Structural bodywork therapy
is massage aimed at improving posture, restoring range of motion, and helping the body to heal more quickly.
We not only provide strucural bodywork, but also the resources you need to stay or become more active.
3 stretches for back pain
Nearly every day we have someone come in complaining about back pain as a result of sitting for long periods of time. Here are some stretches to help with this pain.
Cold got your shoulders tight?
Winter is here, and we’re seeing more and more clients coming in with tense shoulders and neck pain. Here are 4 simple stretches to help release tension in the shoulders.
“This is not your ordinary feel good massage, this is way more beneficial.”
Anatomy Nerd, NC LMBT #14063, RYT, Wilderness First Responder
I’ve wanted to be a part of this movement toward healthy living and community wellness for a long time. I believe that regular exercise, self care, meditation, and healthy eating are critical to health, but the real shift is deeper. we have to feel safe, relaxed, and believe fervently in the intrinsic value of being healthy.
Active Asheville Massage & Bodywork Therapy for Lasting Relief from Pain
At Active Asheville, we aim to help people feel good, play more and lead pain-free lives. We love a challenge and often work with clients who have tried other treatments modalities seeking relief from:
- neck and shoulder pain,
- upper back pain,
- lower back pain,
- stiff neck,
- pain in the back of the head, or
We help clients achieve long-lasting pain relief and a deeper understanding of how their body works. Structural bodywork is a different take on massage therapy. We use range of motion testing, pain presentations, and posture to guide targeted work to offer pain relief and create ease and wellness in the body. While many of our clients find our work relaxing, our aim is not a spa-like experience. A massage treatment at Active Asheville is a type of sports massage and is often compared by our clients to physical therapy. If you are interested in rolfing (structural integration), deep tissue massage, or sports massage, our work at Active Asheville might be a good fit. We target areas of the body that are rarely addressed in conventihich may be culprits in back pain from sitting, shoulder muscles which may be connected with poor posture, headaches, and frozen shoulder, and calf and foot muscles, which are related to plantar fasciitis, and heel and ankle pain.
Treatment for Pain Relief
Like sports massage, our work aims to provide pain relief and often targets areas of the body that are unusual for many massage therapists such as: abdominal muscles which may be related to back pain from sitting, and shoulder muscles, which may be connected with poor posture, headaches, shoulder and neck pain, and frozen shoulder. Because of our attention to detail, our anatomical focus, and unusual approach to sports massage, we often see results where other treatments (including traditional massage) have not.
Sitting: Mid back Pain, Lower Back Pain, and Sciatica
Nowadays, the most common cause of lower back pain is sitting. Many of us sit all day at work, in the car, or on the couch at night. Even bike riding can cause some of the problems associated with sitting for long periods of time. Sitting leaves abdominal muscles and the hamstrings in a passive contraction (ie, shortens the muscles). When you stand up, the shortened muscles don’t fully release, creating tension around the pelvis, the lower and mid spine, and the ribs. This tension can pull the bones out of their natural alignment, leading to:
• lower back pain
• mid back pain
• hip pain
• sciatica, and sciatic nerve related problems (pain running down the leg)
To treat this pain,we focus on body work to elongate the abdominal muscles and hamstrings and stabilize the hips more effectively. In addition to bodywork, we encourage clients to do targeted stretching and strengthening exercises such as balancing on one leg to improve the function of the hip. Dull or sharp/electrical pain that radiates down the leg, which is often referred to as sciatica or sciatic pain, often stems from the same issues as low back pain. The same treatments are often helpful. To achieve sciatica pain relief, we will also target specific muscles that are in direct contact with the sciatic nerve including psoas and piriformis. It is worth noting that some presentations of sciatica are caused by pressure on the nerve at the spine, which may require surgery. In cases where massage treatment offers limited relief, we refer out for orthopedic consultation.
Running: Ankle Pain, Heel Pain, Knee Pain, and Plantar Fasciitis
Clients who come to us with heel pain, ankle pain, and plantar fasciitis are often runners. In these case, we undertake a careful assessment of the runner’s gait to help identify the source of the problem. We encourage runners to bring in their running shoes so we can analyze the wear patterns and help identify what muscles in the foot, ankle or lower leg that might be causing the problem. In the world of plantar fasciitis and heel pain, many people’s problems are caused by the overuse or underuse of support in footwear. For example, a person with too much support may experience foot muscle atrophy in the smallest muscles of the feet. Whereas a person wearing minimalist shoes may be putting too much strain on the foot, which is most common among new users of minimalist shoes.
Knee pain is often, but not always, a symptom of problems with the hip or ankle. We make it a point to identify imbalances in the ankles or hips when working with knee problems. Pain beneath the kneecap can be caused by too much pressure to the front knee. If there is pain in the back of the knee, we examine muscles that cause rotation to the knee joint. Pain on inner or outer knee may also connected to hip issues. Knowing that knee problems are often hip problems, is one of the ways we aim to get to the root of the pain for lasting relief.
What to expect from an Active Asheville Massage Treatment
A typical appointment begins with a quick conversation with clients about how they are feeling in their body that day. We want to know about any progresses and set backs since the last appointment. Treatments will change over time. When we begin with a new client, we work to identify the sources of pain and tightness. This will involve targeting areas that would restrict posture or freedom of movement in affected areas. This is typically when we would have our most dramatic results. Once we have established a baseline treatment for a client, we look at how ongoing care can help solidify the results we have achieved, and we can take time to address other aches and pains as they come up. In this way, we ensure that our clients continue to feel good and play more. Unlike traditional massage, our guide isn’t what feels good in the moment but what helps to create lasting change in the body. We measure our successes not in how relaxed our clients feel at the end of the session but in long-term benefits that extend days, weeks or months after any session.