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Category Archives: Anatomy

Research Supports the Mind-Body Connection

There is a significant amount of research these days supporting what is called the Mind-Body connection. Many studies demonstrate that our thoughts and beliefs have a large influence over our health and well-being.  Studies on mindfulness, stress, the placebo effect and other topics all show that our thoughts are intertwined with our body’s biochemistry in …

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Massage Therapy and Insomnia

Insomnia is a pervasive disorder that affects more than 30% of American adults in the United States.  Insomnia is defined as a disorder that makes it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, as well as waking up too early or getting poor quality sleep.  Chronic insomnia could last months to years and it affects …

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4 Effective Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress reduction is a popular topic these days and for good reasons. Chronic stress can lead to a weakened immune system and increase the risk of diseases. Over a prolonged period, this can damage the body and emotional well-being in a number of ways. Some symptoms of chronic stress include depression, weight gain, panic attacks …

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New Research Indicates that Massage Therapy Helps with Pain Management

There is new research showing that massage therapy can be an effective pain management tool for people suffering chronic pain. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has put together recent research suggesting that massage therapy helps with pain relief and controlling symptoms in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, metastatic cancer, as well as post-cardiac surgery …

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Stretch of the Week- Side Lying Quad Stretch

The quadriceps are the large group of muscle on the front of the thigh. They are strong muscles and attach to the hip bones. What we see a lot on our massage therapy client is overly contracted quad muscle that pull the pelvis forward causing low back pain. So though it may seem strange to …

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Kettlebells for Injury Rehab

This is a great article shared by my friend Joseph Sarti. I love the Kettlebell exercises if done correctly great for the core and back. Here he demonstrates how to use for back rehab. Now get swinging! Here are the benefits given by Dr. Cheng: Swings develop the important posterior chain muscles of the body …

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Computer posture is super important!

Does this look like you at the computer??? How long do you sit at the computer during the day? Remember when your mom would tell you as a kid not to make that face it might stay that way? Well this is an example of that very problem. If you sit like this all day …

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What is a Pressure Point

What causes muscle pain? There are tender points around the body that we all have (some of us have more then others) they are called trigger points, acupressure points, pressure points and energy blockages depending on the system you are using. Pressure points are tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured …

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Massage Works for Shoulder Pain

I had the most amazing out come with a client who had been diagnosed with frozen shoulder. When I first saw her she was suffering from severe pain and immobility in her right arm. She was a nurse who spent much time working with ear patients and had held her arm lifted to her patients …

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Hip Flexor Stretch

As a massage therapist I spend a lot of time working on loosening the hip flexsors and demonstrating how to stretch them. The hip flexors get tight and cause problems such as low back pain from activities like running and biking. The hip flexors also shorten when we sit and since most of us spend most of …

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