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Another Great Review for Surgical Alternative! Thanks Charles!

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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 Yelp.com.

“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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Proper Bending and Lifting Techniques

Is it really almost time to go in our attics to pull down those seasonal boxes?  Whether you are
preparing to do this or just have straitening you may want to accomplish before your family
and friends arrive, here are a few tips to help keep you from causing yourself back pain:

  • Use your leg muscles to lift/lower your self as opposed to just bending over. Bend at your knees not at your back.
  • Pull in your belly button while lifting. This will help hold your pelvis in the proper position which will minimize strain on the spine. (Maintain this while lifting, carrying, and lowering)
  • Lift close to your body. Your spine is more stable and strong.
  • Know your limit! Carry lighter packages and make more trips.
  • When in doubt ( too heavy or awkward) wait for help. The risk are not worth it and jeopardize setting you back with pain and immobility…. no one wants to make time for that!

We would all like to take a moment and wish everyone a safe and healthy beginning to our holiday seasons!  By following the tips provided above, you can prevent a number of injuries before they even happen.

If you do encounter one of the issues that comes from improper lifting and bending, please CONTACT US today, or SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT to see one of our expert therapists.

Post War Veterans invited for FREE PTSD Treatment

With July 4th passing last week, I was reminded of all of the veterans that have protected our rights as citizens of the United States.  During this month, I will be offering FREE therapy to veterans diagnosed with PTSD.  During your sessions we will be working to help issues such as insomnia, cramping, muscle pain, and other possible injuries due to service.  If you are interested in your FREE treatment, please CONTACT US today to schedule your appointment.

Summertime Swimming – Be Careful of Injury

As the summertime continues to heat up the temperatures nationwide, many of us are retreating to our pools for our fun in the sun.  Many of us swim as we have our entire lives and believe that we are immune to injury while in the pool.  THIS IS NOT TRUE!  Even though swimming is among the most popular low-impact exercises available, there are a few injuries that can and do occur while swimming.  We will be discussing two of the most common in this blog.

Swimmer’s Shoulder

Swimmer’s Shoulder Causes and Symptoms

Swimmer’s Shoulder is caused primarily by overuse or lack of stretching.  Swimmer’s Shoulder includes more than one actual injury.  The first is in your rotator cuff and its impingement.  Impingement is the pressure that the rotator cuff that separates it from the other parts of the shoulder such as your scapula or shoulder blade while the arm is lifted.  This creates incredible discomfort and shoulder instability.  The second injury is located in the bicep, specifically in the tendon where it becomes inflamed and uncomfortable while also creating discomfort below the arm and inside of the shoulder.  Symptoms are burning and pain in the shoulder region wrapping around the arm and seemingly inside the shoulder.

Swimmer’s Shoulder Treatment

At Surgical Alternative, we offer many types of therapy for nerve entrapment, tendon damage, and inflamed tendons.  By using our Structural Energetic Therapy along with our deep tissue massage, we can calm the inflamed tendons and nerves allowing you to relax while your body heals itself from this incredibly painful combination of bicep tendinitis and rotator cuff injury.  If you believe that you suffer from Swimmer’s Shoulder, please contact us today for your evaluation!

Breaststroker’s Knee

Breaststroker’s Knee Causes and Symptoms

Breaststoker’s Knee is caused again by the overuse of tendons and ligaments in the motion of a breaststroker.  By using the motion involved in the breaststroke, or even treading water for that matter put great stress on your knees and hips due to the tension of kicking in the water.  Over time this can evolve into more serious pelvic injuries and even knee and hip replacements.  Symptoms for Breaststroker’s knee and other lower body injuries are apparent in pain in those areas.

Breaststroker’s Knee Treatement

Surgical Alternative can also use our deep tissue massage to relieve some of the inflamed areas and over time, we can allow your body to heal naturally.  With the use of our Structural Energetic Therapy we can also work with you to improve function and mobility of chronically injured joints!  If you believe that you would benefit from pain relief, please CONTACT US today for your evaluation!

