Running towards and Active Life!

Marathon Preparation with Massage Therapy at  Surgical Alternative of Tampa Bay!

Reaching the with help from Surgical Alternative, Massage Therapy of Tampa Bay!

Surgical Alternative helping athletes with massage therapy in Tampa Bay!

While searching through the Internet, I have found another great review.  This one comes from Brad on Facebook.



I saw Pam a few days before my first marathon and she helped me make sure my leg muscles were stretched properly. Thank you Pam!
I highly recommend you scheduling an appointment with Pam before and after high impact races or sporting activities. – Brad

That is what we love to hear.  Here at Surgical Alternative, Massage Therapy of Tampa Bay, we love that our work helps our clients stay active and live a fulling life.

Thank you Brad for the great review and recommending us to other athletes.  We enjoy what we do; however, we love when we see the benefits of massage therapy in our clients lives.

If you are are an athlete in Tampa Bay, suffer from chronic pain, and feel that massage therapy could help you, Please visit the Contact Us page of the Surgical Alternative website.

Good communication assists both the Massage Therapist and Client!

Massage Therapist and client communication is optimum!

In any field , communication is key between customer and business.  Massage therapy is no different.  Last night I found this great article on the AMTA website of the importance between Massage Therapist and Client that I would like to share with you!

According to a recent consumer survey by the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®), massage therapy is on the rise as a method of improving personal health. As interaction increases among massage therapists and their clients, both can benefit from tips on what to expect from their professional health relationship.

These tips, released in conjunction with National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, October 24 – October 30, 2010, cover issues of respect and privacy between the massage therapist and client, and promote dialogue to help select the best massage technique based on the client’s current health conditions.

“These are important tips as massage therapy use continues to rise, especially with people who see a massage therapist for health benefits and stress relief,” says Kathleen Miller-Read, AMTA president.

In fact, researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recently reported findings demonstrating that people who received a Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can ultimately lead to a boost in the immune system.

Understanding what to expect in a massage session will aid consumers having their first massage, and guide those who get frequent massages but may be changing therapists or searching for a professional therapist while traveling on business or vacation.

“Whether you are scheduling your first massage, or engaging a new therapist, these guidelines are beneficial to both parties and will help facilitate a positive, relaxing experience that ultimately benefits a person’s overall health,” says Miller-Read.

Massage clients should expect a clean, safe and comfortable environment before, during and after the massage, and should expect a licensed/registered/certified professional massage therapist, working within their scope of practice and in an ethical manner. In turn, massage therapists should expect their clients to be courteous and respectful of them as healthcare professionals.

The American Massage Therapy Association offers the following expectations for the massage recipient and the massage therapist:

What Should Someone Expect from their Massage & Massage Therapist?

  • A clean, safe and comfortable environment before, during and after the massage
  • Respect, courtesy, confidentiality and dignity
  • Privacy while changing and right to remove clothing only to their level of comfort for the massage
  • Draped appropriately by a sheet, towel or blanket, with only the area being massaged exposed
  • A licensed/registered/certified professional massage therapist, working within their scope of practice and in an ethical manner
  • Option to ask questions of the massage therapist and receive professional responses
  • Determine if there will be conversation, music or quiet during the massage
  • An explanation of the nature of the massage and techniques to be used in advance of starting the massage
  • The right to consent to the massage techniques and approaches, including manual pressure, used in the massage

What Should a Massage Therapist Expect from their Client?

  • Respect, courtesy and dignity
  • Treated as a healthcare professional
  • Timely arrival at massage therapy appointment
  • Complete and accurate disclosure of health/medical conditions during intake process
  • Communication of expectations of and concerns about the massage
  • Payment at time of service
  • Reasonable notice (usually 24 hours) in cancelling a massage appointment

While it is true that that you should keep a constant, good flow of communication between you and your massage therapist, some people are shy and that doesn’t always happen.  Please do not be afraid to communicate your issues with one of us here are Surgical Alternative.  We are here for you!

Another Great Review for Surgical Alternative! Thanks Charles!

Another Online Review for Surgical Alternative!

While going through the Surgical Alternative Facebook Page last night I happen to find another review! I was so excited I just had to share it with you today!

