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Massage Aha!

Professional therapeutic massage therapy in Kansas City, MO by Aaron Harris, BCTMB

Category: Medical Conditions and Massage

Hand pain and massage of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Massage

Carpal Tunnel is the most common repetitive use injury. It affects as many as 10% of adults at some point. Recent studies have reported a resolution of 89% of cases with massage, compared to less than 10% with surgery. Carpal

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The mechanics of whiplash

Whiplash and Massage

Whiplash is a term used to describe a collection of injuries that occur with rapid acceleration and deceleration of the cervical spine. Many clients seek massage as part of a holistic treatment plan for whiplash. The mechanism of injury to

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Woman massaging her plantar fasciitis

Massage for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that can benefit greatly from massage. It is caused by repeated microscopic injuries to the connective tissue that connects your heel bone (calcaneus) to the first bones of each of your toes.  Pain from

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Massage for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

Clients suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) can receive supportive relief of symptoms when working with a professional massage therapist. What is Ankylosing Spondylitis? Diagram showing the fusion of vertebral joints in ankylosing spondylitis. Courtesy of Indiana Polyclinic. AS is a

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Prenatal massage as part of pregnancy self care

What is a Prenatal Massage?

A prenatal massage is one that is designed specifically for a session during pregnancy. Let’s face it, pregnancy wreaks havoc on a person’s body. Hormonal changes, weight gain, and unusual pressure in the abdomen that can block blood supply to

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Woman lifting weights. Muscle strains often happen during workouts.

Massage for Strains

Muscle strains may happen as a result of a specific trauma or accident, but more commonly they are the result of overuse and appear over time. Massage therapy can be an important tool for recovery. Muscle strains often happen during

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Muscle cramps can happen during an intense workout, like running in a marathon.

Spasms, Cramps, and Massage

A spasm or cramp is an involuntary contraction of a voluntary/skeletal muscle. Spasms and cramps are essentially the same thing, though often massage therapists and clients will describe a prolonged cramp as “being in spasm.” What Causes a Spasm or

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Woman with fibromyalgia massaging her neck.

Fibromyalgia and Massage

Massage can be a wonderfully supportive treatment for fibromyalgia. I have treated dozens of clients suffering from this debilitating condition. What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a chronic pain syndrome that include sleep disorders and the development of a predictable

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