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Grand Re-Opening of wellness center to benefit and improve the health ofDavie’s Community
The press is invited to attend the grand re-opening of Margie’s WellnessCenterto take advantage of the offers on Therapeutic treatments or facials! The grand re-opening will be at our new location at5400 S University Drive, Suite 110inDavieon November 9th from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. The event will feature the benefits, the products and testimonials of each treatment the center has provided to our community. You will also have the opportunity to meet other professionals that make up the concept our wellness center is based on.
For the list of all our services please visit our website at www.margiesmassage.com. For more information or to RSVP by November 7, 2013 please call (954)665-0424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margie’sWellnessCenterwas established back in 2001, earning the 2013 Best of Hollywood, Massage Therapist Award. After seven successful years of business in the city ofHollywood, Maryuri Velazquez was presented with the opportunity of expand and move her current practice to the city ofDavie. Maryuri Velazquez brings with her more than 12 years of experience in the bodywork and therapeutic treatment. In those “Good Works Prepared”, Margie’sWellnessCenteris thriving and looking forward to another successful endeavor in this prosperous and hard working community.
Massage Therapy Helps Keep Dancers on Their Toes
They can glide with ease across a dance floor or perform amazing acrobatics. With years of practice behind them, endless hours of exercise and rehearsals, dancers make the difficult seem easy. Just like professional athletes, all that hard work also means having to keep in tiptop shape. Additionally, it means injuries are part of the job. Learn how dancers can maintain and even prolong their professional careers through the use of massage therapy.
By Linda Fehrs LMT
Whether it is television’s “Dancing with the Stars,” professionally produced stage shows such as “Riverdance” or “Cirque de Soleil,” or live performances of classical ballet, we have come to see professional dancers as the athletes that they really are.
Often starting when they are very young in local competitions, the stars we see on stage or the dance floor already have years of lessons, training and rehearsals behind them. With all that work the body gets a daily workout which cannot only strengthen muscles but strain them as well, leaving the dancer with aches, pains and injuries that can adversely affect the next performance.
Dancers as Clients
Having seen how helpful massage can be, many dance companies now employ a full-time massage therapist. In some cases one or more of the dancers has attended massage school and is certified in massage; in other cases it is a physical therapist or physiotherapist who is also trained in massage. Some dance troupes may hire a massage therapist as needed, or have a massage therapist on call as an independent contractor.
Some massage therapists, while not associated solely with a particular company, may opt to specialize or focus their practice on dancers. This could include not only the highly trained professionals, but also amateur competitors – those who just love to dance on weekends or even individuals just starting out with dance lessons.
Common Dance Injuries
Dance injuries are similar to what would be considered sport injuries. Just as athletes, they run, jump and endure long periods of high energy activity. For those few minutes of actually performing on stage, they may have rehearsed or exercised for six to eight hours a day, or even more, several days a week. In addition to the physical movement part of the profession, in some cases, like Broadway shows, the dancers may have to wear heavy costumes or other gear both in dress rehearsals and actual performances. This means extra stress on joints, ligaments and muscles not only in the arms and legs – yet also in the neck and back muscles, too.
Perhaps the most common injuries are to the legs and back. With dance, whether bouncing up and down as in a Jive, Quickstep or Lindy-hop, or sliding across the floor in a Waltz, the legs and feet are constantly in motion, constantly enduring stress. The back often gets a workout with Latin dances such as Salsa, Rumba and Paso Doblè with all the hip shakes, twists and turns of both the upper and lower torso. Neck injuries, similar to whiplash, can occur with the fast snapping of the head as well as some of the lifts and jumps where one partner may jump over or slide under the other.
Less common are arm injuries or injuries to the face and head, simply because they do not receive the impact other body parts get exposed to. Arm injuries may occur in partner dancing when one partner flips or twists the other and the hold somehow gets stuck, while the partner moves on still holding tight. One partner lifting the other can also cause strains and stress on muscles in the arms, back and legs.
