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Massage Movements & Their Effects

Effleurage: this is a movement mainly consisting of “stroking” with the flat of the hand, fingers close together and as far as is practicable, the tips of the fingers turning upwards to avoid protuberances. Effleurage precedes all other movements because of its relaxing effect, this enables the client to get used to the therapists hands, whilst warming up the tissues to be worked on with deeper movements later in the session as well as increasing blood and lymph flow in and out of the area. Effleurage movements are usually made towards the heart, because in addition to the effect of Effleurage on the skin and underlying structures – it helps to speed up the venous and lymph flow. In areas that may need stimulating, fast Effleurage is permissible. There are two types, superficial and deep, used depending on its purpose and according to the underlying structures. This is a great movement for various reasons,

1) Relaxing for both client and therapist

2) Can be applied to any body type

3) To revert back to when you need a moment to think what way treatment should proceed or just a “break”

4) To sweep away toxins after other massage movements

Petrissage is a focused massage movement concentrating on specific muscle groups, releasing toxins that have built up in the muscles. It is an intensely deep massaging movement which aids in the elimination of ‘knots’ and increases blood flow to congested deep muscular tissue. It is often referred to as compression and includes kneading, rolling, wringing and knuckling. It’s done in a rhythmic manner working tissue against tissue, tissue against bone or lifting tissue and compressing them back down. It’s excellent on a sluggish system and beneficial to tight, knotty muscles. It always elicits some form of response from clients. Petrissage is not recommended for thin, frail clients, easily stimulated or vascular skin or very loose skin.

Tapotement also known as percussion is a stimulating manipulation that operates through the response of the nerves. It is performed in a brisk, rhythmic manner, rhythm being important as contact is continually being broken with the skin. These movements include cupping, hacking, slapping and tapping. The vascular reaction to these movements becomes obvious, but needs to be performed correctly as irritation can occur. Refrain from using some of these techniques on very thin clients, bony areas, varicose veins and broken capillaries.

Vibrations : are applied along the nerve path way. They are produced by a rapid contraction and relaxation of muscles of the therapist arms, resulting in fine, quick, trembling movements. Vibrating hand should move constantly. This is beneficial in neuritis and neuralgia after the inflammatory stage is over. It stimulates circulation and glandular activity and nervous plexuses. It also helps in bowel movement.

Physical Effect :

* Pumping – The stroking movements in massage suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels.

* Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients

* Stretching – Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods.

* Break down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.

* Improve tissue elasticity – Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues.

* Opens micro-circulation what massage also does is open or dilate the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.

* Aids desquamation (removal of dead skin)

* Metabolic balance in muscle tone

* Relaxes & refreshes muscles

* Connective tissue pliability & mobility

* Increases joint mobility & flexibility

* Next best thing to exercise

* Tones the skin, making it softer & more supple

* Softens, but does not eliminate, scars

* Warms tissue for deeper movements

* Relaxes large muscles

* Relieves tiredness

Physiological effect :

* Pain reduction – Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the body’s endorphins.

* Relaxation – Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching.

* Encourages cell renewal

* Clears nerve pathways

* Increases nutrients to all systems through blood & nymph

* Aids removal of metabolic waste products

from all systems through lymph & blood



Source by Rose Hannigan

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Yoga Therapy for Whiplash Injury

Whiplash injury occurs when the spine’s soft tissue is strained and stretched following an abrupt occurrence when the body is suddenly thrown forward as in a car accident. Common vehicle accidents that lead to whiplash include sudden deceleration. Aside from that, other activities could also cause appearance of whiplash injury like diving.

One of the proven effective ways to treat and relieve whiplash injury is yoga therapy. In this program, you would be conditioned to set posture designed specifically for individual problems and imbalances for healing the body. Usually, numerous pain and misalignment problems could be cleared up when muscles get balance and tend to properly align after regular yoga exercises.

To help you further understand whiplash, imagine your body as a three-story building. Once the supporting beams shift and pull downward, even top floor of the edifice would soon sag downward. If the leg muscles get tight, there could be a perpetual pull on the upper body. In time, the constant downward pull could lead to various chronic pain conditions to be worsened by whiplash.

The four-limbed staff pose in chaturanga dandasana would require a great amount of strength from the whole shoulder girdle. Several yoga styles do the pose repeatedly. If you start feeling shoulder pain, you could drop to your knees down to the floor. You could ease your shoulder’s burden. Handstand preparation, easy dolphin, and downward facing dog are other yoga styles that could eventually keep shoulders working sans taxing them. In time, you would notice that whiplash injury would gradually ease.

