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Relaxation Massage: Keeps You Grounded.Many people today suffer with back, neck and shoulder pain causing many problems within the body. This may be a result of physical injury, bad posture or tension. Relaxation massage is very effective in dealing with muscular problems, loss of muscle tone and adhesions (knots) and removing physical tension in the muscles.It is used to great effect in the rehabilitation of all soft tissue dysfunction and aches and strains caused by everyday activities such as house work, gardening, walking and sitting at a computer for long periods of time. Relaxation massage, sometimes referred to as swedish massage helps to remedy muscle tension, realign postural imbalance and ease muscular aches and pains.
Lomi Lomi MassageLomi lomi, also known as hawaiian temple style massage or kahuna massage, is one of the most profound forms of massage. It originated in the islands of hawaii, in the south pacific. Lomi means to ‘rub’ and it is a powerful form of healing developed by the master healers of the polynesia. In this unique flowing style bodywork the practitioner uses long, fluid rhythmic strokes over the whole body with the hands, fingers, forearms and elbows. The practitioner moves around the table in a dance like movement applying soft and deep tissue massage. The rhythm is very relaxing. The strokes sometimes go all the way from the neck down to the foot. It works gently but deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally nurturing the body and, enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be. The hawaiians look at things in terms of energy flow. They think that an idea or belief can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can. Most massage techniques work only on the physical level. Kahuna massage is not just a physical experience. Lomi lomi also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well.
Deep Tissue MassageDeep tissue massage is used to work deeper into muscles and tendons and usually involves slower movements and firmer pressure working on specific areas of tightness. It can release deep emotional blocks, which can be trapped in the muscle layers and is sometimes referred to as "emotional release massage".deep tissue massage is great if you have really tight and tense muscles that need firm pressure. Deep tissue massage focuses on getting into the muscle layers underneath the superficial layer of muscles. This encourages blood to flow back into the muscles creating healing and removing pain and tension.
Traditional Thai Massage(Ttm-traditional thai massage) or thai yoga therapy is an ancient healing art. The thai practitioner uses his thumb, palm, elbow, knee and foot pressure, combined with gentle yoga based stretches to stimulate and balance the energy flow and release blockages, leading to increased vitality and well being. Thai massage is traditionally performed with the recipient fully clothed, lying on a comfortable massage mat. To get the full benefit of thai massage, a full 90-120 minutes full body treatment is applied, it can also be a therapy to treat a broad range of physical discomforts and stress related disorders. It is effective in treating headaches, shoulder and upper back tensions, joint and soft tissue injury, digestive upsets, insomnia and anxiety. The focus here is balance of the body, mind and spiritual aspects of the individual. The thai practitioner works on the network of energy lines, called sen, that distribute the life energy throughout the body.
Chair MassageAlso known as seated massage, chair massage, or on-site massage, this technique involves the use of a specially designed massage chair in which the client sits comfortably. The modern chair massage was originally developed david palmer, but the technique is centuries-old, with some japanese block prints illustrating people having just emerged from a nearby bath, receiving massage while seated on a low stool. Seated massage includes bodywork and somatic techniques, such as shiatsu, amma, and swedish massage, provided to the fully clothed client in a variety of settings.
Sports MassageFrom the days of the first olympic games, athletes have relied on sports massage therapy to help them improve their game and recover from heavy exertion. Not wanting to have slippery skin after their treatments, they even invented a small tool called a strygil to scrape any remaining oil from their skin before an event. Centuries later, as professional and amateur athletes, we continue to push ourselves to train harder, eat better, break through plateaus and constantly refine our skills. But what if doing all of those things isn't helping you to reach the goals you would like to? Sports massage therapy, although sometimes overlooked in training programs, is the key to getting an edge over your competitors. Or to shaving those extra few seconds off your race times. It can also prevent injuries, calm the nervous system and release waste products that build up after athletic activity, to name just a few of the benefits. Scientifically speaking, we know now that heavy workouts and endless weigh training can only take an athlete so far. We've learned from studies and experience that allowing recovery time for the body to repair itself can be just as important as intense training. Sport massages can double the benefit of recovery periods because they actually improve muscle regeneration by kickstarting your body's natural healing processes. If you've been prone to sports related strains and injuries than allowing time for this process is vital.Options:
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Craniosacral TherapyCraniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive form of manual therapy that deals with the movement of the cerebral spinal fluid surrounding the skull and spine. Craniosacral therapists ease the restrictions on nerve passages by focusing on the membranes and tissue that encase the central nervous system and spinal cord. Craniosacral therapy seeks to restore misaligned cranial bones to their proper position. The practitioner gently works with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position.
