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Neuromuscular Therapy Massage

Neuromuscular therapy is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues,  and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.

Sports Massage

Developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport, sports massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training — before, during, or after sports events. You might use it to promote flexibility and help prevent injuries. Or, it may help muscle strains, aiding healing after a sports injury.

Chair Massage

Ever gone to a county fair, music festival, or conference and envied other people getting chair massages? Or, maybe you’re lucky enough to work at a company that offers 15- to 20-minute massages as a regular benefit. Onsite, chair massages are done while you’re seated fully clothed in a portable, specially designed chair. They usually involve a massage of your neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands.

 

Shiatsu Massage

In Japanese, shiatsu means “finger pressure.” For shiatsu massage, the therapist uses varied, rhythmic pressure on certain precise points of the body. These points are called acupressure points, and they are believed to be important for the flow of the body’s vital energy, called chi. Proponents say shiatsu massage can help relieve blockages at these acupressure points.

Thai Massage

During a Thai massage, the therapist uses his or her body to move the client into a variety of positions. This type of massage includes compression of muscles, mobilization of joints, and acupressure.

Hot Stone Massage

For this kind of massage, the therapist places warmed stones on certain areas of the body, such as acupressure points. The stones may be used as massage tools or be temporarily left in place. Used along with other massage techniques, hot stones can be quite soothing and relaxing as they transmit heat deep into the body.

Reflexology

Reflexology uses hand, thumb, and finger techniques to stimulate certain areas of the feet. These areas are believed to correspond to different parts of the body. The massage, then, is expected to promote health and well-being.

Pregnancy Massage

During pregnancy, your body goes through major changes. Pregnancy massage can help with these changes by reducing stress, decreasing arm and leg swelling, and relieving muscle and joint pain. Massage may be particularly helpful during a time when medication and other medical options may be more limited. Using specially designed massage pillows, the massage therapist will help get you into a comfortable position for this type of massage.

Fruits, Nuts & Berries.

That age old proverb “You are what you eat ” has always been a beacon of intelligence that I have been striving towards for many years now.  Denvernaturopathic.com is a site that I have enjoyed hearing from as a reputable source for preventative medicine and care.  I would like to share their latest email with you as I find the information to be straightforward and approachable to the masses that need to be well informed.  Enjoy!

More Good News about fruits, nuts and berries.

Summary sentence:  Ellagic acid, a chemical found in certain nuts and fruits counters the ill effects of a high fat, high sugar diet.

Eating “…fruits and nuts may prevent or reverse common health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension.”  A new study published April 27 in the European Journal of Nutrition found that ellagic acid, a chemical found in many nuts and fruits counters the ill effects of high fat, high carbohydrate diets.

Researchers from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia fed rats a diet of cornstarch for four months.  Some of the animals were given ellagic acid as a supplement to the diet.  The best dietary sources of ellagic acid are red raspberries and pomegranates.  High levels are also found in blackberries, cranberries, pecans, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts, wolfberry, grapes and peaches.

As expected the high carbohydrate, high fat diet is not healthy: the rats’ hearts changed shape hindering the efficient pumping of blood.  The animals had difficulty regulating blood sugar levels and they developed what is called fatty liver disease. Blood levels of the harmful inflammatory chemical NF-κB increased and the levels of the desirable proteins Nrf2 and CPT1 in the heart and the liver decreased.  All of these negative impacts were reduced in the animals given ellagic acid.

Can we extrapolate doses from this research?  The rats were fed 0.8 gm/kg of ellagic acid per day.  That same dose in a 100 pound human would be 40 gm of ellagic acid per day.  I don’t know that people could really get that much in, even if their life depended on it.
Red raspberries contain just 1500 mcg/gm dry weight

Food Sources of Ellagic Acid    micrograms/gm dry wt
Red Raspberries     1500
Strawberries    630
Walnuts     590
Pecans    330
Cranberries    120

Eur J Nutr. 2012 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of print]
Ellagic acid attenuates high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-induced metabolic syndrome in rats.
Panchal SK, Ward L, Brown L.
Source
Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD, 4350, Australia.
Abstract
BACKGROUND:
Fruits and nuts may prevent or reverse common human health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension; together, these conditions are referred to as metabolic syndrome, an increasing problem. This study has investigated the responses to ellagic acid, present in many fruits and nuts, in a diet-induced rat model of metabolic syndrome.
METHODS:
Eight- to nine-week-old male Wistar rats were divided into four groups for 16-week feeding with cornstarch diet (C), cornstarch diet supplemented with ellagic acid (CE), high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet (H) and high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet supplemented with ellagic acid (HE). CE and HE rats were given 0.8 g/kg ellagic acid in food from week 8 to 16 only. At the end of 16 weeks, cardiovascular, hepatic and metabolic parameters along with protein levels of Nrf2, NF-κB and CPT1 in the heart and the liver were characterised.
RESULTS:
High-carbohydrate, high-fat diet-fed rats developed cardiovascular remodelling, impaired ventricular function, impaired glucose tolerance, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with increased protein levels of NF-κB and decreased protein levels of Nrf2 and CPT1 in the heart and the liver. Ellagic acid attenuated these diet-induced symptoms of metabolic syndrome with normalisation of protein levels of Nrf2, NF-κB and CPT1.
CONCLUSIONS:
Ellagic acid derived from nuts and fruits such as raspberries and pomegranates may provide a useful dietary supplement to decrease the characteristic changes in metabolism and in cardiac and hepatic structure and function induced by a high-carbohydrate, high-fat diet by suppressing oxidative stress and inflammation.

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