Neuromuscular Trigger Point Massage in Manhattan Beach: Why Doesn’t Your Shoulder Move Well.
According to a fascinating article in Massage Today, one of the most overlooked causes of Restricted Range of Motion (RRoM) in the arms is a trigger point cluster — several trigger points in relatively close proximity — in the subscapularis muscle (that’s the muscle that sits sandwiched between the shoulder blade and the ribs.) Most doctors will automatically assume that your RRoM is the product of a dislocation, a fracture, arthritis, or a torn rotator cuff. There’s a startling amount of “idiopathic” RRoM diagnoses, however, and this is quite likely a result of the fact that most traditional doctors have no experience with trigger points, and no idea of how to treat them. You need a qualified Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Massage Therapist — so if your shoulder hurts so much you can’t move your arm and the doctor doesn’t know why, call us today to help.
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Pain Management in Manhattan Beach: Improving Thoracic Posture Improves Lung Function.
This case study involved the non-surgical treatment of a 33-year-old male patient with straight back syndrome (lack of normal curve of the spine) using postural corrections. After 16 weeks, the patient experienced a ten-degree improvement in thoracic spine curvature, a reduction in back pain, improved breathing, and a greater than two liter increase in lung capacity. The authors note this case study illustrates that non-surgical improvement of thoracic curvature is possible and can positively influence lung capacity, health, and function.
Journal of Physical Therapy Science, November 2017
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Mental Attitude: Premature Babies and Stress for Fathers...
In this study, researchers followed 86 parents of premature babies and found that both mothers and fathers had high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their saliva while their infant was in the hospital. However, the research team observed that after their baby came home, maternal cortisol levels stabilized while stress hormone levels increased in the fathers. Lead author Dr. Craig Garfield explains, “Dad goes from a situation where the baby and mom are cared for by experts in the hospital to having to simultaneously care for his baby, partner and work. He is supposed to be the ‘rock’ for his partner but the stress can really set in.” The findings suggest that more emphasis should be placed on making fathers of premature babies comfortable and confident with their child.
Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, December 2017
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Health Alert: Traffic Pollution Poses Health Risks to Unborn Babies.
Air pollution caused by road traffic is having a detrimental impact on the health of unborn babies in London. In a new study, researchers found a link between increases in fine particulate matter from road traffic and a 2-6% increased risk of low birth weight and a 1-3% increased risk of being small for gestational age. The researchers note their findings are most likely applicable to other cities with similar pollution and they call for environmental health policies to improve air quality in these areas.
BMJ, December 2017
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Diet: Drinking Soda During Pregnancy May Boost Odds of Asthma in Kids.
Children are more likely to develop asthma if their moms consumed sugary drinks during their pregnancy. An analysis of data on 1,068 mother-child pairs from a long-term study revealed that expectant mothers who drink two or more sugary beverages per day are up to 63% more likely to have a son or daughter with asthma than women who refrain from such beverages.
Annals of the American Thoracic Society, December 2017
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Exercise in Manhattan Beach: Exercise Can Change Gut Microbes.
Researchers have discovered the first definitive evidence that exercise can change gut microbial composition independent of diet. In the study, researchers followed 18 lean and 14 obese sedentary adults for six weeks while they maintained their normal diet. A comparison of pre- and post-study fecal samples revealed increases in concentrations of short-chain fatty acids, which promote healthy intestinal cells, reduce inflammation, and generate energy. Call today for neuromuscular massage for lasting relief of back and neck pain!
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, November 2017
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Wellness/Prevention: Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression triggered by decreased exposure to daylight, which makes it more common in winter months. Common symptoms include feeling down, having low energy, sleeping a lot, and craving sweet or starchy foods. To help manage SAD, the National Sleep Foundation suggests the following: expose yourself to more daylight by going for a walk outside during the day or buy an artificial light source that mimics sunlight; consume a healthy diet; stay active during the winter months; and seek professional counseling if you have difficulty managing the feelings of SAD.
National Sleep Foundation, November 2017
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