ShiatsuShiatsu originated in japan and has very strong links with oriental ideas of healing.It uses deep pressure along meridian pathways to encourage the life force in those meridians to flow. Joint rotation or mobilization is also used as the"qi" energy has a habit of becoming stuck in these areas. Shiatsu therapy uses specific points in your body to release pressure blockages and allow your body's energy to flow freely. Widely used in japan as a preventive therapy that helps avoid illness and the effects of stress. Shiatsu involves communication through the sense of touch and involves techniques such as stretching, holding and leaning the body weight into various parts of the client’s body to improve vitality, circulation, flexibility and posture. Shiatsu is a unique, non-invasive therapy designed to stimulate the body's inherent ability to heal itself. Literally translated, the japanese word shiatsu means "finger pressure. "After treatment, most people experience relief from their discomforts including relief from pain, increased flexibility, calmer mood as well as a clearer mind. Many people find that deep, restful sleep comes more easily for several nights.A small percentage of people may feel tired or slight muscle discomfort for a few hours, or may temporarily experience minor localized muscle stiffness, especially for those new to shiatsu. This is a normal reaction to the treatment as the body readjusts and re-balances and will pass within 1 to 3 days. All in all, you will leave with a feeling of deep relaxation and renewed vitality.
Pregnancy MassageMassage during pregnancy helps support the body through a time of change. The massage given is appropriate to the stage of pregnancy and can help with conditions such as fluid retention and muscular aches and pains. Pregnant women can certainly benefit from massage therapy. During pregnancy the female body displays a wonderful capacity to adapt to the growth of the baby. It is an amazing process and hardly surprising that some parts of the body will suffer dysfunction. Added weight and imbalances in their bodies can cause considerable soft tissue pain, especially in the low back, hips and legs.With these changes and extra tension in the muscular system, caused by hormones and a shift in your center of gravity, having massages can be the difference between having a miserable pregnancy and a great life experience.Options:
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Swedish MassageOf all our favorite things to come from sweden, from abba to ikea, it is swedish massage that people love the most for being good for the mind, body and spirit. Although the others may come in as close second or third, according to the american massage therapy association, swedish massage is undeniably popular, with about 1 in 5 people reporting having received a massage in 2008, a number that has been steadily increasing each year. Swedish massage is often referred to as relaxation massage, it is a gentle relaxing massage involving techniques to sooth the nervous system, relieve muscular aches and revitalize the body. Long, flowing strokes called effleurage are used alternately with kneading of the muscles, tapotement or percussion type movements and some gentle mobilization of joints. Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrisagge (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber)and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with joint troubles.It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation. Swedish massage is perfect for promoting relaxation and the fine tuning of the body and mind
Myofascial ReleaseHave you ever had a small problem like a toothache or a splinter in your toe that causes an incredible amount of pain and limits your movements? These little problems remind us of how interconnected our bodies really are -when one part is injured or malfunctioning, our whole system is affected. On a small scale, this illustrates how myofascial pain, although small in area, can cause serious complications and chronic pain throughout the body. And like that toothache, once the pain is finally gone, we appreciate more than ever being able to go through our daily functions without feeling constant discomfort.
Hot Stone Massage.Hot stones have been used as healing tools for thousands of years by many indigenous cultures around the world, from the ancient chinese, egyptians and romans to the native healers of north and south america. Hot stone massage uses volcanic basalt stones that have been tumbled by the fresh waters of rivers for millennia to a perfectly smooth and rounded shape. Basalt stones have an extraordinary ability to store and emanate a consistent and soothing heat for a long period of time.They possess a wonderful grounding healing quality, able to rejuvenate and connect us back to the basic elements of nature.