Helpful Massage Techniques
To help in the prevention of injury, dancers may do specific exercises and stretches, such as those offered in Pilates, a regimen designed to strengthen the body’s core muscles as well as maintain flexibility and develop good coordination. Yoga is also a good choice for being able to keep focused and limber. A good overall massage, used for relaxation and keeping the body in good health, would be Swedish massage. Dancing, as lovely as it looks, can be very stressful for professionals and amateur competitors. It must be cautioned, though, a relaxing massage should never be received the day of a performance as it can affect the dancer’s balance and coordination adversely. The very nature of a relaxing massage and its engagement of the parasympathetic nervous system is paradoxical to the needs of a dancer who has to be ready to move quickly and with precision.
Modalities such as The Feldenkrais Method help to reconnect the body to its natural movements, connecting the thoughts of the mind to the motion of the body. The Alexander Technique helps to re-educate and retrain the body away from harmful movement patterns and release unnecessary tension in the muscles.
What can be helpful on an almost daily basis are massage techniques learned from Sports Massage. Over the years the development of Sports Massage techniques have been proven to help keep muscles toned as well as speed up the healing process, so the athlete may return to playing as quickly as possible. Shorter massages, such as simply massaging the calf muscles may be helpful in limbering up before a dance practice session or removing toxin buildup after a performance.
Dancers and other performers should routinely be examined for hidden, yet painful, injuries that may indicate precautions for massage therapists such as shin splints, hairline fractures, broken ribs or severe muscle tears. Any neck injury should be thoroughly checked out by a physician before attempting any massage work. With most sprains, strains and painful injuries, it is usually better to wait a day or two – sometimes more – before massaging the area. When in doubt, get clearance from a doctor.
One of the requirements for a good and dedicated dancer is the need for intensive workouts, practicing routines and basic moves as well as maintaining a hectic schedule of performances. Days not dancing means the body can quickly lose tone, strength, flexibility and stamina. Massage therapy can be part of an overall program used to keep a dancer on her (or his) toes.
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Fibromyalgia: 5 Underlying CausesBY DR. WILLIAM COLE
OCTOBER 22, 2013 5:00 AM EDT
Fibromyalgia affects millions of people, with little to no help provided by mainstream medicine. This debilitating condition is known for symptoms such as chronic fatigue, depression, painful muscular points and sleep disorders. People struggling with fibromyalgia are typically given pain medication, antidepressants and are told to learn to cope with their symptoms. The problem is that a fibromyalgia diagnosis tells you the symptoms of the disease, not the underlying causes. Because of this, a diagnosis is a starting point, not an answer to your problems.
Functional medicine, on the other hand, looks to uncover the myriad underlying factors that cause chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. This process begins with running labs that typically aren’t used in the conventional model, which is largely concerned with diagnosing a disease and matching it with a corresponding drug.
Functional medicine is also called “systems medicine” because it looks at all the different systems of your body and their complex interactions. Let’s look at some of the systems I examine in my patients who are suffering with fibromyalgia:
The majority of your immune system resides in the sophisticated gastrointestinal system. The trillions of bacteria that live in your gut make up a delicate environment called the microbiome. When this system is thrown off balance, it can wreak havoc and cause or contribute to fibromyalgia symptoms. Many people struggling with fibromyalgia have unnoticed gut issues:
- Chronic yeast or fungal Infections, such as excess candida
- Bacterial infections or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Food intolerances
- Gut hyperpermeability (Leaky Gut)
These are some common conditions in the gut system that people with fibromyalgia have and they don’t even know it. Addressing these issues is a piece of the puzzle to feeling like themselves again.
We’re inundated with toxins every day. From our food, environment, cleaning and beauty products — toxins come at us from every direction, and they take a toll on our health. Our bodies are resilient and can handle a certain level of the toxic onslaught, but toxicity is another potential tipping point for fibromyalgia. Heavy metals such as mercury and lead, or mycotoxins from mold are some common things that I see with people dealing with fibromyalgia symptoms. We also need to look at your body’s ability to get rid toxins. Impaired detoxification pathways and genetic weaknesses can make it extra difficult for some people to eliminate toxins properly. This toxic buildup can trigger fibromyalgia symptoms.
Our body communicates and operates with an intelligent system of hormones known as the endocrine system. When there is an imbalance, deficiency or dysregulation to your hormones, it may cause fibromyalgia symptoms. Adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, DHEA levels, estrogen and testosterone imbalances are some of the pieces of the puzzle to understanding fibromyalgia symptoms.
