- Integrated Body Therapies
Christine A. Ruppert, LMT5712 Stillwell Road
Rockville, MD 20851
What We Treat
A staggering number of Americans experience chronic low back pain at some point in their lives, and then spend billions of dollars a year trying to relieve that discomfort.
If you’ve been able to work from home during the pandemic, you’ve probably spent your fair share of time trying to figure out how to set up an office space that doesn’t wreak havoc on your lower spine. And if you’re someone who works on your feet all day, perhaps you’ve experienced some form of low back pain throughout your career. Unfortunately, you’re not alone. continue reading
By Rachel Damiani and Ted Spiker
Americans, who spend about $8 billion a year in massage and chiropractic treatments to relieve pain, may have no idea that they’re all probably experiencing the same thing—a manipulation of their fascia, a three-tiered layer of tissue that encases tissues and organs. Although some people may have a vague notion that fascia exists, they probably don’t know much about their fascia—or understand why it even matters.
Fascia is the only tissue that modifies its consistency when under stress. It’s everywhere in the body, so it could affect just about everything. That leaves researchers wrestling with an intriguing dilemma: If fascia is everywhere, then how do you isolate its impact on the body? Early research suggests it may have relevance in areas one wouldn’t normally think of fascia playing a role, such as digestive conditions and cancer.
“Fascia is what holds us together. There are very few diseases that don’t have a fascia component,” said Frederick Grinnell, a professor of cell biology at the UT Southwestern Medical School.
In an article in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, researchers make the point that this web throughout our body has the potential to influence everything.
“Fascia is involved almost everywhere in the body,” said Andreas Haas, who has been a manual therapist for 30 years and has researched fascia for two decades, and is also the founder of the Manus Training Center and the Manus Fascia Center in Austria. “Each organ, each muscle, each artery, each vein, each nerve—there is not one single structure in the whole body that is not connected with fascia or not enveloped by fascia.”
What is fascia?
Fascia appears all over and acts like a casing—a biological Spanx of sorts. This fascia throughout the body holds muscles and organs in place to make sure they don’t jostle around.
The characteristic of fascia that is at the forefront of discussion in terms of health implications is its elasticity – that is, the capacity of the fascia to stretch and elongate which allows organs and tissues to function better. Lack of movement and other forms of dysfunction can cause fascia to stiffen up, thereby decreasing performance.
Long thought of as just the support structure, fascia may have more influence on health than as a passive container.
Why does it matter?
The main functions fascia include helping to coordinate the body’s movements, it’s position in space, and the fluid flow throughout the body.
Beyond movement conditions, fascia may also be involved in a variety of unexpected health conditions and diseases, including cancer, lymphedema, and gastrointestinal distress.
Specialized massage and bodywork techniques encourage fascia to become more pliable, lymphatic fluid flow to improve, and decrease swelling. Similarly, releasing fascia could help reduce gastrointestinal distress, including constipation, bloating and acid reflux. Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Sciatica is characterized by pain in the buttocks that that often radiates down the outer and back leg and possibly even to the toes. If left alone, sciatica can be very debilitating. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body, arising from the lower portion of our spinal cord and following the same pathway through the leg that typical pain patterns occur. The sciatic nerve runs through so much of our body, it’s no wonder having sciatica can be such a literal pain. continue reading
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 to try the lymphatic drainage massage she offers a few months ago. 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. – 9/24/17).
One of the most common reasons that people seek massage is to loosen tight muscles, especially the muscles in the shoulders. When the trapezius muscles are tight you can feel it throughout your body. It isn’t just your shoulders that are affected. Other symptoms of tight shoulder muscles are headaches, stiff upper back, sore arms and neck.
Tight shoulders are very prevalent in those who spend lots of time sitting at computers or other devices (who doesn’t these days?); those who may have just started – or are exceptionally enthusiastic – in working out that specific part of the body, and those who regularly engage in strenuous activities. Inadequate physical activity and stress can also contribute to your experience of pain or tightness in your neck and shoulders. Massage therapy is great way to alleviate this pain and get you on the path to recovery. continue reading
Massage is calming, relaxing and therapeutic. It can de-stress the mind and allow the body to function properly. Massage is a great remedy for anxiety, It’s relaxing and soothing properties allow you to re-sync your brain and body. Whether you have just been feeling anxious lately, or suffer from general anxiety disorder, massage can get you back into gear and have you feeling great again. Here are five good reasons why massage is great for anxiety. continue reading