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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Massage Therapy Research for the Pain of Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) showed that sixty minute sessions of massage once a week for those with osteoarthritis of the knee significantly reduced their pain. Each massage therapy session follow...ed a specific protocol, including the nature of massage strokes. This is the latest published research study indicating the benefits of massage therapy for those with osteoarthritis of the knee.
• The study involved a total group of 125 subjects, with 25 receiving the 60-minute massage over 8 weeks, while others received less massage or usual care without massage.
• Previous studies on massage for the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee showed similar results, but were on a more limited number of subjects.
Perlman AI, Ali A, Njike VY, et al. Massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized dose-finding trial. PLoS One. 2012; 7(2):e30248
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression

Now here's an interesting article I came across recently. More for my Gardening page than about Posture, but health-related nonetheless. Enjoy!

Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression

Written by Robyn Francis   

While mental health experts warn about depression as a global epidemic, other researchers are discovering ways we trigger our natural production of happy chemicals that keep depression at bay, with surprising results. All you need to do is get your fingers dirty and harvest your own food.

In recent years I’ve come across two completely independent bits of research that identified key environmental triggers for two important chemicals that boost our immune system and keep us happy - serotonin and dopamine. What fascinated me as a permaculturist and gardener were that the environmental triggers happen in the garden when you handle the soil and harvest your crops.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Biopsies prove Massage contributes to Muscular Healing
Massage actually changes the way our genes behave and contributes to muscular healing, new research has found. Scientists had 11 male volunteers ride stationary bikes until they were exhaused. then they massaged one thigh on each man for 10 minutes and took biopsies from both legs. In samples from massaged muscles they found that genes linked to inflammation and soreness wer 3 times less active than in the untreated leg. The massages also caused a 30% increase in a gene that helps muscle cells create mitochondria--cellular organs that produce energy-- potentially boosting muscle recovery. Wow!! Read the study:
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Building Better Posture Muscles
For improved posture and function, do at least 3 sets of PULLING exercises  (rows) for every 1-2 sets of pushing (bench presses, flyes) As a nation we seem to be more focused on the front when we should be strengthening the back. That's what keeps up upright through the course of the day and prevents us from slumping due to fatigue.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Low Back Pain
On any given week new people will come to us seeking relief from low back pain.  And while the lower lumbar region is the area of their discomfort, it is typically a result of tight hamstrings, gluteals (buttocks), psoas and quads (hip flexors).  More and more people are spending more time at their computers and all this sitting keeps the low back under constant attack from tight hamstrings and shortened hip flexors.

Envision the Hamstrings as a continuation of the spinal muscles that run along each side of the spinal vertebrae. And the hip flexors a continuation of the spinal muscles that run deep in the front of the spine. As an individual sits for longer periods, these muscles remain shortened and cause corresponding lengthening of the spinal muscles in the back. The stiffness most folks experience upon standing is due to this situation where the length: tension ratio of these partner muscles is out of proportion, therefore not allowing the joints of the low back to properly move.

So to compensate for this temporary dysfunction, the body recruits other muscles to help pick up the pelvic girdle and allow the hip joint to properly function. This recruitment pattern in movement exposes the low back's vulnerability to strain. 

 Nashville Neuromuscular Center addresses this issue by balancing the tension of all of the skeletal structures so the proper neurological processes can and will take place. Our multidisciplinary approach addresses these imbalances by reinforcing proper movement patterns and strengthening the postural muscles to accommodate the proper tension necessary.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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Ny Times: Massage more effective for Low Back Pain

July 4, 2011, 5:00 pm

Stubborn Back Pain? Try Massage

Can massage help back pain?Can massage help back pain?

Massage is a common alternative treatment for chronic low back pain, but most recent studies have found little evidence that it works. A group of researchers designed a study to see if they could find a difference between back pain sufferers who got massage and those who did not.

The scientists recruited 401 members of a large group health plan who had moderately severe back pain unconnected with any disease and generally related to strains and sprains. Three quarters of the volunteers had had pain for more than a year.

The volunteers, average age 46, two-thirds of them women, were randomly assigned to one of three groups. Some got relaxation massage, a full-body technique intended to induce a generalized sense of relaxation to ease low back pain. Others got structural massage, which aims to identify specific musculoskeletal contributors to pain and to release restrictions on muscles causing the distress. The third group received no special care and served as controls.

