Professional Massage Therapy in Your Home or at My Offices
Serving NYC, Long Island, Wantagh, Nassau County, NY
Eugene Wood, Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist
"Eugene has a great awareness of the body and really understands how to promote healing within it. He really listened to what my concerns/needs were, and then used his knowledge to explain how he would proceed, given all the information. I felt as though he was invested in figuring out what treatment would be useful for me, and he explained what he was doing as he went. He was also open to my questions.
The benefits of his massages extend into my day-to-day wellness because Eugene also helped me to understand what’s going on with my muscles and joints. I felt so much better after my massage. I can't thank him enough!"
Long Island, NY
How a Massage Therapist Can Help With a Hernia
What Causes a Hernia?
Sometimes an organ can push through the tissue that secures it in place, causing a bulge, or hernia. Hernias are generally found in the abdomen, which commonly occur as a result of the intestines pushing through a vulnerable section of the abdomen, usually through the navel, however, they can also occur in the groin and upper thigh areas. Sometimes hernias are present at birth, but there are cases where a hernia has occurred in adulthood.
Most hernias do not pose a serious risk. However, they will not go away on their own, and some hernias tend to grow bigger over time. There are various types of hernias; some more serious forms may require surgery, however, less severe cases may be addressed simply by relieving pressure to the hernia, which can prevent it from enlarging. Some of the most common forms of hernias are incisional, hiatus, inguinal, and umbilical.
Some common causes of hernias include:
- A family history of hernias
- Chronic sneezing or coughing
In some cases, hernias have no symptoms at all. In fact, many people never even know they have a hernia until their doctor notices it at their routine check-up or medical exam.
For others, a hernia can be quite obvious, generally exhibited by a bulge or lump in the affected area. Some hernias may be accompanied by a pulling sensation or twinges of pain; however, most hernias are painless and can only be recognized when straining or coughing.
An inguinal hernia, which occurs in the groin, may be accompanied by weakness, pressure, a feeling of heaviness or pain in the lower abdomen, especially when straining. Sufferers may also notice aching or burning at the hernia site. Another common form of hernia, a hiatal hernia, is generally characterized by acid reflux, pain or burning in the chest, and difficulty swallowing.
Though each type of hernia exhibits its own causes and symptoms, most all hernias are most prominent when standing up, and then seem to disappear when lying down
One of the benefits of Massage Therapy for Hernias is that it can relieve stress and tension in the area and help restore balance in that area. A licensed Hernia Massage Therapist understands the mechanics of hernias and can treat the condition by applying gentle friction at the site to help restore muscle balance, help prevent further structural distortions and bring about pain relief. In fact, studies show that massage is effective for treating pain, stress and muscle tension for a number of different conditions including soft tissue injuries.
Sometimes athletes encounter a sports hernia, which occurs when the external oblique, rectus abdominis and the adductor longus all pull in different directions, causing damage in the soft tissue area at the pubic bone. When this occurs, athletes will often experience discomfort in the groin area, which is usually characterized by pain radiating along the adductor longus muscle. A hernia massage therapist can employ gentle stretching techniques, such as a Swedish massage or Sports massage, to help relieve tension in the area as well as increase core strength to correct the imbalance between the leg muscles and the core, which helps lower the risk of future injury.
Many clients report less pain, discomfort and an overall calmness in the area after just one massage therapy for hernias session.
Massage Therapy for Hernias
A Hernia can be a nuisance, not to mention when it is accompanied by pain and discomfort. Massage therapy for hernias treats the body from the inside out to help restore structural balance to the body, which helps alleviate tension and stress in the affected area and helps prevent further issues. In addition to massage therapy for hernias, a massage therapist may also recommend certain lifestyle changes, which can also contribute to your hernia.
Contact Me Today!
If you suffer from a painful or unsightly hernia and want to avoid traditional forms of treatment to address your condition, please contact me today to see how massage therapy can help. I can also come to your home for more convenience.
Massage Therapy for Hernias
"Massage Therapy for Hernias provides a safe and effective way to treat hernias and their symptoms. As a licensed massage therapist, it brings me joy to know that I can help patients relieve the pain and discomfort associated with hernias without the use of harmful medications. By evaluating the whole body, I am able to treat the underlying causes of your hernia to bring about lasting results."
-Eugene Wood, LTM
Locations: Long Island 2050 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, NY 11793 | New York City Institute of Physical Therapy, 30 W. 60th St, Apt. 1C
Page Updated On: 7/21/2016
Institute of Physical Therapy
30 W. 60th St, Apt. 1C
Phone: (917) 952-8052
Center for the Alignment of Body, Mind, and Spirit
2050 Wantagh Ave.
Phone: (917) 952-8052