Relieve a Common Source of Heel Pain With Athletic Taping - by admin@mcb on April 29 2015

Relieve a Common Source of Heel Pain With Athletic Taping

If you experience heel or foot pain, proper taping and bracing could be the key to relief. ©iStockphoto.com/paisan191
If you experience heel or foot pain, proper taping and bracing could be the key to relief. ©iStockphoto.com/paisan191

One of the most common sources of heel and foot pain in athletes is plantar fasciitis. This disorder of the heel and foot is often caused by overuse and may include significant inflammation and pain. The pain caused by plantar fasciitis can have a profound impact on an athlete’s ability to perform and may be relieved by proper bracing and taping.

Bracing and taping for plantar fasciitis can be performed in two specific instances. The first is to use the bracing and taping as a preventative method to avoid overstretching of the plantar fascia ligament. This will help to prevent further structural damage to the foot and heel. The other reason for bracing and taping is to treat a current case of plantar fasciitis. In these instances the bracing and taping should be used as part of a comprehensive approach to treat the athlete’s specific injury.

The Athletic Taping and Bracing course offered by the Institute of Somatic Therapy aims to train athletic trainers and other medical professionals in the proper methods to help treat unstable joints. The body is broken down into different regions and the specific bracing and taping methods are explained and demonstrated. The course also address anatomy, common injuries, and proper stretches and exercises for effective rehabilitation.

Understanding the specific needs of athletes is a focus of many of our online courses for massage therapy. Visit us online at the Institute of Somatic Therapy to learn more. You can choose from a variety of online courses for massage therapy to grow your practice and better meet the needs of your clients.

Athletes Commonly Suffer From Lower Back Pain - by admin@mcb on April 27 2015

Athletes Commonly Suffer From Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a big problem for athletes at any level. Massage is a great tool for pain relief.  ©iStockphoto.com/g-stockstudio
Lower back pain is a big problem for athletes at any level. Massage is a great tool for pain relief. ©iStockphoto.com/g-stockstudio

One of the most common athletic injuries for both professional and recreational athletes is lower back pain. This type of pain can be attributed to both specific injuries or general overuse. The most difficult part of treating lower back pain in athletes is that it can come and go and it may also vary in intensity.

One effective method for helping athletes overcome lower back pain is massage therapy. Massage has been proven effective at lessening lower back pain, improving the overall range of motion, and boosting dopamine and serotonin levels while helping a client to relax. Ongoing treatments can help to reduce current pain and eliminate future pain due to injury or overuse. Some clients may also benefit from an interdisciplinary approach involving physical therapy or chiropractic care. If you practice as part of an interdisciplinary team you should consider offering a comprehensive approach to treatment.

If you would like more information about online courses for massage therapy visit us online at the Institute of Somatic Therapy. We are proud to offer a wide variety of online courses for massage therapy including Lower Back Disorders for Athletic Trainers. This course is specifically designed to meet an athletic trainer’s needs for treating lower back pain in athletes.

What Your Clients Can Get Out of a Scalp Massage - by admin@mcb on April 24 2015

What Your Clients Can Get Out of a Scalp Massage

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Let your clients know about the benefits of receiving a scalp massage. ©iStockphoto.com/4774344sean

There are many different types of massages that you can offer in your practice to meet the specific needs of your clients. By offering a variety of services you will ensure your clients can select the ideal treatment for ultimate healing. Many clients appreciate a thorough scalp massage as part of their treatment session because it leaves them relaxed and rejuvenated.

The benefits of a scalp massage include:

  • Increased circulation- An added bonus to scalp massage is the follicle stimulation and resulting hair growth from increased circulation. The increase in blood flow can also boost feelings of well-being and happiness.
  • Headache relief- A scalp massage is an effective way of helping to relieve headaches. You can customize the scalp massage to target the specific location of the headache and the type of pain the client is suffering from.
  • Better sleep- If your clients have trouble sleeping a scalp massage can improve their sleep and help them feel more rested. Regular massage can help individuals fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

If you would like to learn more about online courses for massage therapy visit us at the Institute of Somatic Therapy. We are proud to offer a variety of online courses for massage therapy that can help you in growing your massage therapy practice.

