QUALITY OF LIFE

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Pain

Pain is your body's alarm to alert you that something is wrong.  It's normal to experience muscle soreness after exercise, overuse, or occasional repetitive motion.  If  you experience pain repeatedly or increasingly in the same area(s), that is your body telling you to pay attention.  The sooner you address the pain, the less damage will be done & the recovery time will be shorter.  

Prevention

Massage can address the muscles, tendons, & ligaments  that may be causing your pain.  If these tissues are not moving correctly it can cause injuries that lead to surgery &/or cartilage wear resulting in the need for joint replacements.  The body will naturally compensate for this dysfunction by increasing the workload of other muscles, which creates more problems.

Daily Life & Mobility

Musculoskeletal discomfort & pain can affect every aspect of life.  It can be difficult to sleep comfortably, get out of bed, & perform other daily life activities.  People opt out of hobbies or spending time with friends & family due to pain or limited mobility.  This lack of movement can cause muscles, tendons, & ligaments to become weaker & stiffer, furthering the decrease in mobility.  To maintain mobility, it's vital to strengthen & stretch your body.   

WELLNESS MASSAGE

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Routine relaxation of muscle tension can reduce the effects of chronic holding patterns which cause:  pain, muscular spasms, nerve impingement, & circulation irregularities.  Regular bodywork can prevent injuries & keep past injuries from flaring up.  If any injuries are aggravated, sessions may need to be more frequent until symptoms subside.  

  • 60 Minute Massage:  A full body massage with some regional emphasis or a partial body deep tissue massage. 


  • 90 Minute Massage:  A full body massage with increased emphasis on problem areas.

Wellness appointments are scheduled every 3 - 8 weeks apart on average & depend on the patient's   condition.  They can be used as maintenance after muscle rehab treatments to keep resolved issues from returning.  Maintenance sessions may be closer together in the beginning.  

INJURY MASSAGE - MUSCLE REHABILITATION

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For patients who are seeking relief from conditions that are rooted in the musculoskeletal system.  Many have previously consulted Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, etc. resulting in partial or no relief.   Deep tissue, trigger point, & injury techniques are applied to restore proper function to muscles, tendons, & other tissues.

  • 30 or 45 Minute Massage:  Best for a specific muscle, tendon, ligament, or small body region.  It's recommended to start with a 30 or 45 minute session.

 

  • 60 Minute Massage:  A deeper & more specific partial body massage, depending on the surface area that needs attention.

 

  • 90 Minute Massage:  A deeper partial body massage for those with multiple areas needing deep tissue, injury, & trigger point work.  More time available will help warm & reduce surface tension that will allow deeper work to be performed.

The number of treatments needed is dependent on different factors:  condition, location, response to bodywork, patient compliance with stretching, eliminating aggravating factors & following the treatment plan.  Some only need 2 - 3 sessions to resolve their complaints.  Others may need 6 or more.

MASSAGE THERAPY & BODYWORK

Swedish & Deep Tissue

Injury & Trigger Point

Injury & Trigger Point

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Most common types of massage.  The use of superficial Swedish massage strokes is used to relax, sedate, & warm tissues before application of deeper techniques.

Injury & Trigger Point

Injury & Trigger Point

Injury & Trigger Point

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Deep Tissue techniques & use of specific protocols are used to treat tendon, muscle, ligament injuries.  As well as, Trigger Points that are causing local, referral, & compensation pain.

Shiatsu & Tui Na

Injury & Trigger Point

Shiatsu & Tui Na

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Based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Acupuncture points are stimulated with pressure applied with thumbs, knuckles, fists, forearms, & elbows. 

Cupping

Reflexology

Shiatsu & Tui Na

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A flame is inserted into a glass cup to create a negative pressure vacuum.  Body tissues are suctioned into the cup.  Used for:  tendon, muscular, & joint pain.  Arthritis, for example.

Reflexology

Reflexology

Reflexology

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Accessing the entire body through the feet.  Healing & deeply relaxing. 


INJURY MASSAGE- MUSCLE REHABILITATION

First Session

Second Session

Second Session

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Depending on the size of the area(s) you need addressed, the first session is usually 30 - 45 minutes. 


Most individuals will be sore for 3 - 4 days after the initial visit.  Your muscles haven't been manipulated in this manner before.  It’s normal if your condition seems to be aggravated or worsened in the following days.  Most people are surprised by the soreness felt after their first session. 

Second Session

Second Session

Second Session

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The second session should come in the following week or two at the most.  It’s important to discuss how you felt during, after, & in the week following your initial treatment.  Changes in the patient's symptoms & how the tissues feel to the therapist will help determine the course of treatment.


Improvement will be felt after the soreness of this session has faded.  Don’t give up if you aren't seeing considerable progress.  Be patient.

Third Session

Session 4 - 6 & Maintenance

Session 4 - 6 & Maintenance

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Treatment can be spaced every other week depending on the patient's condition & progress.   Less time between treatments decreases the probability of exacerbation.  Stretches are demonstrated & recommendations are made to maintain & continue progress.  