The upper extremity weight bearing from the downward facing dog pose could address neck and shoulder problems as in the case of whiplash injury. Constant yoga practice could surely bring about relief and treatment to the condition.

A cross twist (laying on the floor with your arms at shoulder level legs straight) also could help with your whiplash. While bringing one leg up to the chest and across the body (right leg across to the left and to the floor and turn your head to the other side). While keeping your shoulders to the floor notice where it is tighter in comparison to each side. As a general ‘rule’ the tighter side would be worked twice as much as the softer side.

If it is felt that the shoulders lift when doing this twist, then use sand bags or books in the hands as you turn into the twist, this will help keep your shoulders down. In all events, be gentle with yourself.



Source by Glen Wood

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Benefits of Havaianas Arch Support

Arch supports which can also be referred to as orthotics are usually available in different ways, there are the custom made arch supports and there are also the ones that are ready made which can be found in different shoe stores. They are usually made of a base of plastic and the top is usually leather or foam.

The podiatrists claim that the these supports help in the reduction of the foot disorder symptoms since they help one in supporting their arch so that they can be comfortable. With the increase in the number of flip flops, there have been cases that have been reported of problems concerning them. This has enabled the manufactures to come up with ways of creating Havaianas arch support. This has greatly reduced the discomfort that is caused by the shoes and people are able to put them on without much worries.

The first benefit of these arch supports is the fact that they are more comfortable to put on. One can be able to walk and stay with them for without getting uncomfortable or without experiencing pain in their feet. Custom made ones are the most advisable ones to go for since they are specifically made to fit your legs and this means that you will not have to tamper with them so that they can fit properly.

The other benefit is that these havaianas arch supports are usually long lasting and one can stay with them for several years without experiencing discomfort which improves the health of those who go for them. These people rarely complain of discomfort in their feet or any related problems.

The other benefits that are associated with these supports are the protection that one gets from having them. If one has a problem with their feet and they use them, they are most likely to find protection from the support that they get and their condition will not be spread to. These supports are usually recommended by the doctors for those who have feet disorders and any kind of condition that may be harmful to their health which is caused by their feet. This is a good treatment that is advised for everyone even those who do not have any condition with the legs.

The people who use these havaianas arch supports experience less back pains, the leg pains and even the hip aches. This is mainly because of the support that someone gets from the arches supports. The benefit also comes from the good posture of the feet that one experiences after getting them. There is also the better control of the motion that the feet takes. All these benefits are associated with the arch support that the legs are getting when introduced to them. It is therefore important to choose sandals that have them so that you can save on the costs of having to go the hospital.



Source by Ali Raza

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10 Ways to Recover From a Soccer Game

“Your body is only as good as it’s ability to recover” – Verne Gambetta

We all know the value of hard work and it’s benefits on soccer performance. The research is endless on how consistent effort and diligent work yields various results and how these positives may play into your ability to perform your best, but when are the results actually taking place? Cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, power development, mobility, and all the other physical training that your body goes through each week has a profound effect on our success, but are we actually getting better while we train or is it the result of the time after we walk off the field or out of the gym?

I believe that this question can be answered by saying “both”, but let me explain further. The different ways we can get better, as players, come through various “channels” that may happen instantly and/or over a certain period of time. Exercise scientist call these channels immediate recovery (between reps or repeated sprints in a game), short term recovery (between sets or reps of speed work), and training recovery (between practices or games). For instance, when we train on a technical skill, our coach may give us insight on a new and better way of achieving the end result. This instant realization immediately makes us a more efficient and more effective player on the field. The benefit of practice and refining that skill, however, will take thousands of repetitions and hours of work until it can be consistently made a tool during competition.

The same can be assumed with speed, agility, strength and stamina. The skill sets that we learn in acceleration and deceleration are, sometimes, instantaneous; such as correctly using our arms while sprinting. However, the majority of the physical benefits of training do not happen until we are long gone from the training pitch. It is in this “down time” or recovery process that our body begins to adapt from the stresses of training and becomes stronger and more capable of working at higher levels of performance (also known as supercompensation). This process is where I feel most  players do not understand or take advantage when working to improve their game, and where I want to spend the rest of this post talking about.

