Stretching can be so beneficial in bringing our body back to neutral. So many of the issues we see with our clients here at the OM Center can be attributed to the repetitive muscle strains of our everyday lives. We can us stretching to combat the stress we put on our musculoskeletal system.
Benefits of daily stretching include:
*Increased joint range of motion
Starting with some basic physiology, the body's form will always follow the most common function. For example, if you sit at a desk in front of a computer for eight hours of work each day, soon enough your body will settle into that common form. You may notice that your shoulders roll forward, your neck tightens up in the back and your back will be rounded in form. When you leave your desk at the end of the day you take these postures with you. Our bodies are run very efficiently and once the tension is set within our muscle tissue it tends to stay that way unless we stretch it out. If we don't, we are at a higher risk for injury.
While Massage Therapy is vital in releasing all of the tension we heap on our bodies. Stretching is also necessary in maintaining the neutrality between your massage therapy sessions. Quite often we send our clients home with stretching routines. Stretching problem areas consistently between visits helps move the healing at a faster pace. In short, we don't have to start from square one each session and results become longer lasting.
Stretching can also be a great stress reliever. It improves circulation, getting more oxygen to your muscle tissue. This can have a relaxing effect for the mind/body connection. We usually breath more deeply while stretching and this can help clear your mind and help your nervous system to relax, putting you in a calmer, more peaceful state of mind. This is probably one of the reasons yoga is such a popular fitness option today!
A lot of you are probably not exactly sure how to start a stretching routine. Our therapists are always available to provide information about stretching after your session. But if you would like to focus a little more on healthy stretching, The OM Center is starting a stretching class!
The class will meet Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., beginning on February 17th 2018 at our downtown location in the Joe Ann Steele Insurance Center (130 N. Main St, Adrian) 2nd floor. It's a drop-in class, just bring a yoga/fitness mat. The cost is $10. Check our Facebook page for more information. Hope to see you there!
With the Holidays fast approaching don’t forget to give the best overlooked gift: the gift of health and wellness. A one-hour massage has the ability to relieve muscle soreness but even more it can lower stress and anxiety, improve circulation, strengthen the immune system and promote overall body health. And don’t forget about your skin! A facial doesn’t just provide you with clean skin. It nourishes and hydrates, helping to repair damage from the sun, natural aging and even stress while relaxing facial muscles and giving your overall skin a healthy glow. The OM Center wants to help you give those you love continued health. We’re offering a variety of Holiday Specials in the form of gift certificates and stocking stuffers.
For those friends and family suffering from too much stress, try a 90-minute Hot Stone Massage for only $85. Or pair it with an Aromatherapy facial for only $125. Have someone who could use a little pampering? Get them a 30-minute whole Body Scrub for only $30. We also have sugar scrubs in Tranquility and Stress Relief, fizzy bath bombs, bath salts and body balms, all perfect for those who need to slow down and take a few minutes to relax and unwind from the holiday stresses.
We all know someone in our lives that would benefit from a massage for Christmas, but let’s not forget the one person that gets unnoticed the most: Yourself! While you’re in picking up those gifts for family and friends don’t forget to give your own self, mind and body the same love and attention.
Has your dentist told you there is an issue with your TMJ?
Tempro-mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is a wide spread issue that can be very painful and uncomfortable. It can involve lots of symptoms such as
Here at the OM Center we have lots of experience helping our clients heal from TMJ problems.
Let's first look at the anatomy. There are some very strong muscles controlling the opening and closing of the jaw. But looking more closely you will see it can be quite complicated because of all of the different motions our jaw can do. There are lots of small muscles and tissues that help keep the jaw moving properly. Usually dysfunction starts with a trauma of some kind, lengthy dental procedures are a big trigger for TMJ problems, of course an impact to the head or face can cause issues, because of positioning during surgical procedures some people have jaw issues after a surgery, and certainly it can be a repetitive motion or postural problem. Your dentist will probably prescribe a bite guard to help control symptoms. This will protect your teeth but we can help get to the root cause and start the healing.
We usually start the treatment process with some CranioSacral Therapy (CST). Using CST we can release the deep tissues related to the function of the jaw. This will help the jaw find it's way back into a healthier alignment. Usually after some CST sessions, how many depends on each individual, we can introduce some traditional massage therapy techniques to get rid of tension in the more superficial muscles. Because the jaw is directly connected to the neck, these muscles are usually addressed as well. It can take several sessions to undo all of these layers of tension. TMJ issues seem to escalate over time so it can take some time to get everything working together again in this complicated joint.
Massage and CranioSacral Therapy work very well in addressing any discomfort in the TMJ. Don't just live with these symptoms, get free of the pain and tension. Call us at the OM Center today to get started on the road to recovery!
As Massage Therapists, we look at the body as a whole unit. We try to understand why the body is performing in a dysfunctional state using all pieces of information we can gather. We never assume the pain a client is experiencing is only coming from one localized area; for example neck pain. We all have it at some point. When that pain becomes chronic and life altering it begins to make a serious change to how your body is performing. Initially we check and work on all the neck muscles and upper shoulder (Trapezius) muscles. Our hope is for a lasting positive change in neck pain. However, this is not always the case and here is the reason why. Throughout our body we have a web-like connective tissue called fascia. This fascia overlays all other tissues in the body to create a fibrous protection and barrier. As massage therapists we see a connection in how these areas of fascia can get tied up, or “twisted” causing pain signals to fire to different areas in the body. We feel fascia can be the major issue for people suffering from fibromyalgia. (We’ll talk more about fibromyalgia on another day, this is just one example of the importance that fascia plays in the body’s daily function).
Let’s move on to the concept of fascial planes. This is the term we use to describe how adjacent structures slide relative to each other to facilitate movement in our bodies. As we move, parts of our body will need to move in a different direction from each other without pulling on each other exclusively for full range of motion. If we get any restriction in the fascia, dysfunction will begin in our bodies causing inflammation and what our brain recognizes as pain.
Let’s go back to where we started with the severe neck pain that cannot be relieved by deep muscle work in the upper body. If we follow the path fascial planes make throughout the body we can begin to see that there may be restrictions within the glutes (buttock), hamstrings (back of thighs) or even gastrocnemius area (calves). One this client’s next treatment we may switch our attention to those areas and see how the tissue feels and responds to therapeutic massage. Many times, to the clients surprise they begin to feel better. That pull from their lower body is released causing blood flow to move in complete pumping motions and stop pooling (inflammation). The blood stops getting stuck in the tissues which then helps the homeostasis of the body return to normal, thus causing what we feel as healing!
This work is so amazing for so many issues we may experience in the body and is truly why we love our job. We love helping the body by facilitating these areas to allow the body to really heal itself. So if you have a story similar to this that you would like to share, or a question about fascial planes and how it relates to your healing, we would love to hear from you!
Here at the OM Center we love educating about massage therapy and all of the alternative therapies we use to help the body work at its highest potential. We have started this blog so we can hear from all of you. Each month we will try to post about topics that we feel would be interesting and educational for our clients to read. Please feel free to ask questions on these topics and let us know if there are any topics you would like us to focus on.
Adrian OM Center's owners: Leslie Place and Allison Skeels