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Cognitive Therapies

Cognitive therapy can be used as a type of complementary therapy for people with a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal problems.

Cognitive therapy is carried out by mental health professionals.  Using cognitive therapies as a complementary treatment recognizes the significance of the mind-body connection, and use that connection to benefit the patient and improve quality of life.

If you want to explore cognitive behavioural therapy or any other kind psychotherapy we suggest you get in touch with a licensed psychotherapist such as the renowned Cristina Rossi, either in her office in Genova, Italy or via Skype.

What is Cognitive Therapy?

There are several different types of cognitive therapy that can be used as complementary therapy to help patients deal with symptoms and even to possibly alleviate their severity and/or effects.

One of these cognitive therapy options is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).  Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy in which one is taught new ways of thinking and understanding behaviour and problems.

When you undertake cognitive behavioural therapy, you are given tools needed to understand how your thinking affects your feelings, and how your thinking is affected by your actions.  It helps you change the way you think and behave, and this can help you more effectively cope with the symptoms of physical conditions.

CBT is a type of “talking therapy” that helps you avoid the traps of negative thinking, and gives you the mental tools necessary to break down problems into smaller and more manageable components.  It focusses much more on the present than the past.

Many people with medical conditions find that cognitive behavioural therapy can give them a greater sense of control over the experience of their symptoms.  It can also help to promote relaxation and confidence, and this can assist in alleviating symptoms, in some cases.

If you are interested in undergoing cognitive behavioural therapy, you will need to find a mental health practitioner who is trained in this area.  Ask your doctor whether he or she thinks that cognitive behavioural therapy could be of benefit to you.

Usually CBT requires you to attend one session every one or two weeks.  You will probably need to complete at least five sessions, but you should know that as many as 20 could be recommended.  You will need to devote about 30 minutes to one hour to each session.

Other Mind-Body Complementary Treatments

Other types of complementary treatments that seek to utilize the mind-body connection in alleviating the symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions might be useful.  One example is mindfulness work.

Mindfulness: Mindfulness therapy can be useful in helping patients deal with the symptoms of physical conditions.  If you pursue this, you will be taught a variety of techniques for making yourself more mindful in your daily life.

Mindfulness is the ability to live entirely in the moment rather than the past or the future.  It tends to help to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.  Meditation is likely to be a component of mindfulness training.

Cognitive Therapies Might be Helpful for You

Don’t underestimate how helpful cognitive therapies might be for you, as a complementary treatment option.  While they require a certain amount of time commitment, the benefits will make it worthwhile.


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All You Need to Know About Deep Tissue Massage for Musculoskeletal Disorders

One of the alternative treatment options for a variety of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is deep tissue massage. Many patients choose this complementary therapy to reduce the symptoms of their medical conditions.

What Is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy. It works on the deeper layers of muscles and fascia (the connective tissue around the muscles). The masseur uses deep finger pressure coupled with slow yet firm motions to alleviate the MSD symptoms.

Who Can Deep Tissue Massage Help?
Deep tissue massage is often beneficial for patients with such conditions as:

  • Low back, upper back, and neck pain
  • Strain injury (carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Muscle tension
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis
  • And more

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Most patients with MSDs can experience numerous benefits of deep tissue massage.

  1. Pain relief

The main benefit of deep tissue massage for patients with MSDs is pain relief. It’s beneficial for both acute and chronic pain. Some researchers believe that this massage is even more effective for chronic pain than conventional medical treatments. Deep tissue massage improves blood flow and reduces the inflammation, which causes pain. In addition, this massage can reduce muscle tension, which often comes with chronic pain.

  1. Lower heart rate and blood pressure

Deep tissue massage can reduce stress and tension, which in turn improves blood pressure. The massage can boost the body’s serotonin production, which is responsible for promoting a good mood.

  1. Rehabilitating Injured Muscles

Injured muscles may take years to rehabilitate with common treatment. Deep tissue massage therapy can speed up the process by facilitating the removal of toxins from the muscles. Additionally, deep tissue massage stretches the tight muscles and promotes healing. By relaxing the muscles, deep tissue massage alleviates the pain caused by injuries. That’s why it’s often used during rehabilitation from sports injuries.

What to Expect During a Deep Tissue Massage
Many patients are concerned about the pain associated with some massages. Deep tissue massage may cause some discomfort and slight pain. However, the massage technique can be adjusted to reduce the discomfort. You should always tell the therapist about the pain caused by the manipulations. Pain is not always a symptom of the deep tissue massage therapy working. It may make it harder for the therapist to do the job since it causes the body to tense.

Unlike a regular massage therapist, a deep tissue specialist may use elbows, forearms, and knuckles to do the massage. After the massage, you may feel stiffness and some soreness, which should disappear within a couple of days.

Deep Tissue Massage Side Effects
Some patients report slight bruising after the deep tissue massage. More serious but rare side effects include:

  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Spinal accessory neuropathy
  • Hepatic hematoma
  • Posterior interosseous syndrome

Contraindications for such massage are:

  • Blood clots
  • Recent surgery or any other medical procedure (with caution)
  • Bruising or inflamed skin
  • Abdominal hernia
  • Recent fractures
  • Pregnancy

Deep tissue massage can become one of the most beneficial complementary therapies for people with MSDs. Please consult your doctor before trying this treatment.