Meet Vanessa our new Acupucnturist!

Vanessa Ferandell received her Master’s degree from Emperor’s College in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Herbology in 2008. Vanessa is a California Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist. She has been licensed for ten years in massage therapy with a specialization in Myofascial Release since 2002. Vanessa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California Polytechnic University of Pomona in 2001.

Attending Acupuncture school and being trained in various massage techniques was essential to Vanessa’s integrated approach in delivering healing arts to patients. Some of her focuses are in pain management, gastro intestinal issues, sleeping disorders, and women’s health. She also facilitates the body’s natural healing with Chinese herbal formulas and massage.

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What is Myofascial Release?

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce muscle or sinew related pain.  Myofascial Release applies gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial (muscle/sinew) connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion.

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Understanding movement and functional anatomy will give you a greater insight into how to address issues related to repeated injury, neurological dysfunction, inefficient motor control, lack of coordination, and overall weakness.  The gift of exercise also has the added value of getting the client actively involved in the healing process.

It’s important to figure out which form of exercise is appropriate for the client at the present moment, and which may be appropriate as the person gets stronger.  If an exercise is too easy, the client will be bored and not progress.  If an exercise is too hard, they will get discouraged and quit.  Think of Goldilocks–only if program is just right for a client will they overcome the initial challenges and take to the program.

The integration of massage and exercise is important for the long-term health of our clients.

Ben Benjamin, PhD

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Our Work as massage therapists helps millions of people.  By integrating exercise into their treatment plans, we can take their healing an important step further.  All exercise programs should start with a thorough assessment.

There are two types of assessments that are important to getting your client well and keeping them that way.  The first is an injury assessment, which we have discussed many times in this column.  The second is a movement or exercise assessment–and here is where we move into new territory.  Very few massage therapists are skilled at assessing movement and prescribing exercise.  This is unfortunate because movement assessments can provide valuable information about why your client was injured by identifying predisposing factors.

Clients are often in pain because of an underlying weakness, instability, lack of mobility, and a poor understanding of how to move properly.  For example, lets say a client is experiencing lower back pain.  Normally, a massage therapist would perform soft tissue work around the hips, lower back, and perhaps the psoas muscle and then sent the client on their way.  A few days may go by with minimal pain until suddenly the person begins to feel the same symptoms that initially let them to seek treatment. 

In contrast, if the therapist had the ability to perform an exercise assessment, they could design a specific mobilization and stretching program (based on a range-of-motion assessment), teach the client how to execute a proper bend, squat, and/or lunge pattern, then teach them how to condition their body to support the demands of their work and/or sport environment.

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Sports massage was designed for athletes, but is useful for anyone with chronic pain, injury or range-of-motion issues. Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.

But you don’t have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area.

Sports massage is a type of massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Our sports massage also use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
Schedule your sports massage at Pro Fitness Network today!!

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