Fads and Fixes for Pain

Fads
Hot Stone Massage 
Hot stone massages are a huge thing for people trying to ease tension in the muscles and promote relaxation. These stones are usually made of basalt or volcanic rock because they hold in heat. The stones are usually heated between 130 and 145 degrees and used with Swedish massage techniques. While there can be benefits to hot stones massages like increased blood circulation, there can also be negative side effects. Some side effects can be nausea, fatigue, flared medical conditions, headaches, and more. 

Fixes 
Dry Needling 
Many people believe that dry needling is the same as acupuncture, but that is not the case. Looking at dry needling and acupuncture you may assume they are the same. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and focuses on Chinese traditions of opening up a person’s energy flow or chi. Dry needling has only been around the last couple decades and focuses on specific trigger points or muscles that are irritated in the body. The small, stainless steel needles are places in those specific trigger points or knots in order to relieve pain and promote movement. 

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