If the issue has been worsening over years or is aggravated daily, it may take longer.

Session 4 - 6 & Maintenance

Session 4 - 6 & Maintenance

Session 4 - 6 & Maintenance

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Patients are usually seen 4 - 6 times within the first 2 months of treatment.  Following recommendations & stretch instructions is essential.


Many issues are work related & not all contributing factors can be eliminated.  It’s important to continue stretching & coming in for maintenance as needed to prevent the issue from returning.

MASSAGE THERAPY & CHIROPRACTIC CARE

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There is a reason it is called the Musculoskeletal System.  Neither bone nor muscle can function independently from the other.  They are joined together to give the body form & function.  So naturally, when there is a problem with one it effects the other. 


Massage relaxes the tissues of the body.  When this occurs, the bones they attach to may move.  Because of this, a chiropractic adjustment may be needed. It's very common that the muscle tension people seek treatment for is only part of the root problem. 


When a muscle spasms, is chronically  tight, or weak the bone it's attached to can be displaced.  This causes the muscle body to shorten, become even tighter, & results in a tug of war between the muscle & bone.  Without massage to relax the muscle & chiropractic to properly position the bone, they will continue to aggravate one another. 


Relaxed muscles reduce the chance of the attached bones from shifting after an adjustment.  This can make a chiropractic adjustment immediately after massage easier, more effective, & complete. 

HOW YOU SLEEP

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Sleep is the basis of human health.  Humans spend 1/3 of their lives asleep or at least trying to sleep.  Structurally, how you sleep can indicate if you're experiencing muscular issues & the positions you sleep in may be the source of your pain.  


Many ask for recommendations on what type of pillow or mattress will help them improve their quality of sleep.  Unfortunately, it's usually not that simple.  What works for one person may make another worse.

HYDRATION

Drinking Water

Things that Contribute to Dehydration

Things that Contribute to Dehydration

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Drinking 90 - 120 ounces of water per day is recommended. The amount depends on body mass, physical activity, perspiration, altitude, diet, & overall health.


Don't be overwhelmed by how many ounces are recommended. When using a 32 ounces bottle, it only takes drinking 3 bottles to surpass 90 ounces. The larger the container used, the more water that will be consumed.


Choose Cool or Room Temperature Water Instead of Ice Cold. Ice water constricts the arteries surrounding the stomach, which slows down water absorption.

Things that Contribute to Dehydration

Things that Contribute to Dehydration

Things that Contribute to Dehydration

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  • Diabetes, Women's Hormone Cycle, Stress, Exercise, Alcohol, IBS, Diarrhea or Vomiting.
  • Food & Drinks: Low Fruit & Vegetable intake.
  • Caffeine: Soda, Tea, Coffee, Energy Drinks.
  • Sugar: Soda, Fruit Juice, Coconut Water, Coffee, Processed Food- Anything that comes in a package.
  • Salt: Soy Sauce, Fried Foods, Processed Food, Cured Meats, Snack Food, Frozen Meals.
  • Prescription Drugs:
    • Diuretics/ Water Pills.
    • Laxatives/ Stool Softeners.
    • Chemotherapy Side Effects.

  

DEHYDRATION

Urine color is a good indicator of hydration.  If the color is affected by vitamins, you can still consider color intensity & amount.


CHRONIC DEHYDRATION

When a person drinks less than 50% of daily required water intake for a prolonged period.

  • Hair Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Dry Eyes & Skin
  • Joint Pain, Back Ache
  • Memory Loss
  • Digestion Problems
  • Respiratory Problems
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure

 

SEVERE DEHYDRATION

  • Extremely Dry or Shriveled Skin
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Not Urinating or Dark Urine
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Rapid Heartbeat 
  • Severe Dizziness
  • Unconsciousness

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REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology is the practice of manipulating reflex areas in the feet & hands.  These reflex areas correspond to specific body parts & organs.


  • Specific reflexology techniques induce relaxation.  
  • Relaxation is the first step in interrupting & breaking the stress cycle. 
  • The body is assisted in ridding itself of toxins
  • Increased circulation supplies nutrients & oxygen to the cells. 
  • This improved condition helps the body to return to a state of balance.  The result is improved body function. 
  • Increases energy by revitalizing organs & glands. 
  • Serves as Preventative Health Care
  • Provides a Non-Invasive therapy helpful for chronic or acute conditions that may be contraindicated for other therapies. 
  • Efficiently addresses ALL the systems of the body. 

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MUSCLE REHAB: HOW IT WORKS

Touch Evaluation

Warming Surface Tension

Warming Surface Tension

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People always ask if massage can help their pains.  Feeling the area is required for evaluation.  

Warming Surface Tension

Warming Surface Tension

Warming Surface Tension

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Cross Fiber Friction

Warming Surface Tension

Cross Fiber Friction

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Adhesions

Stretching

Cross Fiber Friction

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Stripping

Stretching

Stretching

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Stretching

Stretching

Stretching

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SLEEP POSITIONS & PROBLEMS