Recovery is one of the least understood and most under researched constituents of the training-adaptation cycle, however it is the most important part of our training routine. It may be the very reason that you are not continuing to get better, fitter, and more explosive…but instead find yourself plateauing and injured.

“We define recovery, from a practical perspective, to mean the ability to meet or exceed performance in a particular activity.” Meaning that if we have just finished an hour and a half of intense training, then our body’s ability to perform will be reduced for some period of time. We all know that we can not play another 90 minute game at maximum intensity within 2 or 3 hours of the last, but what about 2 to 3 days? And what about intense training on back to back days…back to back weeks…back to back months? How does this effect us?

“It is well accepted that over-load is necessary for improvement, whereas overtraining results in a breakdown at some level, thus impairing, rather than improving, performance. Overtraining is usually thought of strictly in terms of training, yet overtraining might also be expressed as under-recovering. If the recovery rate can be improved, greater training volumes would be possible without incurring the negative of overtraining.” – Recovery From Training: A Brief Review; Bishop; Jones; Woods; Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. 22(3): 1015-1024, May 2008

Let’s look at a simplified graph of how our bodies and performance can benefit from the proper training to rest ratio. As  you can see below, the stimulus (in our case would be any type of intense training) causes stress that decrease the bodies ability to perform at a given level. If the proper amount of recovery does not take place (shown as recovery), the adaptation ability of the body does not return above original form before the next stimulus. This is can be hugely detrimental, especially if we continue this pattern throughout a training period (week) leading up to a game (competition). As you can see, the players ability to perform is far less capable than when they first started.

This trend is often seen in youth soccer, when a coach or player has the “no pain, no gain” mentality and decides to work as hard as time will allow every time training occurs. The unfortunate part is that this does not only lead to ill-fated performance, but also injury.

On the other hand, a proper recovery can have the opposite effects on a players performance, if done correctly. Looking at the next graph, we can see the opposite trend where the player is now getting adequate and proper recovery and is making progress, which we call super-compensation.

So how long does it truly take to adapt to training (to perform better/be in better playing shape) and can we decrease the time necessary? In a summary answer to both questions…no one knows. There is very little research that has consistent results from valid populations to credit one answer, however there are many favorite recovery rituals and habits that thousands of athletes apply every day, and swear by them. So, I will list them below and let you get an idea of what works for you.

All of these have been researched and shown some value of success, even if it is just anecdotal and has not been proven by real numbers…

1) Proper Nutrition – research has shown that the timing of nutrient dense foods that are rich in Carbohydrates + Protein/Amino Acids immediately after exercise and is most beneficial. For exercise of high intensity > 90 minutes, choose one of the following to consume within:30 minutes after training/game: Turkey Sandwich on whole wheat bread (WW) or WW bagel, Bowl of cereal w/skim milk, Pasta w/chicken (or lean protein source), Tunafish sandwich on WW bread or WW bagel,Oatmeal w/skim milk or H20 w/2 T Peanut Butter, or a good ‘ol fashioned Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwich on WW or WW Bagel.

2) Rehydration – Research is good on this one. You must do it to recover well. Studies recommend the inclusion of a liquid that contains sodium (50 mmol/L) along with some potassium and carbs (sugar). Plenty of sports drinks out there will suffice, but make sure that you are getting enough, meaning that you have to intake as much fluid as you lost. One 16oz sports drink directly after training/game + another 75-120 ounces of water throughout the day.

3) Tapering – this is the preferred method of recovery tactics by most coaches and clubs around the world, as this will allow for consistent training and improvement without breaking a rhythm that players may have in mid season. Tapering is the idea that reducing training volume (total time/length) or intensity (%max effort) a certain amount during concurrent training sessions will allow for consistent recovery throughout a given week. All coaches and teams should be doing this in their respective training weeks, and can result in up to a 6% training improvement during that same week.

4) Compression – Ever seen Allen Iverson and all those other NBA players wearing tights and long sleeves under their uniforms…or how about the runners that wear the socks that only cover their calves? Well, as cool as they look, they do serve a purpose. These compression sleeves and shorts (most often used by soccer players) are great for fending off strawberries while slide tackling and lending support to the muscles, in order to eliminate swelling. This reduction of an inflammatory response does wonders for staying away from soreness and getting back into game intensity in back to back days.

