Massage Is a Great New Year’s Resolution


Resolutions by the Numbers

If it hasn’t already started, then soon you’re going to be faced with this question, “What’s your New Year Resolution?”  According to Statista, one third of the population refuses to acknowledge having any sort of resolution, but what a waste of an opportunity.

A New Year is a new chance.  It may seem like it’s only the turn of a calendar page, but a trip around the internet will take you to a variety of studies which indicate that our brains love anything new.  Levels of dopamine can be raised and other salutary effects can be realized, but if you choose the wrong resolutions, you can quickly reverse the good vibes.

Of the two thirds of people who do make resolutions at the new year, the greatest majority of them choose three resolutions more than all others:

  • Eat Healthier
  • Exercise More
  • Save Money

The Huffington Post says that only eight percent of those who make these resolutions will keep them.  The reason most often cited for derailing good intentions is small failures.  You plan to eat healthier, but your schedule heats up and two weeks into the New Year you realize all you’ve eaten has been convenience meals and fast food offerings.  You want to exercise more, but you sprain your ankle on your first attempt to exercise and can’t even walk on it.  You plan on saving money, but end up writing a hot check instead.

Part of the problem is that in most cases you’re all alone in your endeavor, so when you’ve gained a pound, skip the gym and fail to even open a savings account, there’s no one there to help you out.  Another part of the problem is just a resistance to change.  Our brains may like the thought of something new, but the actual pursuit of the new thing can kill the buzz.

Avoid the Guilt Trip

Deciding to get massages on a regular basis is a different kind of resolution.  Statista tells us almost a quarter of those making resolutions choose self-care as their goal, but like the big 3, most of those resolutions (like flossing more often, using theraputic masks for your complexion or pumice on your calluses) have the same problems as the big three.  You’re all alone and small failures quickly add up to a complete abandonment of your resolution.

Massage is different.  You’re not all alone.  If you purchase a package of ten 50-minutes massages from DFW Medical Massage, you’re going to have help setting your new habit.  Dwight will schedule your appointments for you and if something gets in the way of you making one of the appointments, he’ll help you choose a time to re-schedule.

Instead of small failures which discourage you, you’ll experience great successes which make keeping your resolution easier.    From your first massage of the year to the last, you’ll get satisfaction and relief.  What’s more, you’ll start to notice incremental improvements in your life – like less stress, less pain, more flexibility, more energy and more stamina.  When you look in the mirror, you’ll see yourself standing taller.

So this year, skip the guilt trip.  Don’t sign up for any of the big three resolutions.  They represent an almost sure guarantee of failure.  Instead, resolve to get regular massages and get a partner to help you keep that resolution.  Catalog your successes and at the end of the year, you’ll be glad you resolved to make a change that mattered.  Call 903-456-5712 to book your first massage.



Taking the Pain Out of Pregnancy


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Congratulations You’re Expecting

Is there anything more miraculous than life?  An act of love and affection becomes the seed of someone brand new.  The wonders of a new life being formed and growing in the body of the mother are remarkable.  There’s just nothing mundane about it.

However, nine months can seem like a very long time.  Each mother has a unique experience, but oftentimes, the joy of the new life is tarnished by the pains associated with carrying the child to term.  It’s important to realize there are ways to address the pains of pregnancy.

Benefits of Massage

Massage is a therapy that can be beneficial to anyone, but if you’re expecting, you might be surprised just how good a massage could be.  From ancient times, in a wide variety of cultures, massage has been used to enhance pregnancy. Even the American Pregnancy Association recognizes the benefits of massage.  Here are some of the benefits they cite:

  • Improves Overall Health
  • Provides Better Sleep
  • Reduces and Relieves Stress
  • Reduces and Relieves Muscle Tension
  • Reduces and Relieves Muscle Aches
  • Reduces and Relieves Joint Pain
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Reduces Back Pain
  • Reduces Headaches
  • Reduces Hormonal Fluctuation
  • Regulates Mood
  • Relieves Discomforts Associated with Skeletal and Circulatory Change
  • Decreases Symptoms of Depression
  • Improves Labor Outcomes
  • Improves Blood Circulation
  • Improves Oxygenation of Soft Tissues and Muscles
  • Improves Lymphatic Circulation
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health
  • Improves Nerve Pain
  • Fewer Complications During Birth
  • Fewer Instances of Newborn Complications

Even with all these benefits, a woman should discuss the addition of massage to her prenatal care with her physician and the masseuse she chooses should be certified to perform Prenatal Massage, which of course, Medical Massage Practitioner, Dwight Lee Tinney, is certified to do.

