Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gel Plumps Up Spine’s Shock Absorbers


Spinal Disc DegenerationSpinal disc degeneration is a common problem as people age. While age is a factor, poor posture,   couch potato syndrome and lack of exercise are also contributors. Regular massage to re-align the spine and break up adhesions are very effective at increasing blood flow and restoring flexibility to the spine.

The myoskeletal alignment techniques developed by Erik Dalton which I use in my therapy sessions specifically target the vertebra, discs and the tiny muscles that connect them.

Now there is good news for people who have let their backs go or whose backs are too far gone for  traditional massage or physical therapy to help.  There is a new liquid gel injection that  may stop or  reverse the degeneration of spinal discs.


DUKE (US) — A new biomaterial that changes from a liquid to a gel after injection may stop or reverse the degeneration of spinal discs, researchers say.
The health conditions affect thousands of Americans. To use cell therapies, however, scientists have to keep the cells alive, synthesize the appropriate replacement material, and get it to the right place in a patient’s spine. With newly made biomaterials from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, that goal could be closer.
In a proof-of-concept study published online in the journal Biomaterials, graduate student Aubrey Francisco and biomedical engineering professor Lori Setton describe a new biomaterial designed to deliver a booster shot of reparative cells to the nucleus pulposus, or NP—the jelly-like cushion naturally found between spinal discs. The NP tissue distributes pressure and provides spine mobility, helping to relieve back pain.
“Our primary goal was to create a material that would be liquid at the start, gel after injection in the disc space, and keep the cells in the location where they’re needed,” Setton says. “Our second goal was to create a material that would provide the delivered cells with the environmental cues to promote their persistence and biosynthesis.”
Disc degeneration
Disc degeneration is a common problem as people age. Over time, the soft, compressible discs that work as the spine’s shock absorbers break down. Although this intervertebral disc degeneration can occur anywhere along the spine, it mainly happens near the neck and lower back, causing intense pain. Individuals with this condition can also develop herniated discs, osteoarthritis, or spinal narrowing, known as spinal stenosis.

In the new approach, therapeutic cells are delivered to degenerated intervertebral discs within a biomaterial carrier that keeps them from leaking out of place. (Credit: Aubrey Francisco) Previous lab research has shown that re-implanting NP cells, or even stem cells, can delay disc degeneration. Several companies already offer cell delivery strategies, but the methods are poor and ineffective. “They allow the cells to quickly migrate out of and away from the injection site,” Francisco says. Cells stay put The team’s delivery strategy keeps the cells in place and provides cues that mimic laminin, a protein in native nucleus pulposus tissue. Laminin is normally found in juvenile but not degenerated discs and allows injected cells to attach and remain in place with the delivered biomaterial. Laminin may also enable the cells to survive longer and produce more of the appropriate extracellular matrix or structural underpinning of the discs that help stop degeneration, Setton says. The researchers developed a gel mix designed to reintroduce NP cells to the intervertebral disc (IVD) site. The gel mixes together three omponents: the protein laminin-111 that has been chemically modified and two polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogels that can attach to the modified laminin. Separately, these substances remain in a liquid state. The gel, however, holds the cells in place upon injection. The National Institutes of Health funded the research. Source: Duke University Original Study DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2013.06.038

Monday, October 3, 2016

Massage for Illness Related Stress

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Battling any illness comes with its own set of anxieties, but research published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care shows that massage therapy can help. The study indicated that massage therapy had a positive influence on the stress levels of people suffering serious illnesses such as brain cancer.

Researchers suggest that massage therapy can improve the emotional and physical well-being of patients with late stage diseases. When used in combination with standard care, massage therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, pain and fatigue and increase quality of life.

If you are dealing with illness related stress, talk with your doctor to see if massage therapy is right for you.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

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Two of the main culprits in creating forward head posture are sitting at a desk while working on the computer and constantly bending the head down to text and check emails on mobile phones. The latter has almost become epidemic.
 

With so many people spending hours daily peering down at digital devices, wear and tear on joints and connective tissues slowly whittles away at our uprightness. The good news is that body work and corrective exercise are on the front line against this epidemic.

