Massage Therapy: Benefits Beyond Touch

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the benefits of massage therapyAfter getting a massage, most people feel relaxed and invigorated. However, there are so many benefits associated with massage therapy that extend far beyond the most commonly known benefits of simply relaxing you and relieving stress. In the following article written by Massage Today, it discusses how massage therapy can go as far as reducing inflammation on a circulatory level:

Massage Therapy Can Reduce Inflammation at the Circulatory Level

Massage therapy may be an effective treatment for exercise-induced injury and is often recommended. Recent research studies have shown that massage may contribute to a reduction of post-exercise inflammation. Following exercise, especially eccentric exercise, there can be an acute increase in inflammatory cytokines in muscle. This cytokine reaction can lead to a systemic inflammatory response in which neutrophils may be activated and result in impaired endothelial function as they adhere to vascular endothelial cells. For that reason, the authors sought to investigate the effect of massage therapy on endothelial dysfunction.

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As the article discusses, the effects of massage therapy are seen on the circulatory system. The following article by The American Massage Therapy Association discusses how a massage can benefit a person psychologically:

Massage Therapy + Mental Health

Reduce trait anxiety and depression with a course of care providing benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy.

Increase neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety and decrease hormones associated with increasing anxiety.

Significantly decrease heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure.

Reduce depression in individuals with HIV, lessen anxiety in cancer patients, reduce anxiety and depression in military veterans and lower work-related stress for nurses.

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The first article discusses how massage therapy can improve your health on a circulatory level and the second article discusses how a massage can improve mental and emotional health. The following article by the Mayo Clinic  discusses some additional benefits that have been found in massage therapy:

Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

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The benefits associated with massage therapy are portrayed in the above articles. Massage therapy has been linked to improved health both mentally and physically. If you are looking to improve your health in a holistic manner, a good consideration would be massage therapy.



Preventing Back Pain From Backpacks For The School Year

As the school year begins, one thing to consider is your child’s backpack. Most people don’t think about the amount of weight that is carried in a backpack. However, it is astonishing how heavy a backpack can become when a child has various books and other materials that they have to carry to and from school.

In the following article by Chiro Health, they explain in detail how much a backpack can actually affect a child’s back and create back-related injuries:

Backpacks for the New School Year

When back-to-school shopping this year, there is one essential item that requires very special attention: your child’s backpack. In 2013 alone, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission cited 5,415 backpack-related injuries treated at emergency rooms. Chiropractic physicians suggest that backpacks weigh no more than 5 to 10 percent of the child’s body weight. Read more…

The previous article clearly discusses the impact that can be made due to backpack use, leading to back-related injuries. In the following post by Spine Health, they explain how the back is physically affected by the improper use of a backpack:

Backpacks and Back Pain in Children

How Kids’ Backs Respond to Backpacks

Using a backpack allows a child to carry a number of schoolbooks and items in a practical way, distributing the heavy load across the strong back and shoulder muscles. The risk, however, is overload, which can strain the back, neck, or shoulders.The back will compensate for any load applied to it for an extended period of time. A heavy weight carried in backpacks can:

  • Distort the natural curves in the middle and lower backs, causing muscle strain and irritation to the spine joints and the rib cage
  • Lead to rounding of the shoulders
  • Cause a person to lean forward, reducing balance and making it easier to fall

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The first article above informed us of the medical research found proving that a backpack can injure a child’s back. The second article discusses how the improper use of a backpack physically affects the back. The use of a backpack is necessary during the school year so what can you do to prevent your child from being injured? In the following article by American Chiropractic Association, they provide some useful tips to prevent a back injuries caused from the use of a backpack:

Backpack Misuse Leads to Chronic Back Pain, Doctors of Chiropractic Say

The ACA offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household.

  • Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
  • The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back.
  • Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry-and the heavier the backpack will be.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
  • Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child’s shoulders.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.
  • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child’s teacher. Ask if your child could leave the heaviest books at school, and bring home only lighter hand-out materials or workbooks.
  • Although the use of rollerpacks – or backpacks on wheels – has become popular in recent years, the ACA is now recommending that they be used cautiously and on a limited basis by only those students who are not physically able to carry a backpack. Some school districts have begun banning the use of rollerpacks because they clutter hallways, resulting in dangerous trips and falls.

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As you can see, there are proper and improper ways to carry a backpack. If you or your child uses a backpack, be aware of how you are carrying it to prevent a back injury.

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An accident runner, a chiropractor, and the push to curb no-fault insurance

Avery Gordon, general counsel for SMART, the regional bus service serving metro Detroit, has seen it before and seen it often. He said it usually goes like this:

“One of our employees is involved in an accident,” something minor, with no serious injuries. “The driver is at home, a few days after the accident, and gets a call (from someone who says), ‘I hear you’ve been in an accident.'”

The caller names a doctor, and tells the driver, “We’re calling to set up an appointment,” Gordon said. The driver might say yes, there was an accident, but I wasn’t hurt and don’t need to see anyone. The caller will tell the driver that soft-tissue injuries may take several days to announce themselves, and calls back the next day, or the day after, always saying, “Let’s set up an appointment.”

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A Talented Taxidermist and Controversial Chiropractor

A Family of Taxidermists

For much of its life, Duluth’s Storey Taxidermist along East Sixth Street was operated by Thomas J. Storey, one of two sons of Dr. Thomas Henry Storey who followed their father into the family trade. The elder Storey was himself a taxidermist but became better known as an early practitioner of chiropractic medicine who is both credited with inventing a vital tool of the trade and discredited for his controversial—and sometimes paralyzing—adjustment techniques.

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Born in Ontario, Canada, in 1843, Thomas H. Storey established himself as a taxidermist in Duluth in the 1880s (a 1952 advertisement for the business includes the phrase “Since 1882”) and by 1890 was operating a taxidermy business out of 28 East Superior Street under the name Storey & Williams, reflecting his brief partnership with William H. Williams.

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