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All Blog Posts Tagged 'pain' (29)

The Painful Plate-5 Dietary Tips for Reducing Chronic Pain

Did you know that chronic pain plagues more Americans than cancer, diabetes, and heart disease combined? If not, now you do. Not only is chronic pain common, it is an American epidemic, racking up as much as $635 billion dollars annually in healthcare costs. Break that down to a more…


Added by Sean Vierra on October 19, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Ergonomics of Parenting

Lately, several clients have come in with pain issues that might be avoided with a review of their environmental influences. Usually these influencers are related to the work environment but home and family also play a role in ergonomics. Here's an article I wrote several years ago to address some of these issues.

Ergonomics is the science of making improvements to your work space and daily tasks to more efficiently fit your body and routine.  Its goal is to prevent pain and…


Added by Robin Byler Thomas on August 21, 2012 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments

Stress, Wellness, and Pain Management–my chat with Jay Woodard on the theory and practice of Alphabiotics

SV: “So…Alphabiotics? If I had never heard of it or had no experience
with bodywork, how would you explain the idea.. the process?”

JW: “Alphabiotics is the science of stress relief. It is a non-threatening, hands-on process that pulls the body out of an outer-reactive, inappropriate…


Added by Sean Vierra on August 21, 2012 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Can you be overly flexiable for your own good?

How do you loosen the painfully tight muscles of your ultra flexible clients? I often find releasing them a challenge in adaptability.

Added by Daniel Cohen on May 22, 2012 at 8:05am — 1 Comment

Some Lessons From Bruises

The palpatory sense that good therapist develops never ceases to amaze. This sense of feeling or seeing inside is the basis of my therapy and my Foundations in Myofascial Release Seminars. I've written about touch frequently, but a revisit is in order.

Many years back a retired professional football player was referred to me for treatment due to knee pain. He…


Added by Walt Fritz, PT on February 8, 2012 at 7:43am — 11 Comments

Learn How Acupuncture Works from Eastern and Western point of view

Acupuncture at Work.  East meets West…

Added by Tree of Life Acupuncture on November 26, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments


Over the past few years I have been living a story. It’s one that I tell myself daily. It is a simple story, filled with the excuses of why “I can’t.” In this story I continually place my family and work responsibilities at the top of the priority list while my health, fitness and emotional well-being fall to the bottom. I know this story very well because it is not just my own, I hear it each day from most of my clients as well. It is the story of “I don’t have time.”

I’m a massage…


Added by Jesse James Retherford on October 31, 2011 at 10:27am — No Comments

Not Just Any Movement, You Need Functional Movement

The Human Body is a mechanical work of art.  By design it is capable of a ridiculous amount of movement patterns, all at different degrees of intensity, from slow and steady to explosive and short. The ability to crawl, walk, run, jump, and climb each require an amazingly sophisticated movement system.  This system sets us apart from all other species on the planet. But there is one catch… If you don’t use it you literally lose it.


Why you lose it

One of…


Added by Jesse James Retherford on October 10, 2011 at 3:06pm — No Comments


I started this blog four months ago. My goal was to share knowledge and self-care tips on the treatment of chronic pain and injury. Until now I have focused my discussions on deep tissue massage therapyself-massage using foam roller therapy, …


Added by Jesse James Retherford on October 3, 2011 at 11:38am — No Comments


Last week I demonstrated that the foot is the foundation of your posture (see: Injury Prevention Begins at your Foot). In the article I discussed the role of the feet in providing stability and mobility for the body and gave examples of corrective exercises to build strength, stabilization, and mobility in the…


Added by Jesse James Retherford on September 20, 2011 at 1:01pm — No Comments


Last week I defined posture, not as an ideal position, but as the necessary stabilty from which all healthy movement is derived. Today I am talking about the first step in re-engaging postural control.


How did we get here?