5) Cool Down – I know, you never stretch after you train. You are tired, dirty, hungry, and couldn’t care less what your coach has to say about the missed shot you had inside the six yard box. Well, this is going to be the very best, and easiest way to ensure you are recovering properly. All of the processes and chemical releases that occur during intense exercise leave micro tears and damage throughout your muscles. Your hammies are in dire need of adequate blood flow to give them the nourishment to get better and the very thing that they want to do is to contract to a shortened length. Stretching passively (someone else) or actively (by yourself) shows great effect to give your muscles exactly what they need for immediate relief.

6) Ice baths – also known as cryotherapy, is a favorite way for college players to get the biggest bang for their buck between 2-a-days. As much as it is horribly annoying, dunking your legs in a bucket of ice for 15 minutes has shown great effect for reduction of swelling and soreness, as well as keeping you awake faster than a Starbucks vente with 6 shots of espresso.

7) Hyperbaric Chambers – this is for all of the million dollar players out there that do not have a claustrophobic  tendency. The idea that creating more oxygen and atmospheric pressure in the air around you forces your body to intake and use the benefits of oxygen has some pretty awesome results. Just 10,000 dollars and a good nights rest in a coffin like chamber will have you playing your best for the next high school over time thriller.

8 ) Massage Therapy – a whole new industry has popped up around this idea. Hands on therapy used to manipulate the muscle and soft tissue that were damaged from training, making it possible for swelling and destructive elements in the local area to leave and the good stuff to get in quicker. If it doesn’t work, don’t tell anyone, because this just feels so good that I am willing to over look it.

9) Ergogenics/Supplements – Creatine, amino acids, Flinstone vitamins, and ginseng have all been researched and shown mixed results. My advice is to stick with something inexpensive, easy, and at least shown some good potential, such as taking a good quality multi-vitamin containing iron and folic acid a few hours after training.

10) REST – doing nothing may be the toughest thing to include in your routine, but just may be the best for you. Some studies show that the body is not able to recover fully from intense exercise for up to 72 hours or more. The modalities above will shorten this process, but you can never go wrong by just relaxing and letting your body do its thing.

My advice and the best recipe for the most effective recover would be, as follows: Post Training, in order to be ready for the next day…stretch while drinking a Gatorade before leaving the field, all while wearing compression shorts during the session. 3o minutes following training, eat a meal that includes whole wheat carbs, a lean protein, and 16-14 oz. water while submersing your waist down in 15 degree water. 2 hours following training take a multi-vitamin (with iron), stretch, and foam roll all lower body muscle groups.

Till next time

John



Source by John Lytton

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Theory of Chinese Traditional Medicine – CTM

Chinese Traditional Medicine (CTM) has a history of more than 5,000 years. It has a complete theory about the occurrence, development and treatment of diseases. According to CTM theory, the occurrence of diseases is the in coordination between Yin and Yang and the treatment of diseases is the reestablishment of the equilibrium between them. Yin and Yang are the two concepts from ancient Chinese philosophy and they represent the two contradictories in everything.

In CTM theory, Yin and Yang are used to explain physiological and pathological phenomena of the body. They are also the principles of diagnosing and treating diseases. Roughly speaking, there are two common ways of CTM curing diseases: drug therapy and non-drug therapy. As for drug therapy, traditional medicines are used such as herbs, mineral, animals, etc. As for non-drug therapy, there are acupuncture and moxibustion, massage, cupping.

According to statistics, Traditional Chinese Medicine is better for the treatment of diseases of viral infections, immune system, cardio-cerebrovascular system and nervous system without causing any side-effects compared with western medicine.

The strength and flexibility of Chinese medicine is a direct result of the Chinese philosophical views and understandings from which the medicine is drawn. Chinese philosophy provides us with different approaches to viewing our nature, the workings of our bodies, the manifestation of disease and the process of healing. While it is true that no single system of philosophy holds all of the answers, the Chinese framework provides us with a wealth of guidance and practical techniques to foster physical and mental health.

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Source by Nick Wang

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Neck Injury? Whiplash Do’s and Don’ts

Whiplash can be a very serious neck injury. The neck is hyperextended, the muscles sometimes torn or stretched. Nerve damage can result. In really severe instances, the spine can sustain permanent damage. In most cases, whiplash results from a car accident. The victim is driving along when suddenly their auto is struck from behind, causing their head to snap in the direction of the body’s momentum. What’s actually happening in this scenario, is that the body is unexpectedly thrust forward, the head lags behind and then “whips” forward in an effort to catch up to the body. Though this is the most common occurrence, it’s certainly not the only one. Whiplash victims are sometimes pedestrians who are struck by cars. Other whiplash injuries include, but are not limited to falling off a horse, motorcycle or bicycle. Typically, the symptoms range from stiff neck or back muscles to headaches or sometimes, much worse. Because the symptoms range in severity and sometimes don’t show up immediately, whiplash is an injury to be taken very seriously. Proper medical care should be sought and one should consider filing a whiplash injury claim.

