Stress is a fact of life, but how we manage our response to stress is a matter of a healthy life. What exactly is mindfulness and how does it impact your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being?
Mindfulness is simply bringing your full awareness, your attention, to the present moment and noticing how you are feeling – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is noticing what you are thinking, the attitude you are holding in that particular situation. What are you aware of in your surrounding environment?
All your senses come into play in this simply act of mindfulness. Mindfulness is like […]
Knee pain can be scary and can greatly limit your activity. Many people assume major joint problems require surgical intervention, but this often isn’t the case. Problems like runner’s knee and patella chondromalacia can be easily healed with orthopedic massage and manual therapy.
It’s a good idea to consult with an orthopedic medical doctor for evaluation and diagnostic tests to determine if your knee pain is caused by superficial dysfunction or deep dysfunction. Deep dysfunction means you need physical therapy or surgery, because a problem exists within the joint capsule of one (or more) of the knee’s three joints. Superficial dysfunction […]
This hard-to-pronounce medical term simply means the soft tissues along the bottom of your foot are inflamed. The plantar fascia helps to support the arch of your foot. Typically, pain is felt on the underside of the heel and can be intense when you walk. Many people suffer with this condition much longer than necessary!
If you have plantar fasciitis, here’s how we can help you quickly heal. First, we’ll apply muscle and joint mobilization to help your foot joints move easily. If we believe you have a serious problem with one or more joints, we’ll refer you for orthopedic evaluation.
When you tell us you have pain in your low back, hip, buttocks, or leg, the first thing we do is examine the position of your sacral bone. Why? If this bone is not properly positioned, the mechanics of your lumbar spine and hip are adversely affected. The sacrum is a large, triangular bone at the base of the spine and at the upper and back part of the pelvic cavity.
Muscle problems often adversely affect the position and movement of the sacrum, and some of the strongest muscles in your body directly act upon this keystone bone. If your sacrum […]
Shoulder pain can be especially debilitating, because so many of our daily work and home activities require a wide range of arm and shoulder movement.
If you have shoulder pain, we’ll first evaluate you for signs of joint instability. If you have ligament weakness or other structural problems that destabilize any component of your joints, we’ll immediately refer you to an orthopedic medical doctor for evaluation. The physician may choose to refer you back to our office for manual therapy to complement his or her treatment plan.
The shoulder is complicated; we evaluate 26 muscles and 4 joints whenever shoulder pain or […]
The “simple” headache is not so simple. There are many different kinds of headaches and different causes, and they are associated with many different illnesses. If you suffer with headaches, we can quickly determine whether or not medical massage can help you.
First, let’s consider migraine headaches. True migraine headaches are a vascular problem that can’t be permanently cured with massage techniques. However, medical massage can reduce the number and severity of migraines you experience during the treatment period. We highly recommend our neurofeedback treatment, which normalizes brainwave activity to cure true migraine headaches – for life. The trained technicians at […]
Patients with fibromyalgia require individualized treatment. This condition varies in the severity of its symptoms, and no two cases are exactly alike.
If you have mild symptoms, a variety of treatment methods can help reduce your pain. These methods include deep-channel lymphatic drainage massage to eliminate chemical holding in the tissues. Holding toxic chemical wastes in the soft tissues is typical for fibromyalgia and is a major cause of muscle pain. A medical massage focusing on relaxation and therapeutic stretching can reduce your pain for several weeks. Also, manual therapy aimed at normalizing autonomic nervous system activity often produces great results.
If you are experiencing back or neck pain, please don’t wait to use our services. If your pain persists after using prescription pain killers and muscle relaxants or after chiropractic treatment, call to set an appointment right away.
Here’s why it’s important to immediately treat this type of pain: The small bones of your spinal column are subject to mighty forces that act upon them as you twist, bend, reach, lift, carry, push, pull, and move about. It’s critical that these small vertebrae and the surrounding nerves and soft tissue are safe and protected as you move through your day.
Don’t make […]
Every time you can offer gratitude for all that you have been given you are setting the theme of your life. Give thanks for the simple things in life…for the beauty of nature, for the love of a friend, a songbird in the early spring morning, dancing gardens of flowers, the aroma of a home cooked meal, the touch of a child’s hand, the “welcome home” greeting of your pet.
If you are like me and millions of other Americans, you really do love the holiday season…but, you remember how tired and worn out you have been every year at this time.