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Emotional Pain Brings Physical Pain

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Some think emotional pain is a condition that passes in a short period of time but emotional pain has a lasting effect on the operations of our body. Once we expereince emotional trauma it is necessary for the process of healing to take place. 

Many Americans deal with stress and emotional pain in unhealthy ways. Upon experinceing an undesireable condition, it leaves a vulnerability that sends many on a spiral  going downward. As we begin to take shorter breathes causing the body to restrict in circulation, mobility, lowered energy  levels and the operations of the body slows down. Once the brain notices that there is limited oxygen to the body, it sends the body in panic mode which causes irritability, depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness. This is called the body's stress response.

If the emotional pain is not reseolved in a timely manner, the stress response will limit the functions of the body and utilimately cause high amounts of pain in many places. This is usually when many realize that there is a problem and something must be done. Massage therapy usually will assist with these issues and has been proven to be an effective tool in helping people deal with their stress response and offer ways to deal with stress effectively.

It is imperative to allow the stress effects to move through its process once present. Exercise, sauna, swimming, yoga, or even taking a walk can help with your stress response. Start today.









The Athlete and Repetitive Stress Injury

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We all know that repetitive stress injury affect us all in some way or another. It could be the way we stand, sit, or even sleep. Repetitive stress injury occurs when we do something the same way triggering the same muscle groups all the time. Men who put their wallets in the same back pocket causes strain or injury to the pelvic area causing lateral pelvic tilt which can be painful to most. Women, who put their pocketbook on that one shoulder causes severe muscle spasms in the upper trapezius, scalene and levator scapula suffers from pain just from the repetitive usage of these muscles.

 

Now you have the athlete. Athletes train hard to be the best and they to trigger and use the same muscle groups over and over again. Golfers, football players, bikers, swimmers, tennis players, track athletes, boxers all suffer from RSI or repetitive stress injuries. Conditions such as strained muscles, inflammation, overcompensation, immobility are just some signs of RSI.

 

I had a golfer that had given up on his swing. He came in the office in tears almost begging me to help him. I assured him that I would try and after an hour of sports therapy over 50% of his pain and range of motion was back! Needless to say this was a satisfied client and all of his immobility and stress was caused by RSI.

Athletes who use Sports Therapy stay in the game longer, they maintain a healthier more agile body that will allow them to push harder and keep their musculo-skeletal system conditioned.

 

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Stretching Is Important!

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Stretching is the deliberate lengthening of muscles in order to increase muscle flexibility and joint range of motion. Stretching activities are an important part of any exercise or rehabilitation program. They help warm the body up prior to activity thus decreasing the risk of injury as well as muscle soreness.

 

The benefits of stretching are many and have been proven through various studies over time. Stretching benefits people of all ages, and is intended for the young as well as the elderly population.

 

Here is a brief description of the effects of stretching:

 

Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles. Blood flowing to your muscles brings nourishment and gets rid of waste byproducts in the muscle tissue. Improved circulation can help shorten your recovery time if you've had any muscle injuries. Flexible muscles can improve your daily performance. Tasks such as lifting packages, bending to tie your shoes or hurrying to catch a bus become easier and less tiring. Flexibility tends to diminish as you get older, but you can regain and maintain it.

As for athletes who put a higher demand on their bodies suffer the most from lack of improper stretching. Flexibility training is perhaps the most undervalued component of conditioning. While recent and ongoing debate questions its role in injury prevention, athletes can still gain much from a stretching regime. By increasing this joint range of motion, performance may be enhanced and the risk of injury reduced. The rationale for this is that a limb can move further before an injury occurs. Tight neck muscles for example, may restrict how far you can turn your head. If, during a tackle, your head is forced beyond this range of movement it places strain on the neck muscles and tendons.

 

Competitive sports can have quite an unbalancing effect on the body. When the same arm or leg is used to hit thousands of shots over and over again, one side of the body is placed under different types and levels of stress compared to the other. A flexibility training program can help to correct these disparities preventing chronic, over-use injury.

 

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Hip and Low Back Pain

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Hip/Low Back Pain? Try a Local Masseuse

Are you a sufferer of low back pain, hip discomfort or just notice that your movement in the hip area is limited? Do you complain of lower back pain when getting up from the desk from sitting for long extended periods of time? If so, here's some information about low back discomfort that will help you. Make sure to read, this help!

 

High Heels:

 

Many women like to wear these fabulous looking shoes that really make an outfit look complete! Well, heres some information on what heel usage can do to posture, leg dicomfort and back pain. Upon wearing 2 1/2 and beyond one may cause severe distortion to a healthy posture which can cause lower back discomforts. Standing at an unnatural angle, the back is working to keep you standing erect and not falling forward in the direction of the angle of the heel. Therefore, the back muscles are being overworked and strained. Shin splints can also arise upon shoes that put pressure in the area of the tiblias anterior.

 

Dehydration:

 

Most people dont drink enough water. With our bodies being over 75% water we need water to assist out organs to work properly for the healthy of our bodies. Did you know that when you are dehydrated your skin becomes dry and more susceptible to breakage letting danger seep in.The skin is the first line of defense and our largest organ that works hard to keep us safe. Along with that, we all have a muscle called quadratus lumborum which lets us know when we are depleted of water by going into spasm. This muscle is located in the low back above the tailbone and will cause great discomfort.

 

Poor Posture:

 

For many office personnel the "slouched" position is most common. For 40 plus hours a week many people can endure tightness in the hamstring causing strain in the lower back. Often times people that sit for extended periods of time may benefit from yoga or some from of activity and stretching to keep tight muscles loose and limber.

 

Inactivity/Stiffness

 

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If you are a person that has little to no activity and lives a basic sedentary lifestyle, you are a candidate for low back pain. Muscles are meant to be moved and when there's little to no activity muscles will tighten causing immobility. The body needs circulation to achieve the highest level of functioning.

 

Overactivity:

 

As with low activity, higher levels of activity such as the weekend warrior, the person just getting back into the gym or the professional athlete who needs their bodies to perform for their careers can put intense strain and injury to muscle groups. Therefore, the low back is put in a compromising position and pain and discomfort can set in. If not treated muscle tearing can occur.

 

 

Without consisitant massage therapy these issues can worsen. Seek the benefits of regular massage treatments and your pain can be a thing of the past.

Are You Really Breathing?

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Is your daily schedule adding higher stress and anxiety levels in your life? Do you live day-to-day feeling overwhelmed and pressured? Have you noticed that the breaths that you take are brief, short breaths that limit your productivity and thinking power?

 

With high anxiety and stress, this is no laughing matter. As we tackle our day-to-day responsibilities the breath intake is necessary for oxygen levels to keep our bodies operating properly. Instead with stress we limit our oxygen intake and subsequently add more stress on our minds and bodies. We begin to breath in our upper respiratory cavity, breathing just enough to stay alive.

 

Breathing in this manner causes stress upper body tension in the neck and shoulders which can be quite painful to most. Many people complain of "knots" or adhesions in the shoulder and scapula areas that form due to improper breathing and incorrect posture.

 

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Taking proper abdominal breaths can help you to alleviate stress and pain levels. Upon feeling overwhelmed stop and take up to 9 deep breaths that can stabilize your body and bring a feeling of renewal! Breathing in this manner feeds the body the adequate amount of oxygen, keeping you energized and focused. If taking these breaths is difficult, your neighborhood massage therapist can assist you in breathing properly, removing adhesions and educating you on healthier habits

 

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