Finally – the benefits of massage therapy for back pain relief is recognized publicly! Recent research that has been made public on the treatment of back pain has listed massage therapy as one of the most important and effective options for treatment However, it was very obvious in the description of the therapy that the techniques applied were not Swedish or your typical relaxation massage, but very precise therapeutic protocols.
Before discussing the reasons for treating seniors with Cranial/Structural core distortion releases, there are special considerations that are necessary when working with older clients. If you haven’t taken advanced training in working with seniors then you need to brush up on your pathology and medical contraindications. Often medical treatments administered by physicians can result in contraindications for massage.
I began looking at some of the acupressure points and associated meridians and discovered a referral pattern that involved the neck, cranium and low back. Further research into specific trigger points that had pain referral zones related to the musculature of the head, neck and shoulders brought this referral pattern into greater focus. The most effective trigger points for releasing the muscles and tension in the neck and shoulder were also some of the more powerful acupressure points.
Osteopaths discovered the effectiveness of manual cranial therapy for medical applications in the early 1900’s. They used light pressure on the cranium to evaluate the cranial motion encouraging it back into its normal ranges of motion to reduce congestion and release the restrictions in its normal range of motion.
A perfect marriage: Two distinct techniques that restore homeostasis can only enhance each other when integrated into one treatment. The massage therapist who can apply effective massage techniques along with effective cranial techniques has a combination of the most effective tools that a massage therapist can have.