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Massage Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

24 Aug

By: Tammy Mahan

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition that affects about 1.3 million North Americans. Sufferers are always searching for a way to help reduce the pain or eliminate it altogether. It is not only painful but it can have devastating effects on other areas of the body.

Massage therapy has proven to be beneficial to many people who have rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disease. What happens is the body’s immune system starts to see the person’s joints as foreign or potentially dangerous invaders that will harm the body.

This immune response causes the person’s joints to become swollen and inflamed. Some of the most common places that are affected by rheumatoid arthritis are the wrists, feet and hands. Although other areas of the body can also be affected including the jaw, hips, neck, shoulders, and ankles. There are also other areas of a person’s body that can be affected by rheumatoid arthritis these are rare but they do occur in some people; the eyes, heart, lungs, blood vessels, tear ducts, salivary glands and internal organs. RA can also cause anemia and heart disease, more specifically it can put a person at a higher risk for a heart attack.

Rheumatoid arthritis will usually also make a person feel under the weather or generally ill, tired, flu like symptoms, stiffness, weight loss, insomnia, lumps can form under the skin as a result of the cartilage and bone breaking down, and sometimes it will produce a fever.

Massage therapy for rheumatoid arthritis has numerous benefits. Some of them include reduced inflammation, reduced pain, increase in mobility and range of motion and a better quality of life.

I would like to introduce you to a new type of massage therapy that may help you called “The Stick” – The website states 10 facts about the benefits.

  • It is so easy to use.
  • You can use it anywhere.
  • You can take it anywhere.
  • You can use it in virtually any position, as long as your muscles are relaxed!
  • You can get it wet, drop it in the mud or snow and it will still work.
  • You do not need a mat or have to go to the floor to use it.
  • You do not need a plug in.
  • It is light and very versatile.
  • It massages your muscles, not crushes them.
  • The Stick was created and developed with University Scientific Studies!

The Hybrid Stick is probably the one you would want to ease rheumatoid arthritis pain. Although, all of the sticks have specific benefits and work well so anyone of them would work well.

Hybrid Stick

Hybrid Stick

Massage therapy for rheumatoid arthritis has numerous benefits some of them include reduced inflammation, reduced pain, increase in mobility and range of motion and a better quality of life.

Tammy Mahan has worked in the healthcare field as a nurse for 20 years. She shares her knowledge by contributing articles to Healthline.com.

The Stick & Zealous Vitality Welcome Apex Massage Therapy

27 Jul

We would like to welcome Apex Massage Therapy as a venue in which to purchase Travel Sticks in Calgary, Alberta.

Kensington 403.270.7788
17th Ave 403.244.8925

Massage is a Great Way to Relax

17 Jul

Today we have a guest post from Melanie Bowen.  Melanie  joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2011 as an awareness advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives.

Massage is a Great Way to Relax

Studies repeatedly show that massage therapy is one of the best ways to increase quality of life amongst cancer patients. People often overlook the benefits of massage when it comes to decreasing pain and improving mood. Massage is a great way to unwind from stress and provides long-lasting results.

Dealing with cancer issues can put pressure on anyone’s life. It is always good to discover multiple ways to unwind and get perspective without always relying completely on medication. Add massage to your therapeutic arsenal. Many doctors agree that massage is a great adjunct to conventional therapies. It can also be modified easily to any patient’s particular needs.

Pain and stress are typically immense factors when dealing with cancer issues. This is a good time to consider massage therapy. It does not interfere with other treatments and takes minimum effort. This means that a wide range of cancer survivors can benefit from this trusted form of hands-on relaxation. Studies show that the expert touch of trained personnel can help pain and stress fall away. Sometimes this benefit can even be obtained within just one session.

One of the best things about massage is that it is readily accessible. Massage is one of the most popular ways to relax. There are many certified massage therapists available in any given area. It is even a part of outpatient and clinical therapy programs. It is a good idea to bring up the idea of massage therapy with your physician. This way you can find out if massage therapy is a good match for you. They will often be glad to help you find the right program for your needs. Massage is just one those kinds of therapies which nearly everyone can benefit.

Cancer patients that undergo massage for just minutes a day can see quick benefits. They often notice decreased pain and better mood. Having professionals work stress out of painful joints and muscles is a plus in anyone’s book. Today’s massage experts have a range of therapeutic techniques that can be modified for your needs and requirements. Even mesothelioma patients benefit from this non-strenuous therapy with specialized care. Everyone has heard about the healing power of touch. Have professional massage and feel the benefits for yourself.

Consult your doctor and find a therapy that will work best for you and your treatment because professional therapists know how to work that tension out right away. It is good to take moments during the day to relax. Massage therapy is not a cure but is a great addition to a multifaceted approach. It goes along with other forms of exercise, especially after a strenuous workout.