ReflexologyModern reflexology is less than 100 years old, but the practice of reflexology has been in existence throughout many cultures for centuries, as far back as the ancient egyptians approximately 4000 years ago. Modern reflexology was developed from zone therapy theory which was discovered by dr william fitzgerald, who based his theory on the principle of dividing up the body into ten areas or zones which run from the feet, through the legs, up the body to the head and from the hands, up the arms, through the shoulders to the head. He classified his work as zone analgesia whereby he used various instruments to apply pressure, producing an anesthetic effect strong enough to carry out medical procedures.Options:
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Indian Head MassageThe techniques of indian head massage are based on the ancient ayurvedic system of healing. It has been used in india for a thousand years as a form of bonding and nurturing between family members; and was originally used by women who found it kept their long hair thick and luxurious. Indian head massage is also a wonderfully relaxing therapy that relieves the stress and tension of modern day living. Anger, stress and tension often buildup in the upper body—the back, shoulders, neck and head regions. During a session these areas are gently, firmly and rhythmically massaged until the pressure begins to melt away. At the physical level a treatment can alleviate muscle tension, increase oxygen supply to the cells and stimulate lymphatic drainage. At a spiritual level it focuses on balancing and clearing blockages in the chakra energy centers to release negative energy and promote a feeling of calm.Options:
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AcupressureAcupressure is part of traditional chinese medicine and one of the most ancient and widely used healing methods in the world. It follows the same principles as acupuncture, but instead of using needles, the massage therapist uses finger pressure and massage. Chinese medicine believes that our health relies on a series of major energy channels, or meridians. The life-giving energy that flows through these channels is called chi. Blockages in the flow of energy can cause disease and discomfort. The massage therapist uses gentle pressure at specific points to remove blockages. For instance, there are particular points around the ear that the therapist can stimulate to help ease insomnia, cigarette cravings and even jaw problems. This type of massage therapy is usually given in a similar fashion to traditional massage. It's often combined with other forms of massage, and with deep breathing techniques.
Trigger Point TherapyTrigger point therapy enables deeper penetration and recovery for the tender points of your body trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the direct application of pressure or slow cross fiber friction to knots in the muscle tissue. Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules (pea shaped like) in taut bands of muscle fibers. Trigger points most often develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked, often related to poor posture or a sporting injury. Trigger points cause muscular painand may refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when pressure isapplied. It may occur at rest or only on movement. It can vary from being alow-grade discomfort to being severe and incapacitating. The referred paincaused by trigger points is usually, steady, dull and aching, often deep.
Bad Posture, Postural Distortions, and Functional Scoliosis
Prices for Our in-Home Mobile Massage Are as Follows:
On A Physical Level:The lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory, muscular, nervous and digestive systems are treated to promote health.
On An Emotional Level:The nervous system and the senses or awareness are tuned. lomi lomi may also release old family memories, stress and trauma locked away in the subconscious mind.
On A Spiritual Level:Achieving harmony between the body, mind and soul through energy activated in the body.
Reduces Peripheral Swelling
Reduces Blood Pressure
Helps To Prevent Insomnia
It Contributes To A Shorter, Less Painful Labor
Reduces Labor Complications, Medications And Interventions
Improves Infant Well-being
In The Postpartum Period:
Facilitates Postpartum Emotional, Physiological, And Family Adjustments
Reduces Muscular Pain And Strain Caused From Labor.
Promotes A Faster Recovery
Have You Ever Had A Small Problem Like A Toothache Or A Splinter In Your Toe That Causes An Incredible Amount Of Pain And Limits Your Movements? These Little Problems Remind Us Of How Interconnected Our Bodies Really Are -when One Part Is Injured Or Malfunctioning, Our Whole System Is Affected. On A Small Scale, This Illustrates How Myofascial Pain, Although Small In Area, Can Cause Serious Complications And Chronic Pain Throughout The Body. And Like That Toothache, Once The Pain Is Finally Gone, We Appreciate More Than Ever Being Able To Go Through Our Daily FunctionsWithout feeling constant discomfort.
