First Appointment Expectations
What to expect at your first appointment with Emerson Therapeutic Massage, Fargo ND
When you visit Emerson Therapeutic Massage in West Fargo, ND our main goal is to make you feel comfortable and welcome. You will first meet your therapist, Patrick Emerson and discuss your health history and evaluate what massage therapy can do for your conditions. Patrick will then take some initial measurements to evaluate your posture, movement and reflexes. After the evaluation, you will prepare for the massage and Patrick will design a treatment plan specific to your needs. During treatment, your feedback and questions are always welcome. We want you to feel comfortable throughout the process and learn what you need to do to remain pain free.
During the therapeutic massage, Patrick will focus on balancing your posture by releasing tight muscles and help to alleviate the imbalance they cause. You will not only feel fantastic after your massage therapy, but also experience less pain, improved mobility and flexibility, that will last.
What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
One of the most difficult postural distortions I treat, is the forward head posture. For every inch the head projects forward 8-12lbs of weight bearing is added to the musculature of the neck. Keeping in mind it is not the purpose of the neck muscles to perform this function. Weight bearing is the function of the cervical bones and intervertebral discs. The primary function of the neck muscles is movement and stabilization of the head.
If left untreated, as we age the creation of bone spurs occurs as the body attempts to prevent further projection of the head and damage to the cervical spine. As the muscles in the neck tighten to support the head, painful trigger points form that cause headache, restricted movement, referral pain into the neck and shoulders, lack of circulation, dizziness, sinus pain, breathing and speech disturbances. The cervical vertebral discs will begin to degenerate.
Things start to get very serious when the forward head posture is accompanied with a reverse cervical curve. In most forward head postures there is too much cervical curve. This is treatable and can be corrected. Where people find themselves in trouble is when this curve reverses from a lordotic curve to a kyphotic curve. The curve is now concave on the front of the spine instead of the back. A spinal stenosis can develop or narrowing of the spinal canal. This is difficult to correct and may lead to a surgical intervention.
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