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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Rain Pain Go Away

The sound of rain on my rooftop makes me think of those with arthritis, fibromyalgia and other painful conditions. While there is limited documentation on the subject, the weather's effect on these conditions is severely noted by those that have chronic pain and old injuries. Most of us have a family member or friend who can tell us that the storm is approaching.

While this feat is not seen as a wonder of nature like parakeet or "spidey" senses. The reality is it does reveal that our joints - knees, shoulder, hips, especially - depend on at least a bit of warmth to stay lubricated. Like the hinge on a door, a little lubrication decreases friction, which softens the squeaks and creaks until they are no more. Unfortunately, we don't have the luxury of having the oil can like Tin Man, but, what can we do in the rain?

A little heat, movement, and by the way massage. This would be a good day for the stability ball or taking a stroll on the tread mill, keep it light, and keep it moving.

  • Curl up with a good book (if this hurts your knees - don't do it) and it's a good time for the heating pad or blanket. There's even a heated throwavailable now. The Big K had these on sale recently and they're also available at "todays neighborhood drugstore".
  • Pretend your on the sidelines at a big game. Rub your hands together, then gently show the same courtesy to your knees. They'd probably like soft circular motions.
  • Remember, Go For Warmth not fire, less pain not more, say twenty minutes or so. Repeat hourly or when the mood strikes.


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Sunday, October 21, 2007

New Addition For Fab Feet

Have you heard about the Ionic Foot Bath?


Decrease toxins in the body - Increase energy levels - Sit Back and Enjoy Rejuvenation


Combining treatments with fabulous Foot Massage will have you floating on a cloud.

The “EB” Cellular Cleanse Therapy uses direct micro – current, generating ions between 300 – 400 mV providing energy that is subthreshold, and very similar to low voltage electro-stimulation or cold laser, both of which have been proven to increase and create more cellular ATP (stored energy). This increase in cellular ATP allows the cells to work and purge at a higher rate and to withstand external stressors that can be other physical or chemical.
Both the EB – 305 and the EB – Pro are designed to restore the body’s energy and balance by facilitating the body’s natural detoxification process. The EB – 305 uses state of the art research and development to provide a form of energy that the body via a direct current. This is similar to how the heart generates energy for the body.

Treatment recommendations are to first complete 2 – 3 treatments using the “Balance” time of 18 minutes. This will facilitate balancing the body’s pH levels and prepare it for further detoxification. Then, the patient will complete a series of 10 – 12 treatments using the “Standard” detoxifying time of 23 minutes to regulate the body. Repeating the process will be dictated by the patient’s health.


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Monday, October 15, 2007

State Licensing Board Sits

I for one am glad that a board has finally been selected. The current state of town-by-town licensure has an impact on both LMTs wallets and the current state of "regulations". The word is that the Board will have its first meeting next month. Hopefully, there will be good news on the horizon and MTs and massage lovers will be able to breathe easier. The representation seems well-rounded, Central, Eastern, and Western MA being represented equally. Locally, congratulations to Bernadette Nicholson, a highly regarded LMT in the area. I'll be sending her a card soon.

The current list of Board Members can be found here


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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Massage Break




Chair Massage has been proven to increase productivity, creativity and attendance in the workplace. Across the US companies are turning to chair massage for incentive programs, to show appreciation as well as in addition to the overall benefits package. Chair massage is inexpensive and fits the flow of a typical work day. Replacing the coffee or smoke break with a massage break is not only healthier for the body, but for the mind as well.
While you may be under the impression that massage during the work day will make you sleepy and leave you in an overly relaxed state. The opposite has been proven true. Office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who were not massaged. 1
Up to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints. 2
Stress accounts for $26 billion in medical and disability payments and $95 billion in lost productivity per year. 2
Over 50% of lost work days are stress related which keeps about 1 million people per day from attending work. 2
Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress. 3
40% of job turnover is due to stress. 4
1. Field, Ironson, Pickens et al. (1996). Massage therapy reduces anxiety and enhances EEG pattern of alertness and math computations.International Journal of Neuroscience 86, 197-205 2.Occupational Health and Safety news and the National Council on compensation Insurance (U.S.A.) 3..Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 4. American Institute of Stress


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