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Golfers- How we can improve your Golf Swing?

Peggy Boyd, founder of Surgical Alternative Tampa discusses the use of our cranial structural and advanced deep tissue massage techniques to improve your golf swing and range of motion.

Through the use of our cranial structural and advanced deep tissue massage techniques we provide effective non-surgical treatments for carpal tunnel, hiatal hernias, bulging discs, sciatica (sciatic pain), plantar fasciitis and much more. Surgical Alternative is now located in Lutz near New Tampa. We proudly service Tampa, St. Petersburg, Land O Lakes, New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, Trinity and all surrounding areas. If you are in pain or just need a decompression session, please call today, or schedule your appointment online!

 

 

Health & Wellness! Our community outreach

Surgical Alternative community outreachWe are proud to announce that, Surgical Alternative will be taking part in the 2011 Health & Wellness Festival this Sunday November 13 from 9am to 4pm.  We at Surgical Alternative would like to welcome you to come down and visit our booth.  We would love the opportunity to meet with you and answer any questions about our specialized therapies and the conditions we can effectively treat!  We will also be offering chair massage at our booth for a nominal charge.  Please come down, join in on the fun, and support us expanding in the community!  We hope to see you this weekend!

Here is a list of activities for the whole family:

  • 5K Run/1k Walk (7AM)
  • Fun Run (7:30 am)
  • Visit with medical, health and wellness professionals
  • Fitness and healthy cooking demonstrations
  • Live entertainment
  • Nutrition and health food advice
  • Healthy fun for people of all ages
  • Kid’s Zone

We feel very fortunate and excited to do what we love to do, help others. We have been dealing with clients in severe pain for over 14 years now, that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain.  The reason we started blogging was so that we could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.   For more information or read other testimonials or blogs Check US OUT!

Nerve Entrapment-What causes them?

 

Surgical Alternative helping those suffering from nerve entrapmentNerve entrapment is commonly referred to as a pinched nerve.  A pinched nerve is caused when a nerve is somehow damaged or injured by compression or direct pressure not allowing the nerve to properly conduct a signal. There are many causes for a pinched nerve depending on where the nerve resides in the body. For instance, a pinched nerve in the neck or lower back can be caused by a herniated discbulging discsarthritis,  or sometimes heel or bone spurs.  A pinched nerve in the lower back or gluteus can lead to a pinched sciatic nerve, which can cause sciatica. Nerve entrapment or pinched nerve can be caused by an injury, bruise, or other painful conditions.

The symptoms of a pinched nerve depend on what nerve is affected. Each nerve is responsible for sending information to or from specific parts of the body.

The most common symptoms of a pinched nerve are:

  • pain, numbness,tingling (pins and needles), or weakness of the muscles along the path of the nerve.
  • A pinched nerve in the neck can cause neck pain or stiffness, along with symptoms down the arm.
  • A pinched nerve in the lower back causes back pain and stiffness with symptoms down the leg.
  • A pinched nerve in the wrist from carpal tunnel syndrome typically affects the thumb, index, and middle fingers. It can also cause a weakness in the patient’s grip strength, and atrophy of the muscle of the palm near the thumb.

We feel very fortunate and excited to do what we love to do, help others. We have been dealing with clients in severe pain for over 14 years now, that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, degenerative disk disease, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain.  The reason we started blogging was so that we could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.   For more  information  or read other testimonials or blogs Check US OUT!

Sciatic Pain- How to get relief! Part 2

Helping those suffering from a pinched sciatic nerveIf the sciatic pain is related to a hip that is rotated forward, the sciatic pain may actually be connected with an overtight illiacus muscle (located within the inside curve of the hip bone). When the hip rotates forward it will actually overstretch the piraformis and this can cause the sciatic pain. In this case the release of the illiacus is key in getting the hip to move out of its forward position and allow the piraformis to relax instead of compensate for the forward rotation.

But if the sciatic pain is related to a hip that is rotated toward the back, then it is most likely related to the piriformis but other muscles as well. The psoas, a very deep hip flexor muscle that begins on the front part of the low back vertebrae and goes down through the pelvis to attach with the illiacus on the femor, is often involved as well. Though we learned to release this muscle in my massage training, it was taught to treat herniated or bulging discs lumbar vertebrae or just general low back pain. The relation to the piraformis and sciatica was news to me!