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Exercise Can Help, Too

Another great tool during pregnancy is exercise.  In addition to their hearty endorsement of massage, the American Pregnancy Association points out “exercise and pregnancy usually work well together.”  In some situations there can be complications with exercise for pregnant women, especially if they have not exercised before pregnancy, so always check with your physician, but like massage, there are benefits.

As a Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor, Dwight Tinney can design a program to specifically address issues a pregnant woman may face during pregnancy and suggest others which could actually improve labor and delivery.  Aerobics and Yoga were cited as particularly effective for pregnant women, including walking, jogging, running, bicycling and swimming.

Call Now for More Information

If you’re expecting or considering a pregnancy in your future, talk to Dwight at DFW Medical Massage/Action Fitness at 903-456-5712 to develop your plan.  As you can see from the benefits listed above, some of the greatest drawbacks and complications to pregnancy can be addressed with massage and exercise.  You owe it to yourself and your baby to do all you can to make your pregnancy, your labor and your delivery safe.  While the pain related to labor and delivery cannot be completely eradicated, you can improve the many months of pregnancy and greatly enhance your experience.




Medical Massage Makes 5K Marathon Possible


It Creeps Up On You

As we go through life, we tend to collect things along the way and some of those things are good.  Friends, family, wisdom, experience, skills, memories – the list of good things goes on and on.  But some of the things we collect are not so good: bad habits, grudges, stress and so much more.

An online article by Britain’s Independent points out that we peak in various aspects of our lives at different times.  According to them, psychological well-being peaks at 82, while you’ll be able to learn a language better at 7 or 8.  The good news is you always have something to look forward to.

Unfortunately, pain pain peaks at various times, too.  You can be born with something that hurts.  You can have an injury to create pain at any time.  And pain can also creep up on you.

Something Wasn’t Right

Pain crept up on Crystal.  Sure, she’d had injuries in her life, but for the most part, things had healed.  She hadn’t been born with anything painful, but suddenly back pain was ruling her life.  She couldn’t point out a moment when the pain had begun, but over time, it had slowly, but surely, become a primary consideration.

Simple tasks around the house, like hanging the clothes from the dryer, could only be done in spurts.  Ten minutes of sustained activity was just too painful to endure.  Things other people take for granted were impossible to her.  She couldn’t even walk for a mile.

 Now She’s Running 5K’s

In desperation, to slow down pain’s progress, Crystal came to see Medical Massage Practitioner, Dwight Lee Tinney, of DFW Medical Massage.   Her debilitating pain had built up over time, so it took a series of appointments to reverse the process, but once the massage therapy realigned Crystals back and reduced the accumulated stresses, life got a lot better.

She able to resume doing household chores without interruptions of unbearable pain, and walking became easier,  So, she became a runner and participated in a 5K.  She continues to see Dwight on a regular basis and not only is she pain-free, but she’a able to accomplish more and more.  Pain isn’t in charge anymore.

What’s Your Pain Factor?

Take a personal inventory.  Is pain a factor of your daily life?  Are there activities you avoid or can only do for a short time, because they hurt?  Do you avoid doing new things, going new places or trying out new experiences, because you’re not sure your pain will allow them?  Are simple things like taking a walk, sitting through a movie or climbing stairs not so simple anymore?  Has pain crept up on you?

You don’t have to let pain win!  Call DFW Medical Massage and discuss the situation with Dwight.  Set up an appointment for assessment.  Schedule your first therapy session.  Relief could be right around the corner.

Of course, we can’t guarantee success with every patient who calls, because the body is a complex instrument.  However, it is rare for patients to continue in pain after Dwight begins to treat them.  In fact, the great majority of our patients arrive at a pain-free life, long before they thought it was possible.

If you are suffering, please call us now at 903-456-5712.  The right touch might be all you need to get on the road to a pain-free life.




Palpation for Assessment


The Magic of Touch

In Medical Massage, we use the gift of touch to bring healing to our patients, but touch is also a tool we use to discover what might be going wrong inside the body.  During an assessment, we ask the patient to describe the problems they experience and demonstrate activities that cause pain.  We may ask the patient to make a variety of seemingly unrelated movements to check their range of motion in various areas.

