Clinical Massage Concepts
Massage Therapy
Paul Segersten,
M.A., L.M.T., N.M.T.

Sports Massage
Sports massage an aid in the maintenance and continuation of a properly designed training program.  It can be used to help prepare for and to recover from specific competitions or workouts.  Properly instituted,  it is a planned part of a training program used to help prevent injury. It can help to identify and address problem areas before they can interrupt a training program or long-term preparation for an event. It can aid in the proper application of recovery techniques such as timing of recovery, speed of recovery, and completeness of recovery.
Massage is a great preventative therapy particularly suited for outdoor athletes in sports such as hiking, skiing, biking, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities in the beautiful state of Montana.

Sports massage can also be an important aid in the recovery from injury as it speeds recovery and rehabilitation.  It helps to insure that the healing process occurs properly, reducing the possibility of reoccurrence.

Massage and General Massage
Massage is the systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body.  This will involve work with the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and skin.  It has been shown to be an effective aid in:

  • General relaxation
  • Stress reduction
  • Recovery from fatigue
  • Postural stress
  • Sports and athletic training and competition
  • Injury rehabilitation and prevention
  • Control of acute and chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Emotional release

General massage is a less specific form of bodywork using smooth, gentle to moderate pressure to address the body as a whole. It may recognize problem areas but usually will not concentrate on any one particular area. It is an effective way to help keep the body in good general health and can help to prevent the need for more direct and specific bodywork for corrective measures.

Neuromuscular Therapy
Is a specific approach to pain therapy using soft tissue manipulation to examine and treat the symptoms and causes of chronic and acute pain. It deals with the following six factors that may cause or intensify pain:

  • Ischemia (reduced blood flow due to tight shortened tissue)
  • Trigger points (referred pain)
  • Nerve entrapment or compression
  • Postural distortion
  • Nutrition
  • Stress

 Neuromuscular therapy can be used to help prevent the above causes of pain and discomfort by addressing soft tissue tension and shortened muscles caused by trauma, such as a whiplash from an accident or repeated overuse, such as work -related improper posture. Neuromuscular therapy is different from general massage. It concentrates on the areas of involvement, which may include the symptoms as well as the causes of the symptoms. It involves constant feedback from the client in order to carry out the process successfully and achieve the maximum results. For the best results it will involve a commitment from the client to take active participation in their therapy.

Lymphatic Massage for Trauma

Lymph massage can support recovery from surgery or from a sports injury, due to the heavy demand they place on the lymph vessels. Lymph massage helps the body remove proteins and waste products from the affected area and reduce the swelling and inflammation. This in turn helps reduce pressure on the cells allowing them to reproduce faster to heal the body.

Mentoring in Massage Techniques
Mentoring in massage techniques and practices is also offered as a service.

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