Stated below are your basic do’s and don’ts for filing your whiplash injury claim:

Do: seek medical help immediately. Very often the symptoms of whiplash are not felt right away. Many times the victim is “caught up” in the emotional rush of the accident and is not aware of any discomfort.. Other times, there is simply a gradual intensifying of pain. Whatever the case, the full details of the injuries must be reported and documented by a doctor.

Do: plan and keep regular office visits to your doctor or caregiver. When dealing with whiplash, new or developing symptoms often arise. They must also be treated and documented.

Do: hire or consult with a personal injury solicitor or whiplash attorney. The insurance companies have lots of “small print” that you must be aware of. There are provisions and special terms that must be gone over and fully understood. A top notch, experienced attorney can help you recover any out of pocket expenses incurred by you, such as automobile or medical costs.

Don’t: Delay. Far too often whiplash victims put off treatment. This isn’t very smart for 2 reasons:

Almost 50% of whiplash victims report new symptoms two years from the date of accident. Whiplash symptoms may grow gradually. Delaying treatment will often cause existing milder symptoms to evolve into more painful ones and cause new symptoms to develop.

If whiplash related injuries are not fully reported and documented, It makes it much more difficult to get full compensation from the insurance company.

Don’t: Rely solely on x-rays to find whiplash injuries.Soft tissue damage does not show up. A comprehensive exam must be given and the victim’s medical history must be taken into consideration.

Don’t take the insurance first offer if you agree to settle. They will low ball you, for certain. Do your due diligence. find out what payout averages are. Speak with other whiplash victims. Pick your lawyer’s brain.

Minor may be the accident, whiplash is not…



Source by Anthony Mumford

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Foot Health and How Orthotics Can Help

Many people suffer unnecessarily from foot pain when they could be benefitting from the comfort of orthotics. Not everyone thinks they need orthotics, but many of the types of foot pain people experience can be relieved with custom orthotics.

Here are some of the basic questions you may have about orthotics:

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are essentially custom foot supports. They are designed specifically for the unique needs of your feet, and fit much better than ‘generic’ orthotics that can be bought from a store.

What’s the difference between custom orthotics and regular shoe inserts?

Regular insoles are designed to provide a cushion effect and provide shock absorption. They may feel comfortable initially, but this wears off quickly. They are not designed to correct over-pronation, which is a condition which includes dropped arches and rolling inwards of the feet and ankles. Custom orthotics, however, are designed to correct and optimize foot function. Regular insoles may also have arch support, but they tend to be mostly made of soft materials and therefore, the support they provide is often too weak to be of any benefit.

Do I need Orthotics?

People suffering from arch pain or heel pain typically find that orthotics are a good solution for them. Heel pain (called Plantar Fasciitis) can be extremely uncomfortable and custom orthotics can help reduce this pain by better supporting the arch.

Over 70% of people experience ‘over-pronation’ which is also known as flat feet or fallen arches. This can result in pain in the foot but also in other parts of the body such as the back and hips.

In addition, orthotics can act as a preventative measure. As we age, our arches will begin to fall. The use of orthotics can reduce the effect of fallen arches and the pain associated with it. Regardless of how ‘high’ your arch is now, it will fall as you get older. Orthotics can play an important role in maintaining your arch as nature takes its course.

How long do Orthotics last?

Most custom orthotics will last from 2-5 years depending on wear and tear. They will need to be replaced if your feet are still growing or if you have any foot surgery that may affect the shape of your foot.

Is the cost covered by insurance?

Orthotics are not covered by OHIP (in Ontario). Some extended insurance plans will cover some or all of the cost of orthotics.



Source by Dr. Maya Pande

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Different Types of Women’s Legwear

For you to have a well-edited and well-curated wardrobe, certain essentials must be present. Ladies spend their money on great fitting jeans, classic black pumps, genuine leather bag, a little black dress and elegant jewelry. Apart from shopping for the latest handbag or buying several fashion accessories, women’s legwear pieces are also great wardrobe additions. They’re pretty versatile, easy to find and put the finishing touches to your outfit. Because they are available in unique designs and hues, every girl is bound to find the ones that reflect her style. They don’t cost much so purchasing them is definitely an inexpensive way to update your closet. So what are the different types of legwear for women?

