Massage Over Medication PART 1
A hot topic these days is the Opioid Crysis. In some instances medication is necessary and we can all agree that there is a healthy respect for the benefits of how modern medicine has improved the lives of many, but not all instances need the introduction of a substance that will only mask the problem.
I wanted to share how and why massage and bodywork modalities are not just a luxury for when you take your vacation but rather a health and wellness necessity to improve functionality in your life.
Let's start with the act of touch its self. Touch can be an amazing tool in healing whether it is emotional pain or physical pain. With a single touch, our bodies release endorphins that work to reduce stress hormones. Stress is a major contributor to most of our daily aches and pain and with the simple act of having physical contact with another, our bodies have a build in a system of releasing hormones to calm and relax the body.
Our daily activities and routines dictate how we feel. Take this into consideration: ***"According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%." 
On a daily basis, I see clients with chronic pain, muscle spasms, and different disorders. The most common question I get asked is "What causes the muscles to have knots?" While there are several contributing facts to how you feel, people often neglect to look at the most simple solutions. How much water do you drink? No, the water in your daily tea does not count. When your body does not have a sufficient amount of water to distribute to various areas in your body it's like trying to drive your car without oil and gas.
At Elevation CryoTherapy & Muscle Recovery we offer various modalities to help our clients break through the cycle of pain and bring comfort back into their lives. For more information, questions or comments feel free to call us, message us or visit our website @ ElevationCryo.com
***Reference: https://www.usgs.gov/…/scie…/water-you-water-and-human-body…

Massage Over Medication PART 2
In the last article, I discussed the benefits of touch while highlighting the importance of proper hydration. Today I want to talk about a connective tissue that affects our daily life and is the source of pain in some cases called Fascia.
Fascia is a densely woven tissue that covers muscles, veins, arteries, bones, and even internal organs such as the heart and lungs. This connective tissue is a continuous structure that runs from head to toe with no interruption. Most people do not understand the importance of healthy fascia and how it relates to pain in the body. Trauma within Fascia is referred to as Restriction. Restrictions in the fascia can cause a lack of proper blood flow, decreased range of motion and even overactive nerves.
"Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed."***
Healthy Fascia is pliable and easily stretches and moves with no restrictions but fascia that has been exposed to trauma such as injury to the area, poor posture habits, even building muscle can cause loss of elasticity.
Elevation CryoTherapy & Muscle Recovery offers Massage, Cupping and has recently added IASTM or Scraping to diminish the restriction in Fascia to reduce pain and promote a healthy pain-free lifestyle for our clients.
***reference-https://www.myofascialrelease.com/ab…/fascia-definition.aspx