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.