Top Ten Treated Conditions by Surgical Alternative (Part 2 of 2)

In this section we will be discussing the top 5 conditions treated by Surgical Alternative.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of these conditions, please CONTACT US for more information, or you can SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT through our website, surgicalalternative.com.

Here are the top 5:

5.) TMJ Dysfunction

Known as Temporamandibular Joint Dysfunction, this painful ailment usually has symptoms such as tenderness, or pain in the joint that connects your jaw to your skull.  This is the joint that allows you to chew, talk and yawn amongst other things.  TMJ disorders can be caused by many different things such as grinding your teeth, an accident involving your jaw, or even arthritis.  If you have any pain in your jaw area and would like to find out more, you can CLICK HERE, or you can CONTACT US today for your evaluation!

4.) Sciatica Pain

Your sciatica nerve is a large nerve extending down your lower back, and down to the backs of your legs.  When damage or wear occurs, discomfort and chronic pain are common symptoms to the damage of this nerve.  Some symptoms of sciatica damage may include burning or tingling down your leg, weakness or numbness, constant pain, or even shooting pains that incapacitate you and not allow you to get up from a sitting position.  While usually only affecting one side of the body, sciatica some patients show symptoms on both sides of their bodies.   If you have sciatica pain and would like to relieve yourself from the discomfort, please CONTACT US today for your evaluation, or you can READ MORE ABOUT sciatica pain here.

3.) Bulging/Herniated Disks

Also called a ruptured or slipped disk, this refers to when the soft tissue between your vertebrae called disks encounters a problem.  When you have a herniated disk, it can irritate nearby nerve passages resulting in pain, numbness, and even weakness in an arm or a leg.  Some people do not experience symptoms of a herniated disk, making it a very hard injury to diagnose.  If you are experiencing back pain and believe you may have a herniated disk, please CONTACT US today for your evaluation or READ MORE HERE about your condition.

2.) Migraine Headaches

Though the exact cause of migraine headaches cannot be established, no one can deny the severity of these “showstoppers”.  Migraines tend to be quickly onset with severe pain and debilitating symptoms including numbness, tingling, temporary blindness, and other sensory warnings.  In some cases, medication is prescribed with hopes of treatment, but in many of those situations the medication does little or no good at all.  If you suffer from migraine headaches, please CONTACT US today for an evaluation, or you can READ MORE ABOUT these headaches here. 

The number one condition that we treat at surgical alternative institute is an elusive yet simple condition causing a spectrum of further symptoms that affect your entire body.  Some people get this condition by being in high speed accidents, while others can get this condition by just sleeping.  Some patients live with chronic pain and others come and go.


1.) Neck Pain

Neck pain can be caused by a host of issues ranging from trauma (car accidents, etc.) to just poor posture.  There are some degenerative diseases that will cause the neck pain, but it can also be just a simple muscle strain.  In some cases, the pain can work its way down to the shoulders and even the middle and lower back over time.  With proper treatment, most neck pain can be resolved in little time with little or no effort by the patient.  If you suffer from neck pain and would like relief, please CONTACT US today for your evaluation orREAD MORE HERE about your condition.

Why Use Surgical Alternative – Testimonials and Reviews (Part 1)

In the past months, we have not only grown as an institution, but also have touched many of the lives here in the tampa florida area by our methods of set bodywork, deep tissue massage, and other services.  Once a patient is affected by our services, they in many cases become advocates for those services.  In the next few weeks, we will be releasing testimonials from many of our existing clients so that new or upcoming patients can gain a grasp on what to expect when visiting our offices.

