Archive for September, 2011

Be Careful with Chest Pain

September 29, 2011

There are various reasons why people have chest pains. Chest pain has many possible causes. If chest pain is occurring, it is necessary for the massage therapy client to seek medical attention.

The leading causes of chest pain, relating to cardiac, are heart attack, angina, aortic dissection, coronary spasm, and pericarditis. However, other factors may cause heart pain, such as myocarditis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, digestive disorders, musculoskeletal problems, respiratory illnesses, and even panic attacks, shingles, and cancer.

Heart attacks are caused when a blood clot is blocking blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina, is hard, thick, cholesterol-containing plaques that gradually build up on the inner walls of the artieries that carry blood to the heart. These plaques narrow the arteries and restrict blood supply, usually during stenuous activity. Aortic dissection is a life threatening conditon involving main areteries leading from the heart, or aorta. The inner layers of the blood vessels separate, forcing blood flow between them. Usually caused by sharp blow to the chest or from uncontrolled hypertension. Coronary spasms can occur when arteries that supply blood to the heart go into spasms, temorarily stopping blood flow. Usually caused by a co-existing coronary artery disease. Pericarditis, is and inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart, usually due to a viral infection. Myocarditis, is an inflammation of the heart caused by a viral infection. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a heart muscle disorder.

Digestive disorders can also cause chest pain. Heartburn, is caused by stomach acid washing up from the stomach into the espophagus. Esophageal spasms occur when the tube from the throat to the stomach make it difficult or painful to swallow. Hiatal herias, Achalasia, a swallowing disorder, and gallbladder or pancreatic problems, can also cause chest pain.

Musculoskeletal causes of chest pain can be costochondritis-where the cartilage of the rib cage become inflamed. Sore muscles, injured ribs, pinched nerves, these can also be causes.

Respiratory causes for chest pain can be due to Pulmonary embolism, pleurisy, and any other lung disorders, such as pneumothorax, pulmonary hypertension, or asthma.

Other causes can be panic attack, single infections and certain cancers.

Whatever the cause of chest pain, it is always best to have your client seek the help of a medical professional. The doctor or cardiologist will be the best judge of the underlying cause of the chest pain. Through cardiac testing and techniques, the cause can be explained, and then properly treated.


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September 22, 2011

Kinesiology is study of the movements. Some kinesiologists work with massage therapists. In 196o’s, Dr. Goodheart made an observation that a weak muscle could be treated and the strength can be improved, Kinesiology incorporates the principles of variety of holistic therapy, including chiropractic, acupuncture, manipulation of spine and extremity and cranial bones. Kinesiology studies muscle strength to health and find out that some factors do affect the muscles negatively, once corrected it will correct the weakness. Kinesiology does apply motion, there are currently schools that teach the method OF Kinesiology and one can get degree on study of the movement from BS to PHD. There are many different form of kinesiology from behavior kinesiology to many different forms. These include exercise and sport biomechanics, physiology, biochemistry and motor behavior; measurement; physical fitness; and sports medicine etc.. etc..

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Knots in my back, part 2

September 16, 2011

The therapist wanted me to get a series of massage treatment and I agreed. Due to conflicts in her and my schedule, we were not able to go past the first massage session. Surprisingly, I felt much better after the first session. My back just about completely healed even without the sessions to come. It is fantastic what a therapist can do to help my back. Even more fantastic is that it can happen without prescription medications.

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September 6, 2011

Mechanotherapy is used for strengthening muscles, improvement of coordination and correction of movement patterns. The term mechanotherapy refers to the process of how load may be used therapeutically to stimulate tissue repair and remodeling in tendon, muscle, cartilage and bone. Common problems such as tendinopathies, muscle tears, and fractures require controlled loading to institute healing and return to function.

The scientific underpinning of how this occurs is related to “mechanotransduction”, which refers to a physiological process where cells sense and respond to mechanical loads. Exercise therapy as well as various manual therapies apply load to tissues with the goal of promoting healing. The underlying processes surrounding the effects of these therapies are poorly understood for many clinicians. Understanding the underlying physiological process behind many of our common therapies is necessary for treatment planning, therapist and patient education.

In this method of treatment the therapist will apply exactly estimate quality of motion on joints. The specific tools help to select the separate phases of free motions to support and fix desired joint. Designed apparatus helps to measure out the mechanical loading at implementation of motions and exercises during training.

Motions could be passive or active. Passive action is when motions of a patient are carried out by the therapist which facilitates motions. Active action is when a patient leads into action his muscle apparatus by efforts.

Loading on a joint and muscular group is graduated at a change of load weight and its position on a barbell, angle, in which the pendulum is set, frequency of the forced vibrations, and duration of the procedure. Also except the variety of mechanotherapeutic apparatus, for exercises different facilities are used, such as gymnastic sticks, Swedish walls and others. Many patients with different supports in rehabilitation departments of neurological, rheumatological, ortopedo-traumatology can have benefits from this system.

Improvements can measure by walks distance, range of motion, degree of pain, and flexibility or extensibility of the joint.

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Keeping away the freshman 15

September 6, 2011

Guest post written by Leah Givens

Anyone who has half a brain knows that the freshman 15 is a real thing. All of my suitemates and I are really avoiding it though. We’re trying to keep each other accountable in our healthy decisions for it too. I think that will really help. It’s so easy to go in together and get unhealthy pizza. But when it comes to healthy eating, we can all order healthy takeout or go to a healthy restaurant together.

I’m a little worried about overeating in the dining hall though because it’s all you can eat. I was looking online to find some healthy meal suggestions for all of that and while I was doing that I saw After I looked through it a little bit I decided to send it to my parents, who’ve been looking for a new home internet service.

I’m also going to go to the gym and exercise classes on a regular basis so that I’ll have that going for me too. I think it will be tough, but I can do it.

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