When a hip rotates backwards, sometimes it will flair out to the side.  The foot follows and turns out when standing, and all the muscles on the back of the hip become constricted to help maintain balance.  When sciatic pain exists with this type of pattern, we need to pay particular attention to the musculature of the posterior hip and make sure all contributing muscles are addressed to provide optimal rehabilitation without the immediate tendency for the body to go back into old patterns.

At Surgical Alternative, we believe in lasting change. Each session is designed to release most, if not all, contributing restrictions in soft tissue that are holding the client’s body in an uncomfortable posture.  The body has a strong memory so each session is like taking off a new layer of the old patterns and reinforcing new structural habits revealing more possibilities in the enjoyment of a life without pain.

We have been dealing with clients in severe pain from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, degenerative disk disease, peripheral nerve damage, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or just deal with the pain.  The reason we started blogging was so that we could reach and help those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions. At Surgical Alternative we can help! For availability and scheduling please visit http://surgicalalternative.com/schedule-appointment/

About the Author: This post contributed by a member of the Surgical Alternative team, Nyssa Hanger, to find out more about click here.

 


Sciatic Pain- How to get relief! Part 1

pinched sciatic nerve, sciatic pain reliefWhen I was in massage school, we were taught that sciatica (shooting nerve pain that travels down the back of the leg) was most often caused by a tight hip rotator muscle called the piraformis ( a muscle in the gluteal region of the lower limb).  The piraformis connects our tailbone (or sacrum) to the top of our femur (or leg bone) and when contracted or when the muscle constricts, pulls the leg and knee to the side away from the body, opening the hip. Since this muscle crosses over the sciatic nerve, if it is overly contracted then it can pinch the nerve and cause pain. If someone came in complaining of sciatic pain, I would release their piraformis during the session using several techniques including deep tissue massage and body rebalancing.

In these sessions, the piraformis release “hurts good” at the time of the session but the clients often don’t receive lasting benefits from this release. A tight piraformis does not live on its own; it often a symptom of an imbalanced structure. Though we can get the piraformis to release and let go, if this is not done within a session where all the muscles of the hips contributing to a pattern are also released so the body can find a new way to balance more efficiently. Then the body will often return back to the starting pattern and sciatic pain returns. Addressing pain as a symptom of structural issues is our objective at Surgical Alternative. We utilize SET Bodywork release the muscles and rebalance the body.

This became very clear to me once I started to study structural approaches to pain rehabilitation. The piraformis, I discovered, is certainly not the only culprit to sciatic pain. Determining how to most effectively address this issue depends on adequate evaluation of the body’s structure. This is way we first visually assess the structure by observing the client standing so their weight-bearing structure emerges. Almost every client I have seen reporting a painful condition presents an imbalance in the pelvis with one side rotating forward and one rotating backward.

Although massage has been around for hundreds of years we are still discovering the power the body and mind having in the healing process.  I have seen and lived this process with many of my clients, that is why I feel very fortunate and excited to do what I love to do, help others that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, degenerative disk disease, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain.  At www.surgicalalternative.com we can help!  Check back for Part II

Why we are not just another deep tissue massage?

Including bulging discs, herniated discs and hiatal herniasI get inquiries from potential clients looking for deep tissue massage.  Sometimes I think that clients have the impression that the deeper the massage the better the results.  You’ve heard the adage “no pain, no gain.”  I am here to tell you that you should expect more from your sessions and your therapist than just depth!  How would you like to experience a session where several evaluative tools are used to assess your total body alignment and the bodywork systematically releases the soft tissue directly affecting your pain, and more! After discussing with your therapist the pain causing condition that brought you in, we perform  a postural analysis to observe how your body is compensating to keep you going. Through postural analysis it is possible to determine which areas of their body are under more strain than others, and which muscle groups are causing this strain. We use kinesiology/ muscle testing before and after to show you which muscles are involved in the collapse and the changes that the cranial/structural work has made to your structure.  Only after a thorough analysis, we finally couple all of this with the slow but deep tissue restructuring body work!  Our therapists are highly trained and specialize in SET Bodywork which prepares us to help and effectively treat conditions ranging from herniated discs, degenerative disk disease, bulging discs  and much more, to helping you recover from that painful sciatica pain or the plantar fasciitis you’ve now been putting up with for months. Once you book your appointment , you are in for lasting changes within your  entire body structure that will have you rehabilitated from pains you thought you had to live with. Managing pain is not acceptable here!  We approach the body as a whole.  We look to address the source of where the pain originated from, not address all the symptoms.  When this is kept at the fore front of your rehabilitation plans we can rehabilitate you from pain, not manage it.   You’ll find yourself resuming life activities you had not fully enjoyed in years!  Contact us regarding your condition.  WE CAN HELP!