Pam is a talented and experienced massage therapist. ….really listens to her clients concerns and works to relieve pain. I enjoyed my time there and recommend my family and friends too – Charles

Thank you so much, Charles!  At Surgical Alternative, we strive to take extra measures to relieve both their minds and their painful conditions.

We are also very happy that you recommend us to your friends and family as well.  No matter how fast technology evolves, the best way to get the word out is by word of mouth.

That is why we love reviews and recommendations so much.  The more people who know about us, the more people we can help return to an active lifestyle.  If it was not for our clients, then Surgical Alternative would not be where it is today.

So, if you have a review, please Contact Us.  We would love to here about your experience with us.  You can also place them all over the internet, we have been finding them all over the place.

How Massage Therapy assists with Chronic Neck Pain!

Cnronic Neck Pain relief from Massage Therapy

How Massage Therapy can benefit clients with Chronic Neck Pain!

New Research shows how Massage Therapy can benefit clients suffering from chronic neck pain.  According to the study, chronic neck pain is number eight on the top ten disabilities in the United States and causes over 10 million medical care visits per year.

The study came to the conclusion that multiple 60 minute massage sessions are more effective than fewer or shorter sessions in clients with chronic back pain.  Therapists should recommend the amount of massage to benefit each client.

If you would like to read more information about the research, Click Here!

According to AMTA’s Consumer Survey, 88% of consumers surveyed believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain.

If you would like to read AMTA’s full article, Click Here!

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The health benefits of massage therapy in cancer patients!

Therapeutic massage therapy in cancer patients!

The National Cancer Institute now says over have of their facilities offer massage therapy as part of treatment for their patients.Of coarse this is great for patients going through harsh and difficult treatments, but is it just therapeutic?

Studies have shown that massage decreases anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue.  These benefits can be extremely important to cancer patients, who are not only going through the stress of serious illness but are also having to handle the side effects of the medical treatments they go through; however, there are studies that show more benefits of massage therapy in cancer patients.

In 2007, a study out of Cedars-Sinai Hospital also found that gentle massage also increases cancer fighting lymphocytes.  One of the largest studies came out of Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  The study measured and reviewed the amount of pain, depression, stress, fatigue, and nausea over 1,200 cancer patients and 12 massage therapists.  After the use of massage, score were cut in half; however, the effects were short term.

If you would like to read more on the effects of massage therapy on cancer patients, Click Here.

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The Surgical Alternative family is growing!

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One of the most uplifting things about running a business is hearing stories of success in different place about Surgical Alternative.  What we mean by that is, our family is growing.  As the Surgical Alternative family grows, we are finding members stories all over the place.

Last night, while searching through the internet, we found that we had a new review on

“After six months of going in for shots to relieve pain from my herniated discs, a friend of mine suggested Surgical Alternative and boy am I happy she did.

I was greeted with a very calming and peaceful environment.  Peggy, my therapist, did explain to me that we had to push the pain levels to their limits during therapy in order to feel the full effect, but to let her know when it was to much for me to handle.

As soon as she hit that limit, I told her so and she never went that far again.

After six weeks of therapy, I was able to return to full hours at work, which might I add, I haven’t been able to do for a year and a half.

Thank you so much Surgical Alternative!  You have gained a happy client that I would recommend to all of my friends.” – Kimberly J., Tampa Fl

Thank you so much Kimberly.  We love having you with us and are overwhelmed with how massage therapy and Surgical Alternative have helped you return to a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Yes, unfortunately, there are times where we have to interact with very painful areas; however, after a few short weeks, you were able to see results.

We ask you to tell all of your friends and loved ones in chronic pain to seek out all of their options.  Fell free to Contact Us to see if we can be of assistance,

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ATMA has released five ways massage can improve your health!

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A lot of people still see massage a luxury; however, it can a very important element to your health regime.  The following is a list from the American Massage Therapy Association f five ways that massage therapy can improve your health:

  1. Massage lowers stress.  The physical and emotion pain caused by long term stress can be unbearable.  Massage therapy is a proven treatment for stress and the ailments it can cause, like tension headaches.
  2. Massage increases immune function.  Massage therapy can boost the function of your immune system, according to medical research.  Massage helps to increase the activity of your body’s natural “T Cells”, which help you fight off viruses.
  3. Massage can help boost mental health and well-being.  Research suggest that massage therapy directly effects the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression (all associated with mental health).
  4. Massage can help you manage pain.  Recent research suggest that massage therapy can directly effect your quality of life when relating to pain and pain management.
  5. Massage can improve your overall physical fitness.  All athletes can benefit from regular massage therapy.  Massage therapy has been prove to reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance, and prevent injuries.