Not a true system in the conventional sense, but as a system within all systems, your body’s nutrient levels are essential to understanding fibromyalgia. Deficiencies in magnesium, vitamin D, selenium and glutathione are all potential factors in the development of fibromyalgia.
Your nervous system supplies energy to all other systems of your body! That’s why you may hear your neck referred to as “the arc of life.” Injuries to your neck or bad posture can bring a perpetual source of chronic inflammation and stress to your body’s systems.
As you can see, you would be hard pressed to find a “magic pill” that dealt with all the underlying factors of fibromyalgia. Acomprehensive health program that addresses all these issues should be customized for anyone struggling with fibromyalgia.
Why Massages Really Do Keep You Healthy: A Cardiologist Explains
Yes, you read correctly, The good news is this: if you enjoy a massage, you just might be helping your heart and arteries stay healthy and youthful.
Scientific studies have shown benefits of massage therapy for insomnia, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, cancer pain, post-operative recovery and other conditions.
Several recent studies point to benefits of massage therapy that help heal the heart.
In 2008, researchers studied 263 volunteers who had a massage for 45 to 60 minutes. Average blood pressure fell by 10 mg Hg and heart rate by 10 beats per minute after one treatment. That’s about as much as you might get from prescribing a new blood pressure medication for life!
Earlier this year, 50 people with mildly elevated blood pressure received a 15-minute massage, three times a week for 10 sessions, while a similar group just relaxed for the same amount of time. Blood pressure fell at the end of the sessions and remained lower for several days—but only in the massage group.
Another study this year examined 8 women with high blood pressure who’d had an hourlong massage each week for four weeks. At the end of that period, their blood pressure fell by 12 mm Hg systolic (top number) and measurements in the blood reflecting inflammation (specifically VCAM-1 if you like science) fell significantly. A control group just rested for the same amount of time and had smaller improvements in the same measurements. The drop in markers of inflammation is intriguing and suggests massage therapy may have a body-wide healing effect.
Why might massage therapy result in improvements in measurements of cardiovascular function?
Reductions in salivary and urinary levels of the stress hormone cortisol have been observed in several experiments in humans. In contrast, urinary levels of the stress hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine were not seen to fall during several studies.
Bottom line: not yet completely known and studies remain to clarify these pathways.
Is it time to chuck your blood pressure medication? Throw away your magnesium, CoQ10 and taurine blood pressure lowering supplements? Forgo your plant-based diets full of phytonutrient-rich leafy green vegetables and arginine rich pine nuts, arugula and watermelon?
No, it’s clearly premature to consider massage therapy on par with those approaches. Furthermore, there are no studies showing a reduction in heart attack, strokes, and heart related deaths—and likely never will be due to the costs of such research projects.
However, given that tens of millions of people in the US alone grapple with high blood pressure, massage therapy can join acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi as complimentary approaches to maintaining optimal vascular health.
Buddha said that “to keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
Maybe this is the week to schedule a massage treatment to move toward that goal?
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At our practice some of our common complaints from our clients is hip pain and spasm, this from people that are either active or started are more active life.
Sprain and Spasm
by Erik Dalton, Ph.D.
Increased outdoor activity during the summer months tends to escalate the number of overuse and traumatic injuries seen in massage and bodywork practices. One of the most common of these is sacroiliac joint syndrome (SIJD). The SI joint is susceptible to traumatic (sudden, forceful injury) and inflammatory conditions. Common causes of injury are slips or falls; however, it also can be injured by overuse. Overuse can result from frequent and prolonged bending or sitting for extended periods of time. Occasionally, intense hip pain and spasm can arise from doing something as simple as bending over to pick up a pencil or tie a shoe.
Injuries of this type can produce ligamentous laxity and allow painful abnormal motion. SI joint hypermobility pain can also be caused by leg length discrepancy, gait abnormalities, prolonged vigorous exercise, and trauma. In any case, the resulting dysfunction disrupts the kinetic chain in which the sacroiliac joint is a key link.
