Posts Tagged ‘back pain’

M.E.L.T. the Pain Away!

by Paul Vachon

Many of you with whom we’ve worked have heard us encourage the use soft and progressively harder rubber balls for self massage of the bottom of the feet. In our culture of shoes, it is very common for our feet and lower legs to get rigid and the muscles weak. Hard soled shoes don’t allow for the natural bending and twisting of the feet which relates all the way up the body. We often forget how to spread or grip with our toes. The additional confining of our walking to only flat surfaces also takes out movements that are common and natural with uneven ground. If you’ve ever walked on cobble stone roads or a bumpy trail and found it difficult, it’s probably due to a few factors. Either you were in high heels, which I have to say are not the best functional shoes ever created. And/or your feet and lower legs were not accustomed to the constant change of surface. With more minimal shoes and flexible soles, we begin to feel the ground under us, and as a response the muscles in our feet and legs learn to quickly adjust and respond to the changing terrain.

Last year while visiting Manhattan for Amber’s strings camp, I went to the YMCA nearly every day and with those visits was able to try out several classes of which I’d never heard. I was like a kid exploring a new playground for the first time!! One of them is M.E.L.T. It is a class which utilizes foam rollers and rubber balls to work on the myofascia, to create length and increase suppleness. I liked this class so much I asked where one could get trained to teach classes. Unfortunately there are only classes in NY and CA so I’ve not made it to any of the trainings. It’s not cheap, either. If anyone would like to sponsor me to get trained, I’ll come back and teach classes!

As a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, we receive weekly updates and news articles. One of them had to do with MELT and offered $10 off the regular price for the Hand and Foot Treatment Kit. I’m planning on purchasing a set myself and know there are several of you who have voiced interest in this kit.

“Sue Hitzmann’s M.E.L.T Hand and Foot Treatment is a self-therapeutic system that can address neck and low-back pain, arthritis, bunions and carpal tunnel syndrome. It removes stress through neurofascial techniques, taking no more than 15 minutes, 3 days a week. The kit includes six M.E.L.T treatment balls, and a Bunion Reducer band as well as a one-hour instructional DVD and 24 page instruction manual. M.E.L.T. is available for $39.95 at www.meltmethod.com.

You can get $10 off the kit through Feb. 28th, 2011, using M.E.L.T.-MBM as a coupon code.” I am not affiliated with this company, but feel our clients, friends and family could all benefit from this! If you have any questions please call or email at 288-2662 / paul at ammatn dot com.

 

SI Recommended for Low Back Pain

For those who suffer from back pain, Dr. Andrew Weil extols the benefits of Dr. Ida Rolf’s Method of Structural Integration.

Local physicians agree.  Several regularly send their back pain patients to Paul to help them get long lasting relief!

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03099/Low-Back-Pain.html

 

Flex Accounts and HSAs pay for Massage

2009 is almost over. . . . Are you wondering how to best use the money in your Flex Account? A brief workshop will be held discussing how Flex Spending Accounts and HSAs can be used to pay for certain kinds of massage therapy treatments. This 30-minute workshop will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 19th at our office at 317 Cherokee Street in downtown Kingsport. Massage and other manual therapies can play an important role in helping you attain short and long term goals of better health and performance. This workshop is perfect for human resources personnel of large or small corporations, or for individuals with key health challenges they’d like to address.

This short workshop will also provide in depth and often surprising ways in which massage and other manual therapies can help with a variety of health challenges. Some conditions that respond particularly well to treatment include chronic and acute pain, neck and back pain, generalized joint pain, headaches, migraines, TMJD/jaw pain, postural problems, pregnancy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. It is also great for detoxification. Join us for an evening of education and discussion.

Amber and Paul Vachon are Nationally Certified Massage Therapists, with advanced training in several forms of bodywork as well as medical massage. To reserve a seat, please send an email to paul@ammatn.com or call us at 423-288-2662.

 

Practice Yoga For Back Pain

By Asheesh Mani

Pregnancy is a joyful period for a couple; however, a nagging back pain can convert this blissful tenure into an uncomfortable experience. In recent times, yoga to relieve back pain has emerged as a popular option amongst pregnant women.

A pregnant woman can benefit immensely by practicing yoga. Some of the benefits include a boost to the energy level that is highly required during labor, respite from back problems, weight control that helps reduce pressure on the spine and of course, release of stress. Pregnancy yoga consists of very low-impact exercises that gently relax the muscles and improve blood circulation. In the long term, it prepares you for the final day when you require extra energy to deliver the little one. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Poor Posture Contributing to Back Pain, Neck Pain and General Fatigue

By Angus Macnab

According to the British Chiropractic Association 32% of the population spends more than 10 hours per day sitting. It has been found from research that the 90 degree sitting position causes greater spinal disc movement than any other sitting position. Without careful thought and an understanding of how to maintain good posture throughout the day, whether at work or at home, illness can result caused by muscular, disc and joint disorders and constriction of blood vessels and nerves, all of which can contribute to back and neck pain, as well as headaches and fatigue. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Understanding Upper Back Pain And Its Causes

By Michel Marchand

In order to understand upper back pain causes, we must first understand the upper back. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Back Pain Starts Young – Tips to Ease the Burden

Written by John Groth

We’ve all seen the TV documentary where the scurrying ants are carrying portions of leaves and other vegetation back to their nest. Many loads carried by the ants exceed the ant’s weight. An almost similar scene is repeated every day at schools all across the county, and kids weighted down with overloaded backpacks trudging back and forth to school. Many only have to trudge with the heavy backpack from home to the bus and from the bus into school but the strain on their backs are obvious and could be damaging.

So book reports, various projects and science exams aren’t the only pressures on your kids at school. Wearing and walking with heavy backpacks, especially when wearing them the wrong way can lead to back pain, muscle strain and overall poor posture. In a recent study, almost 60% of students reported chronic back pain related to them.

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