The bad news is clients often wait too long to seek help, allowing time for the brain to map their aberrant forward-head postures (FHP) as normal through neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brains way of tuning itself to meet your needs.

In the beginning when your posture is bad and your head is forward putting an extra 10 to 40 lbs. of pressure on your spine mechanoreceptors send pain signals to your brain. Over time the brain wants to restore stability by building extra bone strength through spurring and other compensations. What starts out as a pain pattern becomes normal as the brain adapts to try and spare you pain. Although the pain subsides the poor posture and all the problems it causes to your neck and spine remain and in all likelihood will get worse.

 

Although text necks and desktop necks share the same problem of a forward head position the cervical spin has different curves. Text neckers have more of reverse c curve while desktop neckers are more of a c curve. Both problems involve facet joints that are either stuck open or closed. Facet joints are what gives your spine flexibility and allows your spine to bend forward and twist.

 

Here, the occiput has rolled forward on the atlas (flexion), and the head and neck are hanging by the ligaments and extensor muscles. In prolonged text-neckers, the occiput and atlas joint’s articular cartilages dehydrate and sometimes degrade. When the occiput is unable to glide freely back on atlas, people may experience pain when looking up.
 

Hear the client's head is forced to cock back (extend) on the atlas to level the eyes. Neurovascular compression, suboccipital spasm, and head pain are not uncommon in those with desktop forward head position.. The lower cervical spine joints are forced cram closed, creating an unsightly dowager’s hump.

 

The Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques developed by Erik Dalton which I have been trained in address these common problems with specific techniques designed to open facet joints that are stuck closed and close facet joints that are stuck open. Part of this process involves pushing on the facet joints themselves to open and close them.

The whole goal of the Myoskeletal Alignment Technique is to realign the head on the neck, then the neck on the shoulders, then the shoulders over the rib cage. When these three areas are in alignment a multitude of problems disappear.


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What is EFT?

EFT is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. Here's how you can experience this for yourself:

  • Try EFT yourself by downloading a free starter package which includes starter manual @ www.emofree.com,  It gives you all the basics and allows you to test drive EFT on your own issues (although at a beginner's level). If you like what you see and want to learn more or try a session give me a call. Caveat: For people who are emotionally or physically frail, qualified health professionals should be consulted before using any health procedure, including EFT.
  • Read the exhaustive list of actual cases on the website. These are written by clients, therapists and physicians and allow you to see EFTs possibilities through the eyes of both newcomers and professionals. Note the wide variety of successes. This is why you are encouraged to, "Try it on everything."



Five Benefits of Massage

Five great reasons to get a massage for yourself or give a gift to the one in your life you would like to thank.

  • Improve range of motion
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow
  • Realign body structures
  • Strengthen and tone weak muscles
  • Prevention of pain and poor posture patterns of dysfunction created by muscle imbalance


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Women recover more slowly from back pain than men and are more likely to develop chronic pain.
 
Caffeine reduces risk of not only Parkinson's and Alzheimer's but also MS
 
entree salads often have more calories than a burger and fries
 
treating gum disease which affects 85 percent of patients with chronic kidney disease, reduces risk of heart attack.
 
Spinal surgery rates are twice as high in the U.S, as in C and five times higher than in the UK.
 
Posture and Health
 
Poor posture can make your back ache and your shoulders tense, but it impacts other aspects of your health and well being.  Hunching over can decrease your lung capacity, impair digestion, depress your mood and elevate stress hormones.  Harvard researchers found that when men and women assumed a high powered posture with a straight spine and open shoulders, their cortisol levels decreased by 25%, and their testosterone increased by 19%, slouching had the opposite effect. Posture also affects your self confidence and the way others perceive you. So even though it seems to simple, standing straight with good posture can change many aspects of your health for the better.  You can go on youtube and search for some easy exercises. Of course there are many massage techniques that can help restore alignment and move those rounded shoulders and curved spine back into the correct place.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Text Neck and Desktop Neck

Two of the main culprits in creating forward head posture are sitting at a desk while working on the computer and constantly bending the head down to text and check emails on mobile phones. The latter has almost become epidemic.

