Adam's Deep Tissue Massage & Bodywork,  2400 Frederick Ave., Suite 412 (Fredrick Towers), St. Joseph, MO  64506
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Hello,  thanks for visiting my site.  I'm Adam Kneib, a licensed, nationally board certified deep tissue massage therapist and bodyworker going on my 9th year of private practice in my home town of St. Joseph, MO.
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According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.

 

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What are the Health Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?
How can Deep Tissue Massage medically Benefit me?

 Massage therapy is more than relaxing me-time.
Studies continue to prove the physical, and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. As the number of proven health benefits grows, so do the number of Americans who turn to massage for a more balanced lifestyle.
 

   
  Relieves Stress   

Stress relief is key to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Even a single massage session can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels¬–all of which help reduce daily stress.

  • Massage Therapy Relieves Stress

    Stress relief is one of the first benefits that come to mind when thinking of massage therapy. It's also a key component for anyone trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Clinical studies show that even a single 1 ½ -hour session can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol levels and insulin levels-all of which help reduce stress through massage therapy.

    Taking care of your body should be at the top of your priorities. By adding therapeutic massage to your routine now, you'll feel, look and simply be healthier far into the future. In fact, stress relief alone can improve your vitality and state of mind. So what better way to prep for a long, happy life than a relaxing, therapeutic massage?

     In addition to stress relief, ongoing massage therapy can reduce pain, increase energy levels and improve overall physical and mental performance.

                    Benefits of Stress Relief

    Lowers Heart Rate

    Lowers Blood Pressure

    Relaxes Muscles

                            Increases Endorphins

                   Encourages Relaxation

    Massage Therapy Encourages Relaxation

  The body can produce an unhealthy buildup of hormones when we're stuck in traffic or meeting a work deadline. Pent-up levels of the "stress hormone" cortisol can lead to sleeplessness, headaches and even digestive problems.

  Enter massage therapy. Massage has been shown to decrease cortisol in the body. This allows the body to enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode: an effect that lingers long after the massage is over. In fact, massage triggers a host of brain chemistry responses that can result in lasting feelings of relaxation, lowered stress and improved mood.

  In addition to encouraging relaxation, ongoing massage therapy can reduce pain, increase energy levels and improve overall physical and mental performance. 
   
                      Benefits of Relaxation-

                              
Improves mental outlook

                             Allows for better handling of pressure

                             Reinforces positive attitude

                             Promotes relaxed states of mental alertness

                             Enhances calm and creative thinking
   
                        Improves Posture

   From board meetings to bunko groups, there's a lot of tension these days-as in neck and back tension. "Our necks and backs hurt, and poor posture is the No. 1 culprit," says Janice Novak, M.S., author of the book, Posture, Get it Straight! (Perigee Trade, 1999).

  When you hunch forward, your body isn't properly aligned. "Not only does poor posture look bad, but it forces some muscles to work incredibly hard all day long while others get weaker," Novak says. Poor posture can put you in other slumps, too. "When you slouch, you're pressing down on your internal organs, which affects digestion," Novak says, adding that circulation and breathing capacity can take a hit too.

  Unlike other bad habits, poor posture can be relaxing to correct. Why? Because massage can help get your body back on track. Allowing the body to reinforce healthy and natural movements can be one of the most beneficial aspects of massage therapy.

  Massage can relax and loosen the muscles made sore by bad posture, allowing your body to position itself in its natural-and pain-free-posture.

  With ongoing massage the muscles are loosened and relaxed-joints have greater freedom and pressure points are relieved. This allows the body to position itself in a healthy and natural posture, therefore avoiding the movements and positions developed over time as a reaction to the pain..

                            Benefits of Improved Posture

  • Muscles are loosened and relaxed
 
  • Joints enjoy greater freedom
 
  • Pressure points are relieved
 

                   Improves Circulation
 

  The pressure created by massage therapy moves blood through congested areas. This causes new blood to flow in, resulting improved body function.

  Massage Therapy Improves Blood Circulation

  The long-term effects of massage therapy are more than skin deep. Better blood circulation is part of the chain reaction that occurs in the body as a result of receiving massage therapy on a regular basis.

   According to Eileen Cahalane of Alive Magazine:

  A person with poor circulation can suffer from a variety of discomforts including pooling of the fluid in the extremities (like the toes), cold hands and feet, fatigue and achiness created by an accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles. Good circulation brings damaged, tense muscles the oxygen rich blood they need to heal.

  Massage facilitates circulation because the pressure created by the massage technique actually moves blood through the congested areas. The release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow in. The squeezing and pulling also flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the circulation of the lymph fluid which carries metabolic waste away from muscles and internal organs, resulting in lower blood pressure and improved body function.

