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You grasp a bottle of milk from the fridge and instantly you have pain in your arm. You drop the milk all over the floor.Right away you say to yourself “I am so weak, I can’t even lift a bottle of milk out of the fridge”. You are not weak…IT IS THE PAIN that made you drop the milk. But often medical professionals bypass the pain, medicate the pain so we don’t feel it,and encourage us to do strengthening exercises. Yes, exercises should be encouraged and preformed but not until the PAIN has been addressed.If you strengthen the muscles around the painful site first without dealing with the pain you further ” lock in that pocket of pain”. When pain in present we are unable to preform our activities of daily living, let alone do exercises!!!

So how do we deal with PAIN?

Therapeutic Massage is one very effective modality to reduce pain. Pain causes the inflammatory process to kick into high gear to protect the area and the swelling greatly decreases our range of motion, also to protect the area from future damage.Massage techniques,applied correctly by a qualified therapist,helps to decrease the swelling by physically increasing movement of the inflammatory fluids out of the muscle fibers.Once the fluids are flushed out of the muscles (and you drink H2O) swelling decreases and your muscles become healthier with all the good nutrients now in your muscles.Your range of motion also increases as movement is now pain free because  your muscles are preforming as they should.This does take time and several treatments may be required. Muscles have memory and it may take a little time for them to remember what it feels like to feel good again.

After  the pain is gone, you will find you are not weak after all and you won’t drop that bottle of milk on the floor! Now you can return to  your daily routine pain free and exercise all you want.

Often Clients seek out a Massage Therapist to work out their knots and kinks.They ask immediately for a deep tissue massage.

Our muscles are in layers, connected with fascia(connective tissue). In order to be effective and work out the knots and kinks, we simply need to “peel the onion” of there layers. As we peel the superficial layers of the skin and fascia through various techniques,WITHOUT causing pain, we are able to get deeper into the muscle fibers and release the knots.When you attack the muscles out of the gate,creating pain, the muscles react by contracting and shortening ( to protect themselves from further pain). So now the muscles are back to where they were when you came in for relief!We can work on these muscles all day without any benefit.

As the layer settle down they allow the Therapist to work deeper and untie the knots.You are now receiving DEEP TISSUE work but your muscles are not threatened,do not contract and shorten.There may be occasional discomfort at this level, but short lived.Thus they lay down,return to their resting length and the blood supply now returns between the fibers as healing occurs and the knots disappear. Your normal range of motion returns and the pain goes away.Yes, this may take a few sessions for lasting relief… But NO PAIN IS YOUR GAIN.

It is our goal at Grand Therapeutic and Sports Massage Center to inform our clients as to the ‘workings”of their muscle and hope this article helps in understanding Deep Tissue work.

Many hours of “hands on” training and courses are required to become a Certified Massage Therapist.Several speciality seminars to sharpen skills should also be taken throughout massage therapists careers, all necessary for a successful practice. I have found throughout my 25 years experience that COMMUNICATING with my clients every time they visit my center is one of the most important skills. Each time your needs and goals can be different. Pain moves,different muscle groups are tight,activities of daily living increase as well as stress levels. So before the” hands on” application of therapeutic massage occurs,questions must be asked: “Do you have any areas of increased soreness?”, “What is your primary goal for today’s session?” and one important question “Is there  something you do that takes you out of the pain?”All of your answers are helpful in planning your session for that particular day so you receive the most effective treatment.

One of my favorite communication tools is client education! Information as to how our muscles  and systems work together, why pain and swelling occurs and what you can do to be pro-active on a daily basis enables you to get back to living healthier. It also takes the fear out of a common question I get all the time ” What is that lump in the back of my shoulder ?” Once you know is normal that muscles bunch up and applying therapeutic massage helps smooth ’em out, recovery is on the way!

Mother Teresa stated “Let no one ever come to you without leaving feeling better and happier.” Communication between you and me is one of the best ways of accomplishing just that.








What are all those colorful strips of tape we see on professional athletes these days? Its called Kinesio Tape. It was developed in the 1970’s by a Japanese chiropractor, Kenzo Kase, and came to the states in the mid 1990’s. It has been used widely on athletes and has proven very effective for a variety of  situations such as  pain, fatique and swelling. But you do not need to be a professional athlete or even a week-end warrior to utilize the benefits of Kinesio-Tape. Remember”Life’s A Sport”.

Kinesio-Tape is a modality used for an acute or sub acute injury. Also as a rehabilitative modality or a chronic condition. It enchances the function of many different tissues and physiologic systems. The best benefit is that it helps to return the body to homeostatis….back to a healthy state!!!

Gail Mangold C.M.T. is now applying Kinesio-Tape on her clients and reporting terrific results…so give it a try. You have nothing to lose..except your pain.



Did you LEAP out of bed today?
Did you BEND down to pet your dog?
Did you JUMP in your car?
Did you PULL weeds out of your garden all weekend?

And you don’t call yourself an athlete?