Hot Stone Massage
Trigger Point Therapy
Neck And Jaw Pain
Low Back Pain
Shoulder, Knee, Hip Elbow, And Ankle Pain
Post Injury, Sprained Ankle, Strained Muscles Etc.
Classes Of Pain
Nociceptive Pain Arises From The Stimulation Of Specific Pain Receptors. These Receptors Can Respond To Heat, Cold, Vibration, Stretch And Chemical Stimuli Released From Damaged Cells.
Non Nociceptive Pain Arises FromWithin the peripheral and central nervous system. specific receptors do not exist here, with pain being generated by nerve cell dysfunction.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Shoulder PainThe shoulder is a complex joint and it involves more muscles than any other joint in the body. the shoulder joint is quite susceptible to injury because it is able to move through such a wide range of motion. there are many different causes of shoulder pain, so it is important to have the shoulder assessed to determine the problem.
BonesThe collarbone (clavicle), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the upper arm bone (humerus).
JointsFacilitate movement, including the following:
LigamentsA white, shiny, flexible band of fibrous tissue that binds joints together and connects various bones and cartilage, including the following:
Joint CapsuleA group of ligaments that connect the humerus to the socket of the shoulder joint on the scapula to stabilize the shoulder and keep it from dislocating.
AcromionThe roof (highest point) of the shoulder that is formed by a part of the scapula.
TendonsThe tough cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. the rotator cuff tendons are a group of tendons that connect the deepest layer of muscles to the humerus.
BursaA closed space between two moving surfaces that has a small amount of lubricating fluid inside; located between the rotator cuff muscle layer and the outer layer of large, bulky muscles.
Limited Movement Of The Back Or Hip
Lower Back Pain
Muscle Weakness Or Numbness
Pain, Aches Or Stiffness In The Hips, Legs Or Groin
Snapping, Popping Or Grinding Sensation Of The Hip Or Lower Back
Swelling (edema) Of The Buttocks
Temperature Changes Including Warmth Or Burning Sensations
Causes Of Gluteal Pain
Contusions, Abrasions And Lacerations Of The Buttock, Hip Or Rectal Area
Muscle Cramps In The Gluteal Muscles
Sprains (stretched Or Torn Ligaments) Of The Hip Or Lower Back (lumbar Sprain)
Strains (stretched Or Torn Tendons Or Muscles), Such As A Groin Pull, Strained Lower Back, Or A Pulled Hamstring Muscle In The Back Of The Thigh
Tendinitis (tendon Inflammation)
Conditions Causing Gluteal Pain
Arthritis Of The Hip
Bone Cancer Of The Pelvis
Bursitis (inflammation Of A Bursa Sac That Cushions A Joint). Bursitis Can Be Caused By Sitting For Long Periods On Hard Surfaces.
