Muscle Therapy - Treatments For Physical Therapy
of you are aware of muscle treatments such as massage therapy, chiropractic
and physiotherapy but many of would be surprised to know there are
so many more choices and each one may be better suited for certain
issues than others. Unfortunately its only now that things like
acupressure and acupuncture are becoming accepted as mainstream
medical practices and falling under coverage for certain states
or provinces but doctors are still not all on board and many are
still NOT using these therapies in lieu of drugs.
The pharmaceuticals still run the show and as long as money is
a factor then doctors will prescribe and that includes many unnecessary
medications which could be dropped in lieu of alternative therapies.
Many patients are either too scared or intimidated to pursue other
therapies and some just dont want to bother losing an hour
in therapy and rather use a pain killer instead.
As a trainer I find this irritating and know for a fact that there
are many occasions where therapies would do better, be cheaper and
less invasive than pharmaceuticals.
I am not saying I am completely against medication uses and for
my own health depend on daily uses of asthma inhalers. I have nothing
against pain killers when absolutely needed and would never say
to do away with drugs completely but I do believe that it is used
2/3 of the time unneeded and is very abused.
Chiropractic services can save you from back surgeries. Spinal
correction can be very safe and keep you off the operating table
for life. Of course this is a controversial service and some do
not believe in this treatment. Because it does involve manual manipulation
many opt out of this due to fear of the treatments. Again its
a matter of working within your comfort zone and choosing treatments
applicable to your needs so you have other choices if you feel you
rather not use chiropractic although do please not that not all
chiropractors use the same manipulations and you do not have to
do any you are uncomfortable with such as the neck work so do not
assume they are all the same.
Deep Tissue massage therapy is not your walk in the park type of
therapy. The RMT will work within your pain threshold and limitations
but in order to get deep into the muscle areas and tissue there
is some pain involved although I hesitate to use that word. Its
a pleasant pain, if you learn to relax into it, you can let the
muscle get the treatment while learning to relax them at will. Its
the pressure on these underlying areas which break up scar tissue
and realign muscle fibers. Most of us know it as working out the
Acupuncture is now one of the accepted treatments for many medical
insurance companies opening up the window to treatment of more individuals
and less dependence on narcotics or ibuprofen type pain relievers.
There is no pain involved, the needles are tiny thin and you barely
feel them go in. You do however feel IMMEDIATE relief once they
are placed in the correct areas for your issue at hand. It is unbelievable
and you must try it at least once even if just for nausea or headaches.
Reflexology works on the bases that all your body points relate
to some spot on your feet and I have a seen some use hands as well.
By depressing and holding certain pressure points on the feet you
can manipulate areas of the body and how they feel. Each of your
bodys reflexes can be mapped back to hands and feet!
IMS, intramuscular stimulation has been found to be an effective
treatment especially for those with chronic pain related to neuropathic
origins. A highly effective treatment option, IMS has been found
to have few side-effects and has yet to be matched as a means for
finding and diagnosing muscle shortening in deep muscles. Needles
are used for this treatment similar to acupuncture.
Rolfing named after a person but actually a form of structural
manipulation, focuses on fascia deep tissue work. You are manipulated
and moved in certain ranges while the area is worked to loosen the
fascia. This is known as unlocking the body and has been in play
Whichever form of treatment you decide to try out for your body
wellness it is better to be proactive and choose physical treatments
versus the alternatives of medications.