Melvin upholds the highest of standards in his holistic practice. Listening to each client's story, through their words and the body itself, allows him to use both anatomy and intuition to achieve the greatest result.
Melvin has practiced orthopedic massage and muscular therapy since 2010. He has also spent the last 10 years as a Master Healer consulting those who are in need of spiritual guidance. His years of experience as a massage therapist and a spiritual healer give him the advanced knowledge and skill necessary to provide therapeutic massage to diverse clientele.
What is Muscular Therapy
Muscular Therapy is a bodywork system that incorporates Swedish massage, deep tissue bodywork, and myofascial and friction therapies. In most cases of chronic pain the real culprit is adhesive scar tissue formation. The body responds to soft tissue injury by producing scar tissue wherever muscles, tendons or ligaments are located. When adhesive scar tissue forms, all movement that pulls, stretches or compresses the injured and inflamed tissue causes pain. Muscular therapy treats a variety of pain, injury, body perception and muscle tension problems. Techniques are used specifically to reduce scar tissue that accumulates because of injury to soft tissue structures in the body.
What is Orthopedic Massage
1) injury evaluation:
During an orthopedic session I will assess the injury using information based on Dr. James E. Cyriax, the father of orthopedic medicine. These are simple but precise physical tests that help determine where the exact site of injury resides.
This involves working on the actual site of injury with cross fiber friction techniques. After the friction, time is spent massaging the area around the injury to increase circulation and promote healing. If the injury is due to overuse or stress relaxing the entire person will be a part of the session.
In most cases you will be given a very precise protocol of movement, stretching and icing to assist in the tissue healing.
Orthopedic Massage is a therapeutic treatment approach to chronic pain and injury utilizing soft tissue manipulation.
THE THEORY :In a healthy body, the skeleton essentially floats within the soft tissues (muscle, connective tissue, fascia, etc). Movement from a balanced posture is free, fluid, and painless. When we are out of balance, our tissues may become overstretched or rigid. Movement then becomes restricted and requires structural compensation to perform our daily functions. In short, these imbalances force us to use our bodies in unnatural ways. Over time, these compensations and imbalances can manifest as chronic pain or repetitive strain injuries. The goal of Orthopedic Massage is to promote a healthier state by balancing the soft tissues of the body.
THE TREATMENT: Soft tissue manipulation by an Orthopedic Massage Therapist includes a combination of techniques such as Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, and Scar Tissue Release. Every individual and every situation is unique; sessions and treatment plans are customized to address your situation. Orthopedic conditions develop over time and often take time to correct. Therefore, treatment is applied incrementally to avoid further trauma to the body.
THE CONDITIONS :Common conditions indicated for soft tissue manipulation include: back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic sinus infections, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, IT band syndrome, joint pain, migraine and chronic headaches, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injury, spinal disorders, sciatica, sprains and strains, tendinitis, TMJ dysfunction, whiplash, and more.
Mel Casey @ Rapha Wellness Center
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