Why People Come to Surgical Alternative

People come see me for many different reasons. A lot of times, I’m the last option because they’ve done all the traditional western medicine they know to do.  When their condition first started they stretched, they iced and took it easy for a little while, but still things persisted.  They saw their doctor, were evaluated, had x-rays, MRIs, or cat scans and were told nothing was evident. They were just given a prescription for pain meds and anti-inflammatory and sent on their way.  Some were even offered steroid injections that temporarily fixed the situation but did not offer long term relief.  Many were not satisfied with their fix and felt that they should not feel this way at their age or were told it was all in their head because their films came back clean but yet they were still in pain.  Most people come here because they were told by a friend, family member, neighbor or stranger that they knew of someone that could help.  I often call our office the “place of last resort”.  People have often given up hope by the time they make it here.  When they come for their appointment armed with their reports, films, and evaluations, they are so relieved to hear that their strange aches and pains that have been limiting their lives does not sound strange to me.  As a matter of fact they are the same symptoms that are common place and seen routinely at this office.  There is a combination of hesitancy, disbelief, and relief that I see them experience.  After all, many of them have gone through exhausting efforts and treatment to try and feel better.  It really hurts me to hear what they have been living/existing with and how they are suffering just to make it day to day.  After explaining what I do and how it can help, I begin to see a glimmer hope and relief washes over them.  It’s not uncommon for tears of relief to be shed or for them to have an emotional release because of what they have been living with and going though. I explain how the body can manifest pain, the underlying conditions for this pain and why I think I can help.  I do what I do because of the compassion I have for what these people are suffering or existing with.  Our work is able to help so many get out of pain and return to a normal life. I’m not talking about managing but truly rehabilitating their pain. Over the course of your life, the body goes through many traumas while playing sports, working, car accidents, or other daily activities. I think everyone can remember all the things we did to our bodies as children and growing up.  As we get older some of these traumas manifest themselves through the body and can cause severe pain.  A good example is my husband, who played football, basketball and soccer the majority of his life and as he got older his back and ankle muscles would cause intense pain.  Thankfully I knew how to fix himJ I am one of the lucky ones, I love what I do and I enjoy restoring hope. I have been dealing with clients in severe pain for almost 14 years now, that are suffering from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or are told they just have to deal with the pain.  The reason I started blogging was so that I could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.  At www.surgicalalternative.com we can help!

Sciatica- A pain you don’t have to live with!

There are many times when I am crossing the parking lot of a store and I observe people walking with pain or discomfort.  I see them walking with a limp, walking slowly holding a shopping cart and wincing because of the severe pain they are experiencing.  I often think about speaking with them to let them know that there are options for them to get better. I want to give them my business card to let them know that I can help.  A common pain that many people suffer from is sciatica or a pinched sciatic nerve.  It usually starts in the back as a minor pain and will eventually move all the way down your leg as the pain progresses. This is one of those pains that can get worse as it starts to travel and make its way down your leg.  The pain can be so intense that it can bring you to your knees.  When the nerve becomes really irritated it will start to bother you while sitting or standing and can also be so intense that it keeps you up at night.  Most times you can wiggle around until you find a position that isn’t as uncomfortable and the sciatica pain will ease. After a certain point, the pain you feel from the pinched sciatic nerve can seem like no position is a good position.  I hear people chalk it up to getting older but I am here to tell you “don’t buy into that!”  The structural work I do, which uses a combination of several techniques including deep tissue massage and cranial/structural therapy, addresses the tight muscles allowing the bones to release bringing the pelvis back into balance. You don’t have to manage that pain!  We can get rid of it.  My clients feel a SIGNIFICANT difference in just one session! It is best to follow thru and do more than 1 session; but imagine being able to finally sleep, walk, or sit without this pinch sciatic nerve pain running your life! I have been dealing with clients in severe pain from herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disk disease,hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or just deal with the pain.  The reason I started blogging was so that I could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions. At Surgical Alternative we can help! Please check out our site www.surgicalalternative.com/blogs and post your stories and comments.