  Improved blood circulation is just one more benefit of massage therapy. Combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise, massage can be a powerful, natural ally for a healthier lifestyle.

                        Benefits of Improved Circulation

Enhances blood flow

Naturally lowers blood pressure

Improves body function

 
                      High 
Blood Pressure
   High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other medical condition. But one effective way to stave off high blood pressure naturally is massage therapy.

       Massage Therapy Lowers Blood Pressure

   High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other medical condition. Here are some common misconceptions according to the American Heart Association:

   Myth: High blood pressure has many symptoms
   Fact: High blood pressure has NO symptoms. That's why it's often called the silent killer.

   Myth: High blood pressure is a man's problem
   Fact: High blood pressure can be anyone's problem. In fact, women need to be aware of certain things that may put them at greater risk than men

   Myth: You don't need to have your high blood pressure checked until you reach middle age.
   Fact: Children as young as six can have high blood pressure. It's a good idea to start having your blood pressure checked at an early age.

   One effective way to stave off high blood pressure naturally is massage therapy. Long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower sources for depression, anxiety and hostility.

                 Benefits of Lower Blood Pressure

Lower depression, anxiety, and hostility

Keeps stress hormone levels under control

Low blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of having a heart attack, kidney failure, or a stroke

 Relaxes Muscles

   Got neck, back or muscle pain? Odds are, sitting all day at the office is the culprit. Massage gets to the root of persistent pain by relaxing tense muscles.

  We've all suffered from the soreness associated with an overly exuberant exercise session. But did you know that most Americans experience neck, back and muscle pain from another less-strenuous activity? Surprisingly, it's sitting. Chronic back pain, which is the second most common cause of disability and a top reason for missing work, can be the result of improper posture while sitting and standing.

 Additionally, carrying extra weight, poor posture, and repetitive or overuse movements can put strain on the back and other sensitive areas. This strain often results in spasms, tense muscles and pain in your upper back, hips, glutes and hamstrings. So the question is: what relaxes muscles?

 Massage (or muscular therapy) gets to the root of the pain by relaxing tense muscles and increasing flexibility. . Massage also encourages blood flow to the affected muscles, which can bring increase oxygen and nutrients,. All of this activity reduces swelling and stiffness and increases flexibility to help eliminate pain. Muscular therapy also releases endorphins and boosts your levels of serotonin and dopamine, all hormones your body produces to help you feel good, promote healing and pain management, and calm your nerves.

                  Benefits of Relaxed Muscles

Reduces pain that results from tense muscles

Aids in muscle relaxation

Relieves muscle tension and stiffness

 

Improves Flexibility & Range of Motion

As we age, joints tend to tighten, making range of motion more restricted. Massage helps keep joints more fluid, making you more flexible and less prone to injury.

Muscle injuries are more common now than they were 50 years ago. That's not because we're exercising harder. It's because we're more sedentary. What's worse, as we age our joints tend to tighten, making range of motion and flexibility even more restricted.

 Massage therapy is a beneficial treatment for maintaining and improving flexibility and motion. By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints, regular massage can improve your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more fluid and making them less injury prone.

 As you can see, massage is a great way to relax stressed muscles, stimulate blood flow and improve flexibility. So is daily stretching.

 One benefit of stretching is an improvement of blood circulation, which aids in illness recovery and disease prevention. Elongating muscles will also improve posture and your joints' range of motion. Stretching and massage are even more important for someone who is physically active. Loose muscles are less prone to strains and sprains during a workout, according to ACE.

 Incorporating massage and stretching into a fitness routine also will help reduce soreness after a workout. Stretching beforehand will allow greater freedom of movement when exercising and longer workout periods because it helps prevent a buildup of lactic acid in your blood. Regular post-workout massages can then aid in the recovery and relaxation process.

                    Benefits of Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion

Stimulates the production of the body's natural lubricants to keep flexibility at a maximum

Can enhance athletic performance

Helps prevent active lifestyle injuries by staying flexible

Promotes Deeper and Easier Breathing-

One of the telltale signs of anxiety and stress can be constricted breathing. When the body starts to take shallow short breaths instead of breathing at a natural pace, it is near impossible for one to reach a relaxed state. Part of the problem is that the muscles around the rib cage and abdomen may have tightened, constricting air.

 Massage plays an important role in training the body how to relax and help improve breathing. Respiratory issues, such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma and bronchitis, are one group of conditions that can benefit from massage therapy. In fact, the positive impact massage can have on respiratory function has been shown through research, says Anne Williams, education program director at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

 Many muscles in the front and back of the upper body are accessory respiratory muscles, she explains. "When any of these muscles are chronically tight and shortened, they can restrict normal breathing and disrupt breathing patterns," she explains. "Massage techniques to lengthen and relax these muscles improve breathing capacity and function."

