Massage Therapy and Sleep Issues

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A good night’s sleep is crucial to our well-being and our health. Sleep issues can impact your entire day. You may feel drowsy or irritable, your thoughts may be foggy, and you may start to notice a difference in your body as well. If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night maybe it’s time you consider massage therapy to help you sleep better. The Importance of Sleep Sleep is such an important part of our well-being. While some people need less sleep than others, sleep deprivation is associated with several medical issues and can lead to a decline in overall […]

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

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Let’s start with the Iliotibial Band (ITB) The iliotibial band is an extremely thick, fibrous band of connective tissue that runs the length of the lateral leg from the iliac crest to the tibia. Specifically, the IT band is a thickening of the tensor fascia latae (TFL), a muscle that attaches to the front of the iliac crest. Other than to hold the parts of the leg together, the function of the IT band is to stabilize the knee and assist in locomotion (Cruells Vieira). Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is thought to be an overuse condition caused by the ITB […]

Massage for Low Back Pain

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If you’ve ever battled lower back pain, you know how nagging and exhausting it can be. Pain medications can be dangerous to take for extended periods (and frequently only dull the discomfort, instead of dealing with it), relief found from injections is ineffective or short-lived, and some therapies can even make your lower back pain worse. Surely there’s something you can do to rid yourself of this pain. You’re not alone in this pain. In fact, at least 80% of adults will deal with it at some point in their life. So how can we work to free you of […]

Hamstring Strain Injuries

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Oh, the hammies. Such a fascinating collection of muscles. The hamstring muscle group refers to the three muscles on the back of the thigh- biceps femoris, semitendinosus, and semimembranosus. All three extend the hip, tilt the pelvis, and flex the knee. Also, they all attach (with the exception of the short head of the biceps femoris) to a small boney part on the bottom of the pelvis called the ischial tuberosity, aka sits bones. The other (distal) end of the muscles each connect to different sites, either on the tibia or fibula. A hamstring strain is a tear in the […]

How Massage Can Help Athletes Year-Round

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You’re a true athlete. You’re used to working hard, exhausting your body, and developing your mental stamina— as well as your physical stamina— year-round. Even in the off-season, you don’t quit. You’re used to spending your downtime preparing for the next season, and getting faster, stronger, and better at what you do. The idea of using massage to improve your game might sound silly. Who needs a spa day to improve your game on the football field? But the truth is, more and more professional sports teams are employing full-time massage therapists to work with their athletes. Why? It really […]

Massage for Knee Surgery Rehab

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Ouch! What did I do to my knee? If you’re experiencing knee pain, you’re not alone. Most Americans will have knee pain sometime in their life, whether from an accident, overuse, or general wear and tear as they age. Besides being uncomfortable, it’s often debilitating and holds you back from doing the activities you enjoy most. That’s why it’s important to seek prompt treatment. There’s as many different types of treatment for knee pain as there are types of knee pain, and in many cases the best treatment is surgery. It’s ironic, however, that while surgery is meant to cure […]

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

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Foot pain? It must be plantar fasciitis! Right? Let’s start with the basics. Plantar means the sole of your foot. Fasciitis is inflammation of fascia. Plantar fascia is the fascia on the bottom of your foot. Fascia is connective tissue. The fascia on the bottom of the foot spreads from the heel to the toes. Its purpose is to provide arch support and absorb the force that is created from your foot hitting the ground. Got it? Good, but keep reading because there’s more. What’s in a Name? The name plantar fasciitis is a little deceiving. Once treated as an […]

Dealing with Rotator Cuff Injuries

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You’ve been doing Olympic lifting for a while. Or stocking tall shelves. Or cheerleading, throwing your partners overhead. Everything was great! Until suddenly, it wasn’t. Ice and ibuprofen didn’t quite do the trick, so you visited the doctor. And lo and behold, you’ve got a rotator cuff injury and two questions: How the heck did this happen? and What on earth do I do now? You and your shoulder: it’s complicated! Dem bones Despite all falling under one general name, the “shoulder” actually consists of four (or maybe five) different joints. The sternoclavicular joint is where your collar bone connects […]