Break the vicious circle of pain!

Pain is a message from your body. "Do something! There is something not OK." Pain protects against danger, like the heat of a cooker. Without pain perception you would not survive.

On the other hand, the reaction of your body can also sustain and intensify pain. Some muscles tighten and other ones weaken when they attempt to protect the sore place. Soon this increased muscle tension becomes chronic. It leads to a bad posture, which in combination with the muscle tension decreases the mobility of your joints. Certain movements become difficult or painful so that you start to avoid them, often without realising it yourself. The fear that the pain will get worse will make on the whole that you move less. Because of the pain your sleep is being disturbed and your energy level drops further. The result is more pain and depression. This is the vicious circle of pain.

Painkillers suppress the pain message and can delay the pain circle temporarily, but they do not break it. Essential for breaking the vicious circle are improved posture and reduced muscle tightness, so that you can move more easily.

Regular and varied exercise have a pain relieving and preventing effect. Do not be afraid of your pain or afraid of excercise. Listen to your body and increase duration and intensity of the exercise in little steps. Discover how much you can do in spite of the pain.

Stop pain through massage

Pain and increased muscle tension go always together. Muscles tighten in reaction to pain and a permanently increased muscle tension can cause pain. This way pain and muscle tension sustain each other.

Often the tension is hiding in only a small part of the muscle, so that it may be difficult to find for the uninitiate. It is further confusing that the place of the tension and the place of the pain usually do not coincide. For instance problems in shoulders or neck can make themselves feel in head or hands. Massage can relief or stop many kinds of pain, if you only know to find the right place. As a massage therapist I specialise in tracing and treating the muscles that cause or perpetuate the pain problems of my clients. However, often more is needed for a permanent result.

Posture correction

Frequently your posture is the key to understanding and solving your complaints. A bad posture makes you susceptible to overload, pain and tiredness. On the other hand, a good, erect posture is an inexhaustible source of energy and recovery.

Your muscles and connective tissue adapt in the end to your posture. Because of the changes that happened in your muscles and connective tissue, it is not simple to turn a bad posture into a good one and keep it. It requires a long lasting program of muscle stretching and strengthening. I apply special massage techniques to bring muscles and connective tissue back to their proper length. One massage session can help more than a year long of stretching. However, it remains necessary that you stretch regularly yourself in order to maintain the increased muscle length and flexibility obtained by massage.

Massage for chronic pain

Irrespective of the cause of the pain, the body reacts to it with increased muscle tension, which in turn intensifies the pain and becomes a new source of pain. The problem does not stay confined to a single muscle. It spreads to other muscles, your joints and your posture. Once the problems have impaired your posture, it is not simple to reverse the process.

Therapeutic massage is — more than standard relaxation massage - targeted at relieving, stopping and preventing pain. Fuga Massagetherapy in Oulu aims at a lasting improvement of your condition. How? In the first place one must turn upside down one's way of thinking: the cause of the pain is seldom there where it hurts. But where is it then? The medical literature contains numerous examples of how our nervous system fools us by projecting a problem at one place as pain to another place. This knowledge, combined with experience and good perception, enables me to make a hypothesis about the most probable causes of the pain. With a trial massage I will test which of the supposed causes really contribute to the pain. Subsequently I will apply therapeutic massage techniques, operating exactly on the structures sustaining the pain, muscle tension and postural errors. Last but not least it is important that the client utilises the improvement obtained by massage in daily life: Increase physical exercise and stretch the problem muscles.