Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (
PTSD) is a recognized anxiety disorder that develops from a traumatic experience. Many individuals have been diagnosed with PTSD as a result of military duty, natural disasters, sexual abuse and trauma.

Here are some symptoms of PTSD:

Flashbacks

Nightmares

Sleep Deprivation

Depression

Suicidal Thoughts

Feeling of being on edge and in danger

There are many other symptoms for PTSD. Ask your doctor for help if you feel these symptoms are describing you.

Throughout the ages the power of touch has been used to enrich the lives of individuals. The common purpose of massage is to help people relieve their pain. In fact massage has been used to help patients recover faster from surgery and injury. Here is how massage has devoloped in the western world:

1700s: In the colonial times massage therapists were called RUBBERS. The sole purpose of medical rubbers were to help patients with rehabilitation.

1850s: Medical gymnasts came to America and began to revolutionize the world of massage. The Swedish techniques were developed by Pehr Henrich Ling. This technique promoted health, prevented disease and treated injuries.

Ouch! Do you suffer from headaches more that 15 days out of the month? This could mean that you suffer from chronic headaches! Often times chronic headaches are linked to your stress levels. A higher stress level induces tension headaches and can even bring upon a full blown migraine! The pain generated from these frequent headaches can be debilitating and hinder you from your day to day activities. Don't let pain rule your life instead reduce it with the help of massage. 

Massage is a proven hands on technique that aides in reducing stress. By ascribing to a stress reduction program you will be able to reduce the frequency of your headaches. Live your daily life with minimal pain and enjoy the little things.

We have all felt the negative affects of stress. Whether it is self induced from procrastination or beyond our control, like a cancelled connecting flight, the same remains true: stress can negatively affect the body. Side note: there is such a thing as GOOD STRESS which is brought on by setting goals and working to achieve them but for our purposes we are going to focus on negative stress and the health issues that come with it.
 

Take a minute and think about the last time you were overwhelmed... At this point you were experiencing stress and your brain was telling your body to secrete coping mechanisms: adrenaline for short-term or manageable stress and cortisol for long-term or toxic stress. Both adrenaline and cortisol change the body's behavior in ways such as: increased heart rate, increase in blood pressure immune systems weaken, fatigue, sadness, and much more. To combat these symptoms of stress we suggest the following:







Simply put Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread chronic pain and an increased sensitivity to stimuli. That being said Fibromyalgia is anything but simple; in fact, the disorder is very hard to diagnose. Many patients wait YEARS to get a diagnosis! Not only do the symptoms of Fibromyalgia overlap with several other diseases and disorders the sufferers of Fibromyalgia experience different symptoms day to day and minute by minute. Here are the common symptoms, and one way to help with pain management to enhance your way of life.

Osteoarthritis, also known as the "wear and tear disease" is a degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease where the cartilage that covers the bone near joints deteriorates. You can imagine that this loss of cartilage can result in pain and loss of mobility. Let's walk through the symptoms and how you can manage these symptoms.

Here are the some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis:

  1. STIFFNESS: this symptom to more noticeable in the morning after several hours of non-activity.
  2. LOSS OF FLEXIBILITY: range of motion decreases as cartilage deteriorates.
  3. PAIN: the main reason OA patients seek help is because of the chronic pain. This pain tends to get worse due to activity and as the disease progresses.
  4. ANXIETY: many OA sufferers experience anxiety.  Those with OA have a quality of life that includes pain, stiffness and loss of mobility. The anxiety and stress from dealing with chronic pain can take a toll on anyone.

No one wants to live a life of PAIN! Which is why there are several ways to manage this disease. Note: that these suggestions are not a diagnosis and that is if you have further questions regarding OA medication you should consult your doctor.



You have probably heard someone at some point say, "Everybody needs at least 8 hugs a day."

Hugging isn't just about being a toucy-feely person.

Also, there is a fascinating TED Talk video by about how Oxytocin can impact how we interact with others, how we trust and even our sense of morality. It can be found here.

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Are you always finding yourself extra tired by the middle of the afternoon? Here are a few tips from Jerry V. Teplitzto help you make it through the rough patch of the day.

tired smallIf you're like most people, you've experienced the afternoon slump. You know the feeling -- it's only 2 p.m., yet you feel drained. Fortunately, you can employ methods to reduce the slump's frequency and shorten its duration.

Bodywork Eases Migraines and Tension Headaches


by Cathy Ulrich (courtesy of ABMP)

"Do you get headaches?" I asked Cindy. She had come to see me for massage to address her neck and shoulder pain but hadn't mentioned headaches.

"Well, yes," she said. "I've always had headaches and, now that you mention it, they seem to be worse when my neck hurts." Cindy went on to say she suffered from them as often as 2-3 times a week and typically treated them with ibuprofen.

Like many Americans, Cindy suffers from chronic, frequent headaches. Her neck pain finally prompted her to seek help, but she was so used to the headaches, she thought they were something she simply had to live with. What Cindy didn't understand was that frequent headaches are not normal and, with a little proactive planning, there is something that can be done to manage and even prevent them.

We offer free pain management consultations.

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