A New lease on life-Pain Free

A client came in suffering from severe neck and shoulder pain.  Their neck muscles were so seized or traumatized that they were causing a constant low grade headache. The muscles were so tight that they made her right shoulder draw tight to her body and drop lower than her left shoulder, which could also lead to painful conditions such as nerve entrapment. The client had been suffering and living with this from this condition for over 25 years.  . Their loss of range of motion in their neck, led to losing their ability to drive or operate other motorized vehicles, making a difficult situation more unbearable. In our first session, I used a combination of many techniques including deep tissue massage to help release the strain on the muscles, it was painful but relieving.  After only the first session there was an instant increase in their range of motion for her neck and surrounding tissues.  The second session focused releasing the restriction around the neck and shoulder areas.  We also explored what restrictions would cause the arm to hold so tightly to the body. In my 13 years using alternative therapy as complementary and alternative medicines, I have come to find that problems like these can be more mental or emotional than physical. I continue with the deep tissue massage techniques releasing the muscles that went into the ribs and around the rotator cuff.  After only the second session the client had regained blood vessels and circulation in the wrist area of the right arm.  Blood flow had returned to a bone in wrist that had recently been diagnosed as a dying bone!! The client had not mentioned this to me because they had thought there was nothing anyone could do about it outside of surgery. It has now been 2 ½ months and the veins in the right wrist are as beautiful as ever!  Their neck is maintaining its gained range of motion even though we still have a ways to go.  The best news to for me is they now drive themselves to their appointments!   How Awesome!  I have been dealing with clients in severe pain from herniated discs, bulging discs, hiatal hernias, peripheral nerve damage, degenerative disk disease, nerve entrapments, pinched sciatic nerve issues and many more symptoms that people think they either have to have surgery for or just deal with the pain.  The reason I started blogging was so that I could reach and help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions. At Surgical Alternative we can help! Please check out our site www.surgicalalternative.com/blogs and post your stories and comments.

Childs night time sleeping habits keeps parents at wits end

As a massage therapist in Tampa for over 13 years I have seen my share of interesting cases.  For instance, a father came in for therapy and seemed more tired than usual.  He told me how since birth, his child woke up on a nightly basis frantically screaming, until a parent came to comfort them back to sleep. Both he and his wife would take shifts of who would sleep and who would do the comforting. He also told me how this had severely limited their lives because the child was usually acting out what he had done earlier that day.  Too much day time excitement and stimulation made the nights much worse.  The father gave the example of taking their child to the beach or attending family/friend functions as not being an option for them.  A very interesting detail about this was that the child was never aware that they were doing this.  They only had the awareness of being tired every morning.   I explained to the father how I thought the child could benefit from a cranial decompression and other cranial work that would release pressure on the cranium but also help bring it into balance. I asked the father to bring in the son to experience a cranial work session. Both parents agreed to bring the child in for therapy.  The child enjoyed the therapy, was quite inquisitive, and fell asleep during the session.   When the family came for the second appointment the parents gave feedback that 2 days before their 2nd appointment the child slept through the night for the first time! The parents had grown accustomed to taking shifts for the past 7 years anticipating his waking, but he never did wake up.     By the 3rd appointment the parents were happy to report that the son had not woken up again since 2 days before his 2nd appointment.  This nightly disturbance that had taken over their lives was no longer limiting and governing their lives! No longer waking up tired has allowed this child to become more emotionally balanced, more focused at school, and more themselves! The parents were surprised at all the changes are and were so grateful for how this has changed all their lives! There are many types of alternative medicines and therapy that can help change what people think they have to live with. Check into it and you may be surprised. I’d love to hear any stories you may have.

 

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