Even though the most powerful muscles in the body surround the SIJ, these muscles influence SI motion only indirectly (Fig. 1). However, the effect the SIJ has on these muscles can be profound. The piriformis, iliopsoas, gluteals, quadratus lumborum, and hamstrings can all be affected to various degrees. With SIJD, these muscles can become tense or spastic, ceasing to perform effectively. This further compromises gait and can lead to development of spinal dysfunction, hip bursitis and leg pain.
Being a transitional structure (Fig 2), the SIJ can be thought of as either the bottom of the spine or the top of the leg; it really functions as both (Fig 4 from link above). The joint is not very large, especially considering the forces which cross it. What accounts for its stability are its irregular joint surfaces, wedge-like shape of the sacrum, and most importantly, the binding ligaments – the SIJ ligament complex (Fig. 3). These ligaments, considered the strongest ligaments in the body, function like the cables of a suspension bridge. In order for the joint to function properly, each “cable” needs to provide a certain degree of tension and support; each plays a role in bridging the spine to the lower extremities, thus providing the stability necessary for fluid gait and normal body function.
In order to successfully treat SIJD, several factors need to be taken into consideration and properly addressed. These include altered joint mechanics, muscle dysfunction, and ligament incompetence. Manual therapy serves to re-educate the body. Various deep tissue and joint mobilizations, some of which utilize the principle of indirect muscle effect on SIJ motion (muscle energy) help to realign the pelvis and spine.
When possible, self-mobilization techniques are taught, enabling the client to restore alignment on their own or with the help of a partner. Instruction in body mechanics and activity avoidance helps prevent recurrent painful episodes.
But, it is important for the massage therapist to restore proper muscle length, tone, strength and coordination. To fully retrain coordination, the brain must relearn aberrant movement patterns and this is not always an easy fix given our flexion-addicted society. Through the Law of Facilitation, the myelin sheath that covers the neurons, over time has re-wired those faulty movement patterns as normal. So, following each deep tissue, myofascial release, and joint stretching session, the client is instructed in specific exercises, including a regimented stretch-strengthen program. This is an essential piece of the puzzle folks.
Tight or spastic muscles inhibit progress and are many times responsible for perpetuating the dysfunction. Aquatherapy is also a useful means of initiating motion recovery and restoring normal movement patterns, particularly when excessive deconditioning or pain is an issue. Although restoring normal function can be extremely challenging, it is never impossible. Myoskeletal Alignment and other similar therapies seek to restore length-strength balance to muscles and enveloping fascia before compensations lead to gait alterations and subsequent low back, hip and leg pain.
Please visit our website at Margie’s Wellness Center for your next appointment.
For Hamstring Pulls
By Erik Dalton, Ph.D.
The Freedom from Pain Institute
In a study of one NFL team from 1998-2007, the incidence of hamstring pulls accounted for 85 injuries, second only to knee sprains, which came in first at 120 injuries (1). Hamstring injuries commonly plague competitive and weekend warrior athletes for years, giving the illusion that the initial injury never healed (Fig 1). But recurring trouble is commonly due to re-injury rather than a single isolated episode. When a jumbled web of scarred collagen tissue creates a chemically toxic environment at or around the ischial tuberosity, blood, nutrients and neurology are disturbed. Connective tissue that replaces normal healthy collagen is weaker than normal muscle tissue and more vulnerable to the risk of re-injury with even less intense activity. Statistics reveal that re-injury to the hamstrings occur in about one-third of athletes, most commonly within the first two weeks after returning to play (2). This places great importance upon evaluation of the severity of the injury and the resultant manual and movement rehabilitation program to ensure that the athlete is strong enough to return to competition without the threat of re-injury. Hamstring rehab can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks or longer depending on severity and therapeutic delivery methods used.
Typically, when a biceps femoris is injured during running, one end of the muscle is trying to shorten while the other end of the myofascial unit is lengthening; the muscle is in effect trying to stabilize at one end and produce substantial force at the other.
