Hey Jefferson are YOU ready for fall? As we head into the busy fall season, it seems like a good time to review some information on back pain.
The majority of people first see a massage therapist because of some physical pain. One of the most common complaints is back pain. This issue’s feature article gives you some information about this condition and caring for your back.
For therapists, it’s very rewarding to help someone overcome a painful condition so they can enjoy life pain-free once more. It’s also very gratifying to work with a client on a regular basis to focus on
maintaining a healthy body.
Massage offers so many benefits to help your body function at its best. People who enjoy the greatest gains from massage are those that make it a regular part of their lives.
Modern-day living can be very stressful. Make sure you take some time for yourself to relax, unwind and practice mindfulness. And the best way to thoroughly “de-stress” yourself is with a therapeutic massage session.
See you soon—take care!
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Oh, My Aching Back!
Maintaining a healthy back is vital to your overall health. As your own “information super highway” runs through your spinal cord—sending messages that affect every aspect of your health—you want to do everything possible to facilitate its proper function.
An ancient adage from Yoga states “You are as young as your spine is flexible.” We have all seen a younger person with back pain moving along like an octogenarian, or a supple senior citizen dancing as if she were still in her teens.
It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. As the most common cause of discomfort and disability for people under forty-five, it is also the main reason people miss work, second only to the common cold. Anyone who has had a
serious bout with back pain knows how debilitating it can be.
Several things can precipitate back pain, among them tension, trauma or strain; improper sleeping positions; and sedentary lifestyles (lots of sitting, desk jobs, etc.). Pregnancy often is accompanied
by back pain due to the added weight the mother-to-be carries in her lower abdomen. If you find your back starting to act up, being aware of potential problems and seeking to correct them is an excellent first step.
If your job requires you to sit at your desk a good part of the time, you may find quick relief in getting up frequently. An exercise regime including stretching, swimming, walking, or weight training also proves helpful in dealing with back pain.
In today’s bustling world, tension is often found to be the culprit. Whether brought about by stressful situations, poor posture, improper body alignment, etc., the result is the same. Certain muscles tense (the muscle fibers contract) and fail to relax properly. When this occurs in
the back, it can begin to affect the body structurally, causing further problems.
Another typical source of back pain is muscle strain. When you overexert a back muscle, it can seize up in an effort to protect itself from further injury.
HYDRATE those muscles by drinking plenty of pure water.
The good news is that most back pain can be prevented by keeping the muscles and joints supple and mobile, greatly aided through regular massage sessions. Through its stretching and relaxing strokes, massage is quite effective for restoring the normal range of motion and for easing muscle spasms. Sometimes a deeper massage is employed to release areas of chronic tension and to increase blood circulation to the area. Let’s work together to keep your back happy!
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Inhibit Cancer Cell Growth
New research adds to the growing body of information that indicates omega-3 fatty acids boost health in a variety of ways.
The new research shows omega-3 fatty acids, contained in oily fish such as salmon and trout, "selectively inhibit growth and induce cell death in early and late-stage oral and skin cancers," according to a press release from the University of London.
In the experiments, the scientists grew cell cultures in the lab from several different cells lines to which they added fatty acids. The cell lines included both malignant oral and skin SCCs, along
with pre-malignant cells and normal skin and oral cells. Professor Kenneth Parkinson, Head of the Oral Cancer Research Group at Queen Mary's Institute of Dentistry, said: "We found that the omega-3 fatty acid selectively inhibited the growth of the malignant and pre-malignant cells at doses which did not affect the normal cells".
The peril of skipping breakfast --
Nearly one in five adults in the U.S. say they frequently miss breakfast, and new research suggests they may be endangering their hearts. Harvard School of Public Health researchers interviewed nearly 27,000 middle-aged and older men about their eating habits, and then tracked their health for 16 years. They found that those who regularly skipped breakfast were nearly 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or to die from heart disease in that period than those who didn’t—regardless of whether they exercised, smoked, or overate.
Researchers say skipping breakfast may stress the body in ways that raise blood pressure and the likelihood of diabetes; they say eating erratically can throw circadian rhythms out of whack, making our bodies less efficient at processing food and increasing the risk of obesity and heart disease. Previous research has shown that people who eat late at night have a 55 percent higher risk of
heart disease. “Eat in the morning when you wake up, preferably within an hour,” study author Leah Cahill tells BBCNews.com. “Something is better than nothing, but it’s always better to have something healthy and
— The Week Vol. 13 Iss. 629
Since pain is something we try to eliminate from our lives, you may be interested to know the word pain comes from the Latin word that means “penalty”.
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice.
If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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