Vitamin M

If you’re receiving this newsletter, the odds are that you have received at least one massage (from us). Therefore, you are not looking to be ‘sold’ on the idea that getting a massage can be good for you. However, many patients are unaware of the core strengths that make a massage REALLY good for your health and wellbeing.

According to a recent study conducted at the University of Miami and Duke University, massage was shown to reduce (↓↓) cortisol levels by an average of 38% and increase (↑↑) levels of serotonin and dopamine by an average of 30% and 40% respectively.

↓↓Cortisol= 🙂

Cortisol has been found to reduce the amount of killer cells in the body, which help fight off viruses, cancer cells and other infections. Thus increased levels of cortisol can lead to an inhibited immune system.

↑↑Serotonin & Dopamine= 🙂

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter used to regulate mood, appetite, and sleep (who doesn’t want that). Dopamine, like serotonin, is also a neurotransmitter. Dopamine is most noted for its role in regulating mood, specifically related to reward motivated behavior. This is notably important because of its regulation on stress and depression.

Maintaining appropriate hormone levels is paramount to a healthy immune system. There are several means by which these levels can be achieved, such as yoga, meditation or even walking your dog. However, a clinical massage is always aimed at helping your body to regulate and maintain balance as well as zero in on those aches and pains.

Muscle Strains

A strain, sometimes referred to as a pulled muscle, is a muscle injury produced by excessive tensile stress that causes fibers to tear within the tissue. A muscle strain does not usually result from excess stretch alone, but from a combination of tension and contraction. Muscle strains can develop when excess tension is placed on…

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Shin Splints or Compartment Syndrome?

One of the most common overuse injuries affecting the lower extremity is the condition known as shin splints. While the term shin splints routinely is used, especially among the athletic population, it does not represent a specific clinical pathology. Instead, it describes chronic shin pain resulting from overuse. It occurs in two regions of the…

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An Alternative Approach to Stretching

Clinicians, athletes and rehabilitation specialists advocate stretching as a means for injury prevention and treatment. The primary purpose of any stretching technique is to enhance pliability and flexibility in the soft tissues. It is also routinely incorporated with massage in the treatment of pain and injury conditions. There are many different stretching techniques, which all…

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Ganglion Cysts

The highly refined palpation skills of massage practitioners are such that we often identify tissue abnormalities before the client is aware of them. An indication that we should refer a patient for further evaluation is when we identify something we aren’t sure of but know shouldn’t normally be there. One such example may occur with…

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What Is the “End Feel”?

Some of the most valuable assessment information is derived from relatively simple procedures such as passive range-of-motion tests. While many massage practitioners have been exposed to the fundamental concepts of active and passive range-of-motion testing, most have not learned how to use this information effectively in a clinical environment. In this article, we will focus…

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How Accurate Is That Test?

Physical assessment is considered one of the most accurate ways to assess function of the locomotor tissues of the body. While we can often gain valuable information about structural problems through high-tech diagnostic procedures like X-ray or MRI, these procedures tell us very little about the function of the tissues involved in creating and limiting…

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When Is It Tendinitis?

Tendinitis is one of the most common diagnoses for soft tissue pain resulting from repetitive motion. As repetitive motion disorders have dramatically increased, so has the incidence of tendinitis. However, recent investigations into the cellular nature of tendon pathologies have brought forth interesting discoveries that may alter the way tendinitis is treated. In this month’s…

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