Using these assessment tools helps to localize the area of concern, but to find the source of the problem, we will often use palpation.  To the untrained eye it might seem palpation is just poking and prodding the skin.  The areas palpated may seem to have no obvious connection to the area of pain.  The patient may have complained of a tender ankle, but the medical massage practitioner kneads an area around their hipbone.

Assessment by Palpation

Palpation is a highly technical skill requiring significant knowledge of anatomy, but knowledge of anatomy is only the beginning.  A Medical Massage Practitioner goes through significant training to understand subtle differences in tissue, muscles and organs.  Once the therapist has gone through this training, then they must learn what these difference indicate and how they can be treated, but they are still not through.  It takes a lot of practice to effectively utilize the technique of palpation and apply the proper therapy.

Medical Massage Dwight Tinney has not only received all the training necessary to qualify for certification in the practice of massage assessment and therapy, but he also has extensive experience in effectively using the palpation technique.  The success of his assessments and treatments is manifest in the large number of patients who have been relieved of their pain and restriction of movement through his ministrations, even when traditional medical practices have been unableable to identify the source of the complaints.  Some of the testimonies of theses successes can be found here.

Taking the Next Step

If you are someone who is suffering pain or restriction of movement and you are becoming frustrated with the inability of the medical world to identify the cause of of your affliction, you are not alone.  We treat many people who have given up on ever standing up straight again, going through a day without taking dangerous opiate drugs or without suffering from other situations related to the failure of traditional medical care.

You may have been to doctors that have run their hands over the part of your body that hurts or pressed on the area of your complaint, but medical doctors rarely have extensive training in palpation.  They rely most heavily on conditions that can be identified by using technology like x-rays, CT scans and MRI’s.  Conditions invisible to these technologies can be overlooked and ignored.  If this describes your situation, please call us at 903-456-5712.

We cannot guarantee that palpation will identify the source of your discomfort or restriction, but with the great majority of people who come to see us, palpation helps us correctly assess the situation and work towards relief.  



Sit Up Straight! Stand up Straight!


How many times have you heard it?  “Sit up straight!” “Stand up straight!”

How many reasons have you been given to do so?

  • Sit up straight at the table.  It’ll help with your digestion.
  • Stand up straight.  You’ll look more handsome/pretty.
  • Sit up straight at your desk.  You’ll look like you’re paying attention
  • Stand up straight in that dress/suit.  It will fit/look better.
  • Sit up straight when you’re on the phone.  Your voice will have more energy.
  • Stand up straight.  You’ll look thinner.
  • Sit up straight at the interview.  You’ll be more likely to get the job.

While all those are great suggestions and the reasoning is sound, you should sit and stand up straight for one reason – it’s better for you.

Your body was designed to perform optimally when it is aligned properly.  Sitting and standing up straight may seem like it takes more effort, but in the long run it’s a lot easier than dealing with the consequences of slouching.  If you slouch when you sit, stand and walk for long enough, the damage you do to yourself could be irreparable.

Your skeleton is the frame work which supports the rest of your body.  Ligaments connect your bones together and tendons connect your muscles to your bones.  Holding the rest of it together, like organs and skin, is connective tissue.  What this means is, the pain in your gut might not have anything to do with your digestion.  You may just need to sit and stand up straight!

Modern medicine is all about vaccines to prevent disease and medication or surgery to treat symptoms.  While standing up straight can’t prevent catching an infection, there’s a lot of symptoms you won’t have to deal with if you’ll just keep an eye on your posture.

What’s even better, siting up straight won’t cost you a penny, but it could save you a fortune.  Make siting, standing and walking straight your new hobby.  When you catch a glimpse of yourself in a window or mirror, check your posture.  It will do more for you than checking your hair or comparing what you’re wearing to everyone else.  When you have an option, choose the straight back chair over the easy chair.  If you sit on a sofa, support yourself with pillows to keep yourself erect.  Here are some other ideas:

  • When you spend a lot of time sitting down, set an alarm to go off every 20 minutes and shift your position a little bit.
  • After switching positions several times, stand up!  You don’t have to leave your desk or quit working.  Just do what you were doing from a standing position for a few minutes.  Perhaps make a deal to with yourself to stand up whenever you take a call.
  • If you’re on the phone a lot, don’t hold the phone to your ear with your shoulder.  Sit erect and hold the phone with your hand or wear a headset.
  • And put up that phone occasionally, especially when you’re walking.  Looking down while you walk causes accidents, but it also causes misalignment in your neck.