The three groups were similar in the other kinds and frequency of treatments they used, including painkillers or sedatives, back exercises and bed rest.

Each of the massage groups received 10 weeks of treatment, and at the end of that period, all three groups had some improvement, as measured by their answers to 23 questions about performing routine activities without help — for example, climbing stairs without using a handrail or getting out of an easy chair by themselves. They were also asked to rate the degree of their back pain symptoms on a 10-point scale.

Those who received massage scored significantly better on both symptom and function tests, and they spent less time in bed, used less medicine and were more satisfied with their current level of back pain.

At 26 weeks after treatment, those in the usual care group continued to function less well than those who had gotten massage. But there were no significant differences in the pain scores in the three groups, either at 26 or at 52 weeks.

Daniel C. Cherkin, the lead author and an epidemiologist with the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, mentioned some of the study’s considerable strengths. It had a randomized design, a high follow-up rate, good adherence to the treatment and a large sample size. Still, he said, the study was done on a mostly white, middle-class population in otherwise good health, which may limit its applicability to other groups. The study appeared online Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine.

It is unclear how massage eases back pain, but the researchers suggest it may stimulate tissue locally or cause a more generalized central nervous system response. It is also possible that just spending time in a relaxing environment or being touched and cared for by a sympathetic therapist could have led to improvement. Also, those in the control group knew that the other groups were getting massage, and the knowledge that others were getting the treatment while they got none may have led them to underestimate their own progress.

Still, the researchers conclude that massage has few adverse effects and is a reasonable treatment for low back pain. There is no evidence, though, that it lowers the cost of health services related to back pain.

“We tested this on people who had not been getting better from the usual medical approaches, Dr. Cherkin said. “If you’ve tried other things and you’re not getting adequate relief, then massage is a reasonable thing to try.”

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Shin Splints, Ankle Sprains & Plantar Fasciitis
I have just returned home from the International KinesioTaping Symposium. Let me assure you that this is good stuff! Exciting new techniques to relieve pain and tension, making it possible for you  to continue your sport or daily activity comfortably. Long term strategies to enhance  the effects of your Neuromuscular Massage and Clinical Bodywork  and help expedite your rehabilitation and  resolve the causes of that pain.  KinesioTape affects the tissues from bone to skin and all things in between. Thanks to Tom Myers for his most excellent Fascia presentation at the Symposium.

I have read that approximately 10-20% of all runners experience a bout of medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), or shin splints, at some point during their career. And a whopping 10% of the total  American population has compained of Plantar Fasciitis.
 For inflammatory conditions like shin splints or ankle sprains, ice, rest, and orthotic shoe inserts are typically  prescribed. However, this innovative KinesioTape technology offers additional options for pain modulation and return to proper  function. Unlike conventional sports taping, KinesioTape is the same weight, thickness, and elasticity as human skin, allowing it to work naturally with the body's own sensory system to reduce pain and provide natural stability.

In addition to shin splints, ankle sprains and Plantar Fasciitis, there are not many pain issues that the KinesioTape cannot address. Call Nashville Neuromuscular Center to learn more about KinesioTape
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Our best team yet!

Nashville Neuromuscular Center has a FANTASTIC new therapist. DANELLA BOYER earned her stripes as one of Nashville's top clinical bodyworkers for over 16 years. We are thrilled to have her joining our team. Danella Certified in Tom Myers Kinesis Anatomy Trains MyoFascial Release in 2005. Quite an achievement.

This currently allows us to offer the strongest team of therapists ever at NNC. I am so grateful to work with such talented bodyworkers each of whom I value and respect more every day.  It feels very good on the inside to finally have such a cohesive and compatible team whose skill sets  compliment one another so well.  And it is very good for the community at large to have so much quality in one place for their soft tissue and postural issues.

Take a look at our therapist credentials page to learn about our individual expertise.

(the only way it could possibly be any better is if we still had Keith McCord, who left after working with me for 12 years to become a Physician's Assistant. And he's making a most excellent PA!)
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Scientists are discovering that people who sit more have higher levels of cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides and even bigger waist sizes. But breaking up a day of inactivity with movement, even if just for a few minutes, can make a difference.

RS: We are a nation of sitters.  Erik Dalton calls us Flexaholics since we spend so much time in this flexed position. Knowing the right movements to perform to counteract the strains long periods of sitting produce, is the key to maintaining Posture Fitness.
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