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The Foam Roller: How and Why You Should Use It

Posted on November 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (664)

Singer Shakira tells us that our hips don't lie. Most physical therapists would agree. Your hip mobility, or lack thereof, reveals your susceptibility to injury, as well as your athletic performance potential. Since your hips create a bridge between your upper and lower torso, their flexibility and alignment affects your entire body. Static and dynamic stretching, combined with self massage on foam rollers, helps you maintain the health of your hips.


Self-myofascial release,...

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What is Aromatherapy?

Posted on September 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (2684)

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy defines aromatherapy as “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.”

 

Aromatherapy uses essential oils which can be extracted from flowers, seeds, barks, herbs, and roots. While there is not much evidence to support its effectiveness in treating or preventing any illness, there are several clinical studie...

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The Importance of Proper Posture

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (112)

Talk of good posture often generates images of women walking in a circle with books balanced on their heads or soldiers standing at attention. But good posture does not have to be rigid or ridiculous. In fact, far from ridiculous, it may be the key to good health.


According to Patrick Wroblewski, a Boulder, Colorado-based structural integration practitioner, "Good posture is a dynamic, working awareness of how gravity is coming down through the body." In other words, just as...

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April is National Stress-Awareness Month

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Since April is National Stress-Awareness Month, I thought the best way to celebrate would be for me to address how massage therapy can lower cortisol levels, increase dopamine and serotonin (our happy, feel-good hormones), and lower excitatory hormones like norepinephrine and epinephrine.


Having too much norepinephrine or epinephrine it c...

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Massage may help protect against high blood pressure

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Massage may help protect against high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. Some studies suggest that getting a massage may help calm the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for raising your blood pressure in response to stress. Although research on massage and blood pressure is fairly limited, there's some evidence that adding massage to your stress management may help keep your blood pressure in check.

 

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Are you a part of the lucky 20%?

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Research indicates the majority of the public will experience some type of acute or chronic back pain at some point in their life.


 

Experts say the cause of back pain can be the result of several factors. High on the list is stress. When our body is stressed, we literally begin to pull inward: the shoulders ...

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The Science of Happiness

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A human issue for today's thoughts..... Happiness.

All of us want it and strive toward it, addressing it in different ways. Children are taught fairy tales where people live happily ever after. That isn't reality of course, but we still seek that very thing.

Watching and listening to Nancy Etcoff presenting a TED talk on Happiness was very interesting and enlightening. What I got out of her talk is the following:

  • We are programmed to seek happiness.
  • High level...
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