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Just a word about massage

Posted by BJC on 2/25/00 at 00:00 (016436)

Massage can certainly make you fell better, but I don't believe you can 'work out the inflammation' with massage. There is a technique developed by John Barnes called Myofascial Release, which is used for many different types of patients who have neuromuscular disabilities. Very simply, he advocates using the heat from a therpist's fingers(?) in a massaging (stretching) motion to 'stretch' or elongate the underlying fascia, thus allowing greater range of motion for muscles. Many therapists (PT, OT, etc) use this technique as part of their therapeutic approach. There are many questions yet to be answered about this, but it does somewhat explain why massage makes feet feel better. While some therapists claim to be very successful using this approach, there have been few documented cases of 'cures'. My bottom line: if it makes you feel better, go for it!