Just think about how nice it will be to get expert attention to aching muscles. Tension can melt away in just minutes. Contact your physician and find out more about how massage can benefit you. Give your mind, body and spirit a vacation from some of life’s everyday stressors and get out there and soak up all the benefits massage therapy has to offer!

Thank you Melanie!

Swimmers Love The Stick

25 Apr

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Last weekend, I helped a local massage therapist (Monique Klein of Just What You Knead Massage Therapy)  offer support to the Alberta Masters Provincial Swim Meet.  The event was hosted in Okotoks, Alberta and showcased the top masters swimmers in the province.  In fact, I spent much of the day speaking with a past Olympian and swim coach.  I learned a lot about swimming and more about coaching!   

Basically, I set up on the side of the pool and offered people some soft tissue relief and advice.  I worked on some people, while I gave others tips on nutrition, hydration and most importantly recovery.  The Stick is an excellent tool for recovery because you can use it to roll out your muscles while stretching them at the same time.   

My set-up at the pool

 

 Many athletes came by to use The Stick as a warm-up and cool-down tool for their races.  Since most of the athletes had multiple races, The Stick was a great tool for them to stay warm and ready to race without expending a lot of energy in an extended warm-up.  They simply could roll out their muscles to maintain their preferred level of readiness.   

Needless to say most swimmers were after some advice and relief for shoulder related stresses and injuries.  Specifically, many had rotator cuff issues.  Sometimes the head of the biceps tendon can be bothersome to people who have shoulder problems.  That is where  the TriggerWheel came in.  I used the TriggerWheel to roll over the insertion point of the biceps tendon to help break down scar tissue, offer increased blood flow and consequently “made their shoulders feel better”.  The TriggerWheel offers pinpoint accuracy.   The best compliment I got was “now I can take care of this on my own”.  That is just it…..with this simple to use massage tool, people can manage their soft tissue issues on their own.  This is not to say that they should stop seeing a trained professional, it just means that they can get some relief by working on themselves.  

TriggerWheel

 

  Other swimmers were needing help with their upper back and shoulder area, so I showed them how to use The Stick on their backs.  First, I rolled them out, then I demonstrated on myself, then I let them roll out their own sore muscles.  Here are a few simple photos:  

  

  I know these pictures don’t look like they are taken on the side of a pool, but they represent how you can use The Stick on your upper back and trapezius areas.  

    

    

All and all, I had a great day hanging out with swimmers!!

Can’t Sleep? Try a Massage

3 Jan

Sleepless Nights? Try a Massage

By Daisy Sutherland

 Do you suffer from sleepless nights? You are not alone sleep disorders are very common. Most people do not realize that massage can in fact help improve your sleep. Massage therapy is a known method to reduce stress and tension, but can it actually help with your sleep disorders? Research shows that massage therapy can remedy your sleepless nights.

 Our bodies have an autonomic system that is made of two parts: the sympathetic and parasympathetic system. The parasympathetic system keeps the sympathetic system balanced. When you are stressed the sympathetic system is triggered and you will feel the sensation of fight or flight. The parasympathetic system is activated during a massage and allows your body to slow down and relax. If stress or tension are causes for your sleeplessness you will be relieved to know that one of the benefits of massage enhanced sleep patterns. Many actually fall asleep while having a professional massage.

 Massage helps to reduce stress, improve circulation, soothe aching muscles, release tension and reduce or lower your blood pressure. It is thought that it can also stimulate the immune system. These relaxing results may therefore make massage a helpful aid in restoring restful sleep. Massage is even more beneficial when restless nights stem from stress, migraine headaches, and pain and muscle stiffness. Several studies have shown massage therapy to not only lessen lower back pain and headaches, but also by reducing the stress, anxiety and depression making restful sleep achievable. (Hernandez-Reif et al, 2001; Sunshine et al, 1996; Field et al, 2002; Hernandez-Reif et al, 1998)

 Sleep is required for the immune system to work at its optimum level. If the immune system is compromised, the ability of our body to heal itself is also compromised. If we are stressed or sleep deprived, our health is seriously compromised. Massage can help relieve the stress and tension. Massage does not necessarily need to be done by a professional to capture all its benefits. You can ask your friend, partner, spouse or family member for a soothing rubdown. You can also give yourself a mini massage, concentrating on the muscle groups you can reach.

 Relaxation techniques, such as massage therapy can definitely reduce stresses, and frustrations leading to the tossing and turning and anxiety of sleepless nights. Therapeutic massage can have not only external physical benefits but internal benefits as well. Massage and aromatherapy can relax your muscles and help with blood and lymph circulation. A massage can help reduce the nerve irritation and can help with increased production of pain-killing endorphins. There are many sweet smelling balms and massage oils on the market used to relieve stress. The aroma and the feel of the oils offer a calming and relaxing environment.

 There are different types of therapeutic massage techniques that can help and some are listed below.

