Degenerative discs are in fact a condition, not a disease. Discs are shock absorbers that cushion each vertebrae; they dry out and get worn down over the decades. A diagnosis of degenerative disc disease (DDD) can be a shock. A future of pain and disability comes barrelling towards the recipient of this unwelcome news.
Massage therapy after a cancer diagnosis as well as during and after treatment is safe providing your massage therapist is aware of and practices in a manner that takes into consideration a range of precautions. “Just a relaxation massage” can be so much more. A physically safe and calm environment, a skilled and knowledgeable therapist and clear parameters lay the foundation for a massage that can help access greater calm and clarity. This in turn serves you well as you process information about cancer, treatment options and adapt to the multiple changes the diagnosis will bring. A design study undertaken at a cancer centre showed that “massage, along with reiki and yoga, helped decrease stress and anxiety, improve mood and enhance overall health and quality of life” for 150 cancer patients. (Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2016) “No pain no gain.” Pain during a massage treatment is an indication of…
Given that massage therapy focuses on soft tissue, what impact could it have on the ribs? Read on for the finer details that will make the connection.
Jaw clenching can take its toll. Headaches, jaw pain and ringing in the ears are some of the side effects of jaw clenching. TMJ dysfunction is another common outcome of over working facial muscles. Bruxism is often treated by dentists with tooth guards to prevent worn and broken teeth from long-term grinding.
Take a moment to consider your clenching habits. If you’re like most people, you’re not even aware that you have been clenching your jaw, shoulders, fists and hips. Many of our physical discomforts can be traced back to the body parts we hold in a state of tension. Below is a brief primer on how to trace from symptoms to muscles chronically tightened.