal performance.

 

Oncology Massage

TMJ (Jaw Pain)

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It's a joint connects the lower jaw (also known as the mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull.

 

Massage helps alleviate pain and tenderness in and around the jaw, increases range of motion in the jaw joint, along with helping relieve headaches/migraines, toothaches, and earaches/ringing in the ears. Intra-oral work (working inside the mouth) helps with releasing knots and relaxing the muscles that are connected to the jaw joint itself.

 

Research shows that the jaw is the most common place for trigger points (knots and/or tender spots) in the entire body. Research also shows that approximately 50% of neck pain and headaches originate in the jaw.

 

-Tooth wear (especially seeing the pulp)
-Tooth sensitivity
-Pulpitis
-Tooth mobility
-Masticatory muscle pain (pain with opening and closing of the mouth) and stiffness
-TMJ joint, ear or neck pain
-Headache
-Limited movement or locking of the jaw
-Clicking, popping or grating in the jaw during opening or closing of the mouth
-A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

 

The National Institute of Dental recommend that someone suffering from a Temporomandibular disorder “look for a health care provider who understands musculoskeletal disorders (affecting muscle, bone and joints) and who is trained in treating these painful conditions. Please schedule an appointment today!

 

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