Massage Therapy

Do you suffer from Jaw Pain?

jaw pain Do you experience; Clicking, Popping, Teeth Grinding, and/or Muscle Fatigue in your jaw area?  Do you experience Tension Headaches? Has your dentist given you the diagnosis of TMJD ( Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) ?

Massage Therapy can help by relieving the tension from the muscles that move the jaw both outside and inside the mouth. With techniques such as trigger point release, muscle stripping, joint mobilizations and kneading the muscles will have a rush of fresh, oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood flow that will encourage healing and will relieve the tension in the muscles.

intraoral massage

Intraoral (inside the mouth) massage is a wonderful way to access the small muscles of the jaw. These muscles attach at the gums, cheeks, and jaw bone. The therapist will put on a finger cot and work inside the cheeks on one side of the jaw at a time. With communication with the patient, the RMT can locate the tender, aching spots and help release them.

Many patients find a tremendous amount of relief and decreased clicking and popping with only 10-15 minutes of intraoral massage.

Katie Littlejohn, RMT  at The Solace Centre has a special interest in TMJ dysfunction and would love to offer her skill set and advice.

How Posture Affects Your Brain

Remember mom's voice telling you to "stand up straight" as you  quickly moved into an exaggerated military pose that was uncomfortable and short lived?  It turns out mom was on to something  and science now backs her up. As RMT's we're always telling clients about the importance of balanced posture.  Here are a few benefits:

-the ability to lift our arms overhead -improved breath volume -improved balance -increased blood flow to body organs -diminished strain on muscles that ache from overworking

Correcting a slouched posture can take years off of a person's appearance, and can magically express confidence and vitality.

In the article The Science Behind Posture and How it Affects Your Brain, Belle Beth Cooper, writer for Lifehacker, discusses how posture influences:

-opinion -mood -even hormone production

They give tips for how to achieve better posture and emphasize that posture is a dynamic process, always changing because we are living, moving beings.

A simple directive I share with my clients is to lift your sternum (breast bone) toward the ceiling.  This can be done sitting or standing.  This naturally draws the shoulders back and aligns the head over the spine, requiring much less effort than the military pose we were taught as kids.

Give it a try.  Witness how much easier it is to breathe and how your mood is lifted.

 

Self Care: What to do after massage

So, you have just treated yourself with a Massage Therapy session and you are feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Before you leave the clinic, your RMT reminds you of a few things to do when you get home or later that day. Once you step back into life and seem further away from that great massage you just had, you stop to think “What did my RMT tell me to do again?”

Important Things To Do After A Massage

Drink H2O Over half our body is made up of water (depends on age, gender and overall health). So it only makes sense to drink water right? Drinking water helps to flush out toxins released from the muscles and properly re-hydrates your muscles therefore reducing muscle aches and pains after a massage. A glass or two of H2O can also help to centre your body/mind since a massage treatment can sometimes leave us feeling a bit spacey.

Stretch Especially with a Deep Tissue Massage, your muscle fibers need to realign and be flushed of the toxins released from the muscle. Stretching can help to do this realignment and improve proper muscle recovery therefore reducing post massage muscle pain.

Hydrotherapy (Epsom Salt Bath/Whirlpool/Infrared Sauna) Similar to the effects of drinking water and stretching, hydrotherapy can also prolong the sense of relaxation to your body/mind and induce a deeper sleep that night while promoting healthy muscle recovery.

Eat Massage Therapy has a big effect on circulation and stimulates digestion among other systems of the body. Keeping a small snack with you to eat after a massage will provide your body with an instant electrolyte boost (especially if you tend to feel light headed after massages)