Here’s another idea:  have frequent massages.  You don’t have to wait until something goes terribly wrong and you are in serious pain.  Every day each of us puts our body through a variety of stresses.  A regular schedule of massages will help keep your body in alignment and relieve the restrictions that build up in your muscles.  Think of it as preventative medicine.  You’ll reap the rewards for years to come.

When you do get a massage come to DFW Medical Massage.  Dwight Lee Tinney is a licensed Medical Massage Practitioner.  While a spa massage can make you feel good for a while, Dwight is trained to identify and correct specific sources of pain and stress.  He’s also licensed to prescribe therapeutic exercises and advice you on better nutrition choices.  Do more than survive.  Thrive.  Call Dwight at 903-456-5712.  


What is TMJ Syndrome?


Tempromandi What?

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint.  Web MD describes the TMJ as “a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.”

Your TMJ is one of the parts of the body most people never even think about, even thought they use it constantly throughout the day.  Few would be able to name it and even if they’ve heard of it, they’re not sure what it is or what it does.  Since the TMJ is not well-known, when there is a problem, it is easy to think there is some other cause.

Symptoms like an ear ache could be perceived as an ear infection, signaling a visit to your doctor.  Pain while chewing could send someone directly to the dentist.  However, both of these are important signals there could be a problem with your TMJ and a medical massage practitioner would be the best person to see.  Other symptoms listed by the Mayo Clinic include:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
  • A clicking noise when the jaw is opened or closed

WebMD warns, “You may also have toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears.”

What Causes a TMJ Disorder?

While no one is sure exactly what causes the TMJ Syndrome, many possibilities are cited by WebMD and the Mayo Clinic.

  • Symptoms can arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself
  • Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck — like from a heavy blow or whiplash
  • Long term grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint
  • Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint
  • Arthritis, rhumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis in the joint or cartilage
  • Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth
  • Erosion of the disk
  • Certain connective tissue diseases can cause problems which may affect the temporomandibular joint

What You Can Do About TMJ Disorder?

The  masseter muscle, seen in the illustration above is the primary muscle used for the activities which affect your TMJ.  When a Medical Massage Practitioner, like Dwight Lee Tinney finds a restriction or stress on this muscle through palpation, massage is usually the best way to tackle the related symptoms.  When the stress or restriction is released, then the pressure is taken off the TMJ.

Massage is also good for all kinds of stress, so if a situation in your life is causing you to clench your jaw and grind your teeth, there are massage techniques which can help alleviate that stress to go along with treatment for TMJ Disorder.  Tension headaches could be irradiated in this manner.

Sometimes other therapies are needed in conjunction with massage, like therapeutic exercises.  Because he is also a Certified Physical Trainer with a specialization in corrective exercises, he can develop a routine to help you battle your TMJ syndrome.

So next time your ear or tooth aches, don’t automatically assume you need to go to a doctor or a dentist.  Give DFW Medical Massage a call.  Dwight might have a better solution than another antibiotic or a visit to the dentist.


Medical Massage Brings Life-Changing Results


From Handicapped Parking to Hiking Devil’s Tower

Just a picture of another senior citizen on vacation, right?  Don’t be so quick there!  You’re looking at a miracle.

James had five back surgeries, but the world of medicine had failed him.  He was unable to stand up straight.  Going up even a few stair steps was a major maneuver.  His life was dictated by his condition.


Then James came to Dwight Lee Tinney at DFW Medical Massage.  Dwight is a licensed massage therapist certified for medical massage.  The amount of change realized in just a few appointments surprised even Dwight.  Everyone heals at a different rate, but a severe case like James can require a long time to repair, if the damage can be reversed at all.  After remarkably few therapy sessions James was almost walking completely upright.

Because Dwight is also certified by  NASM, (National Academy of Sports Medicine) as a personal trainer and a Corrective Exercise Specialist, he was able to prescribe several therapeutic exercises to compliment the medical massage therapy.

Watch this personal testimony by James.


