The school I trained in, Blue Heron Academy of Arts and Sciences has long contended that the muscles and the rest of the soft tissue need to be treated and viewed medically and has trained us accordingly. So I’ve been sticking to my training and viewing and treating the muscle and the rest of the soft tissue from a MEDICAL perspective, not an entertainment spa massage perspective with regard to technique and set up of my business this way since 2002.
Practitioners need to be trained as either physicians or adjunct medical professionals because muscle and soft tissue make up the majority of your body and are what actually move you through space and time in your life. It is bizarre to me that the muscle, tendon, and ligament are taken for granted anatomically. Even the nerves get a specialist; the neurologist. Yet the nerves are just another soft tissue that is also innervated by very minute blood vessels and are only compressed by muscle. The only way a nerve is affected by the disc is if the disc is injured which is far less likely than the muscle at the nerve root being contracted. The bone doesn’t touch the nerve root. The vertebral foramen is too big. It’s the muscle!
Nevertheless, if your pain level is through the roof, you need an MRI to check whether or not the disc is injured. I would refer you out in that case unless the disc is only bulging. Bulging disc is very common and very treatable with my work and your exercise but you should see a P.T. as well.
The soft tissue is kind of treated like potatoes or rice are treated in the food world. Yet potatoes and rice, and all variables of them are the main complex carbohydrate or staple in the entire world’s diet. It’s similar to wheat also but wheat is a very undesirable carbohydrate as opposed to potatoes and rice.
Anyway, the medical professions are overlooking what could be achieved by treating the muscle, ligament, and tendon medically. This, in turn, leads to invasive treatment, drugging, and ineffective, detrimental surgery when it’s not needed. Specifically, orthopedic doctors jump in when many times they could refer to a medical massage therapist with four years of training first before they drug and do surgery. Sometimes surgery is called for but many times it’s not. Especially with back injuries, honestly, the patient needs to come to someone like me first. Back surgery does not have good outcome stats. My work does; all the time; consistently.
Please note that massage therapy and therapeutic massage are not the same as true medical massage at all. You can tell by the years of training. I have 3.5 years and my training is equivalent to the Naprapathic doctors in Chicago. They do their work their way and I do mine my way. Naprapathy is not licensed in Michigan. A few of my peers in town also have that level of training. A doctor cannot be expected to send a patient to a massage therapist with only 500 hours or training which is all that is required by the state at this point.
The muscles need more than superficial, first layer massage. They need four layers, deep tissue to the bone manual therapy and that is IN FACT what I do and achieve because of my technique taught by Dr. Lawton and because of my Reiki energy. It’s not for every practitioner and I’m fine with that! But are the massage therapists fine with us? I accept them as long as they aren’t using massage therapy to cover for prostitution massage. They now have a license that I’m forced to accept for myself even though I don’t do what they do; legal or illegal! We need a deep tissue manual therapy license that requires 4 years of training. Maybe Blue Heron Academy will get to that at some point.