Like most other health care modalities, massage therapy is most beneficial if it is used to prevent injury. There are too many people out there that wait until an injury happens before they will seek out any type of treatment. The most common problems I see in my line of work is pain in the neck and shoulders due to poor posture while sitting at a desk, tendonitis in the wrists, and low back and sciatic pain. All of these issues can be avoided if regular massage was being performed. Injuries are most common in muscles that don’t get regular exercise, which is why pain while sitting at a desk for 8 to 10 hours a day is so common.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy once thought of as a spa treatment is becoming more and more popular in a clinical, therapeutic settings. The basics of the treatment remain the same. Lava stones are heated to a comfortable temperature and used throughout the massage to provide heat and relaxation to further losen up tight muscles. The difference I find, lies in the techniques used. In most spa treatments I have experienced, the stones are placed on the body to heat up specific areas and then removed when the massage begins. Very rarely have I noticed the stones being used in correlation with the massage techniques themselves. Massage Therapists are trained to use the heated stones along with massage techniques, alternating between the stone and their hands. Using the