Socks, specifically ones made of cotton, are women’s legwear items that are best worn when doing strenuous activities like contact sports as they’re comfortable and they help absorb sweat. This type of legwear for women also serves as protection for the feet and toes from harsh leather shoes.

Liners are usually made of a combination Nylon and Spandex. These stylish women’s legwear articles are perfect for summer or in warm settings. These are a bit thinner compared to regular socks so they won’t be noticeable when worn with closed heels and dainty shoes. May it be lace, fishnet or cotton, you may choose from various designs of this legwear for women.

Leg Warmers are similar to socks but are thicker and footless. This legwear for women cover the lower legs and were originally used by dancers to keep the muscles in their legs warm, prevent muscular injuries as well as to avoid cramps. This women’s legwear come in different lengths and widths, depending on the material. Legwarmers are commonly worn between the ankle to just below the knee. When the movies “Fame” and “Flashdance” came out, this legwear for women became an instant hit. They were worn with leggings or tights as well as with jeans and loose tops.

Compression Stockings are legwear products specifically designed to prevent swelling of the legs and feet. These elastic legwear items also inhibit the progression of such problem.

Tights are legwear pieces for women that are ideal to wear especially during the Fall and Winter Season. This women’s legwear was popularly worn by ballet dancers. They come in various colors, textures and designs and are worn by many. This kind of women’s legwear is usually paired with chic dresses, mini skirts as well as jean shorts. Black opaque tights are appropriate to wear for work while printed sheer designs are great for everyday use.

Leggings are also fashionable women’s legwear items. They are footless tights and are offered in different styles and designs. This type of legwear for ladies is usually worn in the Summer season with breezy tunics and cotton blouses. You can find them in cotton fabrics, leather ones as well as leggings that are manufactured to look like denim jeans. These legwear styles for women are closet staples and can be worn with many outfits.



Source by Aaron Fiedling Parker

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How to Give a Girl a Thigh Massage Using the Capping Technique

Thigh massage can improve circulation and also tone muscles quite well. This is particularly true when a “Cupping Technique” is used. Cupping involves the use of the hand in a cupped shape, and this is then used to deliver light blows or “Tapotement” to the muscle. This is always done after a preliminary deeper rubbing action, and the process serves to compress the skin and tissue while also enhancing circulation and tone.

To perform a thigh massage with the Cupping Technique one must first use the gentler “Effleurage” process that relies on a soft and gliding motion that introduces oils to the skin and warms up the muscle in preparation for the deeper work.

To begin, the receiver is positioned flat on their back with their arms comfortably extended along their side. The provider will stand at the knee area and set one hand with its palm flat along the lower region of the thigh muscle. They will place the palm of the other hand across their wrist and use this hand to slowly increase the pressure of their movements. They will begin with a single motion of the hand along the muscle and back to the starting position. They will then quickly lift the hands and form them into a cupped shape, placing the “pinky sides” of both hands at the starting point they will make gentle tapping motions up and back along their initial trajectory. This process is repeated three times along several paths of motion, with rubbing being followed by cupped tapping. The paths of motion tend to include the outer thigh, the top of the thigh, and the inner thigh. The process can also be repeated on the reverse of the thigh, with the receiver lying on their stomach too.

The Cupping Technique tends to improve reflexes and also tone muscles, and is a sure way to increase the quality of circulation throughout the leg. It is always partnered with a rubbing technique to prevent discomfort, and the entire process should be opened and closed with a brief period of stimulating Effleurage as well.



Source by Stella Wanderema

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Whiplash Disorders – What Should I Do?

In my experience, I’ve found that whiplash is a commonly misunderstood diagnosis among the patient population. Many people self-diagnose the pain in the neck following a bad roller coaster ride or car accident as a whiplash injury. While they may or may not be correct, the truth is that whiplash is a type of injury with serious implications, and is frequently mismanaged by unscrupulous folks with a big stake in the business of personal injury.

Whiplash is a common name for a group of neck disorders known as cervical acceleration-deceleration injury or cervical sprain/strain injury. It occurs when the head and neck are placed in motion and suddenly forced to a stop causing a hyperflexion or hyperextension motion. This irregular movement of the neck causes the ligaments of the spine to sprain and the muscles to splint the unstable structure. This type of injury is also known to cause the discs of the spine to bulge and herniate, thus complicating matters even further.

