Musculo-skeletal pain

“Strongly endorse Christine Ruppert”

I don’t endorse many health practitioners. However, I strongly endorse Christine Ruppert, massage therapist. She was my therapist for more than a decade, through very tough years as scoliosis warped my spine, my muscles, and my pain receptors.

If you are in DC, or suburban Maryland, and need excellent massage therapy for neuro-muscular problems, do yourself a favor and book an appointment with Christine. (Dave W., 8/4/17)

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“Christine’s understanding of the mind/body connection is amazing.”

I have been searching for the right therapist for 20 years. Christine’s understanding of the mind/body connection is amazing. I came to her a few months ago to try the lymphatic drainage massage she offers. I was immediately impressed with her initial desire to understand my entire situation. After a few sessions she expanded her massage to include more than the lymphatic massage we began with. Having worked with well over 100 therapists, I have to say that Christine works at a level well beyond the others I have worked with. I appreciate her work and believe she will guide my body to the desired state. I strongly recommend her to anyone in search of a great therapist. (Kevin N. – 9/25/17)

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Get Massage Therapy for Neck Pain

Massage therapy is a rejuvenating and relaxing experience. Massage can assist in healing a great variety of health problems. Massage therapy is particularly good at resolving neck pain. Many, many people have used massage therapy to relieve their neck pain, and you can too! Read on and learn three important reasons for using massage therapy to stop the neck pain issues that are bothering you.

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4 Reasons to Use Massage For Joint Pain

Massage can be useful for a plethora of different problems and injuries. One such thing massage is noticeably effective for is reducing joint pain. Many different massage techniques can be effective for combating joint pain, including Swedish, Lymphatic, Shiatsu and Petrissage massage. Now that you know some of the good techniques practiced to cure joint pain, you may be wondering why you should use massage for the pain in your joints? Well, check out these five reasons as to why massage may be the form of treatment to help you relieve your pain the fastest. continue reading »

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Can Massage Therapy Offer Relief of Regional Pain Syndrome?

Regional pain syndrome, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, is a chronic disease that’s characterized by long-lasting severe pain, swelling, and discoloration of the skin. In some cases, it may only affect a limb, but roughly a third of people who suffer from this disease report symptoms throughout their body. Whether you suffer from localized symptoms or whole-body symptoms, you can find relief through massage therapy. continue reading »

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The Text Neck Epidemic

Too much texting may be more than just a compulsive distraction.

New research suggests that constantly tilting your head to look down at a smartphone may result in severe neck strain. The human head generally weighs from 10 to 12 pounds, but back surgeon Kenneth Hansraj wanted to measure the variations in the amount of force exerted on the spine as the head bends forward.   Using computer models, he found that a head bowed at a 15-degree angle adds roughly 27 pounds of pressure on the spine. But when the angle increases to 60 degrees – a typical angle at which an upright person would look at a phone in his hand – that strain surges to 60 pounds, or roughly the weight of four bowling balls. The extra strain can cause neck cramps, pinched nerves, herniated discs, and early degeneration of the spine. “The problem is really profound in young people,”

Hansraj tells Washington Post.com. “Just look around you – everyone has their heads down.”                        (The WEEK December 5, 2014)

Massage and neuromuscular therapy strategies to release neck, head and shoulder muscles can bring the head back to normal alignment over the trunk and thereby alleviate much of the pain associated with “Text Neck”.

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Massage to Improve Sleep & Reduce Stress

Massage therapy has been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. It’s excellent for reducing insomnia, and has been shown to improve both the ability to fall asleep and the duration of sleep, allowing for otherwise anxious individuals to rest. The lack of ability to sleep plays a key role in the development and exacerbation of these conditions and creates a downward spiral of despair. By interrupting the insomnia cycle, massage can play a huge role in reducing emotion-based conditions.

Source:  www.naturalwellness.com

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Benefits of Massage Therapy for a Pulled Muscle

A pulled muscle, or muscle strain, is among the most common types of injuries sustained by athletes and bodybuilders. It’s characterized by the physical tearing (full or partial) of muscle fibers and/or its connected tendons, usually occurring during a strenuous activity. While most pulled muscles will heal on their own without the need for professional medical assistance, seeking massage therapy can speed up the healing process.

Before we reveal the healing power of massage therapy, let’s first discuss the signs and symptoms of a pulled muscle. While no cases are the same, some of the most commonly reported symptoms of a pulled muscle include throbbing pain, swelling, redness, weakness, and/or limited mobility. continue reading »

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Top 5 Reasons to Consider Massage Therapy

physio-1778029_640Lowers Stress Levels

Feeling overly stressed about your job, relationships, finances, or health? If so, you may want to consider massage therapy. This treatment has been shown to have an almost immediate benefit on stress levels, relieving stress and anxiety while encouraging greater relaxation.

Improves Muscle Recovery

Another common reason why people seek massage therapy is to improve muscle recovery. When you lift weights or perform other high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises, it creates small tears in muscle fiber, which is essentially why you feel sore afterwards. When the muscle is massaged, it stimulates blood flow to the region, allowing it to heal in less time. And when your muscle tissue heals in less time, you can get back in the gym rather than sitting around the house. continue reading »

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Massage and Regional Pain Syndrome

171-can-massage-therapy-offer-relief-of-regional-pain-syndromeRegional pain syndrome, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, is a chronic condition that’s characterized by long-lasting severe pain, swelling, and discoloration of the skin. In some cases, it may only affect a limb, but roughly a third of people who suffer from this disease report symptoms throughout their body. Whether you suffer from localized symptoms or whole-body symptoms, you can find relief through massage therapy.

Causes of Regional Pain Syndrome

Doctors and medical experts continue to debate over what exactly causes regional pain syndrome. With that said, the general belief is that it’s a type of central nervous system disorder that’s often triggered by surgeries and/or injuries. continue reading »

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