Obviously, the role of the hamstrings is important because of their distinct ability to stabilize the pelvis in the transverse and sagittal planes during trunk flexion and rotation, i.e., three-dimensionally. Anatomically, the hamstrings are capable of producing both internal and external rotation as well as hip extension. The balance of musculature across the hip in all three planes is crucial to successful functioning during all sports and work activities. Disruption of normal force coupling in either the sagittal or transverse plane will have enormous effects across the lumbar spine, pelvis, and lower extremities. Figure 2 shows fascial force coupling between the biceps femoris, sacrotuberous ligament, glute max, thoracolumbar fascia and contralateral latissimus dorsi. Weakness in any of the Posterior Spring System (PSS) structures causes the biceps femoris to overwork and makes it susceptible to injury.
Most of us by now are aware of the many benefits one can get of Apple Cider Vinegar, ACV as far as a cleaning agent, but now more healthy reasons to consume have been identified. This magnificent product can actually be used for salads and to pickle your vegetables.
It is also been recommended to daily take a tablespoon because the acetic acid it contains, helps your body better absorb vitamins and minerals in the food that you eat. That acetic acid also slows down digestive enzymes, regulating blood sugar levels, which can definitely contribute to overall better health.
Health Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
1. ACV Tea for a Sore Throat – Combine 1 tablespoon vinegar in 1 cup hot water. You can add a sweetener of your choice if you have a hard time drinking this as-is.
2. Heart Health- Research suggests that it can help prevent high cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, and improve heart health. Just take two tablespoons of ACV with water as a daily shot. There’s even research showing that taking a shot of ACV before bed can help regulate your blood sugar levels.
3. Wart removal – Check out this video showing how to use ACV to treat warts naturally.
4. Dandruff Treatment – Got dandruff? ACV to the rescue! Check out this natural dandruff treatment made with apple cider vinegar.
5. Natural Heartburn Remedy - swallowing something acidic sounds a little bit counter-intuitive when you’re trying to get rid of heartburn, but before you write off this idea, see what Reflux MD has to say about it.
6. Homemade Astringent to Beat Acne – Do you struggle with acne? The natural acids in apple cider vinegar can help. Here’s a great recipe for a anti-acne astringent made with ACV.
7. Soothe a Sunburn – Did you overdo on the last pool or beach day of the year? Apple cider vinegar can help your body bounce back from a sunburn.
8. Stop Leg Cramps in their Tracks – Scientists looked at how consuming vinegar affected muscle cramps, and their findings were dramatic! Though to be fair, pickle juice will do the same thing, but with all of its other health benefits, you may as well use ACV instead, right?
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Margie’s Therapeutic Touch DBA Margie’s Wellness Center Receives 2013 Best of Hollywood Award
Hollywood Award Program Honors the Achievement
HOLLYWOOD August 29, 2013 — Margie’s Therapeutic Touch DBA Margie’s Wellness Center has been selected for the 2013 Best of Hollywood Award in the Massage Therapist category by the Hollywood Award Program.
Each year, the Hollywood Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Hollywood area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Hollywood Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Hollywood Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Hollywood Award Program
The Hollywood Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Hollywood area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Hollywood Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Hollywood Award Program
Hollywood Award Program
Those that support juicing say that juicing is better for you than is eating whole fruits and vegetables because your body can absorb the nutrients better and it gives your digestive system a rest from working on fiber. They say that juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, help you remove toxins from your body, aid digestion, and help you lose weight.
Just imagine the results your body can achieve combining juicing, exercise and manual contour massage? The health and body you had been dreaming for can actually become a reality, if you give it the tools to function properly.
We are proud to have been part of the healthy journey one of our loyal client started two months ago. Our client approached us after she started juicing and lost 22 Lbs. and noticed lose skin. Our recommendation was to get Lypossage treatments at least twice a week. Lypossage is a manual massage that is made up of lymphatic drainage, skin rolling, tapoment and deep tissue massage. In the case that the skin is loose, the manual contour treatment has made it possible to see the reduction around our client’s waist line.
Our Client Kelly Rodriguez, has made a point to weekly get her 30-5o minutes of massage, continue the juicing and exercise regimen. By combining this three elements, not only has she lost weight, inches but has improved her energy, stamina and overall health.
Before you start a new regimen, we suggest you consult with your primary physician to make sure you don’t have any contradictions that may hinder the results. For more information please call us (954.665.0424) or visit our website and take a look at our client’s testimonials.