Reflexology: This type of massage focuses on specific ‘reflex zones’ on your feet. This type of massage relieves  tension and pain and improves circulation in the areas of your body that corresponds to the reflex zones of the feet.

Sports Massage: This type of massage improves athletic performance and endurance by massaging specific  muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Neuromuscular Massage: This massage type focuses on the connective tissues, tendons and ligaments and nerves. This particular massage focuses on the tension areas called ‘trigger points’.

Swedish Massage: This massage has a smooth and flowing style. It focuses on overall relaxation, circulation, and range of motion and relieves muscular tension.

Rolfing: This massage is not as relaxing it tends to be more painful. IT is painful because it focuses on the deeper soft tissues of the joints.

 Some areas to concentrate on when massaging to promote relaxation and restful sleep are the temples of the head. The motion should be small circular movement done with fingers and hands. Another areas to promote relaxation are the scalp, forehead, face, neck and upper shoulders. Much of our stress is carried in the shoulder area, so relaxing and massaging this area will definitely create relief.

 There are many reasons that massage and sleep make a perfect match: 

  • Eliminates headaches
  • Relieves stress
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Reduces lower pain and strain
  • Relaxes nervous tension
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Eases chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Assists with weight control

 After a relaxing massage, sleep will be restored as a time of rest instead as a time of restlessness. Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and help with the release and filtration of toxins. You will feel more relaxed with reduced stress and tension and be able to sleep all night long. You will wake up refreshed and ready to start a new day.

Dr. Mommy (aka Dr. Daisy) is a Doctor of Chiropractic by profession, wife, mom to 5 beautiful children, freelance and content writer, speaker and Health/Wellness Advocate. Her passion is to teach the public how to live healthier and happier lives. Visit her site for health tips: Dr. Mommy Health Tips http://drmommyhealthtips.com

 Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Dr._Daisy_Sutherland

 Tip: The Stick is an excellent tool for self-massage.  Try rolling out before you go to bed!
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Peolpe With Diabetes Can Benefit From The Stick.

22 Nov

A couple of weeks ago, I had a display booth at a Diabetic forum in Calgary, Alberta.  There were vendors from all over the place offering information and products to those who have diabetes or are interested in learning more about diabetes. 

I was there with The Stick and related specialty products.  You may be wondering why diabetics would be interested in massage products and devices?   As you may or may not know there are 2 types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2.  Basically type 1 diabetics rely on insulin therapy to control their blood sugar levels.  Type 1 is also known as Juvenile Diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes is mostly controlled by diet and exercise as well as insulin therapy.  I knew there would be more type 2 people than type 1 people because my wife (who has type 1) has been to many of these forums and she mentioned to me that the clientele at the forum would be primarily type 2 diabetics.  Typically, type 2 diabetics have challenges with circulation and nerve pain.  The Stick is the perfect device to increase circulation and help people live a more comfortable life.  As far as nerve pain goes, The Stick can help with that too by allowing the muscles that surround the nerves to become less restricting.  With more blood flow, comes more compliant muscles.  With more compliant muscles, people should feel better!  Nerve pain can also be alleviated by massage therapy.  Again, The Stick is great for massage therapy.

It turns out that the people at the forum loved the idea that they could massage their own muscles in the comfort of their own homes.  They also loved the fact that they did not have to go to the ground to use The Stick or plug it in.  Most people who purchased a Stick liked the Travel Stick or Marathon Stick.  They liked that those sticks offered some flexibility are were not overly rigid. 

Travel Stick

Marathon Stick

People with diabetes can have complications with circulation and nerve pain specifically in their feet.  As a result, people were thrilled to learn that FootWheel could possibly help them.  In fact, by the end of the day, people walked away with more FootWheels than Sticks.  That is right, people purchased more FootWheels than Sticks!!

FootWheel

I am thrilled to be offering products that have so many applications!!

The Stick at Work!

1 Oct

If you have time to take a break at work,(and you should) then you have time to roll out and use The Stick

Original Body Stick

Original Body Stick

You can use The Stick @ your desk to loosen tight muscles in your back, shoulders and neck. You can also use The Stick to roll out your forearms to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.

You can use The Stick to warm-up your muscles before you go for your lunch-time run.  Then when you are done, you can use The Stick for cool-down.

You can also keep a TriggerWheel in your desk to roll out the muscles in your neck and forearms.  Ease neck tension by rolling the TriggerWheel over the back of your neck from the base of your spine to the bottom of your neck.

TriggerWheel

TriggerWheel

Try keeping a FootWheel under your desk to roll out your feet while you work!

FootWheel

FootWheel

The Stick, TriggerWheel or FootWheel do not need any extra equipment like mats or plug ins.  You can get the benefits of massage therapy at any time of the day at your desk.  If you are worried about distracting your co-workers, don’t be.  The Stick virtually makes very little noise and you do not need to go to the ground to use it.