Watch James as he demonstrates one of his first attempts at walking upright.  He’s a little awkward in the beginning, but wait for the smile at the end!

And here he is making his first normal trip up a set of stairs.


Need a Miracle?

Though James’ success story seems unbelievable, it’s not really a miracle.  He did experience quicker results than many patients, but we used the same medical massage procedures on him that we can with you.  If you are like most patients, you too will have a remarkable success story.  The great majority of patients who come to us are relieved of their symptoms and enjoy the wellness that comes from lack of pain and stress.

If you’ve tried everything the medical profession has to offer, from medication to surgery, and they have failed, then it’s time to see what medical massage can do for you.  Dwight will use palpation to discover the true root of the restriction causing your symptoms and then will design a course of medical massage therapy and therapeutic exercises to address your specific situation.

IMG952481James true success did not come with the first upright stroll down the hall.  Once a restriction or stress has been addressed, then it is time to strengthen your muscles and retrain your fascial structure.  James continues to see Dwight on a regular basis to preserve the success he’d found.     The real measure of his success is his improved lifestyle.  He wasn’t ready to hike the Tower Trail when Dwight videoed him climbing the stairs for the first time, but through continued therapy James has added hiking back into his life.

If your life is hampered by injury or pain, please give DFW Medical Massage a call, at 903-456-5712.  Dwight would love to help you regain your wellness and return to the things you love to do.


What is Medical Massage


What is Medicine?

Last month we talked about massage and the dictionary was able to provide a very succinct and accurate definition.  The word “medicine” is a little more confusing than “massage” and so the idea of medical massage is not as simple as non-medical massage therapy and it takes a little more explaining. 

Here’s the Marriam-Webster definition of medicine:


1aa substance or preparation used in treating disease

1bsomething that affects well-being

2athe science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease

2bthe branch of medicine concerned with the nonsurgical treatment of disease

3a substance (such as a drug or potion) used to treat something other than disease

4an object held in traditional American Indian belief to give control over natural or magical forces, also magical power or a magical rite

For the purposes of Medical Massage, medicine can be described as “something that affects well-being”  and “the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease.”  It is also most certainly a non-surgical treatment, but it does not use drugs.  It is also important to realize, when administered appropriately by the right person, medical massage can certainly seem as if it is magic! 

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The Primary Difference

What separates a medical massage therapist from spa massage therapists is this:  a medical massage therapist focuses his attention on specific medical issues rather than providing a general improvement in comfort, but more importantly he is actually authorized to use various modalities to heal the restriction or stress causing pain. 

The most important word in that explanation is “heal” and Marriam-Webster offers a good definition of just what it is:

1a: to make free from injury or disease : to make sound or whole

1b: to make well again : to restore to health

2a: to cause (an undesirable condition) to be overcome : mend

With the exception of the word “disease,” this is a pitch perfect description of medical massage.  Medical Doctors use drugs and surgery to heal disease and some injury.  Medical Massage Therapists “make sound or whole”, “make well again”, “restore to health”, “mend” and overcome undesirable conditions using touch.

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The Gift of Healing

Just as we discussed in regards to touch, there is a gift of healing.  Many people are driven to a career in medicine, because they have this gift and they have a desire to use it professionally.  Yet, a medical doctor can prescribe the right medicine or perform a perfect surgery without the gift of healing and you will get well, because that facet of medicine is very technical.    However, if your doctor has the gift of healing, no one has to explain there is something in his treatments that go far beyond his medical training.

Because healing is not specifically quantifiable, there are many kinds of practitioners, from a mother kissing her child’s banged knee, to a first responder calming down the distraught victim of an accident.  Because so many people are in need of healing, there are also a wide range of charlatans who offer hope in a variety of packages – tonics, therapies and even miracles.

Medical Massage is a very unique form of treatment.  To successfully mend the restrictions and stresses which cause pain, a Medical Massage Practitioner needs to possess two gifts that no one can give them, teach them or hand down to them.  The Medical Massage Practitioner must have both the gift of touch and the gift of healing.

Dwight TinneyDwight Lee Tinney Has the Gift of Healing

In spite of his wall of certificates, attesting to his knowledge of wellness, in general, and medical massage, specifically, Dwight would be the first to tell you the courses represented by those certificates are not the primary source of the relief he offers to his patients.  His healing touch is his gift to his patients.