Activities of our daily lives require movement, even if you sit in front of a computer!!! When even the simplest movement become uncomfortable to do, the body adapts to allow you to continue the movement. Meanwhile more energy is required and pain creeps in to protect you from further injury. Its no wonder you become fatiqued. So listen to your body, take a break ! 60 seconds to stretch your legs, back or hands is sufficient. Just do it!! And get a massage,remembering a massage doesn’t have to be an hour and a half either. I often apply massage to an “area of complaint” for a little as 15 minutes with healing results.

In todays economy, we are all trying hard to watch expenses. In recent years there have been a few massage “chain stores” that offer a very reasonable rate for a one hour massage. Lately, a few clients have returned to Grand Therapeutics after being “locked” into a year contract at the” chain store” massage centers. One returning client said he say 30 different therapist within the year. Although the massages were fine, he also stated when he presented a therapist with a particular problem he was suffering with, they didn’t appear equiped to deal with said complaint. So back to Grand Therapeutics he came!

Each time a clients comes for an appointment it is most important to communicate their complaints and concerns, as well as the results from their previous massage session. These questions must be asked by the therapist. Also keep in mind these will change from session to session. While developing a relationship between the client and therapist, the therapist quickly knows a clients likes and dislikes. That allows the therapist to prepare the appointment correctly for that individual client. A simple adjustment of the temperature in the room to fit the preference of a client will make a difference.

The  CONSISTENT CARE and EXPERTISE  you recieve at Grand Therapeutics is invaluable and remember YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!


A little known muscle deep in your buttocks is the Piriformis. It sits right above your sciatic nerve and follows the same route towards your hip. The complaints and symptoms are similar with pain in the buttocks and radiating down your thigh.Often the pain worsens upon sitting for extended periods of time. Our first thought is a disc problem,which it  may be, but examination of the piriformis should be performed. A trained massage therapist (me) will position your leg  and palpate the region. There will be an active trigger point usually mid buttock area that will mimic your pain. A soft tissue release technique is applied for a few minutes. You will notice a decrease in the trigger point pain  and massge should be applied.You will be instructed in a terrific stretch that you can do any time. This treatment is very effective and will take you out of your pain.

Exercises to avoid

Author: Gail Mangold

Appropriate exercise is very important in maintaining good health and wellness, but the following activities can be injurious and should be avoided: 

                    Jumping to conclusions

    Spinning your wheels

                         Throwing your weight around

    Running down the other person

                 Climbing the walls

   Pushing your luck

                         Carrying a grudge

Flying off the handle

Now go take care of yourself and the other fellows too!


Author: Gail Mangold

One of the most common questions I am asked is “How often should I come in for a massage?” There are three basic answers:

1.MONEY…yes, you do have to pay for your massage and all our clients state “It’s worth every cent”. But if you are struggling into todays economy and are worried while you are getting a massage that you really can’t afford a massage you certainly will not recieve the full benefit of that massage! This is a very important issue that is often not addressed. I discuss all fees before your session. There is nothing worse than being charged for more after your massage, and yes, it’s happened to me. I have had many clients spread out their  massage sessions this past year which allows them to still recieve regular massage and not stress out over money.

2. TIME… yes, all our days are packed with bunches of things we must get done. When you make an appointment in our time crunched lives sometimes it is veiwed as one more thing you gotta do! If you are getting a massage and worried about your next appointment or the fact you really don’t have time to be here you will not recieve the full benefit either. So make your massage session when you can relax and enjoy the time you are spending on yourself.

3. MASSAGE… yes, regular massage helps greatly to reduce pain, relieve the stresses of everyday life and enables you to a greater awareness of your body and its complaints. So when you notice your shoulders are at your earlobes you can take a minute to stretch and relax. The benefits of regular massage can be long standing.

I hope these answers have helped clear up three of the most important questions to make your massage experience great… after all it is THERAPEUTIC.

Fibromyalgia – Ease the Pain

Author: Maggie Fitzgerald

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by long-term body pain and tender points in joints, muscles and tendons.  Fibromyalgia is also linked to fatigue, body stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, depression and anxiety.  The soft-tissue pain of fibromyalgia is described as deep-aching, radiating, shooting or burning, which is often worse upon waking and can decrease during the day only to increase again in the evening.  Specific symptoms include:

  • Body Aches
  • Chronic facial pain or aching
  • Fatigue
  • Memory difficulties and cognitive difficulties
  • Multiple tender areas (muscle and joint pain) on the back of the neck, shoulders, sternum, low back, hips, shins, elbows and knees
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Palpitations
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tension or migraine headaches

There are various treatments currently in use for fibromyalgia including various drugs, a well-balanced diet and lifestyle changes.  Low-impact exercise and stretches are also recommended to alleviate the pain associated with fibromyalgia.  The Fibromyalgia Network has stated that therapeutic massage done a regular basis is the #1 non-drug therapy in reducing pain, fatigue, and mood problems associated with fibromyalgia.

Call today and make an appointment for a massage that can truly make a difference in managing your pain.

Maggie Fitzgerald, LMT – Grand Therapeutic Massage, Corona, CA