Neuromuscular Massage Provides Restorative Care for Cancer Patients

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy manipulates the muscles, tendons and connective tissue to help balance the central nervous system. By increasing blood flow, massage can help clear any cellular waste that is causing the receptors in the tissue to become more sensitive and therefore more painful. Massage releases endorphins, the body’s own pain killers, while enhancing the ability of joints to move freely.
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Massage can Help Patients Being Treated for Cancer

One benefit of massage is that it brings a feeling of well-being and relaxation which can help with the stress, anxiety or even depression associated with dealing with cancer treatment. Massage increases the body’s production of endorphins which elevate mood and flushes the waste product, lactic acid, out of muscles.

Massage also relieves pain and stiffness, increases mobility and reduces pain.

The National Cancer Institute found that more than half of their cancer centers offer massage as an adjunct to traditional treatment especially for those patients who suffer from fatigue.
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Do You Have Pain in Your Shoulder Blade?

There are many causes for shoulder blade pain, including activities that make the muscles in the chest tight. When that happens, the muscles in the back lengthen as a result.

Either way, neuromuscular massage can relieve the pain by allowing the muscles to regain their natural posture.

1. Sleeping on the same side every night.
2. Carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder or the other.
3. Sitting at the computer with your arms outstretched can tighten the muscles in the chest.
4. Holding a small child with the same arm, or resting on the same hip.
5. Overworking your pecs at the gym.

If you have been doing any of these repetitive activities and are feeling pain around your shoulder blade, schedule an appointment.

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Other Hazards in the Garden

Dehydration – remember to take breaks to hydrate.

Insects – wear insect repellant to avoid insect bites.

Sunburn – cover exposed skin with long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a wide-brimmed hat and use water-resistant sunscreen.

Infection – wear gloves to avoid getting a soil-born illness through a cut or scrape on your hands, and keep your tetanus vaccination up to date.

Cuts – most gardening tools have sharp edges or pointed tips. Take care that you do not cut yourself with a gardening tool.

Falls – decorative yard features and hard-to-see garden hoses can be hazards causing trips and falls.

Major Trauma – powered gardening tools account for 50,000 trips to the emergency room each year, with the powered lawn mower accounting for more than 40,000 injuries each year alone. Be cautious with your powered tools.

Gardening Injuries – Kneeling

Gardeners are prone to injuring the knees during repetitive kneeling and standing, but also from staying on one’s knees for a period of time while planting or weeding. A soft foam pad under the knees can help to take the pressure off. Take breaks to stand up and walk around, and the following day if the pain in your knees persists, come in for a good neuromuscular massage. Don’t live in pain or allow pain to persist.
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Gardening Injuries – Reaching

Hedge clipping and trimming can involve reaching which can strain or injure muscles in the shoulders. Especially after a long winter without use, muscles in the shoulder and upper back may need conditioning before trimming or reaching for extended periods of time. If you incur a reaching injury, come in for a good neuromuscular massage. Don’t live in pain, a neuromuscular massage can loosen those muscles.
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A Day to Remember

June 7th is National Cancer Survivors Day.

Gardening Injuries – Twisting

One of the most common times to incur a twisting injury during gardening is while kneeling and twisting and reaching for plants or garden tools. Rather than remain kneeling, stand up to retrieve out-of-reach objects. Not only will standing relieve your knees from the pressure of kneeling, you will be far less likely to twist and cause an injury to your back, neck or shoulders. If, after a good day of gardening, you still have aches and pains, come in for a good neuromuscular massage to relieve the pain and restore your range of motion.
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Gardening Injuries – Lifting

Lifting improperly can cause strains and injury to the back muscles. If you are planting, keep the plants close to you so that you do not reach out very far before you lift the plant. This will help avoid simple strains. If you are planting trees or something heavier, use your legs to help lift. And if, after a day of planting, you still have aches and pains, come in for a good neuromuscular massage to relieve the aches and pains.
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Gardening Injuries – Bending

Gardening Injuries
With the summer upon us shortly, most of us like to give our gardens a good tidying, and without realizing it, can stretch and strain our knees, backs and shoulders. Don’t end up with gardeners’ back, weeders’ wrist or pruners’ neck. Here are a few tips for avoiding and remedying gardening aches and pains:

Bending
Digging, raking and weeding can cause repetitive strain and overuse injuries to the back muscles. Taking regular breaks can help prevent repetitive movement injuries. If, however, you still feel back pain after gardening, come in for a good neuromuscular massage to loosen the muscles in your back.
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