Posts Tagged ‘pain’

Sophisticated Smiles

Yesterday, Amber met with the fabulous ladies at Sophisticated Smiles in Johnson City.  Dr. Angela Cameron’s dental practice is THE place to go in the Tri-Cities for aesthetic dentistry.  It was great to speak with these delightful women about how we may best serve those struggling with jaw pain.

If you’re looking for a dentist, you may wish to  try this office on for size.  They are extremely personable and offer complimentary consultations in their beautiful office.  Give them a call!

 

Fibromyalgia Sufferers Find Relief

More and more people who struggle with fibromyalgia on a daily basis are finding relief from massage and other manual therapies.  The article, Bodywork for Fibromyalgia: Alternative Therapies Soothe the Pain” by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, was featured in the May/June 2009 issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine, a publication of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals organization.

If you or someone you love is searching for alternative treatments to ease the pain of fibromyalgia, please take a few minutes to call François Minani, LMT.  He has a heart for fibromyalgia and is specially trained in working with those who are dealing with condition.  He can be reached at 423-863-0390 or fminani2008@gmail.com.  He can help!

What do you have to lose. . . .  except the pain?

Read the article at http://ammatn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/fibromyalgia_abmp_2009.pdf

 

Fibromyalgia Pain Decreases After Massage Therapy

The April 2002 issue of the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology (Volume 8 – Issue 2 – pp 72-76) reports that massage therapy has been observed to be helpful in some patients with fibromyalgia.

This study was designed by Dr. Tiffany Field and others to examine the effects of massage therapy versus relaxation therapy on sleep, substance P, and pain in fibromyalgia patients. Twenty-four adult fibromyalgia patients were assigned randomly to a massage therapy or relaxation therapy group. They received 30-minute treatments twice weekly for 5 weeks. Both groups showed a decrease in anxiety and depressed mood immediately after the first and last therapy sessions. However, across the course of the study, only the massage therapy group reported an increase in the number of sleep hours and a decrease in their sleep movements. In addition, substance P levels decreased, and the patients’ physicians assigned lower disease and pain ratings and rated fewer tender points in the massage therapy group.

François Minani has a passion for working with people dealing with fibromyalgia pain.  He can be reached at 423-863-0390.

 

AMMA Welcomes New Therapist: François Minani

Survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, François Minani, his seven children and one grandchild spent a year and a half as refugees in the neighboring country of Burundi before being offered asylum by the United States Government. Their sponsor, First Broad United Methodist Church, helped them to feel at home in Kingsport and enabled them to settle into the community. The younger children headed off to school while François and the older ones went to work and to college.

At home in Rwanda, François had obtained a master’s degree in biology from the National University of Rwanda and had worked as a high school biology teacher and later as education officer for the Mountain Gorrilas Project. Not being used to the physically demanding jobs that he took on in Kingsport, François developed very serious upper back pain due to overuse and repetitive strain. It reached the point in which he stopped working and received intensive care at a rehabilitation center for four months before returning to work. He later developed severe lower back pain. For five years, he vainly tried everything from painkiller medicines and back support belts to a chiropractor. A friend and co-worker then referred him to a chiropractor working with a massage therapist. At every session François received therapeutic massage before being seen by the chiropractor. After only two months of intensive therapy his pain was gone forever! Having experienced dramatic results from this type of care, François decided he wanted to go to massage school so that he too would be able to help others feel better in this way.

With his strong background in science, thousands of hours of hands-on experience and several years of hard work at the Durham, NC Massage Envy location, François is ready to give back to Kingsport and the Tri-Cities area as a whole. We are pleased that François has chosen to join us. He specializes in working with expectant mothers and people dealing with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and depression, as well as upper body pain and stiffness and the modality of cranial sacral therapy. He also gives wonderful Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Sports and Hot Stones massages.

In his spare time, François enjoys walking by the river in his neighborhood, landscaping and vegetable gardening, playing with his grandchildren and spending time with his new bride, Benie.

François offers sessions at AMMA on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Reserve a session with him now before his schedule fills up! He is also offering an introductory rate for a limited time. To speak with him or to arrange an appointment, contact the Appalachian Medical Massage Associates office at 423-288-2662 or call François directly at 423-863-0390.

 

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.

 

Dr. Weil’s Recommendations for Wrist Pain

Dr. Weil’s recommendations for carpal tunnel syndrome self-care include:

  • rest
  • a certain vitamin
  • yoga
  • arnica gel
  • ice packs

Read his entire article at: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02918/Carpal-Tunnel-Syndrome.html

 

Dr. Oz Explains Trigger Points

When you have easy to reach trigger points that create problematic referral pain, we teach you to do this.  Self-care techniques are key to the recovery process!  Kudos to Dr. Oz for getting to word out that people can self-treat myofascial pain!


 

Spring 2010 Newsletter Now Available – “To Your Health”

The newest edition of our semiannual newsletter, “To Your Health” Spring 2010, is hot off the presses!

Featured articles include:

~ “The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage” – Cathy Ulrich
~ “No Pain, No Gain?” – Cathy Ulrich
~ “Massage for Seniors”

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You may download the newsletter or view it as an Adobe PDF file. The latest version of Adobe Reader is available for free download at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

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The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Pain-Killers

When Antonio Benedi of Springfield, Va., felt a case of the flu coming on one weekend in February 1993, he did what millions of others do -- he reached for a common over-the-counter pain medication. I was taking Tylenol like I was supposed to, by the label, he said. A few days later the then 37-year-old Benedi was in a coma and in desperate need of a liver transplant. Collapse (AP Photo/Courtesy Antonio Benedi)

(AP Photo/Courtesy Antonio Benedi)

Many of the dear folks with whom we work have lived in pain for years.  As a result, over-the-counter meds can play a frequent role in our lives. . . .

While Tylenol certainly can be helpful, we need to remember to exercise caution when using over-the-counter medications.

Last year, the FDA linked normal acetaminophin use to liver damage and pushed for stronger warnings and stricter dose limits for drugs that, like Tylenol, contain acetaminophen.

When Antonio Benedi (right) of Springfield, Va., felt a case of the flu coming on one weekend in February 1993, he did what millions of others do — he reached for a common over-the-counter pain medication. “I was taking Tylenol like I was supposed to, by the label,” he said. A few days later the then 37-year-old in a coma and in dire need of a liver transplant.

Read the whole story at ABC news:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/PainNews/story?id=7699582

 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

While we have enjoyed this year’s winter and its snow immensely, we are looking forward to the arrival of Spring!  Nevertheless, it’s good to know that the cold is indeed good medicine. . . .

Cold Weather – Is it good or bad for your health?

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Most of us spend the winter trying to stay warm, but a little bit of exposure to cold may not be such a bad thing. There are two types of fat in the human body: white fat and brown fat. Brown fat is the heat-producing, calorie-burning fat that babies need to regulate their body temperatures. Most of it disappears with age, but adults retain some brown fat. Dutch researchers reported findings last year that showed that moderately cool temperatures of 61° F activated brown fat in 23 of 24 study volunteers. This is a good thing because brown fat burns calories more efficiently than white fat, and so may help control weight. When we get chilled this winter, we may take some consolation that at least we’re firing up those brown fat cells. Read the rest of this entry »