Multiple Sclerosis and Light Therapy

inflammationOver the past several years, medicine has only been able to offer minimal treatment methods to improve people with neurological-degenerative conditions such as, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s and  Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).


Many people looking for alternative therapies may find light therapy a way to help prevent muscle pain, strengthen weak limbs, improve speech impairment and improve loss of body function. Many factors contribute to the onset of these diseases. Infection, neuro-toxins, unresolved emotional imbalances, and even injuries.


Cold-Laser-TherapyLight therapy combined with microcurrent therapy can help improve conditions because, light and microcurrent can penetrate cells and produce a natural healing response by stimulating protein in the cells to allow nutrients into the cells and help relieve pain. Reported effects are, increased energy circulation, pain relief, improved range of motion, improved coordination and feeling of enhanced emotional wellbeing.

Light therapy studies have shown to improve immune modulation in Multiple Sclerosis patients and improves oxidative stress in neuro-degenerative conditions.

I helped a client who had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 8 years ago. He came to me for pain in his hip, numbness down his leg, impaired speech, cramping of his oblique muscles in his stomach, lack of coordination and range of motion problems.

He was treated using combination of tuina massage and applied color light therapy to specific acupressure points on areas corresponding to his condition. After a 45-minute session, the client was able to get up off the massage table and walk around without pain, experienced improved coordination and substantially improved his speech. He was treated once a week for a whole year and his condition improved about 80%. He still had days where he would relapse however, we did improve his quality of life. If you know someone who has this condition and would like to try a session, feel free to contact me.


Judy Bloom contact: 408-666-5776




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Back Pain Relief In Massage

Ever wonder how massage could benefit your type of back pain?

About one half of all working adults experience some sort of back pain. Stress, lifestyle, poor posture, diet,  and lack exercise. These can be just some of the factors that cause back pain to develop, which can be debilitating.

I cannot stress enough that preventing or treating disease can be prevented without the use of medications. This is true for back pain as well. You can address the root cause of your problem by changing your lifestyle, diet and adding massage into your routine.

Different types of massage can address different types of back pain. Swedish, Deep tissue, Trigger point therapy, Neuromuscular therapy, Shiatsu, Acupressure and Tuina massage can all be beneficial, especially with low back pain or injuries.

Swedish massage offers long sweeping strokes, friction, oil, and pressure. Swedish massage is great for stress, cramped or tense muscles. This massage may not be appropriate for you if you suffer from osteoporosis, deep vein thrombosis, skin infections, open wounds, or severe arthritis, or ruptured disc injury.

Deep tissue massage uses knuckles and elbows, to strip out muscle tissue as far to the bone as possible. It is extremely invasive and is good for athletes who are considerably harder on their bodies than the average person, aids in the breakdown of scar tissue, but is not recommended for ruptured disc injuries or people looking for a relaxing massage or osteoporosis, or ruptured disc.

Trigger point therapy, is a type of therapy that focus on pressing and releasing constricted areas in the muscles to relieve pain. Benefits areas of soreness, or tension. Chronic muscle pain and tension.

Neuromuscular therapy, a type of soft tissue manipulation, focusing on chronic pain of the muscular and nervous system. Trigger points are addressed, circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems, such as repetitive stress injuries. Neuromuscular therapy can be painful, but can help get more oxygen and blood flow to specific areas.

Shiatsu massage, a type of massage originating from Japan. It combines gentle stretches, with finger pressure, to work on different pressure points. Its focus is to improve energy flow to the body and relieve pain. Calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system.

Acupressure, based on Chinese Medicine, focuses on reducing pain by administering light or deep pressure with hands and fingers. Some devices are also used for pain relief.  Acupressure stimulators consist of hand held probes, electrical probes, microcurrent acupressure machines used with pad or probe techniques, lasers or color light therapy consisting of infra-red or LED lights. Acupressure is a safe and focused treatment, similar to acupuncture, but without the use of needles and can be beneficial to help relieve many types of low back pain. Can be beneficial for low back, or soft tissue injuries.


Tuina massage, means push and grasp areas of tension or pain.  A massage based upon the Yin and Yang principles of Chinese Medicine.  Techniques used are grasping, pinching, pulling, rolling, tapping and smoothing of the muscles, which allow the free flow of energy to be dispersed through acupuncture meridians. This helps to give muscles the optimal chance of repairing itself. Great for many ailments, especially low back pain, muscle fatigue, cramping, tension and stress.


 Thai massage uses stretching types of techniques similar to yoga. It is one of the most invigorating types of massage. The therapist uses every part of his or her body, hands, knees, legs and feet to stretch the body, and loosen joints. Improves energy, flexibility, overall health and wellbeing. This type of massage is great for strengthening muscles in the low back.

A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that massage substantially relieved lower back pain over the long term for people who suffered moderately severe chronic pain. After an hour of massage once a week for 10 weeks, participants in the study found their pain levels had dropped dramatically by nearly 50 percent. With the reduction of pain, participants also improved their ability to carry out daily tasks by about 50 percent. A 2008 review of 13 studies found that massage may be beneficial for low back pain, especially when combined with exercises and education. 

Before getting massage therapy, ask your doctor if there’s any reason you should not have a massage. As with any bodywork, don’t be reluctant to tell your therapist if she’s exerting too much or too little pressure, if the pressure feels too painful, or if there are any areas she should avoid. Also, discuss any conditions you have with your massage therapist, who can recommend the best types of massage for you.

How often should you get a massage for back pain? Severe back pain could require several sessions. The beneficial effects may last longer than you might think.

Come try a session of Acupressure and Tuina Massage. I specialize in pain relief methods that can help eliminate your back pain and relieve your stress.

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