If you have an ailment that you think massage therapy may be able to help you with, please Contact Us!

Here is a link to ATMA’s original article.

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Massage Therapy has been found to help boost the immune system!


Recent medical research has found that massage therapy can help boost the immune system by restoring the natural flow of the body’s “T Cells”, which fight off viruses.

In a recent study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Researchers found that patients receiving Swedish Massages had a drastic decrease in the hormone arginine-vasopressin (which helps your body with water retention and blood pressure) and came to the conclusion that Swedish Massage can possibly effect the immune system in a positive way.

Massage therapy as a form of immune boosting is seen to be a preventive therapy, so please do not schedule an appointment while having flu like symptoms.

For the original article from the ATMA Website, Click Here!

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The healing effect of Manual Therapy Protocol for symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome!


Recently, research investigators have been studying the therapeutic effects of  manual therapy protocol on improving with pain and quality of life.  The study measured quality of sleep, function, pressure pain threshold, and depressive symptoms in both men and women and men with fibromyalgia syndrome.

Eighty-nine patients were randomly assigned to experimental or control group, according to an abstract published on The experimental group (24 female, 21 male) received 5 sessions of manual therapy and the control group (24 female, 21 male) did not receive any intervention.

Pressure pain thresholds (PPT), pain, impact of FMS symptoms, quality of sleep and depressive symptoms were assessed in both groups at baseline and after 48-hours of the last intervention in the experimental group, according to the abstract.

Here are the results:

• Manual therapy protocol was effective for improving pain intensity, widespread pressure pain sensitivity, impact of FMS symptoms, sleep quality and depressive symptoms.

• Gender differences were observed in response to treatment: women and men get similar improvements in quality of sleep and tender point count, whereas women showed a greater reduction in pain and impact of FMS symptoms than men, but men reported higher decreases in depressive symptoms and pressure hypersensitivity than women.

If you would like to read the original article, Click Here.

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AMTA finds that Massage Therapy helps with Osteoarthritis of the Knee!

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A research study published in the Massage Therapy Foundation’s International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork discussed the impact of self-massage on the quadriceps muscle of individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee in a two-group trial.

After receiving confirmation and a written diagnosis from their physicians, 40 adults who reported pain, stiffness and difficulty with physical function were randomly assigned to either an intervention or control group.

In addition to usual care, participants in the intervention group attended one-hour supervised self-massage sessions twice weekly for eight weeks, which was followed by unsupervised self-massage twice weekly at home for three weeks. Members of the control group continued usual care only, returning for assessments at four-week intervals.

The massage strokes used by the intervention group included deep gliding strokes to soften and lengthen muscle fibers, tapotement with a loose fist to stimulate circulation and friction applied without lubricant to compress a small area while moving the tissue back and forth using short strokes around both knees’ tendon attachment.

Of the 40 men and women who participated in the study, only 36 remained after the study concluded with 18 members in each group. At baseline, both groups were given the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC) and range of motion assessment. The average range of motion for right flexion and left flexion was 108 degrees, and the average range of motion for right extension was 6.7 degrees and 7.1 degrees for left extension.

At the end of the study, researchers found an overall improvement in stiffness, function and pain for the intervention group, while the control group remained the same. Specifically, difference in pain between the intervention and control group proved significant, particularly when walking on a flat surface, ascending or descending stairs, sitting or lying, and standing up. Significant differences in stiffness were also established between the intervention and control groups, particularly when first waking up in the morning and lying, sitting or resting later in the day.

For physical function, highly significant results were found for self-massage for ascending and descending stairs, rising from sitting, getting in and out of bed, and rising from bed, to name a few.

While self-massage had no effect on range of motion for either group, the results suggest that self-massage does have an impact on stiffness, pain and physical function.

If you would like to read more on the research study, Click Here.



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