With so many people spending hours daily peering down at digital devices, wear and tear on joints and connective tissues slowly whittles away at our uprightness. The good news is that body work and corrective exercise are on the front line against this epidemic.

The bad news is clients often wait too long to seek help, allowing time for the brain to map their aberrant forward-head postures (FHP) as normal through neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brains way of tuning itself to meet your needs.

In the beginning when your posture is bad and your head is forward putting an extra 10 to 40 lbs. of pressure on your spine mechanoreceptors send pain signals to your brain. Over time the brain wants to restore stability by building extra bone strength through spurring and other compensations. What starts out as a pain pattern becomes normal as the brain adapts to try and spare you pain. Although the pain subsides the poor posture and all the problems it causes to your neck and spine remain and in all likelihood will get worse.


Although text necks and desktop necks share the same problem of a forward head position the cervical spin has different curves. Text neckers have more of reverse c curve while desktop neckers are more of a c curve. Both problems involve facet joints that are either stuck open or closed. Facet joints are what gives your spine flexibility and allows your spine to bend forward and twist.




Here, the occiput has rolled forward on the atlas (flexion), and the head and neck are hanging by the ligaments and extensor muscles. In prolonged text-neckers, the occiput and atlas joint’s articular cartilages dehydrate and sometimes degrade. When the occiput is unable to glide freely back on atlas, people may experience pain when looking up.


Hear the client's head is forced to cock back (extend) on the atlas to level the eyes. Neurovascular compression, suboccipital spasm, and head pain are not uncommon in those with desktop forward head position.. The lower cervical spine joints are forced cram closed, creating an unsightly dowager’s hump.




The Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques developed by Erik Dalton which I have been trained in address these common problems with specific techniques designed to open facet joints that are stuck closed and close facet joints that are stuck open. Part of this process involves pushing on the facet joints themselves to open and close them.


The whole goal of the Myoskeletal Alignment Technique is to realign the head on the neck, then the neck on the shoulders, then the shoulders over the rib cage. When these three areas are in alignment a multitude of problems disappear.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Back Pain Simply Happens

Most of the human race suffers some form of neck and back pain during their lifetime just as common as a headache, stomachache or knee pain. “Until it was turned into a medical condition in the early 20th century, back pain was considered an inevitable human experience,” said Canadian surgeon Hamilton Hall, MD. “There is no simple cure because there is usually not a clear-cut precipitating trigger associated with many forms of musculoskeletal pain,” notes Hall.

Despite the liberal use of the words “back injury” across modern societies, most episodes of back pain do not have an obvious cause. “Research indicates that approximately two of every three people who experience pain in the spine are unable to identify any specific event that may have caused their problems,” states Hall. Back pain simply happens!

The modern perspective that neck and back pain is a variable, intermittent illness rather than a one-time condition should not be considered a threatening event for most people. In the vast majority of cases, recurrences of these painful conditions are not signs of advancing disease, an omen of chronic disability or even a cause for significant worry.

Some researchers draw an analogy between back pain and upper respiratory infections. Many individuals contract colds or respiratory infections several times each year, yet are typically not viewed as a significant threat to their health. Colds don’t require high-tech diagnostic testing, heroic treatment interventions or significant absence from work. These conditions, like most cases of neck/back pain, simply are bumps in the road.

Intrinsic muscles and joints are inseparable; what affects one always affects the other. Therefore, it is important to work both muscle and ligaments and tendons when addressing back pain symptoms.

As the research rolls in and causality is eventually decided, it is in the client’s best interest to immediately begin routinely scheduled bodywork sessions in conjunction with a specialized corrective exercise regime… regardless of origin. Well structured manual therapy sessions and individualized rehabilitation programs appear to be the treatment of choice for this chronic and sometimes disabling condition that affects an estimated 2 million Americans each year.



Monday, October 26, 2015

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Dealing With Posture and Headache Pain in a Flexion Addicted Society


FIGURE 1
A: Headache - B: Dowager’s Hump - C: Rib Pain - D: Low Back Pain - E: Hip Pain - F: Knee Pain - G: Faulty Breathing - H: Rotator Cuff - I: Carpal Tunnel

 
Why do so many people with forward head posture complain of headaches?  It is true that many people who struggle with recurring headaches in America today do indeed have forward head posture and slumped shoulders.  Obviously there are many causes of headaches, but the suboccipitals (those muscles that connect from your cervical spine to the base of your skull) are one of the primary culprits.
 
