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By Lisa Poole

Massage is one of the most popular forms of stress management. There are lots of different reasons people seek out a massage therapist; from pain and injury treatment, headaches and migraine relief, repetitive stress injury treatment and prevention. One of the most frequent sayings I hear when I ask why a client comes in is “I am so stressed.” then it is followed by this or that hurts.   Stress… that nasty 6 letter word is the source of so many health problems.  According to WebMD stress can exacerbate many health problems. Such as;  heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression and anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer disease, accelerated aging and premature death (scary)…

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By Lisa Poole

What you think is just a nagging sore neck or shoulder is really a repetitive stress injury. Human beings were not intended to sit behind a desk or steering wheel 8-10 hours a day. We are not supposed to be looking down all the time when walking (ie. cell phone in hand). Health care providers, physical therapist and massage therapists are seeing a rise in repetitive stress injuries especially forward head posture or Tech neck.

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By Lisa Poole

Your Pectoralis Major and Pectoralis Minor influence on your posture.  Your Pectoralis Major is attached to your clavicle, sternum and the cartilage of your 1st through the 6th rib. It attaches to the greater tubercle of the humerus.  The Pectoralis Major action is to adduct the shoulder, medially rotate, flex the shoulder, horizontally adduct the shoulder and extend the shoulder. What does all that mean in plain language? It moves your arm at the shoulder joint. These 2 videos show you the actions.

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By Lisa Poole

Stretch your way to stress relief. Seriously. If you can take few moments a to daydream you can take a moment or two to stretch. To properly stretch you really need to shut off the outer world for a moment and breathe deeply (daydreaming in motion).

The benefits of stretching are increased circulation, reduced stress (that is a biggie), increased flexibility and range of motion, reduction of back pain, improved posture and better mental focus. These are some of the benefits. The one I like best is it just makes me feel better.

So many problems I see as a massage therapist have to do with stiff tight muscles. Especially those in the neck, back, and shoulders. 

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By Lisa Poole

Yup, you there sitting reading this very interesting blog, I am talking to you. Stand up and reach for the sky. Streeeeeeetch.

You see the commercials (“a body in motion, stays in motion” ) for the medications, creams, heat pads and copper bandages all to help fix your aching problems. You know the ones. Stiff necks, low back pain, bum knees, and hips. How about we all stop looking for the quick fix and put a little skin in the game. Sorry to be blunt but we have become a lazy society looking for someone else to make us feel better now. It just does not and should not work that way. The body needs to move; bend, twist and stretch. We were not made to sit for hours and hours on end. It will make you ill if you do so. I understand we all have to make a living but there is no reason that when you are not working you should still be sitting and not moving.

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By Lisa Poole

Chronic pain stinks.

I lived with pain for a bunch of years.

In the beginning, it was on and off then grew into constant. Some days were better than others but it was always there singing in the background. I am now happy to say I do not suffer from that pain anymore. Yay me! Here is my story….

I have been reflecting the past few days on how my life changed in 2014.  Last year at this time I was in recovery from a hip replacement surgery. I was in pain, doped up, depressed and anxious.  What led to the surgery started years ago. I was told when I was 27 that I had degenerative arthritis in my right hip and that I would need a new hip by 50.  At 27 you look at the doctor and think he is nuts. Especially when he tells you to quit the activities you love to do. Did I listen? Nope. I continued with my exercise programs and chasing the baby about. Shortly after diagnosis, I got preggers for the second time and the weird hip pain I had stopped.  After my second son was born I did not get the pain in the hip back for many, many years. I did have chronic lower back pain but never put the two together.

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By Lisa Poole

Massage therapy is a great way to change how you feel. A short and simple statement.  I could just leave it at that and move on to more fun things like napping.  I could but I won’t. smiley   Are you tired of pain? Pain in your neck, shoulders, low back, upper back, glutes, legs, and feet. We are covered in muscles. Muscles hold on to tension. Tension held for too long changes their natural position, tautness, and length. When you change something for too long it gets held in place and then causes pain.

Think about what you are doing right now. Are you working on the computer and taking a break and surfing the web? (thanks for stopping and reading my blog) Has it been a stressful day are your shoulders up by your ears? Have you been on the phone texting and looking down? Standing in heels all day working the sales floor? How about picking up that teething baby and calming them down by holding them on your hip and pacing around?

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By Lisa Poole

Christmas is finally here. I hope you and yours have a wonderful day.  I send virtual hugs to you all.

Here is a wish that has been handed down from other generations.

“I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

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By Lisa Poole

You wake up one day and “awwww damn” you can’t turn your head your neck is killing you.

Heat and OTC pain relievers all day.

Toss and turn all night and wake again unable to move head.

This goes on for a couple days when you give in and go to the doctor.

You call and get a 2pm appointment. You beg your boss to leave to go to the doctor. You leave at 1:30 arrive 10 min early, sit in waiting room for 20 minutes, then you are ushered into the exam room. You wait some more, after another 10 minutes the doc comes in.

You explain the situation he examines. Yup, you have a stiff neck, “Feels muscular.”

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By Lisa Poole

My one day holiday turned into 5 due to the storm. During the past 5 days I have thought about a lot of different things due to what we were going through.

1.I am a slave to electricity. I would be a goner by day 2 of the zombie apocalypse.  I have really taken for granted my fortunate and blessed life. The second night of no power and no sleep (wearing a knit hat, a sweat shirt, pj pants and under numerous blankets) I had a small and tiny taste of what so many people go through every night who can not afford fuel to heat their homes. It is awful.

2. I am also blessed with a wonderful family. We were supposed to host Turkey Day and we just packed it all up and crashed at my sisters cooked, laughed and ate way too much. Again we are blessed to be able to do so. There are many with out family and friends, many with out food.

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