May 21 2011

Massage therapy serves as treatment for pain

Published by at 8:30 am under Massage Therapists,Massage Therapy

As the following article demonstrates, massage for pain treatment is a good practice focus as well as a compelling topic for local press coverage.

Cape Gazette Covering Delaware’s Cape Region |Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Massage therapy serves as treatment for pain

By Karl Chalabala

Mary VonGoerres suffers from thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia and temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. A petite woman, she worked for 21 years as a bank teller, and the repetitive stress from moving heavy boxes of change set off the host of maladies.

Her treatments involved nerve-removal surgery, steroid injections and pain management with muscle relaxers and opiates. However, no surgery could correct her problems, steroid injections became counterproductive and pain management medicines could become addictive. So twice a week she turns to the hands of Meghan Jefferson to treat her ailments.

When she does the massage, VonGoerres said, it brings more blood flow to the muscles that are in pain. It hydrates the muscles and releases the spasms. I always feel more calm and peaceful afterwards. I missed an appointment one week and noticed a serious difference in the pain.

Jefferson, a Cape Henlopen High School graduate, decided a career in massage was what she wanted to do with herself. However, she took a different path than offered in a traditional massage program.

Im more interested in disorders and pathologies, she said. I like seeing clients who have diseases. When Jefferson was in ninth grade, a scoliosis diagnosis led her to massage as a treatment. She studied for 15 months at the Pennsylvania School of Massage Therapy in Oakes, Pa. She said the school offered her a certification and in-depth courses in therapeutic medical massage that local and regional massage schools do not offer. She graduated and now is nationally certified for therapeutic massage by the American Massage Therapy Association.

A job hunt led her to Matt Carter at Quest Fitness, where she joined a team of other massage therapists. She said people do not have to be a member to schedule an appointment with her there. While she takes clients looking for relief from a rough workout or a stressful day, she wants people who suffer from neuromuscular ailments, such as VonGoerres does, to know there is a less intensive treatment for them. VonGoerres said she had referred other people to Jefferson who she knew had problems.

In addition, Jefferson also will come to an office or other similar environment and offer 10 to 15 minute massages to relieve stress.

Working in the offices, she said, youre sitting there in front of a computer with bad posture. A short massage can make the day go by better. It also improves morale within the office. Jefferson can be reached at Quest Fitness at 644-7020 or at 344-9303.

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