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Published by Josh on 23 Aug 2007

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Published by Josh on 14 Aug 2007

Corporate Massage Craze

The new thing to hit the market in the last 5 years is linked with the laws and push for Occupational Health and Safety.

Corporate Massage is generally a short massage ranging from 5 – 30minutes mainly on concerned areas such as neck and shoulders. Massage in a workplace has proven to boost staff moral, increase performance, decrease work related stress and muscular conditions such as tension headaches, frozen shoulders, muscle aches and pains. These conditions can slow a persons productivity and destroy any motivation, massage within this environment is a great way to combat these mental conditions that spring from stress and pain, directly where they occur.

Pain can often be very hard to deal with especially when things need to get done, which is where massage in the workplace has found its market. There are many corporate massage businesses around, springing up and getting to the stage of competing for work. This is great for the massage industry because it is exploiting the benefits of massage and the need for touch and muscle health during a stressful era of working life.

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Published by Josh on 26 Jul 2007


Causes and Pathogenesis

  • One of the most common forms of headaches
  • Most common in adults and adolescence
  • 2 or more times a week for several months it’s considered chronic
  • Constriction of neck and scalp muscles
  • Muscles involved: Temporalis, Occipitalfrontalis, SCM(sternocliedomastoid), Sub occipitals, Levator Scapula, Masator
  • Muscular, tendinous, or ligamentous injury to the head or neck structures
  • The ligaments in the neck may be most easily injured
  • Muscle tension in the sub occipital triangle or the jaw flexors can cause headaches
    • These are especially vulnerable to the effects of emotional stress
  • central nervous system dysfunction
  • Active Trigger Points in involved muscles
  • Emotional Traumatic experiences
  • Continuous/sustained contraction of head and neck muscles
  • Inactive muscles causing myofascial restrictions
  • Muscle Atrophy in head and neck muscles causing muscle imbalances

Tension type headaches are the most common forms of headaches. These headaches are bilateral with a pressing, nonpulsating feel, lasting from 30 minutes to 7 days. The historical theory has been that tension-type headaches are due to sustained contraction of cervical and pericranial muscles. However, electromyographic (EMG) studies don’t support a muscle contraction mechanism in tension-type headaches. Rather, more and more evidence exists implicating myofascial TrP pain as an etiologic source of pain in these headaches. These myofascial TrP however can be activated by a constant contraction and overuse of the head and neck muscles, in an abnormal position. These positions and activating factors differ between each muscle involved, but send referred pain to the areas that tension-type headaches present.

Affected muscles

  • Affected muscles:
    • Temporalis,
    • Occipitalfrontalis,
    • SCM(sternocliedomastoid),
    • Sub occipitals,
    • Splenius Capitis and cervicis
    • Levator Scapula,
    • Masator

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