Compartment Syndrome (painful Condition Caused By PressureWithin muscles that reduces vital blood flow to nerves and muscles)
Fibromyalgia (chronic Condition Causing Pain, Stiffness And Tenderness Of The Muscles, Tendons And Joints)
Piriformis Syndrome (pain, Tingling Or Numbness In The Buttocks Caused By Irritation Of The Sciatic Nerve)
Sciatica (burning, Shooting Pain Running From The Buttocks Down The Back Of The Leg Due To Nerve Compression Caused By Lumbar Disc Degeneration, Tumors, Or Infection)
Decreased Athletic Performance
Poor Quality Of Life
Reduced Mobility, Weakness Or Paralysis Of The Legs, Back, And Hips
Stress Or Anxiety
Wear And Tear On The Neck
Facts to Note:
Last From Thirty Minutes To Seven Days
Feel Like Pressing Or Tightening Around The Head – But Not Pulsations
Bring On Mild To Moderate Pain
Resulting Pain On Both Sides Of The Head
Symptoms Of "common" Migraine
Lack Of Mental Awareness
Diarrhea And Increased Urination
Nausea And Vomiting
The Pain Can Be Classified By At Two Or More Of The Following:
Severe To Moderate Headache
The Headache Becomes Aggravated By Movement
Throbbing On One Side Of The Head
There Is Also At Least One Of The Following Associated Symptoms:
Headache May Last For Between 4 And 72 Hours
Migraine Long-term Problems/treatments
A Classic Migraine Attack Lasts One To Two Days
Common Migraine Pain Can Last Three Or Four Hours
Both Classic And Common Migraine Can Strike As Often As Several Times A Week
Some Migraines Become Very Predictable (if In Doubt Keep A Diary)
Other Symptoms Include:
Articulation And Coordination Problems
Sensitivity To Smell Called Osmophobia
General Feeling Of Being Extremely Unwell
Difficulty In Concentrating Or Confusion
Triggers Of Migraine
Common Dietary Triggers Include:
Missed Or Inadequate Meals
Citrus Fruits, Cheese And Cultured Products Such As Chocolate
Wines, Beers And Spirits
Monosodium Glutamate (msg)
Physical And Emotional Triggers
Lack Of Sleep Or Oversleeping
Viral Infection Or Cold
Vigorous Or Excessive Exercise
Bright Sunlight And Bright Or Flickering Lights
Weather Changes, Changes In Barometric Pressure
Travel And Stress Related
Strong Smells, E.g. Petrol, Perfume, Chemicals, Various Food Odours
Hormone Replacement Therapy (hrt)
Early Warning Symptoms
Mood Changes, Varying From Depression And Irritability To Elation
Behavior Such As Being Obsessional, Lethargic, And Hyperactive
Nausea, Changes In Appetite From Intense Hunger To A Complete Lack Of Appetite; Constipation Or Diarrhea
Foot Pain Generally Starts In One Of Three Places: The Toes, The Forefoot, Or The Hindfoot.
Different Types Of Foot Problems
Anti-inflammatory Medication Such As Ibuprofen
Proper Stretching Prior To Activity
Proper Footwear Or Shoe Inserts
Surgery (for More Severe, Prolonged Conditions)
Trimming The Corn By Shaving The Layers Of Dead Skin
Applying Pads Around The Corn Area
Wearing Larger Shoes To Comfortably Fit Your FootWithout rubbing
Surgery (for Pain, Not For Cosmetic Purposes)
Applying Pads To The Affected Area
Medication Such As Ibuprofen
Applying A Toe Pad Specially Positioned Over The Bony ProtrusionChanging your footwear to accommodate the deformed toe
Resting The Ankle
Wrapping The AnkleWith elastic bandage or tape
Ice Pack Application (to Reduce Inflammation)
Elevating The Ankle
Gradual Return To Walking And Exercise
A Walking Cast (for Moderate Sprains)
Surgery (for Severe Sprains)
Ankle Joint FracturesThese fractures may be serious and require immediate medical attention. ankle fractures usually require a cast, and some may require surgery if the bones are too separated or misaligned.
Metatarsal Bone FracturesFractures of the metatarsal bones, located in the middle of the foot, often do not require a cast. a stiff-soled shoe may be all that is needed for support as the foot heals. sometimes, surgery is needed to correct misaligned bones or fractured segments.
Sesamoid Bone FracturesThe sesamoid bones are two small, round bones at the end of the metatarsal bone of the big toe. usually, padded soles can help relieve pain. however, sometimes, the sesamoid bone may have to be surgically removed.
Toe FracturesFractures of the toes normally can heal with or without a cast.
Pain In The Ball Of The FootPain in the ball of the foot, located on the bottom of the foot behind the toes, may be caused by nerve or joint damage in that area. in addition, a benign (non-cancerous) growth, such as morton's neuroma, may cause the pain. corticosteroid injections and wearing supportive shoe inserts may help relieve the pain. sometimes, surgery is necessary.
