Tennis Players, Do You Have Pain in Your Elbow?

Tennis elbow results from an inflammation of the tendon on the outside of the elbow.

Neuromuscular massage can loosen the overused muscles in the forearm and upper arm to ease the pain.

Ease the pain in your elbow before you play your next match.

Fly Fishermen (and Women) Do You Have Pain in Your Thumb?

Inflammation of the tendon that runs down the forearm, through the wrist to the thumb is common because of the way fly fishing gear is used.

Neuromuscular massage can help loosen the over-used muscles that trap the tendons and nerves within a small space causing the pain.

Before you cast again, put your thumb pain to rest.

Late Spring Snows Can Be a Pain in Your Back

Once the temperature warms up, spring snowfalls can be heavily saturated with water so even a light snowfall may be heavier than a mid-winter snow.

Take care not to fill the shovel all the way as it may be much heavier to lift than you expect.
Unexpected weight matched with too little lift can cause sudden contraction of unprepared back muscles which causes strain.

What Can You Do Today to Make Yourself Healthier?

Don’t make huge sweeping New Year’s Resolutions, pick something simple and commit to it for 30 days.

Anything you can do for 30 days will become a habit.


Do Your Kids Have Texters Thumb?

If your kids spend hours each day texting their friends, they may complain of pain in their hands or thumbs.

This is caused from unnatural motion when using the thumbs to text, and tightening of the muscles in the hands to hold the phone.

Neuromuscular massage can relieve the pain in their thumbs and hands.

What Can Neuromuscular Massage Treat?

Excess tension in muscles causing pain.

Restricted blood flow which delays healing.

Restricted range of motion in the joints limiting activity.

Compression of structures upon nerves causing sharp pain.

Postural distortion caused by overuse of muscles on one side, and underuse on the other.

Referred pain where trigger points of high electrical activity sends pain to other areas of the body.

Musicians Often Have Pain in the Hands and Wrist

Musicians who must grip an instrument often have pain in the hands and the wrists.

One cause is joint misalignment at the base of the thumb. Neuromuscular massage can loosen the overused muscles in the area, allowing the joint to rest naturally in its correct place.

Another cause is prolonged muscle tension in the muscles of the thumb. Neuromuscular massage can ease the tension between the muscles that control the complex motion of the thumb.

Playing a musical instrument requires repetitive motion. There’s no need to do so, in pain.

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Immune System

Here are some tips for keeping your immune system at its peak.
1. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Healthy proteins, complex carbohydrates and good fats can boost your immune system.

2. Exercise. Regular exercise slows the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Less cortisol, fewer infections.

3. Get plenty of sleep. Your immune system rebuilds and repairs itself while you sleep. Adults should try to get 8 hours of sleep each night.

4. Wash your hands often. Proper hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of diseases.

5. Maintain healthy intestinal bacteria. Your intestine requires good bacteria to process and digest foods. Yogurt with active cultures and a good probiotic will help you keep the proper levels of good bacteria in your intestines.

6. Be careful when handling and preparing food. Cross contamination of food occurs when cutting boards, for example, are used for raw meats followed by raw vegetables. Always cut on clean surfaces, and bleach your cutting boards regularly.

12 Foods that Interfere with Sleep

In order to feel our best, we need adequate sleep each and every night. Here are 12 foods that may interfere with your ability to get a good night’s rest.

1. Celery. Avoid celery and other foods high in water content (cucumbers, watermelon, etc.) before bed because they are natural diuretics.

2. Tomatoes. Tomatoes are rich in tryamine, and amino acid that triggers the brain to boost its activity. Other tryamine-rich foods: eggplant, soy sauce, red wine and aged cheeses.

3. Fried foods. Foods high in fat take longer to digest and can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.

4. Alcohol. Although alcohol will make you doze off quicker, it robs you of REM sleep which is important to concentration, memory and motor skills.

5. Beans. Beans are a disaster before bed because they take so long to digest and can cause gas.

6. Dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is heart healthy, but just before bed, the caffeine in the chocolate could keep you up.

7. Sugar. Anything that causes your blood glucose to spike will cause a release in insulin that will make it hard to stay asleep.

8. Spicy foods. Spicy foods are often the cause of heartburn once you are laying flat.

9. Marbled red meat. A little marbeling makes a steak taste great, but the greater the fat content, the slower you will digest it. Steak at a late dinner could keep you up.

10. Carbonated beverages. Even the least suspecting carbonated beverages can have caffeine in them. If you’re going to drink soda before bed, check the label.

11. Large meals. A heavy meal before you sleep can keep you up. Allow three hours to digest before you sleep.

12. Broccoli. While broccoli is full of nutrition, it is also full of slow-to-digest fiber which will keep your body working hard while you’re trying to sleep. That goes for cauliflower and brussels sprouts, as well.


Massage Can Lessen the Pain of Whiplash Injuries

Car accidents are the most common cause of neck sprains, commonly called whiplash injuries. Although neck fracture must be ruled out first, massage is one of the most effective ways to lessen the pain of the immediate injury and prevent the injury from becoming a chronic neck problem.

In addition to the major muscles of the neck, whiplash injuries can also cause injury to the muscles at the base of the skull, out along the tops and sides of the shoulder, and down the back along the shoulder blade.

Massage will lessen the stiffness of a neck injury initially. Once the superficial muscles are relaxed and blood flow is restored to the area, massage can help reduce any compression or adhesions to the deeper muscles which will lessen pain and restore mobility to the neck.