You don’t have to trust his word on this.  Listen to his patients.  Read their testimonies.  Dwight is able to provide healing to his patients primarily through his touch, but it is more than that.  His calm spirit, his empathy, his patience, his perseverance, his humor, his sympathy and a variety of other qualities, which defy definition, make him a healer.

The great majority of people who come to Dwight find healing for their undesirable physical conditions, when those conditions cannot be addressed by medical doctors.  Of course, he can’t guarantee success, because the body is a complex instrument, but it is rare for patients to continue in their pain once Dwight begin to treat them.

If you are suffering, please call us now at 903-456-5712.  Dwight’s gift of touch might be all you need to get on the road to a pain-free life.

Don’t Live with Pain!


Misplaced Bravery

“I’ve put up with it for as long as I can.”  You have no idea how often I hear those words and they make me cringe.  Pain is a signal your body sends to your brain to indicate something is wrong, not an endurance test with awards for toughness.

Sometimes pain is necessary.  A mother giving birth suffers pain, but only for a very specific period for a very specific reason.   In therapy, some treatments or exercises might hurt, but again, only for a very specific period for a very specific reason.  In those situations an endurance to push through the pain can bring a reward.

However, months, years and decades of dealing with pain is a fruitless endeavor for most people, because there are solutions to pain in most cases.  The real problem isn’t that something can’t be done for the pain, but the majority of people go looking for relief in the wrong places.

Going to the Doctor

When something’s wrong, most people go to the doctor.  That can be a good place to start.  If your pain is caused by a disease or a form of illness, then going to the doctor is exactly the right thing to do.  The doctor can prescribe the medication and treatment needed.  If you break your arm or suffer some other type of injury, go to the doctor.  He can set your broken bone, sew up your laceration and give you some pain pills.   Perhaps your condition is more complicated and you have a situation that requires surgery or a serious treatment, like chemotherapy.  Go to the doctor.

Primarily, doctors have three, drugs, surgery and technology.  However, if you don’t have a disease or an obvious injury, medicine might not have any answers for you, besides painkillers and painkillers are, at best, only a temporary solution.

Climbing on the Therapy Table

As good as doctor’s are at what they do, they can’t fix everything.  If your doctor has admitted medicine doesn’t have a remedy for your pain, that doesn’t mean you are stuck with it.  Just because a doctor looks at an x-ray, MRI or CAT scan and says, “I can’t see any reason for your pain,” that doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

Once the possibility of a medical condition has been eliminated, there is a good chance massage could relieve your from pain.  Not the generalized “feel good” spa massage, however.  If you are in pain, you want a medical massage practitioner like Dwight Lee Tinney.  A medical massage practitioner uses touch to identify the true source of pain and then employs various modalities of massage to correct the situation, relieving the stress or restriction which is causing the pain.

Quit Hurting

Ignoring pain can’t make it go away and in truth, the longer you live with pain, the harder it is to resolve the situation causing your pain and the longer you will require therapy once you have begun.  You aren’t proving your stamina by enduring pain; you are decreasing your body’s ability to perform at its peak.  Listen to the message your pain is sending to you.  Something is wrong!

Most people who come to DFW Medical Massage do have their pain relieved through massage therapy and in many cases, therapeutic exercises.  Because Dwight is both a Medical Massage Practitioner and is also certified by NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine), he is authorized not only to provide massage therapy, but also to prescribe appropriate exercises.  Of course, he can’t guarantee success, because the body is a complex instrument, but the patient who comes to Dwight and can’t be helped is rare indeed.

If you are suffering, please call us now at 903-456-5712.  Dwight’s gift of touch might be all you need to get on the road to a pain-free life.

Fascial Restriction


What is Fascial Restriction?

