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Massage as Anti-Aging Therapy

By Larisa Goldin, MBA, LMP

 

Massage can help reverse the aches and pains that set on with age, serving as pleasurable and highly effective form of anti-aging therpay

 

For most individuals, muscle aches and areas of chronic tension tend to set in around age 30, and for some at an even earlier age.  We have our own ways of dealing with this – a hot bath with Epsom salt, a glass of wine, an Advil or a muscle relaxant -but in the long-term the muscle aches persist.  Anti-aging Deep Tissue Massage for Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle to treat muscle achesOn good days, with plenty of sleep and some exercise, we feel fine.  On bad days, we really notice that the muscle tension is interfering with our quality of life.   Yet, most of us don’t have any sort of long-term regimen to address our muscle aches and knots. We regard them as the unfortunate inevitable side-effect of aging. 

 

5 Things You Need to Know about Acupuncture

by Diana Khoury, Timothy Miller, L.Ac. and Larisa Goldin

Acupuncture has moved into the mainstream, so much so that most insurance companies now cover acupuncture services. Its benefits are extolled regularly in the media, and ongoing research is being performed to scientifically validate its effectiveness. But what is acupuncture and how does it work?

Here are 5 important things you need to know about acupuncture.

1. Acupuncturists are highly-trained and licensed healthcare professionals.

Acupuncture school is lengthy and demanding. Over three to four years, students must complete 1200 hours of classroom instruction and 500 hours of supervised clinic practice, then pass a national exam and a background check before applying for a state license to practice. This rigorous process protects the public health and ensures that only highly trained and experienced acupuncturists are practicing legally.

The Real Meaning of Arch Support

by Dr. Ray McClanahan, D.P.M.

Originally published on
https://nwfootankle.com/foot-health/drill/2-articles/113-arch-support

 

In order to understand the treatment of rendering an arch support, one must understand the architectural principle of an arch, and liken that principle to the multitude of arches that naturally occur in the human foot. When you study the structure of the foot and the shapes of the bones of the foot, you quickly realize that most of the weightbearing bones of the foot, are indeed arches themselves by being shaped to have support ends at either end of the bone and an open space or boney arch in between the support ends of the bones. 

 

Athletes Choose Acupuncture to Treat Injuries and Boost Performance

by Diana Khoury

Athletes of many stripes are turning to acupuncture for an effective method of injury treatment and prevention. Professional football players from the ranks of the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers and more have embraced acupuncture to manage pain, speed injury recovery, and achieve peak physical performance in their sport. A review of research studies on the use of acupuncture in sports confirms its efficacy at increasing muscle strength and power in athletes.1

Effectively Manage Diabetes with Massage and Acupuncture

by Diana Khoury

In the U.S., approximately 25.8 million people are diabetic, and this number continues to rise.1 Most of us know someone with diabetes who copes with managing the disease’s symptoms and side effects on a daily basis.

Good Posture is a Positive Indicator of Health

by Diana Khoury

A common phrase heard throughout childhood is, “Sit up straight!” This postural reminder makes regular appearances in the classroom, at the dinner table and is a ubiquitous presence through middle and high school. The continual postural encouragement is dispensed to encourage healthy growth and function of the body, as well as a projection of self-confidence from the individual.

Massage Supports Mothers through Pregnancy and Beyond

by Diana Khoury

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through changes in physical form, structure, and internal function. While preparing for this important life change, pregnant women need physical and emotional support and are seeking it more often in the form of bodywork.

Massage Therapy for Low Back Pain Relief

by Diana Khoury

 

A large percentage of the population will experience some form of lower back (lumbar) pain during their adult life. In fact, lumbar pain is one of the top 5 reasons people seek medical care in the United States today. “Total incremental direct health care costs attributable to lower back pain in the U.S. were estimated at $26.3 billion in 1998. In addition, indirect costs related to days lost from work are substantial, with approximately 2% of the U.S. work force compensated for back injuries each year.”1

Financial costs aside, dealing with acute or chronic lumbar pain can be physically and mentally challenging, and disruptive to an active lifestyle. 

 

Fascia May Be the Missing Piece for Your Lingering Injury

by Julia Lucas
Originally published June 10, 2011 in Running Times

Meditation Improves Health and Helps Prevent Disease

by Diana Khoury

Meditation has been gradually moving into the mainstream, as a result of its association with yoga and its growing acceptance by celebrities and corporate leaders. The practice of meditation involves quieting the mind and focusing on the breath for the purposes of contemplation and reflection. The resulting state of deep relaxation has been shown to temper the body’s pain and stress responses, and scientific studies confirm its potential to improve health and prevent and manage disease.1

Workplace Massage Reduces Stress and Improves Bottom Line

by Diana Khoury

Our work habits are producing an increase in work-related injuries and stress. Computer use, poor ergonomics and extended sitting contribute to painful neck, shoulder and back tension, as well as repetitive stress conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This leads to a loss of productivity, increased absenteeism, and higher healthcare costs for many businesses. OSHA reports, “Musculoskeletal injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome have become the nation's leading workplace health cost. [Repetitive stress injury] represents 62 percent of all North American...claims and results in nearly $15-20 billion in lost work time and Workers Compensation claims each year.”1

 

USA Today Proclaims Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage is not just for pampering anymore. Research continues to prove massage’s efficacy at addressing a variety of health-realted conditions.  USA Today's USA Weekend Health Smart column recently featured an article proclaiming the medical benefits of massage. In fact, a survey indicates that more people today seek out massage for medical purposes than for relaxation.

 


Based on scientific evidence, massage therapy has been shown to:

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

by Diana Khoury

 

Plantar fasciitis (pronounced “plantar fash-ee-itis”) is an inflammation of the plantar fascia - the long, flat ligament that runs along the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia extends from the five toes, down through the arch and attaches to the heel. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain in the heel and/or arches and tightness of the calves. Plantar fasciitis causes pain while walking or exercising and can significantly impact one’s daily functioning if left untreated.

Simple Stretch for Tight Calves

Home Remedy for Easing Neck Pain

by Wayne T, LMP

Practice this self-help technique regularly to reduce or eliminate neck pain and tension. For this simple at-home trick, all you need is a towel and a hair-tie or rubber band.  


1. Just before bed, take a regular length bath towel (or beach towel) and lay it out flat on the floor or bed.
 

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When it comes to massage, Seattle leads the way among U.S. cities in terms of the popularity of therapeutic massage and the level of knowledge among Seattle residents about the health benefits of massage. Seattle massage schools are also regarded as among the best in the country, graduating massage therapists that are able to skillfully combine both the relaxation and the treatment aspects of massage.

Dreamclinic is proud to be a Seattle-based massage practice:
- Practicing massage in Seattle allows us to attract to our team some of the top graduates from local massage schools.
- Practicing massage in Seattle allows us to offer a valuable emerging wellness service in a city where it is understood and appreciated.
- Lastly, practicing massage in Seattle allows us to promote the highest standards for the massage profession and to continue to contribute to the general education of the population about massage.

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