Notice in Figure 1 just how many areas of your body are affected by constantly sitting in a flexed position at the computer.  If you look at letter A in Fig 1. notice how the head wants to look downward but the eyes in an effort to remain level extend the head backwards creating a reverse C (lordosis) in the neck.  This puts tremendous pressure on your spine and strains those sub-occipital muscles even more.
 
If this neck problem along with rounded shoulders and a tight back are to be dealt with so there is some long lasting success you need to work patterns and groups of  muscles for overall balance.  Some muscles are chronically tight (hypertonic) like pectorals, upper trapezius,sternocleidomastoid, anterior scalenes and suboccipitals.  These muscles are in chronic spasm and contracture and need to be weakened. Other muscles such as rhomboids and serratus anterior are weak or inhibited which means they need to be strengthened.
 
You may not be able to name these muscles but you can sure feel them. We will review them before we start a treatment program if you suffer from these constantly flexed symptoms.
 
FIGURE 2
One of the most common complaints clients have is pain between the shoulder blades. This is many times caused by an imbalance between the upper trapezius, rhomboids and serratus anterior. One group of muscles is tight and overstretched while the other group is weak. A strategy must be developed to treat the strain pattern. Just working on trigger points or one group of muscles will give only temporary relief.


 
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EFT  (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a wonderful self help tool that can help clients deal with pain and a variety of emotional issues. Below I have provided an easy to use introduction.  Please read, explore, and call if you have any questions.
 

What is EFT?

EFT is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. Here's how you can experience this for yourself:

  • Try EFT yourself by downloading a free starter package which includes starter manual @ www.emofree.com,  It gives you all the basics and allows you to test drive EFT on your own issues (although at a beginner's level). If you like what you see and want to learn more or try a session give me a call. Caveat: For people who are emotionally or physically frail, qualified health professionals should be consulted before using any health procedure, including EFT.
  • Read the exhaustive list of actual cases on the website. These are written by clients, therapists and physicians and allow you to see EFTs possibilities through the eyes of both newcomers and professionals. Note the wide variety of successes. This is why you are encouraged to, "Try it on everything."

 
 

Five Benefits of Massage

Five great reasons to get a massage for yourself or give a gift to the one in your life you would like to thank.

  • Improve range of motion
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow
  • Realign body structures
  • Strengthen and tone weak muscles
  • Prevention of pain and poor posture patterns of dysfunction created by muscle imbalance


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Did You Know?
 
Melatonin which is associated mainly with sleep also protects against several types of cancer particularly sex hormone mediated cancers of the breast and prostrate
 
Women recover more slowly from back pain than men and are more likely to develop chronic pain.
 
Caffeine reduces risk of not only Parkinson's and Alzheimer's but also MS
 
entree salads often have more calories than a burger and fries
 
treating gum disease which affects 85 percent of patients with chronic kidney disease, reduces risk of heart attack.
 
Spinal surgery rates are twice as high in the U.S, as in C and five times higher than in the UK.
 
Posture and Health
 
Poor posture can make your back ache and your shoulders tense, but it impacts other aspects of your health and well being.  Hunching over can decrease your lung capacity, impair digestion, depress your mood and elevate stress hormones.  Harvard researchers found that when men and women assumed a high powered posture with a straight spine and open shoulders, their cortisol levels decreased by 25%, and their testosterone increased by 19%, slouching had the opposite effect. Posture also affects your self confidence and the way others perceive you. So even though it seems to simple, standing straight with good posture can change many aspects of your health for the better.  You can go on youtube and search for some easy exercises. Of course there are many massage techniques that can help restore alignment and move those rounded shoulders and curved spine back into the correct place.

____________________________________
 

Refer to the Tapping Chart below to tap on the correct acupuncture points. Just use two fingers and tap lightly on each point for five to seven seconds.




 

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