It’s easy to see how whiplash can be a real pain in the neck (pun intended), but most people treat it like a sprained ankle and hope that the pain goes away in a few weeks. However, there can be long term consequences; even for people who don’t have pain symptoms immediately. Research has shown that whiplash associated disorders are related to inflammatory and endocrine problems like those seen in chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia (1). Whiplash is also associated with chronic pain by making your brain more sensitive to pain signals, which explains why so many people can suffer without any evidence of physical damage (2). Additionally, people who report whiplash injuries after a rear-end accident are likely to show complaints of headaches, TMJ, back pain, fatigue, and sleep problems even 7 years later (3)! Whiplash has even been associated with chronic inflammation by making the body’s own immune system overly responsive to normal stimuli (4, 5).

Though the focus of my practice has never been on auto-accidents cases, the truth is that most drivers will be involved in a collision no matter how good a driver they may be. Most will probably not experience pain immediately after a collision, especially if you’re in your teens or early 20’s. However, the impact of a vehicle traveling at speeds as low as 15 mph can show visible signs of structural damage to the neck. These include s-shaped curves in the neck, anterior ligament instability, Atlas Displacement, and Anterior Head Syndrome. A recent study has found that this type of trauma to the spine can cause parts of the brain and brain stem to slip further into the neck creating a condition called Chiari Malformation (6). While they may not be painful in their early stages, these structural changes can pre-dispose the spine to early degeneration and arthritis if left uncorrected over the course of several years.

As a chiropractor focused on structural correction, I see patients everyday with Secondary Conditions like headaches and TMJ related to accidents that took place many years earlier. While some of these patients suffered painful injuries and received treatment following an accident, most people will walk in and say they didn’t have any symptoms until years later. When someone asks why their pain seemed to come out of nowhere, I can usually look at their x-ray and see that the structure of the neck fits the familiar S-shape of a previous rear end collision.

Here are your take home messages:
• First, problems can grow in the body in the absence of symptoms. Much like cancer and heart disease don’t happen overnight, people with chronic pain usually under go slow physiologic changes in their brain and hormonal systems for years before they have a condition that won’t go away.

• Second, if you have a physical/structural problem, then you must go beyond treating the pain symptoms to help get full resolution of the problem. Whiplash injuries cause distinct structural problems in the spine. While pain relief is important, making the pain go away while leaving the structure in bad shape is like taking the battery out of a smoke detector when a fire is burning in the house.

Whiplash associated disorders can be a complicated problem that requires a comprehensive solution. When selecting a team of doctors, make sure that you have someone in your corner that can look at you from a functional standpoint rather than sheer pathology, that addresses the structure of your spine in 3-dimensions, and understands the nature of traumatic injuries.

References:
1. Gaab J, Baumann S, Budnoik A et al. Reduced reactivity and enhanced negative feedback sensitivity of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis in chronic whiplash associated disorder. Pain. December 2005. 119(1). 219-224.
2. Banic B, Peterson-Felix S, Anderson OK et al. Evidence for spinal cord hypersensitivity in chronic pain after whiplash injury and in fibromyalgia. Pain. January 2004. 7-15.
3. Berglund A, Afredsson L, Jensen I, Cassidy JD, Nygren Ake. The association between exposure to a rear-end collision and future health complaints. J of Clinical Epidemiology. Aug 2001 (54): 851-856.
4. Kivioja J, Rinaldi L, Ozenci V et al. Chemokines and their receptors in whiplash injury: elevated RANTES and CCR-5. J Clin Immunol. Jul 2001; 21(4): 272-7
5. Kivioja J, Ozenci V, Rinaldi L. Systemic response in whiplash injury and ankle sprain: elevated IL06 and IL-10. Clin Immunol. Oct 2001; 101(1): 106-12.
6. Freeman MD, Rosa S, Harshfield D et al. A case-control study of cerebellar tonsillar ectopia (Chiari) and head/neck trauma (whiplash). Brain Inj. 2010; 24(7-8): 988-94.



Source by Dr. Jonathan Chung

Kenzie Wellness Centre is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in Vancouver which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, acupuncture, etc.

Kenzie Wellness Centre is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

To find out more, please Contact Kenzie Wellness Centre in Vancouver at info@kenziewellnesscentre.com