The human body is awe-inspiring. It is capable of moving…


Added by Jesse James Retherford on September 9, 2011 at 9:48am — No Comments

Touch, Pressure, and Meeting the Pain

by Walt Fritz, PT

One topic which keeps repeating itself, whether I am treating or teaching, is what is the “right” amount of pressure? Myofascial Release is performed with great variations in pressure and depth, with the therapist making in-the-moment decisions as to the correct pressure at any time. Some schools of Myofascial Release…


Added by Walt Fritz, PT on August 1, 2011 at 12:41pm — No Comments


Over the past week, I have seen a “mini-epidemic” — two new clients and email correspondence with a third — of a common but painful foot injury, plantal fasciitis. Living in Austin, with such an active outdoors culture, plantar fasciitis is one of the more common issues I treat. It is also one of the most common foot injuries in the United States.  As reported by Pubmed, two million Americans suffer from plantar fasciitis each year…

Added by Jesse James Retherford on July 28, 2011 at 3:55pm — No Comments


It is estimated that over 116 million Americans suffer from debilitating chronic pain each year, of which low back pain is the most common. According to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, “Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old.  More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.” There is a proven and effective way to treat most forms of chronic…

Added by Jesse James Retherford on July 22, 2011 at 2:20pm — No Comments


As a licensed massage therapist, I specialize in chronic pain and injury management using deep tissue massage therapy.  Most of my clients come in with a common complaint: pain in the low back, hips (primarily on one side), and/or shooting pain or numbness down the back of the leg.


More than two million Americans suffer either from back pain or a form of sciatica that is often misdiagnosed…


Added by Jesse James Retherford on July 22, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Massage More Effective Than Usual Care for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain

More great work from Dan Cherkin at Group Health.

"Daniel C. Cherkin, the lead author and an epidemiologist with the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, mentioned some of the study’s considerable strengths. It had a randomized design, a high follow-up rate, good adherence to the… Continue

Added by Matthew D. Stewart on July 4, 2011 at 6:53pm — 2 Comments

Are You Using Cupping Therapy Massage In Your Business?

Medical practitioners realised thousand of years ago that stagnation of toxins in the body were the root cause of ailments such as headaches, muscular pain, premature ageing, depression and high blood pressure. Our modern day ailments like stress, tension, anxiety and others can be caused by blockages and toxins that we are generally not aware of...

To treat and get to the source of these ailments; practitioners used revolutionary treatments like acupuncture and cupping therapy.…


Added by Derrick Z. Venter on May 26, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Local massage therapist,Andrew Wolfe,LMP to speak on the radio.

Andrew Wolfe, LMP is the owner and massage therapist of Harmony Licensed Massage Therapy located in Arlington's health care district at Smokey Point, Washington. He has a private practice in the Cumulus Park Health Care Center serving patients in the north Snohomish County region since 1987. In his profession as a licensed massage practitioner, he has focused on the rehabilitation…


Added by Andrew Wolfe,LMP,Mms. on April 15, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Value of Massage by Andrew Wolfe,LMP

Health care is on the minds of most people, whether they have it, need it, or don't have the right policy due to financial infeasibility, to acquire or maintain it. Unfortunately when it comes to health, if you don't invest in it now, you pay for it later, as the investment of our bodies seem to yield higher rates of health issue returns to our lives as we age. As it stands now, preventative health is not recognized under most health insurance policies unless it comes… Continue

Added by Andrew Wolfe,LMP,Mms. on January 17, 2011 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Cold and Flu season; Increase your immunity with massage by Andrew Wole,LMP

Harvest is upon us again. It is a time to gather and take in the bounty of our labors. It is also a time of reflection, a time to look within and assess our needs; to take inventory and appreciate what we have. In the medical community and with the reminders in the media, we realize it is also cold and flu season, a time when we can deplete our immune system. When this happens not just the individual suffers but all those around them do also.

As a society we have been informed of… Continue

Added by Andrew Wolfe,LMP,Mms. on January 17, 2011 at 8:05pm — No Comments

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