June 18, 2020
According to the American Optometric Association, 46 percent of Americans spend at least five hours a day on a computer or smartphone. When looking at a screen, many people hold their head forward of center and slouch, which puts many upper-body muscles in a shortened position.
Here are some ways to avoid pain and strain: Computer users tend to blink very little and stare straight ahead, not using their peripheral vision. Be sure to keep blinking, which washes your eyes in naturally therapeutic tears and breaks up your stare.
November 18, 2018
Most people would agree that massage is soothing relaxing, and pleasurable. But Raindrop Technique is unquestionably far superior as it combines essential oils with special massage techniques to add greater therapeutic benefits to a pleasurable massage.
Anyone who has experienced Rain drop Technique is very quick to get on the massage table again to enjoy and discover new benefits of this most remarkable application of essential oils.
Raindrop Technique is one of the safest, noninvasive regimens available to spinal health. It is also an invaluable method to promote healing from within using topically applied essential oils.
Raindrop Technique was developed by D. Gary Young, and it based on his research of essential oils and their antimicrobial properties, his knowledge of the Vita Flex technique and its reflex points on the feet, and fascinating information on the light stroking called “effleurage” and its effect on the muscles and the nervous system.
December 23, 2017
Scientific research has revealed that essential oils possess myriad beneficial phytochemical properties: anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, anti-stress, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and analgesic, but their ability to influence human potential isn't limited to psychophysiological effects. Aromatic essences have also been used for centuries to create a more meaningful connection to something bigger than ourselves, and, indeed, may place us in a state more receptive to inspiration.Spirituality is a universal human experience that connects us to or brings us into greater harmony with the present moment, to self, to our fellow man, to nature, or to the divine.
Many find that spirituality is intricately associated with religion while others consider it a separate and broader concept associated with behavior, emotions, and philosophies that involve the search for transcendent meaning. Beyond the religious aspects of spirituality, it involves the ability to discover meaning and purpose in life, moral and ethical principles to abide by, and a deep relationship with something bigger than one’s self.
October 26, 2017
The pain can be almost unbearable. Sciatica can come on suddenly, or occur after sitting for long periods of time. The pain radiates from the sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back and through your hips and your buttocks. It’s usually only felt on one side of the body, but as any sciatica sufferer can tell you, that’s enough. The pain of sciatica can range from mild and annoying to excruciating and disruptive when it comes to sleep and normal movements.
There are many conditions that can cause an irritation of the sciatic nerve, including a herniated disc, pregnancy, or a number of spinal problems. The treatment of sciatica is largely based on the cause. Treatment can include rest, medication, or even surgery to repair disks. Massage therapy can also be extremely helpful in relieving the pain.
August 4, 2017
Hospitalizations are often necessary for those who are ill, having a baby, or requiring lifesaving procedures.
While the patient care received is intended to enhance health and ensure survival of critical events, it can come at a cost. Some of the challenging aspects of hospitalization include pain, stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and social isolation. Adams and colleagues, the authors of "The Effects of Massage Therapy on Pain Management in the Acute Care Setting" published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage Bodywork, address these issues and detail five previous studies on the topic of massage benefits for patients. Among these studies, established benefits include a decrease in pain and the need for medication, lowered stress levels, improved sleep, as well as decreased anxiety and depression.
Adams et al., describe their study as an attempt to answer the question, "does the use of massage therapy in an inpatient setting improve patient perception of pain management?" Their study focused on the perception of pain management, in addition to the analysis of pain levels and medication usage. Their interest lied in the patient's quality of experience and psychological healing, the "personal experience of the transcendence of suffering." They proposed that such healing is very personal, with different meaning for different people. To study these inner aspects of healing, they used a mixed methods approach, meaning they blended aspects of qualitative and quantitative measures in hopes of uncovering valuable insights into the effectiveness of the intervention.