At Mend, we believe that the best massages are uniquely designed for each client.
We will listen to your story, ask you questions, and then tailor your massage accordingly.
This page is help you understand how we approach particular situations,
and begin to answer questions you might have about a specific issue.
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This style of massage doesn't have to be for a specific sport or event, and it is not only for competitive athletes. It is for anyone who has an active lifestyle or training routine. Whether you enjoy training for triathlons, daily running, hiking, dancing, or weight lifting you can benefit from focusing your massage on your athletic pursuits.
With or without a specific goal or competition in mind, massage can be key to your training routine. It can help avoid injuries, identify asymmetries that can develop during training progressions and reestablish internal awareness.
Your first athletic maintenance appointment should be at least 60 minutes. After that you and your therapist will discuss how to best achieve your goals. It is not unusual for subsequent appointments to be 30 minutes and clothed, especially for hip and low back issues.
Massage for an event or competition:
Pre-event: is about getting muscles ready, not about deep work. It isn't a good idea to create large changes in your muscle right before an event.
Post-event: is about helping muscles recover from what just happened to them, not about deep work. The goal is to thank your muscles for working for you.
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Fibromyalgia and Other Syndromes
Fibromyalgia can overlap with a number of other syndromes such as Chronic Myofascial Pain, and Chronic Fatigue. The causes for each aren't well understood, and it is possible for someone to be diagnosed with more than one condition.
Massage can help reduce the pain and fatigue levels that accompany these problems, as well as reduce anxiety and depression.
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Car accidents, falls, and other impact traumas that cause whiplash, whole-body soreness and chronic pains require a long healing process. Additionally, crutches and slings often force the body to compensate causing muscular imbalances. Massage can relieve overburdened structures and ease overactive and protective muscles.
Sprains, strains, and repetitive-use injuries such as rotator cuff and computer overuse can be encouraged to heal with massage and some of them may even be preventable if the problem is addressed before permanent damage occurs.
Sciatica, cervical nerve impingement, and inflammatory nerve issues can benefit from massage. The connective tissue surrounding the nerve and the tense muscles acting on the nerve can be affected and provide relief, especially in conjunction with traditional medicine.
Mend is a safe space.
Our first and foremost concern is that you can safely and comfortably get the care you need. We will respond to your questions and concerns, and do our best to help you achieve your goals.
Migraines are as unique as the people they afflict. They can be caused by a variety of factors including hormone changes, stress, diet, weather, sleep patterns and intense sensory experiences (like lights and sound). [Mayo Clinic]
For migraine sufferers it is important to manage the factors that can be controlled. In our experience, migraines can begin with tension-type headaches and are spurred on by muscle pain and dysfunction around the neck and head. Massage can help control tension headaches, decrease sensory stimulation due to pain, and lower stress levels.
Receiving oncology massage requires communication and accurate information. We may need to speak with your treating physicians about details such as your stage of treatment and where and how many lymph nodes have been removed. You may need to bring your own lotion or oil depending on your radiologist's recommendations.
The benefits of massage for oncology include:
improved peripheral neuropathy
treatment of surgical scar tissue (like mastectomies, port scars, or colostomy bag scars)
reduction of constipation and nausea
decreased physical and emotional stress
hydration of skin
preparation for upcoming surgeries by loosening muscles surrounding the surgical site (particularly helpful for mastectomies and reconstructive surgery)
These sessions may be 30-90 min depending on your stage of treatment and current condition. Before each massage you and the therapist will discuss how you're feeling on that particular day and design your session accordingly.
Breast cancer is the leading type that we see, but we can treat for all kinds of cancer.
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Can be uncomfortable.
We treat clients during all stages of pregnancy:
We will place you in a side-lying position and use pillows to bolster you. We can address all of your discomfort including neck, shoulder, low back, hip, and foot pain.
Stress, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders
The world is a stressful place, and it can be difficult to fit self-care into a busy schedule. Caring for your needs can become especially difficult if you suffer from a mental health issue like depression or anxiety. While massage is not a replacement for medical treatment of these conditions, it can supplement traditional forms of care.
Many people suffer from feeling like they need to be "on" all of the time, and consequently have difficulty "turning off." This can lead to a build-up of emotional and physical strain. A massage can give you the space and time to decompress along with physically assisting your muscles to relax.
For those who suffer from PTSD or trauma-related issues, massage can help reduce anxiety while providing a safe, controlled, and quiet space to help you become grounded in your body. Please speak with your talk therapist about working with a massage therapist who may be right for you.
Massage is a positive addition to any regimen, and it can give a much needed boost to your mental wellbeing.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD)
TMJD is a broad category for problems involving the temporomandibular joint and the muscles involved in chewing. It can be caused by a variety of factors such as teeth grinding, car accidents, or other trauma and the cause can be difficult to pin down. If you think you have a TMJD problem, you should see your dentist. Prolonged teeth grinding and jaw dysfunction can cause permanent damage.
The main symptom of TMJD is pain in the chewing muscles and joint. It can intensify with use, may be especially painful after waking up and is often worse on one side of the jaw. It can cause the jaw to have limited motion or lock up, and may create headaches.
Massage can relieve the muscles involved TMJD. Your therapist will work on the outside of your jaw and skull, and (with your permission) intra-orally on the muscles inside of your mouth using one finger of a gloved hand. TMJD work is done slowly and most clients report relief as soon as the session is over.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is an palpable nodule in a taut muscle band. It can be painful at all times or only painful when pressed. It can cause pain locally, and it can cause pain far away from the actual nodule.
Trigger point therapy addresses these nodules by specifically pinpointing them and applying careful pressure. While we at Mend do not often do sessions of only trigger point therapy, we often incorporate it. Each of us has a slightly different style to address them, but we both require a steady stream of information from you to us.