An ode to those experiencing #trauma. An ode to those in #chronicpain. You are a #Badass. You are Badass not because #yousurvived. Not because you are somehow, saintedly, limping along and #MakingItHappen. Not because you manage to make everyone around you feel comfortable because you can hide the shattered-slimy-messy inside your shelled out body, zipped up behind a #smile and a few, occasional, acceptable-type tears. You are Badass because you #Chose. You chose to come here
Upper traps can be affected by more than just there lower counterpart. Let's talk about bones. Lower traps are a major source of tension in the upper traps. But if you have foam roller, stretched, and massages your lower traps and your shoulder pain still persists, it's not quite time to jump directly to working on the area of pain. First, we must check out your bone placement. As we noted in the last article, trapezius is huge! Therefore it has many bony attachment points. I
Traps get a lot of flack for being too tight, causing headaches, and as the source of neck and shoulder pain. Are they really the source of all that discomfort? Yes and no. When most people think of traps, they imagine the muscle you grab at the junction between your neck and shoulders. People who tell me their shoulders hurt or are tight most commonly mean this area. The trapezius muscles are so much more! See that gigantic triangle of muscle? That entire thing is the tra
Gut health is a key indicator in overall health and, as this study shows, may also be linked with the pain we feel. Our gut microbiome consists of many different healthy flora and bacteria. When it is balanced, we feel calmer, happier, and healthier. Out of balance, we experience higher rates of anxiety, depression, and a host of digestive problems. Deficiencies in the gut microbiome are also related to autism and Parkinson's disease. This research published in Anesthesiology
Sometimes waiting to get to your LMT is not an option! Here’s how to work out that annoying trigger point wherever you are. Trigger points are a protection response triggered by mechanical stresses in the body. The absolute best way to release a trigger point is to discontinue the activity that caused it in the first place. However, life does not always roll that way. Which is why we have massage! And when we can’t get in to see our favorite massage therapist, we have self
If you’ve been stretching and foam rolling your IT Band for days but it still feels super tight and your knee still burns, then it might not be your ITB that’s the problem.
The iliotibial band, also known as the iliotibial tract or ITB, is a stretch of connective tissue along the outside of your thigh. It assists in abducting the hip, but its primary function is to support the knee. If we stop to think and think about it for a minute, that’s pretty amazing! A structure th
Ever wonder if your headaches and jaw pain are connected to your pelvic dysfunction? You’d be right! One of the tenants of bodywork I most impress upon my clients is dysfunction in one area affects the whole system. Your foot pain will change your walking pattern which will affect your hips which will pull on your shoulders. Your shoulder injury will change how you use your arms which will affect your posture that in turn could cause problems with your neck and low back. S
Self care and self love. Basically buzzwords at this point, these concepts still have huge implications for and importance in our everyday life. But there is a missing element…
Take a bubble bath. Read a book. Walk in the sun. When first learning about self care (and yes, it does need to be learned), these types of suggestions hit the top of the list. As you dig deeper, recommendations become a little deeper. Look at your finances. Be objective about your relationship.
Pain in your bladder, pressure in your pelvis. Disruptive, uncomfortable, and illusive to treatment. Arvigo® Maya Abdominal Massage can help!
Usually I try to come up with more creative titles for my blog posts, but for a condition that can be mystifying I figured a little straight-shooting was in order here. Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), is a chronic pain disorder that falls under the even broader umbrella of chronic pelvic pai
As I have mentioned in previous posts, chronic pain - whether of the pelvis or another area of the body - is multidimensional and complex. Learning about your condition, your body, and your available tools to recover is an essential element to navigating that maze and managing your pain. That is why I place such a high emphasis on client education and teaching self care techniques for my massage clients. Health education consists of two parts to be effective. The first par
Our society is inundated with chronic disease and pain. I bet you can think of at least one person - if it isn’t yourself - who is constantly rubbing their back, checking their blood pressure, or otherwise struggling to feel healthy. Causes of nearly all of these modern pains and diseases (including cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pain syndromes, digestive complaints, arthritis, etc.) are rooted in stress and inflammation.
So what on Earth does any of that ha
Breathing is up there with heartbeat and brain function in terms of necessity of life. How we breathe also affects our quality of life. Unfortunately, most of us do not breathe optimally. As we grow from toddlers and children into older children, teens, and adults our breathing patterns change from perfectly open to compressed usually in response to life experiences and social influences. For example, we’re taught that a flat stomach is beautiful, so we might consciously r
In the last few months, I have seen a number is clients whose pain stems from trigger points. Lots of them. While it is common for trigger points to be a pain source, I have started to notice an interesting pattern as to when they illicit pain. Trigger points carry a few points of debate because they are difficult to study. Imaging techniques such as X Ray and MRI cannot see them leaving the mechanisms behind trigger point pain obscure. And direct palliation, the most reliabl
Every day, for years, you take the same route home. (Stick with me here!) This route you follow happens to be a bit circuitous and a little arduous, but you traverse it mainly because you always - or what feels like always - have. One day a detour pops up which forces you to take an unconventional path home; a more direct, easier way! A few days later, after the detour is gone and you are no longer thinking about which way you are going, which route are you going to take h
Low back pain. The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 70% of adults in industrialized countries will present with this enigmatic, draining problem. Draining because it can quickly eat your finances, comfort, health, and joy as you work to resolve it. Enigmatic because often low back pain is determined idiopathic, or of an unknown cause. When a cause is suggested, it can range from psychological to structural. Structurally, the usual suspects are herniated
Dysmenorrhea and dyspareunia. Big words for extremely painful menstruation and painful sex during penetration, respectively. In other words, cringe-worthy conditions that are complicated, frustrating, and emotionally draining. For women living with these issues, massage therapy is one of the treatment options that can significantly improve your symptoms and your quality of life. Preliminary research performed in 2004, 2010, and 2011 all strongly indicate manual therapy has
Massage therapists have a saying: the issues are in the tissues. Looking at this phrase, clearly it is applicable to a profession that releases stress and relieves pain in the soft tissue structures of the body. But it is not often that we refer to physical ailments with this rhyme. Most often, we are discussing trapped emotions and memories. “Memories are stored in the brain. How in the world could an emotion be stored in the body?!” you might be wondering. In a 2014 re
We’ve all heard the phrase “It’ll get worse before it gets better.” Many times we apply the phrase to difficult life situations, but it can also be especially applicable to the healing process. Medically, the period of “worse” is known as the Jarisch–Herxheimer Reaction and is also referred to as a Healing Crisis colloquially. This is a time in the body’s healing where a client may experience an exacerbation of their symptoms as toxins (dying bacteria in the case of diseas