Fran Karpowich, LMT

Fran Karpowich, LMT & Elsie

It is my great pleasure to provide Therapeutic Massage Therapy for people who are less active because of age, illness or disability.

It has been a blessing in my life to be able to make a difference in their lives with massage.

What are the benefits?
Caring, nurturing therapeutic massage has positive effects on one’s physical and emotional state. It provides physical and mental stimulation from someone not involved in routine care. As they relax, daily frustrations seem less overwhelming. Nurturing touch can calm a person who feels frightened, depressed or out of control.

Massage has been found to: improve circulation & muscle tightness, and increase flexibility. It can reduce many common ailments such as anxiety, stress, aches and pains and depression.
What is my specialty?

I specialize in working with these populations because I enjoy helping to improve their lives, medical conditions and just help them feel better. The massage is gentle, but effective. I work with low-functioning to high-functioning individuals according to their needs. Massage lasts 30 minutes, according to their tolerance to touch. Massages can be weekly, every other week or monthly. I go to their residence and work out a schedule with the management. The cost of therapy is within the means of the receipient.

What are the immediate results?

I’ve helped poor circulation- blue fingers and toes turn healthy pink, and helped to heal bed sores in a couple of months. Contracted muscles become relaxed and I interract with them socially…asking them about their day, we sing songs, whatever they enjoy. I always get a big “Hello!” from them as they look forward to me coming to see them. I have been thanked by many staff members regarding reducing a residents anxiety level also.

What is my availability?

I am available to meet with the management of a facility to schedule a demonstration of the massage therapy.

                 Please see my testimonial page.
**Please contact me @ 631-943-5443 **

Massage Therapy Benefits Those With Cerebral Palsy

By Sean Cailteux on June 17, 2010 This article from the August 2002 edition of Massage Today outlines the benefits of Massage Therapy for those living with Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a term that refers to many possible injuries to the brain during gestational development, birth, and early infancy. It is the result of brain damage, usually to motor areas of the brain, specifically the basal ganglia and/or cerebellum. The damage can be brought about prior to birth (maternal illness), during the birthing process (birth trauma), or may occur during early infancy as a result of head trauma, infection, or vascular problems. Regardless of the cause of brain damage, the child with cerebral palsy will have some impairment of function. The problem could be so minor that only people who know what to look for may see it, or it may be completely debilitating both physically and mentally; it all depends on what part and how much of the brain has been affected. The most common form of CP is known as Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and it accounts for 50 to 80% of all CP patients. Spastic CP means that in some areas of the body muscle tone is so high that the tight muscle’s antagonists have completely let go. This is called the “clasp knife” effect. Other types of CP are Athetoid Cerebral Palsy (involves very weak muscles and frequent involuntary writhing movements), Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (involves chronic shaking and tremors, and very poor balance), and Mixed Cerebral Palsy. Signs and symptoms of CP vary according to the location and extent of brain injury. However, some...

The Effects of Geriatric Massage on the Aging and Ill

By Sharon, DayBreak Geriatric Massage Institute Geriatric Massage has different effects on people, depending on the intent with which it’s performed and received. People who are aging, ill or approaching death tolerate and respond to touch differently than healthy clients. Therefore, geriatric massage sessions require skills and knowledge that exceed basic massage therapy curricula. In addition to anatomy and physiology, you should understand pharmacology, end-stage disease pathology, death related issues and the hospice system. As work with senior and geriatric population evolves, consider attaining advanced geriatric massage training through continuing education. Touch is important during end of life care, many massage and bodywork techniques may be too stimulating or painful. Instead of using vigorous approaches that address muscle work and blood circulation, emphasize gentle techniques that ameliorate pain. Some massage techniques can be adapted. When determining the intensity and length of the geriatric massage, don’t adhere to the goals for healthy clients. Senior or Geriatric massage sessions with ill or hospice patients should be shorter and most likely 15 to 30 minutes is adequate. Skin care is vital for bedridden patients. If possible, massage patients daily with lotion. This increases circulation, moisturizes skin and decreases the chance of pressure sores. As patients lose weight, maintaining skin integrity becomes important. Pressure occurs where bones are close to the surface. Lightly massage the skin covering joints to maintain suppleness and avoid skin breakdown in these high risk areas. If a geriatric massage patient has a stage 1 pressure sore–where skin is red, but intact—don’t directly massage the area. You can cause further damage, especially in senior patients with poor skin elasticity....

Massage Therapy for Autistic Children

The Touch Research Institute’s Results By Shirley Vanderbilt Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine, February/March 2003. Copyright 2003. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved. Autism is on the rise, and with it comes more heartache for parents and higher costs for the school system. Statistics from a 1999 state report from California showed a nearly 300 percent increase in cases reported from 1987 to 1998.1 Researchers estimate as many as one in 200 children are affected by the disorder.2 Editor’s note: Since this article was originally published, a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry (September 2006) revealed that babies born to men between the ages of 40 and 49 are nearly six times more likely to develop autism than children born to men under 30, regardless of the mother’s age. Researchers are scrambling to uncover causes and put a halt to this increase, along with addressing the symptoms of autism, including abnormal response to sensory stimuli, limited attention span, excessive off-task behavior and touch aversion.3 Autism is a brain disorder, usually diagnosed by age 2, in which the child fails to develop language and normal social interaction skills. Withdrawal from social contact and aberrant behavior are common. Within the classroom, educators have used behavior modification, structured settings and social skills conditioning with minimal effect. And in the home, some parents have tried the gamut of treatments, conventional and alternative, in an attempt to restore what many experts postulate may be a permanently damaged brain. Moderate success has been achieved with vitamin B6 supplements, sometimes resulting in improvement in speech, behavior and physiological measures.4 Clinical trials...

Massage Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

Massage therapy can be a welcome respite – complete with clinically proven, wide-ranging benefits – to those with cerebral palsy who may, at times, endure a seemingly endless regimen of tests, treatments, surgeries, and medications. Massage therapy is applied in a painless and comforting way to treat, heal and balance the mind, body and soul. Those pursuing massage do so as a complement to conventional medicine, as an alternative intervention, or for well-being. Mind Massage can be helpful to those struggling with depression, attention-deficit, anxiety or stress. It can bring clients to a neutral state of momentary peace-of-mind, and leave them feeling happier, more focused, and ready to embrace life’s next challenge with a renewed sense of peace and vigor. Body Massage therapy has many clinically-proven therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits to the body’s musculoskeletal, lymphatic and circulatory system. Some deep forms of massage release fibrous bands that form between tissues and organs. Light and superficial forms of massage can interrupt pain perception experienced in chronic pain. Massage can aid the circulatory system by facilitating oxygen and nutrients to tissues and vital organs. This form of therapy is also thought to stimulate the lymph system into releasing toxins. Some believe massage can release endorphins, which aid the body’s natural pain killers. Some massage techniques use passive exercise and stretching aimed at improving range-of-motion and stretching atrophied muscles. Massage is also believed to assist with bloating, inflammation, water retention, and sluggish metabolisms. With so many positive effects, it comes as little surprise that, for many, massage has become an important part of warm-up, training, warm-downs, rehabilitation, well-being, and injury recovery. Soul...