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Therapeutic Massage for Painful Legs
Treatment for leg pain using massage and lymphatic drainage
Up to 40% of us adults suffer with painful legs from one cause or another, sometimes 2 or 3 causes. Here at The Haven, I see the signs and symptoms of leg pain in a high proportion of attending patients, from sciatica, to bursitis, to muscle cramps and varicose veins in pregnancy, plus dozens of other reasons. I even get them myself occasionally.
Leg pain can occur as a result of conditions that affect any part of the leg, knee, hip or thigh. These parts include bones, muscles, ligaments, arteries and veins, nerves, or skin. Leg pain can occur during a variety of activities, such as, sleeping, lying down, walking, running, exercising, sitting, or even when standing. It seems we can't escape it.
Almost all leg problems start with a circulation issue. I say almost, it's not always true, but in the majority of issues, it is true. Another thing that's true is painful legs can ruin your life! They can interfere with sitting, resting, sleeping, walking, dancing, working, you name it, painful legs can put a stop to it.
Typically, whether leg pain is the result of injury or disease, the end result is tissue inflammation. Even vascular diseases and problems like varicose veins can slow the disposal of tired blood and other fluids, which slows the removal of toxic material in the lymphatics, which in turn, also produce inflammation. Oh, inflammed tissue by the way, is a major cause of leg pain.
I'm going to give you a list in a minute. If for no other reason than to show you the number of leg issues that can be addressed with basic massage techniques and manual lymphatic drainage, both of which are designed to improve the circulation in the legs, which ramps up the bodies healing properties.
Some common causes of leg pain include:
Any area of the thigh and leg is at risk of tissue inflammation, due either to damage, injury or chronic disease. This can cause a variety of symptoms such as weakness, exhaustion, cramps, numbness, burning, throbbing, sharp pain, dull pain, tingling and aching. But on top of all that, the body is sending distress signals to the brain which have pain as their core. Why is that?
The legs are made up of different types of cells, just as is the rest of the body. But legs are furthest from the organs or circulation, respiration and regulation. Thus they need the most support in terms of circulation pressure to get stuff (blood, oxygen, nutrients) down to them in the first place, and they have the hardest job of returning the debris once the good stuff has been extracted from the blood, because of gravity.
What debris? Blood with depleted oxygen, higher concentrations of dirty gases, spent nutrients, vitamins and sugars, ash from the cells that have burned the fuel to multiply and grow, proteins, excess water, and a whole chemistry set of dirty chemicals left over from burning calories in our muscles, just to stay alive. What happens to this stuff?
It is carried away in the veins and lymphatic system.
So what happens when you have varicose veins, a sluggish vascular system, and slower than normal circulatory system? Some of this debris is left behind. What happens to rubbish in your house if you don't clean it up? It smells, it harbours germs, it attracts flies and generally becomes a health risk.
Why do you imagine, is it any different in your body? Well I can tell you it isn't any different. What is it, do you suppose, that triggers the many and varied list of conditions that affects the legs, more than any other area of the body?
Yes, it's the fact that this material can't escape, it's being trapped, and when it becomes toxic to the body, causes an inflammatory response in the legs. THUS YOU HAVE LYMPH OEDEMA!
Many of the conditions above cause a restriction in movement. What happens when you don't move? Your lymphatic system stagnates, slows down and eventually stops working.
That much liquid, toxic material and warmth (because by now the debris is heating up and the body has to maintain a certain temperature), is the ideal breeding ground for germs and infection. If it can't go up to the cleansing organs, like the liver, kidneys, spleen and lungs, where does this infectious material go? Right out through the skin, as dry, cracked, irritated, ulcerated skin. Just below the skin the tissue becomes course, dense and fibrous. Again a breeding ground for bacteria.
How many conditions below are related to infection? Lots! So you see LEG HEALTH IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN PAY ATTENTION TO, TO HELP YOUR OVERALL LONG-TERM HEALTH AND WELLBEING.
I know this all sounds awfully alarmist, and for that I'm sorry if you think so. What's the one thing you are given when you present with any of these symptoms? That's right, massive doses of anti-biotics. Anti-biotics rely on a functioning circulatory system for their delivery.
If you have a seriously compromised circulatory and lymphatic system in the legs, with fibrosis in the sub-tissue, very often these anti-biotics don't reach their target and you don't get better. Maybe for a short while, but the symptoms return even stronger than before. Quite often this means several doses of anti-biotics are needed to produce the cure.
Few people opt for therapy when they are well, which means I only ever see people sometime after the onset of the condition they are presenting with. This means we have to play catch-up and try to treat the condition before we can make headway on the overall wellbeing of the leg and circulation.
Massage and lymphatic drainage can help to bring back colour into otherwise pale skin, thus improving the circulation; it can settle irritating skin sensations, soften dense and tender tissue, deal with swelling in the muscles or joints, repair strained muscular tissue, repair ligament and tendon damage, in other words, take away many of the reasons you have for the pains in your legs.
Don't suffer anymore with painful legs. Long term leg pain can cause a serious reduction in your quality of life. The effect is not stagnation, but deterioration, usually through lack of movement. It becomes much more difficult for medication or antibiotics to have an effect in these areas because of the density of the tissue and subsequent reduction in fluid movement, including blood delivery. It's never too late to make changes in leg tissue, and the sooner you start, the better. A few treatments, on a regular basis, could enable you to walk better, walk further, to sleep longer and with less pain. If this idea resonates with you, I invite you to visit The Haven Healing Centre in Blagdon for a course of treatments. Appointments and a treatment price list are available by clicking here. I look forward to welcoming you soon. Phil.
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