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By Lisa Poole

Don’t let that little ache go. A slight pain becomes a BIG pain before you know it.

Unfortunately, as we age things break down; skin loses its bounce, hair thins, joints get stiff, it gets hard to read (near and far), hearing goes (what-what) and teeth get worn….and this brings me to my thoughts of pain….I presently have a tooth to far gone for a root  canal that will be pulled tomorrow and I have been in a state of high discomfort for 3 days

A month ago I noticed a tender spot on my gums and I thought I will brush and floss more it will get better. Nope. My good friend is my hygienist, I could have dropped a line and described it to her and got some advice but I thought “it’ll be fine”. So 3 weeks later I go in for a cleaning and get a shocked what the heck you got going on…You are going to need a root canal….even before the x-ray. Yup root canal….2 weeks later I go for a root canal (why 2 weeks? I was too busy. yada yada yada) and the dentist drills looks with his microscope ahhhh tooth is really too far gone. So I call my dentist because I now need the tooth pulled.

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By Lisa Poole


Looking for relief from chronic pain? Peaceful Strength Massage in Bedford is your first and last stop.  I specialize in deep tissue pain relief that does not hurt.  This is no spa service. There are no hot stones, scrubs, mud baths, saunas or showers.

If you are looking for a great massage that will help with your aches, pains, and stresses I can provide those services. Peaceful Strength Massage is all about doing what is best for the client to bring about pain relief. There is no one technique that is the sole solution just like there may not be just one cause of pain. Several techniques are combined to create a unique massage that focuses on the needs of each individual.

 I do not offer a one size fits all massage. You pay for my service according to time.   Each massage, each appointment is for the individual and their needs. If you have already had, know the benefits of, and are looking for deep tissue massage therapy, then you can save time and go straight to our scheduling page to set up an appointment.

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By Timothy D. Hirsch

Today’s blog is brought to you by Timothy D. Hirsch

“My profession is to help people their personal benefits and my service is always provided at no cost to my clients. As an independent adviser, I can serve my clients by offering many choices when it comes to insuring their health. Whether is it under 65 health insurance or Medicare for seniors over age 65. Having several options to choose and compare from is very important. My services also include life insurances, annuities, and disability coverage. It is important to build a wall off protection for those unforeseen circumstances, and I am her to help with freedom of choice and counsel. ” – Tim

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By Lisa Poole

It has been a stressful time in our country this year. Even if you were trying to hide from it it was in your face. Now it is getting to be that time of year where everyone has some stress.  There is something about the holidays and the change in season (The lack of sunlight) that seems to ramp it up. I have come up with some hints and suggestions on ways to handle your stress.


Seeing we spend 40 or more hours a week in the “office” these are some ideas to help chill out a bit while at work.

  • Schedule breaks: We get buried in a task and end uptight and tense. Frequent mini breaks are a great way to give your brain, eyes, and body some free time and movement.
  • Walks/walk groups: Get some co-workers together and go for a brisk walk during a break. The comradery is good for the soul, helps motivate you to get up and move, and is good for the body.
  • Desk Stretches: Neck stretches while on a phone call can be done. On a mini break stand up and touch your toes. It helps break repetitive movement patterns which can cause tightness and pain in areas of the body.
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By Lisa Poole


“All of us worry about things like health, money, or family problems. But people with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are extremely worried about these and many other things, even when there is little or no reason to worry about them. They are very anxious about just getting through the day. They think things will always go badly. At times, worrying keeps people with GAD from doing everyday tasks.” *1
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, GAD affects about 6.8 million American adults. That is a lot of folks walking around with worries. I have suffered some from anxiety. I honestly don’t think many people have not on some level. Being a small business owner certainly causes anxiety. It is not a good feeling.

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By Lisa Poole

Pain in the neck and upper back is the most common issue I see as a massage therapist.  It can come from emotional stress, jobs and physical stress (repetitive stress injuries), or other injuries (falls, car accidents, sudden jarring motion). If you are a client of mine you have heard me say jokingly “The shoulders are not earrings.”

When we are stressed we can unconsciously elevate our shoulders causing tension and tightness in our upper back, neck, and shoulders. Held for too long it can create tender points (the hurt so good spots) and it can cause restricted movement that will mess with our range of motion.  Being able to look over shoulder becomes difficult to say the least.

Then there are the repetitive motions that cause tension and tightness.  Sitting at a computer all day or driving in a hunched over position will cause the chest(pec) muscles to feel restricted and can cause pain in the upper back.  My poor hair stylist or dental hygienist friends, who stand, twist and use the dominant arm for most of the work.  Talk about feeling tight and restricted.

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By Lisa Poole


There are lots of alternative therapies. Some good some bad some proven and some questionable. I am no expert and I will not speak to what is good or bad. I will not bring up the science or lack thereof.  There are much smarter people than myself who have done that. I do get asked about many of these and have tried a lot. I want to share my experiences.


Been there done that asmiley bunch.

I have seen a few chiropractors over the years.  I have been on drop tables, had traditional spinal manipulations, activators used, trigger point therapy done, EMS pretreatment, inversion tables and Graston technique all used on me.  I have had my neck, jaw, ears, ribs, shoulders, hips and even my fibula adjusted. I have gone in for low back pain, jaw pain, migraines, neck pain and the inability to look over my shoulder, hip pain and knee pain. I have had a rib slip out of place during an adjustment (ouch).  Sciatic pain post adjustment.  And one time an adjustment to my hip made me burst out in tears (pre-hip replacement).

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By Debra LeClair, Psy.D

Running from school to soccer games, navigating the on and offline social world and filtering out the non-stop buzzes, beeps and violence playing out on the ever-present screens around us can frazzle any adult, much less a child. Anxiety and stress are on the rise for kids and its, unfortunately, starting at earlier ages. The good news is that some of the mind-body methods, like meditation that reduce tension for adults, also work for children, especially when they are matched to the developmental level of a child or adolescent.

At its root, meditation is a nervous system based practice that can nourish a child’s psyche by directly enhancing the functioning of the brain. While research on meditation and children is a more recent area of exploration, we are finding that mindfulness, in particular, can be a powerful tool in cultivating well-being. The 4 areas most likely to be impacted by regular mindfulness practice in kids are:

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By Melissa Daggett

Guest blog from Melissa Daggett Licensed Esthetician.

Melissa is a Medical Esthetician and her specialty services are Clinical Facials, Peels, Microdermabrasion with LED, Dermaplaning.  She also offers free consultations. She is located inside Blush Beauty Boutique and Spa
1361 Elm Street unit 102
Manchester NH 03101

Call or text for an appointment (603) 848-4234

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By Lisa Poole

I want to be this Happy when I am old.

Life changes.

It can be good or bad, difficult or easy, but it does change.

Mine has changed so much over the years. The change I am coming to terms with right now is age and all the physical changes that getting older brings with it.

I discovered exercise in my teens. I am not talking sports but exercise. I did not play sports and hated gym class. That required coordination and desire that I did not possess. Do not ask me to run, jump or catch a ball. Unless of course, you are looking for a good laugh.  I started going to Jazzercise with my mom while in high school. It was basically dance class with some calisthenics.  I liked it. It was fun and made me feel good.

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