The first Testimonial is Adam Hayes in New Tampa, Florida.  Adam writes:

Since I was six years old, I have suffered from cluster headaches. These are excruciating headaches that are completely debilitating for hours or days. These would occur 5-6 times a year and last for 1-3 days at a time. The worst part is the stress of not knowing when they will appear or when they will disappear.
I have seen dozens of doctors, sat through every neurological test and even had doctors who wanted to perform cortizone injections into the base of my skull to try and alleviate the pain.
After dealing with this issue for over 25 years, I thought it was just an affliction that I’d have to live with forever. A friend of mine recommended that I give SET therapy a chance. I figured it was going to be yet another failed attempt and more money wasted. Boy was I wrong! After seeing Peggy and Pam, I have been relatively cluster free for almost 2 years now. The only time I’ve gotten a headache has been when I’ve gotten lazy and not attended my appointments like I should.
I can’t stress enough how much this has improved my quality of life. There is no more worry, no more stress, no more excruciating pain. Thank you Peggy and Pam!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              – Adam Hayes
If you would like to learn more about our services, and how surgical alternative can help you, please CONTACT US today for your evaluation!

Surgical Altnernative – Top 10 treated conditions (Part 1)

Over the past few years, I have seen many different injuries treated in Surgical Alternative’s Institute of Alternative Therapy, but many of them have been returning ailments.  We have taken a few minutes to create our top ten treated injuries from Surgical Alternative.  If you have any further questions, please CONTACT US TODAY for your evaluation and treatment.

Without further adieu, we present our top ten treated injuries by surgical alternative for with alternative therapy, deep tissue massage, energetic therapy, and other methods.

10.) Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disease that affects the central nervous system causing extreme pain and discomfort and many areas of the body independently and simultaneously.  Symptoms may include but are not limited to debilitating fatigue, insomnia, and joint stiffness.  Other symptoms include numbness/tingling and trouble swallowing.  For more information on fibromyalgia, please continue here, or CONTACT Surgical Alternative today for your evaluation.

9.) Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff in your shoulder is made up of tendons, ligaments and muscle that work in unison to create the range of motion for your arm and upper back.  By injuring any of the pieces of the rotator cuff, you are not only causing inflammation and irritation, but you may also be doing further damage by not attending to your injury.  For more information of rotator cuff injuries and what surgical alternative can do to help, please continue here, or CONTACT US TODAY for your evaluation.

8.) Plantar Fasciitis

This is the most common cause of heel pain.  It is caused when your plantar fascia ligament becomes irritated, weakens, swells or strains.  Since it is the tissue that supports your arch, some people call it “fallen arches”.  Plantar Fasciitis causes moderate to severe foot pain and should be attended to as soon as possible.  If you would like to learn more about your condition, please continue here or CONTACT US today for your evaluation.

7.) Hiatal Hernias / Hiatus Hernia

A hernia is simply described as part of your internal body moving somewhere it does not belong.  Your Hiatus is an opening in your diaphragm and acts as a muscular wall between your chest cavity and your abdomen.  When your abdomen and stomach bulge up through the opening in your hiatus, this is called a hiatal hernia, or hiatus hernia.  There are two types of hiatal hernias : paraesophageal and sliding.  Though extremely uncomfortable, surgical alternative can treat these hernias and make your life more comfortable and manageable.  If you have a hiatal hernia and would like to learn more, please click here, or CONTACT us today for your evaluation and treatment.

6.) Tight Muscles / Stiffened Joints

We all get older and we all get LESS mobile each day.  Even with an active lifestyle and proper stretching, we cannot always be that “21 year old” that we all remember was invincible.  We have many clients that have been unable to do some of the things that they love due to aging muscles and joints.   Many include hunters, golfers, fisherman/fisherwomen, and other active oriented people.  With our treatment most of them are able to return to what they love.  Whether its casting a rod, climbing into a tree stand, or any other activity, we can help you return to the things in life that you have worked so hard to enjoy.  If you would like to learn more about joint stiffness or muscle tightness, please click here, or CONTACT us for your evaluation.


Surgical Alternative specializes in alternative therapy for many conditions and ailments.  If you would like to learn more about our services, or symptoms that we treat, please CONTACT US, or VISIT OUR WEBSITE to begin feeling better soon.

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