Benefits of Intracranial Massage for Dental, Chronic Headache or Sinus Allergy Suffering Patients

Benefits of Intracranial Massage for Dental, Chronic Headache or Sinus Allergy Suffering Patients
Overview by Catherine Carver, LMBT #3978

Reports show that there is a population of people who complain of chronic tooth or mouth pain, headaches or facial pressure in the cheek and forehead sinus, for which they are seeking professional help to eliminate.

Many are not finding solid answers. Patients have seen their dentist, Endodontists or other healthcare specialists. Often upon review of X-rays or upon examination they show no known pathology for the patient’s chief complaint. Many patients are experiencing “phantom” pain in these areas. Still some patients have had needless root canals, filling replacements and take pain medication as professionals seek to assist the patient cure or manage their pain.

As a massage therapist, I have found that intracranial massage has helped many of these patients with problems that seem to stem from dental pain or sinus pain that affect the teeth and sometimes is accompanied by chronic headache pain.

To massage these clients, the therapist generally relaxes the neck muscles, shoulders, upper back and begins to warm the skull fascia which can be tight due to stress from the chronic pain. Using a gloved hand, the therapist then asks the patient to open their mouth, keeping it relaxed. By inserting the index finger upward between the hard and soft pallet, the therapist applies light to medium pressure until there is a release. Once the release occurs this is repeated on the opposite side. Slowly, with little pressure, the therapist moves around the mouth between the lips and the jaw to release attachment sights as far back as the TMJ area, and all the way around the oral opening, top and bottom.

The face is also massaged directly to loosen the outer attachment sites in conjunction with the intracranial work. The therapist then reworks the neck, shoulders and skull in an effort to reinforce good muscle memory.

This process takes a while and may be repeated in the same session. Usually the client feels immediate relief from pressure and pain.

In cases where there is no known reason for such chronic pain, patients report reduction in pain and return to normal routine of daily living.

If you have questions or would like to recommend a client, please contact Catherine Carver, LMBT #3978, 919.836.0445.

Benefits of Abdominal Massage for IBS, Constipation, Post-Surgery, Acid Reflux Conditions

Benefits of Abdominal Massage for IBS, Constipation, Post-Surgery, Acid Reflux Conditions
Overview by Catherine Carver, LMBT #3978

Many people suffer from abdominal disorders like IBS (Crone’s or Ulcerative Colitis), spastic colon, chronic constipation and lower back/abdominal aches and pains for no apparent reason. Often, patients take drugs to alleviate the bloated conditions caused by such symptoms. Sometimes over time, the drugs lose the initial effect leaving the patient with more of the same or worse symptoms. X-rays and tests show nothing out of the ordinary, yet the patient suffers.

Anatomically, the abdominal cavity houses the stomach, diaphragm, colon, small intestine, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder. When the digestion process is impeded because of illness, malabsorbtion, or inactivity due to a stagnant lifestyle there are additional stresses put onto the muscles that attach from the spine to the pelvis for support as well as a mesh, fascia network that contain the organs within the cavity. Patients may experience side pain, lower back pain, inguinal and joint pain at the pelvis. At times, even the ribs are involved.

A patient may experience relief from this strain and pain if an abdominal massage is done and the attachments sites of the muscles are released. The process for this massage is such that the patient initially lies on their back, knees bolstered and chest and pelvis draped. The belly is exposed for the therapist to begin warming the fascia. Working from the descending colon, around to the transverse and then to the ascending colon, the therapist assists the release of the connective network, and often frees the bowel to perform it’s function more freely.

Visual evaluation done by the therapists, mark a decrease in abdominal swelling in some of the patients, immediately. Patients who follow up by drinking lots of water and being aware of themselves over the next days have stated that their clothes are fitting more comfortably and that they feel the release within a day or two of the massage. Lower back pain is gone as is inguinal pain.

This treatment can be done with warm castor oil or regular massage lotions. Heat may be applied for a better result though it is not necessary. This procedure can be done as an entire massage session, or integrated with a full body massage.

This treatment does take a while and may be repeated in the same session. Usually the patient feels immediate relief from pressure and pain.

In cases where there is no known reason for such chronic pain in this region, these patients also report reduction in pain and return to a normal routine of daily living.

If you have questions or would like to recommend a patient, please contact Catherine Carver, LMBT #3978, 919.836-0445.