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Old 08-06-2009, 10:56 PM   #21
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Yay! Finally a topic where I can be somewhat of an authority! Summer2007, I am in school for massage therapy and will be graduating next month. Massage is indicated and very beneficial for scoliosis and chronic back pain...even for bulging discs.
Massage will help to loosen up the fascia (connective tissue) and provide you with relief that will last up to two weeks. The most affordable way to get this therapy is via a Massage Envy in your area. If you don't have one, find a good massage therapist (local school clinics are a good start) and buy packages rather than per session. Make sure that the therapist is an Integrated Massage therapist who is also certified in the state....National Certification is a plus which means they had to pass a rigorous test at the end of their schooling.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:52 AM   #22
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Massages can be expensive after a while. If you have trigger points in your mid-back, you may want to purchase something along the lines of the following:

Amazon.com: TheraCane: Health & Personal Care

Amazon.com: Pressure Pointer: Health & Personal Care
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Ohhh, I just have to get a massage. I need to add this category to my budget spreadsheet.
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I've had a lot of PT and therapeutic massage over the years due to upper body RSI issues. Very beneficial!
Post FIRE, a lot of my RSI issues have disappeared or diminished. The deep muscle "knots" in my upper back are gone.
So nice to be back in the zero to mild discomfort range vs. the chronic pain category. I do a lot of stretching and practice constant posture control, all learned from those past sessions.
If things get past the mild discomfort zone, I head straight for my chiropractor, who knows how to do deep tissue massage and minimizes doing the standard adjustment techniques on me.
I choose him because my insurance will cover it. I used to go maybe once or twice a year for up to 5 consecutive sessions. It's been over 2 years since I needed his services.
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Massages can be expensive after a while. If you have trigger points in your mid-back, you may want to purchase something along the lines of the following:

Amazon.com: TheraCane: Health & Personal Care

Amazon.com: Pressure Pointer: Health & Personal Care
You don't even have to go that hi-tech.

A lacrosse ball, or perhaps a tennis ball, can work wonders.
(You lie on top of it and roll it around to where it hits the right
spots).
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Definitely check out the Massage Envy clinics in your area....they provide affordable massages that address your needs (not the foo foo spa massage) and help out the recent graduates from school by employing them. It is definitely a clinic for chronic/soft tissue/health & wellness regime.
The TheraCane is awesome, I have one that I use in between my own massage sessions.....but nothing beats having someone do that for you and get a full body massage at the same time!
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Definitely check out the Massage Envy clinics in your area....they provide affordable massages that address your needs (not the foo foo spa massage) and help out the recent graduates from school by employing them. It is definitely a clinic for chronic/soft tissue/health & wellness regime.
The TheraCane is awesome, I have one that I use in between my own massage sessions.....but nothing beats having someone do that for you and get a full body massage at the same time!
I've used the Massage Envy clinics these last few years and have been very impressed by their value for money. I make a note of the particular therapist(s) that I like best and ask for them by person when I book.
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I've used the Massage Envy clinics these last few years and have been very impressed by their value for money. I make a note of the particular therapist(s) that I like best and ask for them by person when I book.
That is so good to hear Alan...we basically have the first year of the nursing program as our curriculum for massage therapy and we really have to know the material because we are always going to be using it.
As for the cost, some health insurance companies cover massage therapy for chronic conditions....I am looking into working with Cigna and Aetna as an in-network provider. You can also use the HSA to pay for the monthly membership fee as well for Massage Envy.
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That is so good to hear Alan...we basically have the first year of the nursing program as our curriculum for massage therapy and we really have to know the material because we are always going to be using it.
As for the cost, some health insurance companies cover massage therapy for chronic conditions....I am looking into working with Cigna and Aetna as an in-network provider. You can also use the HSA to pay for the monthly membership fee as well for Massage Envy.
I use FSA money to pay for the massages. I had lower back surgery some years ago which qualifies me for this option.
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