Week of October 21, 2018
What’s Happening: We are versed in trigger point massage therapy. What is a trigger point, you ask? A trigger point is thought to be a localized "knot" in the muscle fiber that may cause pain to be referred to other parts of the body. They are a topic of ongoing debate, as there is limited data to inform a scientific understanding of them. Some of the benefits of massage therapy is that it is noninvasive, is usually well tolerated by clients and a massage therapist can find the source of the pain. A trigger point usually is not in the area the client is feeling pain. For example, you may have a headache on the left side of your head, over your left eye. A trigger point in your upper left shoulder may be causing that headache. A massage therapist will normally use compression to help relieve trigger points.
Fun Holidays this Week:
October 21: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day – Oh boy!
October 22: National Nut Day – Grab a handful of your favorite nuts to snack on today
October 26: Frankenstein Friday – We can’t imagine the Halloween season without Frankenstein. So today we give a nod to the book and its author, Mary Shelley.
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:
Mango Pineapple Water
1 medium mango, sliced
¼ pineapple, cut into chunks (skin removed)
Add mango slices and pineapple chunks to a pitcher of water. Chill for 4-6 hours to infuse the flavors.
DIY Shoulder Massage
Do you have shoulder pain? Here is a technique to help relieve the tension.
1. Stand up against a wall with your legs spread apart and hold your arms up on either side of you in a 90-degree angle.
2. Slowly raise your arms up and down.
3. Do this at least 15 times.
4. This movement will loosen you up and may alleviate upper body tension.
Let us know if you have tried this and how it worked for you.