Topic: medical massage therapy

Fall Foliage Hikes… Don’t Miss Out!

Fall Foliage Hikes… Don’t Miss Out!

With the arrival of autumn, everyone is talking about the changing colors and the fall festivities. When we think of fall, we think of hiking, biking, and many other outside activities. It all sounds so exciting and enjoyable, but then you remember the soreness that follows, or back pain that accompanies it.

Don’t let those thoughts stop you from enjoying the beauty of the changing season. You can utilize the power of medical massage to prepare or recover from a long day outside.

Dr. Joan can alleviate those aches and pains that come from such fall activities. Whether you […]

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Most People Have Adaptive Muscle Shortening-Do You?

Most People Have Adaptive Muscle Shortening-Do You?

When a muscle is forced to remain in a shortened position for a long period of time it becomes chronically shortened. Poor posture causes adaptive muscle shortening. Most people have adaptively short muscles of the chest, front of the neck, front of the shoulders and upper arms. When you slump your head and shoulders forward day after day, certain muscles become chronically shortened. These muscles include the pectorals, the anterior deltoids, the scalenes, and the coracobrachialis.

So what’s the problem? In many cases the chronically shortened muscles will not complain. But there are other consequences to adaptive muscle shortening of the […]

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Is It Smart to Ignore Muscle Pain?

Is It Smart to Ignore Muscle Pain?

Muscles enable us to move. You wouldn’t blink an eye, smile or chew without muscles. Healthy muscles are strong. Strong muscles keep us active and able to accomplish life’s tasks. When muscles are in trouble, there will be problems with the joints. Muscles work in pairs and also in groups. When a core muscle like the psoas major is weak on one side and too tight/strong on the opposite side, you will lack mechanical balance. This lack of balance shows up as poor alignment of major parts of the body like the spine and pelvic girdle.

There are many signs that […]

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Are You Heading for a Nursing Home?

Are You Heading for a Nursing Home?

About 50% of nursing home residents are under the age of 85. Why are they there?

A significant number of residents have memory problems or problems making daily decisions. Persons with serious dementia certainly need nursing home care. Neurofeedback training can help other older adults who have less-serious memory and decision-making problems to improve mental function and remain in their homes.

Almost all nursing home residents have some type of physical disability that interferes with activities of daily living like cooking, bathing, shopping and cleaning. Many people could remain safely at home, able to do chores of daily living, if only they […]

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Knee pain

Knee pain

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 […]

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Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis

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.

Next, […]

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Buttock pain, sciatic nerve pain, and piriformis syndrome

Buttock pain, sciatic nerve pain, and piriformis syndrome

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 […]

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Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain

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 […]

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Headaches

Headaches

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 […]

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

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 […]

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