 Massage therapy can not only improve breathing, but also posture. This can lead to an opening of the chest area, as well as the structural alignment and rib cage expansion needed for optimal lung function, she adds. Plus, when the parasympathetic nervous system responds to massage your breathing rate slows and becomes deep and regular.

 A particularly beneficial way of relieving respiratory issues through massage therapy is tapotement, a rhythmic, percussive stroke used in Swedish massage. When performed on the back, along with vibration and shaking, tapotement can loosen mucus in the lungs and increase airway clearance for better lung function, Williams says.

 Not only will massage therapy help relax internal muscles, it can also help individuals become aware of their daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what true relaxation feels like, the mind can then easily recreate it before stress becomes chronic and damaging. This can also help you enjoy a more balanced life.

                    Benefits of Improving Breathing

Controls breathing in an effort to aid relaxation

Allows the mind to re-create relaxation before stress becomes chronic or damaging

Increases energy level

One of the telltale signs of anxiety and stress can be constricted breathing. When the body starts to take shallow short breaths instead of breathing at a natural pace, it is near impossible for one to reach a relaxed state. Part of the problem is that the muscles around the rib cage and abdomen may have tightened, constricting air.

 Massage plays an important role in training the body how to relax and help improve breathing. Respiratory issues, such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma and bronchitis, are one group of conditions that can benefit from massage therapy. In fact, the positive impact massage can have on respiratory function has been shown through research, says Anne Williams, education program director at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

 Many muscles in the front and back of the upper body are accessory respiratory muscles, she explains. "When any of these muscles are chronically tight and shortened, they can restrict normal breathing and disrupt breathing patterns," she explains. "Massage techniques to lengthen and relax these muscles improve breathing capacity and function."

 Massage therapy can not only improve breathing, but also posture. This can lead to an opening of the chest area, as well as the structural alignment and rib cage expansion needed for optimal lung function, she adds. Plus, when the parasympathetic nervous system responds to massage your breathing rate slows and becomes deep and regular.

 A particularly beneficial way of relieving respiratory issues through massage therapy is tapotement, a rhythmic, percussive stroke used in Swedish massage. When performed on the back, along with vibration and shaking, tapotement can loosen mucus in the lungs and increase airway clearance for better lung function, Williams says.

 Not only will massage therapy help relax internal muscles, it can also help individuals become aware of their daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what true relaxation feels like, the mind can then easily recreate it before stress becomes chronic and damaging. This can also help you enjoy a more balanced life.

Relieves Headaches-

In the United States alone, more than 60% of the 45 million Americans who suffer from chronic headaches suffer from migraines. The disorder can be debilitating and typically results from high stress levels and/or lack of sleep. So it's no wonder why so many people want to know how to relieve tension headaches.

 Massage has two roles when it comes to treating migraines and tension related headaches:

 In a proactive role, massage treatments are performed on a regular basis to help the body maintain an optimal level of relaxation and stress-relief. This approach reduces the chances of migraine attacks and tension headaches significantly by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points.

 In a comfort role, massage is done to ease the pressure brought on during a migraine or tension related headache. By focusing on the neck, shoulders, and head, massage can decrease the pain and discomfort brought on by migraine or tension headaches.

 A recent study showed that massage therapy recipients exhibited fewer migraines and better sleep quality during the weeks they received massage, and the three weeks following, than did participants that did not receive massage therapy. Another study found that in adults with migraine headaches, massage therapy decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms. It also increased serotonin levels, believed to play an important role in the regulation of mood, sleep and appetite.

                     Benefits of Relieving Tension-Related Headaches

Decreases occurrences of tension headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms

Allows one to maintain a level of relaxation and stress-relief, reducing the chances of stress induced migraines

Massage for headaches can also reduce muscle spasms and trigger points

Strengthens Immune System- 

Studies indicate that regular massage can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity–the activity level of the body’s natural "killer cells".

 Massage Therapy Strengthens the Immune System

 Regular therapeutic massage sessions provide significant benefits beyond the immediate relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress tend to get sick more than others. Combine stress with lack of sleep and poor nutrition, and our immune system's ability to naturally protect itself against bacteria and infection is greatly reduced. So the question is: What are the benefits of massage on immune system?

 Clinical studies have indicated that regular massage not only helps alleviate stress, but can naturally increase the immune system's cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body's natural "killer cells") and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body's immune functioning overall. In one study by Gail Ironson, M.D., HIV positive men were given 45 minute massages five days a week, for a month. They showed an increase in serotonin and an increase in cells that are viewed as the first line of defense in the immune system.

                 Benefits of Strengthening the Immune System

Increases the body's natural killer cells

Aids in the fight against bacteria and infection

 Naturally enhances the body's ability to get nourishment to important areas

Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation

  Massage helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This makes massage therapy a great supplement to post-operative rehabilitation.