netbagThink about one of those net bags in the grocery store that holds fragile fruits and vegetables.  That gives you an idea of what the body’s fascial system is.  It’s not the muscles or the internal organs.  It is the woven web that holds these in place, just like the net bag holds the fruit.
Now, think about taking the bag home.  Let’s imagine while you are putting away your groceries, you knock the bag off the counter and onto the floor.  Your tomatoes or apricots will still be in the bag, but they will be damaged.
In the same way, your muscles or organs may be injured, but your fascial system will hold them in place.  The fascial system is very strong.  It has been attributed with up to 2000 pounds of tensile strength.  You could be in a bad collision and, like the tomatoes or apricots, your liver could suffer damage, but it will be remain in the net bag of the fascial system, unless you also suffer a severe laceration in that area.
Sometimes your body’s net bag suffers damage.  Imagine taking a section of the fruit net and stretching it, so the fruits can no longer move freely in the bag.  That is similar to the kind of damage that becomes fascial restriction.  Are you wondering how something with 2000 pounds of tensile strength can be damaged?  Well, you’d be surprised to know you are the one who does the damage.
fascial restrictionHow Does Fascial Restriction Occur?
Remember when your mom used to tell you to stand up straight?  Though she didn’t realize it at the time, she was helping you train your fascial system.  From day one, your fascial system is learning about you.  As you sleep, walk and sit, your fascial system is learning your posture, your gait and your favorite positions.  It works as an integral part of your body to make you who you are.  It develops a memory of the movements and positions you prefer, in the same way as your brain and your muscles do.
If you never sprained an ankle or broke a bone or slept the “wrong” way, you and your fascial system would live in perfect harmony, but that’s not life – is it?  Most of us do strain or break or damage something somewhere along the way.  When we do, then our fascial system tries to help.  It holds the muscle in place when we strain it and then when we start walking funny to accommodate our sore muscle, the fascial system  pays attention and starts learning the new patterns.  It learns them so well, that once the muscle is healed, the fascial system clings to the new pattern you have created.
So, What Do I Do?
There are ways to combat this restriction.  Perhaps your doctor will give you pain medicine so you can continue to walk in your old pattern while the muscle heals.  Or if the restriction has not been too severe for too long, a technique like yoga may strengthen the muscle and retrain the fascial system.  The problem is, the restriction doesn’t automatically disappear just because the muscle has healed.  The restriction itself, which helped you to heal, can now be the source of your pain.  
When the doctor declares you are healed, but you still hurt, it might be a fascial restriction.  The doctor won’t be able to see it on a x-ray or an MRI, but a Medical Massage Practioner, like Dwight Tinney, is trained to identify the restriction.  You are not crazy and it is not all in your head.  You do hurt and more importantly, we might be able to address the pain with massage and perhaps some therapeutic exercises, which because of his certifications with NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine), Dwight can also recommend to you.
Every pain you encounter will not be related to the fascial system, but if your pain is a fascial restriction, there is a good chance DFW Medical Massage can help you find relief.  Call us today at 903-456-5712.



No More “Mega Pain Pills”


Pain Travels with an Entourage

Pain is usually not a loner. It may initially manifest in one localized area, but it doesn’t stay there. Sprain your ankle and soon you have a trick knee. Strain your lower back and before you know it, your shoulder is hurting. A car wreck wrenches your neck and then your thumbs begin to hurt so much you can’t perform simple tasks. It seems as if as soon as one pain arrives, it sends out invitations to all of its friends.

While that’s what seems to happen, something else is actually going on. When you sprain your ankle, you modify the way you stand and walk, to compensate for the ankle. As a result, you put stress on your knee. In order to protect a sore lower back, you move in ways that throw your shoulder out of whack. Same problem with your stiff neck and sore thumbs.

Enter the Medical Solutions

Our client, Mary, was experiencing this problem. Over the years she had developed a long list of pain-related restrictions. According to her own testimony, she was “barely moving” and “crying all the time.” She was under the care of multiple physicians. She’d had surgery several times and the doctors had prescribed “mega pain pills.”

As with many people, the medical world had let her down. While surgery might resolve one issue, other problems would arise during recovery. While an MRI or x-ray might identify the cause of one complaint, there would be no evidence of a medical reason for other sources of pain. Mary’s tears were evidence of her hopelessness.


Mary Today

Then she came to DFW Medical Massage and was treated by Certified Medical Massage Practitioner, Dwight Tinney. He made a physical assessment and was able to offer a course of massage therapy and at-home exercises to restore her health and well-being. Mary had already tried everything the medical world had to offer. What harm could a few massages and exercises do?

The massages and exercises did no harm at all. In fact, Mary is happy to report she can, “sit up straight,” her “back is stronger,” her hips and shoulders “are better.” According to Mary, “Dwight has helped a lot…tremendously.”

Are You Another Mary?