Treatment May Include:
Ice Pack Applications
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medications
Stretching Exercises Of The Achilles Tendons And Plantar Fascia
Achilles Tendon Injury
The Knee And Its Function.The knee is a joint with three parts: the thigh bone (femur) meets the large shin bone (tibia) forming the main knee joint. this joint has 2 compartments : an inner (medial) and an outer (lateral).the kneecap (patella) joins the femur to form a third joint, called the patellofemoral joint.
Injury And SymptomsInjury can affect any of the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the knee joint. injury can also affect the ligaments, cartilage, menisci (plural for meniscus), and bones forming the joint. the design of the knee joint and that it is an active weight-bearing joint are factors in making the knee one of the most injured joints of the human body
Knee Diseases And ConditionsDiseases or conditions that involve the knee joint, the soft tissues and bones surrounding the knee, or the nerves that supply sensation to the knee area can result in knee pain. in fact, the knee joint is the most commonly affected joint in rheumatic diseases, immune diseases that involve various tissues of the body including the joints to cause arthritis.
Jumper’s Knee (patellar Tendonitis,)Jumper’s knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, is a condition caused by inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap to the shin bone (tibia). the condition is caused by overuse of the knee joint, for example – by frequent jumping onto a hard surface.
Symptoms Of Jumper’s KneeThe symptoms of jumper’s knee may vary significantly among individuals. the symptoms may include:
Tenderness And Pain Around The Patellar Tendon
SwellingPain with jumping, running, or walking or any leg movement.
Bending Or Straightening The Leg Will Be Painful.
Tenderness Behind The Kneecap
Diagnosis Of Jumper’s Knee
Sometimes The X-rays Are Performed.
Treatment For Jumper’s Knee:
Ice Pack Application.
Massage Therapy Is Very Successful And Effective In Reduction Of Swelling And Promotion Of Healing.
Stretching And Strengthening Exercises
Other Common Knee Problems
Common Knee Problems Include The Following:
Sprained Or Strained Knee LigamentsLigaments connect one bone to another within the joins and contribute stability and flexibility of the joint.
Medial Collateral Ligament (mcl).This ligament is on the one on the inside of the knee and is taut when the leg is straight. the ligament itself is strong but can be sprained or completely ruptured by simultaneous twisting and straightening of the leg.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (acl).The anterior cruciate ligament or acl runs from the outside of the back of the thigh bone to the inside of the front or anterior of the shin bone.the two cruciate ligaments cross over each other; the acl crosses in front of the posterior cruciate ligament. together they stabilize the front to back movements of the knee.
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (pcl).The posterior cruciate ligament or pcl starts from the inside edge of your thigh bone and inserts to the back or posterior aspect of your shin bone.
Lateral Collateral Ligament (lcl).The lateral collateral ligament or lcl runs from the bottom of the thigh bone to the top of the shin bone on the outside of knee joint.
Sprained Or Strained MusclesA sprained or strained knee ligament or muscle is usually caused by a violent blow to the knee, or a sudden twist of the knee. symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty in using the leg while walking.
Torn CartilageTrauma to the knee may tear the menisci (the pads of connective tissue that act as shock absorbers and aid in joint stability). cartilage tears will often occur with sprains. the wearing of a brace during an activity may protect the knee from further injury.
TendonitisInflammation of the tendons can result from overuse of a tendon during sporting activities such as running and general athletics. tendonitis of the patellar tendon is called jumper’s knee.
ArthritisOsteoarthritis is generally the most common type of arthritis that affects the knee. osteoarthritis is a degenerative process where the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away, osteoarthritis may be caused by excessive stress on the joint. rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the knees by causing the joint to become inflamed and by destroying the knee cartilage.
Knee BursitisCarpet fitters and other people who spend a lot of time on their knees often experience swelling in the front of the knee. the constant friction irritates the lubricating sac (bursa) located just in front of the kneecap (patella). the bursa enables the kneecap to move smoothly under the skin. if the bursa becomes inflamed, it fills with fluid and causes swelling at the top of the knee. this condition is known as kneecap (prepatellar) bursitis.