4 Popular Spa Massages You’ll Love - by admin@mcb on April 18 2015

4 Popular Spa Massages You’ll Love

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Ensure that you’re offering your clients the best available massage options. Source: Pixabay

Massage therapy is a field that is quickly advancing and offering greater diversity in treatment options. Many prospective clients are looking for massage practices that have a variety of sessions to choose from and offer treatments to meet their individual needs. What types of massage therapy sessions do you offer? Could you benefit from offering your clients more choices?

We have a variety of continuing education for massage therapy courses available that can help transform your practice. Perhaps you’d like to learn more about:

  • Hot stone massage- The use of smooth, hot stones during a massage therapy session can loosen tight muscles and help balance a body’s energy. Hot stone massage is ideal for clients who experience muscle tension but don’t want a deep tissue massage. The stones can help relieve the tension with lower pressure.
  • Aromatherapy massage- The use of essential oils to target specific needs during a massage can help reduce stress and may help the client make an emotional connection. Effective aromatherapy massage depends on the therapist understanding a client’s needs and choosing the right oils to use during the treatment session.
  • Thai massage- Thai massage uses compressions, directed pressure, and stretches to align the body’s energies. It is an energizing form of massage that helps to reduce stress and improve a client’s flexibility. Many Thai massage enthusiasts say it feels like yoga on a massage table.
  • Prenatal massage- Prenatal or pregnancy massage is designed to help an expectant mother reduce stress, relieve aches and pains, and decrease swelling. It’s essential that the therapist understand the proper positions for prenatal massage to ensure safety for both mother and baby.

The Institute of Somatic Therapy is committed to providing continuing education for massage therapy. Visit us online today to learn more about the courses we offer.

Why Massage Therapy is Good For Everyone - by admin@mcb on April 16 2015

Why Massage Therapy is Good For Everyone

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Learn how massage therapy can do more for your clients than help them relax. Source: morguefile

Some people think the benefits of massage therapy end with relaxation. Yes, a massage can help a client relax but did you know there are many other benefits as well? Understanding the specific benefits of massage therapy will help you meet the personalized needs of your clients and grow your practice.

Massage therapy offers a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Boosting immunity- A 2010 study determined that massage therapy can help boost a client’s white blood cell count. This helps protect the body from disease and increases overall health.
  • Improving sleep- Massage therapy promotes relaxation which, in turn, leads to better sleep. Your clients’ ability to comfortably rest will be improved thanks to massage therapy.
  • Easing muscle pain- Everyone experiences aches and pains. Massage therapy can help alleviate this pain and allows your clients to enjoy more pain-free days.

If you’re interested in more information about continuing education for massage therapy, contact us at the Institute of Somatic Therapy. We offer a wide range of courses that are specially designed to help grow your practice and boost your massage therapy skills. Consider which continuing education for massage therapy courses you could benefit from the most and then visit us online to learn more.

What You Should Know About Prenatal Massages - by admin@mcb on April 14 2015

What You Should Know About Prenatal Massages

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Prenatal massage offers a host of benefits for expecting mothers and their babies. Source: Pixabay

There’s no denying the incredible benefits of prenatal massage. It’s an excellent way for the expectant mom to relax, reduce edema, improve circulation, and boost oxygenation. Prenatal massage sessions should focus on the specific needs of the client and a therapist must understand how pregnancy dramatically changes a woman’s body.

There are many important factors you should consider regarding massage for pregnant women, including:

  • Prenatal safety: Safety for mom and baby are of utmost concern during prenatal massage. Many professionals agree that the safest position is side-lying to avoid stretching of the abdominal and uterine ligaments. There are also specific massage methods that ensure safety for pregnant clients.
  • Therapist certification: Because massage for pregnant women is different than standard massage, it is important to seek out additional certification beyond the national standards. Consider participation in training courses that are specifically designed for prenatal massage.
  • Pregnancy changes: A woman’s body undergoes a variety of changes during pregnancy. Even if you’ve worked with the client before make sure you take the time to talk to her about changes she’s experienced and any specific concerns she is having.

Offering massage for pregnant women is an excellent way to grow your practice and reach more prospective clients. Visit us online today at the Institute of Somatic Therapy to learn more about the courses we offer in prenatal massage.