Does Mary’s story sound like yours or the story of someone you love? Is pain robbing you of a life? We hope Mary’s experience will encourage you to give us a call. While we can’t guarantee we will be able to help every person who walks through the door, we can offer you this hope. The great majority of people who come to us, with their list of painful conditions the medical community can’t address, can be helped by Medical Massage.

If you are suffering, please call us now at 903-456-5712. We may be able to put you on the road to a better life and isn’t that worth a telephone call?

What is Massage?


Let’s Start with Touch

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary nails it.  It defines massage as the “manipulation of tissues (as by rubbing, kneading, or tapping) with the hand or an instrument for relaxation or therapeutic purposes.”  In other words, using touch to make someone feel better – and that someone could even be yourself.  If you’ve ever rubbed your own sore neck or your own tired feet, you’re a masseuse or masseur, but not a professional massage therapist.

It takes more than a little rubbing someone the right way to become a massage therapist, at least in Texas, as well as in most other states.  Here, a licence is required to operate professionally as a massage therapist.  Generally, the licencing classes cover the following subjects:

  • Anatomy and physiology – basic information about the body and its parts
  • Pathology – the causes and effects of disease
  • Theory of massage – the basic ideas behind massage
  • Health values of massage – the things massage can do and should be used for
  • Contraindications and limitations – the things massage can’t do and shouldn’t be used for
  • Hygiene – how to meet basic sanitary requirements
  • Professional ethics – the moral issues of massage
  • Business and license procedure – how to run a business and get a licence
  • Self-care – how to keep the massager massaging

That’s a lot of information, but there’s one thing they can’t teach in massage school and that’s touch.  You either have it or you don’t.  You don’t even have to have it to get a licence.  Plenty of people decide to pursue a career in massage without having the gift of touch.  With enough practice someone without the gift of touch can even you a pretty good massage, but the person with the gift, with or without a licence, will always be able to give you a better one.

The Gift of Touch

The gift of touch has two hallmarks.  There is, first of all, an ability to seek out and find the source of pain.  A massage therapist will usually begin your treatment by asking where you hurt.  They are taught to do that in school, because the act of someone hearing your complaint is actually part of the relief process, especially when you have reason to believe the person has an ability to fix your problem.

This practice also acts as a cover for those who don’t have the gift of touch, directing them to their area of focus.  In massage school therapist are taught a series of techniques that can relieve pain in certain areas and for most patients, when those techniques are applied, they’ll feel better, for awhile.

A therapist with the gift of touch will listen to the description of your pain, but they can’t wait to get their hands on you, because that’s how they find out what is really going on.  As they run their fingers across your skin, they can feel the stress of your complaint area and follow the stress and restrictions to the true source of the problem, which to the layman’s eye might seem totally unrelated.

The second part of the gift of touch is related to the actual application of pressure and manipulation.  Massage school can teach you to apply various amounts of pressure and suggest which level is appropriate for various complaints, but someone with the gift of touch knows this innately.  They don’t actually think about the process, because it is something that comes naturally.  Their touch actually knows better what to do than they would be able to explain to you.

Dwight Lee Tinney Has the Gift of Touch 

Though Dwight has a wall of certificates he can show you, attesting to his knowledge of wellness, in general, and massage, specifically, he’d be the first to tell you those pieces of paper weren’t the most important contribution to his success as a massage therapist.  His healing touch is his gift to his patients and it is something which was a part of his life long before he decided to pursue massage as a career.

Another proof of his gift is the testimony of his patients.  Unfortunately, most patients don’t come to Dwight at the first sign of pain.  Usually, they try living with it to see if it will go away and then try a number of various treatments, including several massage therapists, using a wide variety of massage methodologies.  Perhaps the patient even seeks a medical remedy, like medication or surgery.

For the great majority of people who do find Dwight, their pain is relieved, because he can find the root of the problem and has the right touch in his therapy.  Of course, he can’t guarantee success, because the body is a complex instrument, but the patient who comes to Dwight and can’t be helped is rare indeed.

If you are suffering, please call us now at 903-456-5712.  Dwight’s gift of touch might be all you need to get on the road to a pain-free life.

Jane Sadek, the author of this post, developed this website and will be a regular contributor to the site and blog.  She has experienced Dwight’s special gift of touch and is amazed at the testimonies of his patients.  She is a freelance writer, published poet, web developer and marketing guru.