The Stick and Recovery

8 Jul

I always love to hear how people are using The Stick!  I actually search for people who use this muscle device and see how they apply it to their daily routines.

Many people refer to The Stick as a muscle massager, massage stick or muscle stick.  Whatever you like to call it, The Stick works!

I just found a guy named Tim Hull.  He calls himself and his website TheStrengthDoctor.com.  Here is his bio:

“My Name is Tim Hull. I have worked in the health and fitness field in various ways for over 15 years. I have licenses in Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy.  Currently I work in a Physical Therapy outpatient clinic in Ohio working with a variety of patients. Also working on some exciting projects to be announced soon!

My passion is developing workouts that offer variety, fun, are challenging, and most of all are effective. I love to share my knowledge of training and rehabilitation, so that others may benefit and improve their health. ”

On Tim’s blog, he wrote:

Recovery With Massage Stick

There is a growing movement of people using foam rollers to prepare the muscles for exercise and recover from their workouts. Though rollers do a good job, prefer to use “The Stick”.

I feel that The Stick works better for me and is not as awkward as foam rollers.

Go –here– for the whole article!

He really has some good stuff on his site!!

 

 

Popular Comments About The Marathon Stick.

2 Jun
Here is a blog entry I found from Massage Therapy Supplies about the Marathon Stick!
 
Marathon Stick
 
Product Description
The Stick Marathon Stick. The Stick is a non-motorized device that is composed of a semi-rigid core around which independent, 1 inch spindles freely spin. This instrument was engineered to assist health-care providers in the deep manipulation of soft tissues such as muscle. Measuring 20 with 10 spindles, this model was made popular by world-class distance runners. Most flexible of the small models, it is preferred for those with lean muscle mass.
Customer Reviews

If you run, it’s worth every penny! (2009-04-24)
I’ve already recommended it to all my friends who run. I can’t afford to get professional massages all the time, but this is 50% as good for way less cost 😀 Couldn’t be happier.


Practical and Effective (2009-03-28)
I cycle 4 times a week, for at least 2 hours each time. My leg muscles, particularly the hamstrings, get very tight and often sore. “The Stick” has been very effective at loosening up the tightness and reducing soreness. It’s a simple gadjet, easy to use, and easier than using my fingers for massage. I use it every day, often more than one session. I can feel the difference when I cycle, much less stiffness and pain.


Best Pain You’ll Ever Love! Get one! (2009-03-05)
I recently started training for my first marathon, and I learned immediately about “the stick.” Apparently, I was one of the few that DIDN’T know about this amazing product. Most people write “love” on one side and “hate” on the other side of the stick. The stick definitely gives you a chance to dig in a massage any muscle, bringing blood flow back to the muscle to heal it. It really is so nice to get a massage after running.

Just an FYI, the yellow handle stick is great for those beginning out in the sport. It’s a little more flexible and the length a tad bit longer than some of the professional lengths. I highly recommend it!


handy gadget! (2009-02-17)
i like this self-massager because it is portable and easy to use. It is perfect for those of us whose muscles are usually tender and need just light massage to benefit.


also great for swimmers (2009-01-09)
I am a college swimmer, and my coach has a few of these on deck that are available for use post-practice. The stick is great for working out leg cramps, but I also use it on my shoulders, neck, and back. I find that this particular model of the stick is the best match for massaging body parts other than my legs (esp. shoulders) due to its flexibility. This is a great buy for any athlete.

For more testimonials from people I have met go here.

 

 

Using “The Stick” for Reducing Muscle Soreness

26 Feb

Many people believe that stretching before and after an activity or training session will prevent muscle soreness. 

Before we get to far into this topic, it might be a good idea review another post I did titled “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and The Stick“.

Muscle soreness is a result of microscopic tears to the muscle itself.  After vigorous activity, it is not uncommon to have tight, sore muscles.  There is a place for stretching and it does help to relieve some of the tightness, but is it effective?  Some people say Yes, others say No!  As you might guess, this is a hotly debated topic!

Research has stated that stretching after exercise does not help muscle soreness!  In fact 10 studies produced very consistent findings. They showed there was minimal or no effect on the muscle soreness experienced between half a day and three days after the physical activity. In other words, the author found that the evidence derived from mainly laboratory-based studies of stretching indicate that muscle stretching does not reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness in young healthy adults.  To see the whole article, click here!

It is well known that massage therapy reduces muscle soreness.  That is where The Stick comes in!  You can massage your muscles anytime and anywhere.  NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED!  You can roll out your muscles sitting in a chair, standing with a leg up, sitting on the ground or even kneeling! 

The Stick is the right massage tool to help reduce muscle soreness!  Many people refer to The stick as a massage stick.

The Sprinter Stick

The Sprinter Stick

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