Neuromuscular Trigger Point Massage in Los Angeles: When Your Pain in the Butt Is a Much Deeper Problem.
There are several reasons why someone might suffer pain in the coccyx — the tailbone. A study in Switzerland showed that when the ‘standard’ tests don’t seem to reveal anything, about 40% of people with idiopathic tailbone pain were actually suffering from trigger points in the quadratus lumborum. That’s the muscle that holds your ribs and your pelvis together, and works to keep you stable when you bend at the waist. The trigger points that cause this pain are on the inside of the muscle, deep, next to the spine, so they can be easy to miss and hard to fix — but a skilled Neuromuscular Massage Therapist can get in there and fix that pain in the butt once and for all.
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Best Pain Management clinic in Los Angeles: Scoliosis Associated with Neck Pain.
Knowledge is sparse regarding neck problems in patients with idiopathic scoliosis. A recent observational study investigated the prevalence of neck problems with people with or without idiopathic scoliosis and discovered that 42% of the participants with scoliosis had neck pain compared with only 20% of those without the spinal condition.
Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders, June 2017
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Mental Attitude: Does a Higher IQ Equal a Longer Life? (From Massage Revolution and The Back & Neck Relief Center in Los Angeles and Manhattan Beach)
Scottish researchers analyzed data on nearly 66,000 people who were born in 1936 and discovered that those with a higher IQ test score in childhood had a 28% reduced risk of death from respiratory disease, a 25% lower risk of death from heart disease, and a 24% reduced risk of death from stroke. The study also showed that a higher IQ in childhood was significantly associated with a lower risk of death from injury, smoking-related cancers, digestive disease, and dementia. Senior study author Dr. Ian Deary writes, “We don’t know yet why intelligence from childhood and longevity are related, and we are keeping an open mind. Lifestyles, education, deprivation, and genetics may all play a part.”
BMJ, June 2017
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Health Alert by Massage Revolution: Some Prostate Drugs May Cause Harm.
A popular hormone-based medication for the treatment of an enlarged prostate may increase men’s risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and/or stroke. A review of records of 460 men treated for enlarged prostate at a single urologist’s office in Germany revealed that men taking the drug dutasteride for three years developed higher blood sugar and cholesterol levels than men taking a prostate drug that does not affect male hormones. Sounds scary, don’t you think?
Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation, June 2017
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Diet: Key Elements of Mediterranean Diet Important for Colorectal Health.
The Mediterranean diet is characterized by a high consumption of fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, and a moderate consumption of lean meats. In a new study, researchers examined 808 patients undergoing screening or diagnostic colonoscopies and found that the diets of the patients with advanced polyps contained fewer elements of the Mediterranean diet. When the research team adjusted for other risk factors associated with colorectal cancer, they found that increased fish and fruit consumption and a low intake of soft drinks may reduce the risk of advanced polyps. In other words, skip the suger and eat more fish and fruit! There’s a ton of places here in Los Angeles to find high quality fruits, fish, and vegetables.
ESMO 19th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, June 2017
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Exercise in Los Angeles: Exercise May Be the Key to Becoming More Successful.
Exercise is known to protect against several diseases, such as diabetes and stroke. Now, a new study suggests that exercise helps people socialize and accomplish more. Researchers recruited 179 college students and asked them to record each time they exercised during a 21-day span. The investigators found that students tended to participate in more social and achievement-oriented activities on days they exercised than on days when they did not engage in physical activity. Living in Los Angeles, and the South Bay, Manhattan Beach, etc, offers a tremendous array of exercise opportunities!
Personality and Individual Differences, March 2017
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Wellness/Prevention: Limit Allergens in Your Bedroom.
Allergy symptoms, such as sneezing and sniffling, can prevent you from having a good night’s sleep. To rid your bedroom of allergens, the National Sleep Foundation suggests the following: if you’re allergic to pets, keep them out of the bedroom and bathe them weekly; cover your mattress and pillows with dust mite covers; wash sheets regularly in hot water; use blankets made of synthetic materials, not wool; limit mold by keeping windows open in the bathroom, fix leaks and clean up water promptly; skip candles, scented laundry detergent, air fresheners, and other heavy fragrances in your bedroom; and clean furnace, air conditioner, and vacuum filters regularly.
National Sleep Foundation, July 2017
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