Massage Therapy Improves Post-Operative Surgical Rehabilitation

An important aspect of any surgical procedure is the post rehabilitation recovery process. It's during this process that natural movement is re-learned, and freedom of movement is re-enforced. Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard rehabilitation procedures after surgery.

Spine surgeon Johnny C. Benjamin explains how massage can help promote healing.

"Massage is great in helping to bring blood and nutrients to the affected area to repair the soft tissue. Massage also can help break up scar tissue and keep the muscles supple so less scar tissue develops in the first place."

By increasing circulation while relaxing the muscles, massage can help the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the surgical rehabilitating area(s) to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.

Even when there's no injury, massage can helps athletes of all levels improve their flexibility and muscle suppleness.

     Benefits of Improved Post-Operative Surgical Rehabilitation
        
                            
  • Assists the body in pumping more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • Accelerates the surgical recovery process
  • Aids in improving joint movement and flexibility


  • Improves Rehabilitation After Injury-

    Rehabilitation can be frustrating. A continual massage program can accelerate the recovery process, as well as help you relax and stay motivated.

    Massage Therapy Improves Rehabilitation After Injury

    Rehabilitating any injury can be a tiring and frustrating process. While the main goal of physical rehabilitation is to increase strength and flexibility, it often ends before the area has been returned to its full pre-injury state.

    Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard injury rehabilitation procedures. By encouraging circulatory movement and relaxing muscles, massage helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the rehabilitating injured area(s) to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.

    Massage therapy is also used to aid in pain management as the injury is nursed back to full strength. By committing to a continual massage program, you can accelerate the recovery process after injuries are sustained.

                     Benefits of Improved Rehabilitation

    Supplements standard injury rehabilitation procedures

    Helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissue and vital organs

    Accelerates the rehabilitation process


     

     

         What is the History of Massage Therapy?

     
    Massage is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical care, dating back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.  Its vital role in healthcare was universal.  In 2700 BC, a Chinese book of internal medicine recommended "the massage of skin and flesh".  More than 2,000 years later, Hippocrates - the father of modern medicine - wrote that "the physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with rubbing" (the ancient Greek word for massage).

      Today, the term massage therapy is used to describe the manipulation of soft tissue - muscles, skin
    and/or tendons - by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows and even feet.  Bodywork is a general term for manual techniques that involve touch and movement and are used to promote health and healing.


      Almost a quarter of all American adults have received at least one massage in the past 12 months.  And the number continues to grow as more and more people discover the benefits of massage - for relaxation, rehabilitation and rejuvenation.

      
    How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?
     
      When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

      Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.

      Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.


       Will Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

      At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.
     
       It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you ecperience is outside your comfort range.
     
      There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage
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      So many uses...
     
    Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
    •Chronic pain
     •Limited mobility
      •Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
     •Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
     •Postural problems
     •Ostearthritis pain
     •Fibromyalgia
     •Muscle tension or spasm


    Massage for Arthritis
    According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.

    Massage for Fibromyalgia

      Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.


        Massage for Depression, Anxiety


      ( Reuters Health) - Massage therapy may help relieve symptoms of depression, a new review of the medical literature hints.

      The authors of the review, however, acknowledge difficulties with research on the effects of massage, including the fact that it's impossible to "blind" study participants or care providers to whether a person is receiving massage or a comparison treatment.

      Nevertheless, they say there is "good evidence to suggest that massage therapy is an effective treatment of depression."

      Depression is a huge public health problem, and treatment is often inadequate, Dr. Wen-Hsuan Hou of I-Shou University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and colleagues note in their report.

      While massage can ease stress and tension and may have emotional benefits, the use of massage therapy in depressed patients is "controversial," the investigators note, and "there is no qualitative review of the treatment effect of massage therapy in depressed patients."

      To investigate further, they searched for randomized controlled trials of massage therapy in depressed patients. They identified 17 studies including 786 people in all. In 13 of the trials, massage therapy was compared to another active treatment such as Chinese herbs, relaxation exercises, or rest, while four compared massage to a "no treatment" control group. Investigators also used a range of methods for evaluating mood and depression in study participants.

      Overall, the studies, which were of "moderate" quality, showed that massage therapy had "potentially significant effects" in alleviating symptoms of depression, the researchers report in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

      It's not clear from the analysis, they emphasize, whether a person would need to undergo regular massage therapy for benefits to persist.

      There are a number of ways through which massage could help people with depression, the researchers note, for example, by reducing stress and inducing relaxation; building an "alliance" between the therapist and patient; and by causing the body to release the "trust hormone" oxytocin.

      "Further well-designed and longer follow-up studies, including accurate outcome measures, are needed," they conclude.

      SOURCE: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, online     March 23, 2010.






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