January 10th, 2013 | No Comments »

If a person feels threatened, the body will reorganize its priorities to maintain homeostasis. Resources are moved from one area to another in order to better cope with the stress. These changes include:

• Reduction of digestion and elimination
• Lowering of immune function
• Release of neurotransmitters, producing heightened awareness
• Increase in heart rate and blood pressure
• Less energy going towards cell production and repair
• Hormonal shifts, such as an increased production of adrenalin and cortisol

If these changes are short term and end after the perceived threat has passed, the body will return to normal. If these changes persist well beyond the danger, the body will start to break down and react in ways that are counterproductive to good health, including:

• Abnormal sleep patterns (too much or too little sleep)
• Eating disorders
• Headaches
• Cardiovascular problems
• Digestive problems
• Muscular aches and pains
• Immune system disorders
• Hormonal disorders
• Skin problems

One of the best strategies for your health is to erase stress. Over the past 20 to 30 years the area of stress management has become of great concern. Stress management and the use of healthy lifestyle choices to relieve it have grown together.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices:

Massage Therapy: Regular massages reduce the production of stress hormones, increases blood and lymph circulation and promotes the elimination of toxins that accumulate in the body. It can reverse the negative cycle of pain in your joints and muscles allowing you to experience a new level of vitality and well-being.

Fitness Training: Fitness Training can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries, rebuild and restore your posture, relieve pain, increase flexibility, strengthen and reshape your body.

Health Coaching: Health Coaching provides guidance and support for issues related to health, nutrition and lifestyle. It’s about more than just your diet, it is about creating the quality of life you want by making sustainable changes in your diet, exercise routine, relationships, daily practice and career. It’s about improving your eating habits, achieving weight loss naturally, increasing your energy, shifting behaviors and beliefs that block your success, and increasing your overall vitality and happiness.

Our professionals work together as a team to help you reach your personal goals.

You may think you’re alone, but you’re not. At Charleston Therapeutic Massage and Wellness we are committed to empowering you by offering our healthy lifestyle choices that will effectively meet your needs and goals in a simple and easy process.

We invite you to come experience what we have to offer. For more information, or an appointment, 843-723-7005.

Ask how you can receive a FREE initial health discovery session.

April 5th, 2012 | No Comments »
This month we’re highlighting low back pain (LBP) – one of the most common musculoskeletal problems in modern society. Seventy to eighty five percent of the population will experience LBP at some time in their lives.

Back pain can interfere with work, routine daily activities and recreation.  Most acute back pain is mechanical in nature – the result of trauma to the lower back. Symptoms may range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and/or range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. 

Occasionally, pain felt in one part of the body may “radiate” from a disorder, misalignment or injury elsewhere in the body. A full postural assessment can help determine if posture imbalance is the cause. The way we use our bodies through physical demand, repetitive motion and even lack of motion can cause our posture to become unbalanced. This deviation from our functional design causes musculoskeletal compensation and pain.

Ice and heat (cold and hot compresses) may help reduce pain and inflammation and allow greater mobility for some individuals. As soon as possible following trauma, apply a cold pack or a cold compress (such as a bag of ice or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel) to the tender spot several times a day for up to 20 minutes.  After 2 to 3 days of cold treatment, you should then apply heat (such as a hot pad) for brief periods to relax muscles and increase blood flow.  Warm baths may also help relax muscles.  

Massage therapy has been found to be especially effective for individuals with  low back pain.

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Clinical research has shown that massage therapy has benefits for many serious medical conditions. Massage therapy alleviates pain and aids in the healing process. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine supports massage therapy  as producing better results for low back pain than other therapies, including acupuncture and spinal modification. 

Massage for low back pain was more likely to work when combined with exercise and education. 

Thirteen randomized trials (1596 participants) assessing various types of massage therapy for low-back pain were included in a review. 

In summary, massage is beneficial for individuals with sub-acute (lasting 4 to 12 weeks) and chronic (lasting longer than 12 weeks) non-specific low-back pain, especially when combined with exercises and education. (Furlan AD, Imamura M, Dryden T, Irvin E. Massage for low-back pain. Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews 2008, Issue 4. Art. No.:CD001929.DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD001929.pub2).

The best thing you can do for your pain is to talk with us about your specific needs and goals.  Our staff of extensively trained and experienced professionals will assist you to reach your goals in our nurturing stress free environment.

Resource: AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association)
December 17th, 2009 | No Comments »

What is Massage Therapy? 

Massage Therapy is the treatment of disorders of the human body by the systematic external application of touch, stroking, friction, vibration, percussion, kneading, stretching, compression, and passive joint movements. 

 What Does Massage Therapy Feel Like?

There are over 80 different individual types and techniques of Massage Therapy. For this reason it is hard to predict exactly what you will feel as any one of them is being applied. Some techniques use less pressure than the weight of a hand, while others press intensely into certain points to release muscles. Discuss with your therapist what techniques they intend to use for your specific health concerns and what they should feel like being applied. During the course of the treatment you should tell your therapist what you feel and your comfort level with the sensations. Such as if a certain technique or level of pressure causes you pain; you will need to inform the therapist so they can address it.

 What Diseases or Ailments Can Massage Therapy Treat?

Different techniques of Massage Therapy are used to address different ailments/diseases:

  • Respiratory disorders, such as sinus pressure can be relieved through trigger point release, congestive chest symptoms can be relieved through tapotement;
  • Neurological and muscular disorders, such as headaches, migraines, neck pain, tennis elbow, low back pain, frozen shoulder, and pain associated with osteoarthritis, tendonitis, menstrual symptoms; can all be addressed through Cranio-Sacral Release, Swedish massage, Myo-Fascial Release and a variety of other techniques;
  • Digestive disorders, such as constipation can be relieved through abdominal techniques;
  • Post-Operative discomfort and Lymphedema can also be addressed with Lymphatic Drainage

Massage Therapy is very assistive in resolving physical problems related to stress and emotional conditions.

Are There Overall Health Benefits From Massage Therapy?

  • Increases joint range of motion and strength
  • Increases blood and lymph function
  • Facilitates response and ability to tolerate medical procedures and other related therapies
  • Reduces pain, depression, stress, and apprehension
  • Reduces muscle tension/soreness and helps restore muscle tone caused by prolonged bed rest, stress, and anxiety


Resource: Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

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October 7th, 2009 | No Comments »

Boosting Our Immunity  

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is a highly specialized technique using precise and complex hand movements to encourage the draining of lymph fluids. Using slow and gentle strokes with a rhythmic pumping action, the therapist follows the lymph pathways throughout the body to move the flow of lymph fluids and accelerate detoxification.  In comparison, normal massage techniques are much too forceful to allow drainage in the tissues and may hinder transport.

Practiced throughout Europe for decades, lymphatic drainage is a well documented method of stimulating the lymph system to activate fluid circulation, detoxify, rejuvenate and strengthen the body’s natural defenses.  The therapy has been successfully used to alleviate conditions such as swelling (edemas) of many origins and chronic pain, as well as to detoxify and regenerate body tissues.

It is also effective for stimulating the immune system to improve chronic infections and inflammation such as sinusitis, acne, chronic fatigue syndrome and allergies. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is also beneficial for people scheduled for surgery to prevent swelling and speed the post-surgery recovery process.

Almost everyone can benefit from lymphatic drainage. It is a great treatment to boost energy and immunity, especially during the change of seasons.  Our lymphatic system can become blocked, causing fluids and toxins to build up, making us more susceptible to colds and viruses.  Our therapists recommend receiving a lymphatic drainage treatment every 2 – 3 months for maintenance and more often in times of illness or need.

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