Disc herniation sounds scary, but what is it really? Remember from Spine Anatomy 101 that the spinal disc is a squishy thing that sits in between the vertebral bodies—the bones that make-up the spine. Normally, the disc has a certain shape, a contour that slowly begins to change as the disc ages. Sometimes, the disc will bulge in a generalized fashion beyond the boundaries of the bones. Disc bulging is very common and normal as the disc gets older. When a disc herniates, a focal part of the disc is displaced beyond the vertebral body boundary. The difference between a bulge and a herniation is the amount of disc that is involved. The tricky part is that both bulges and herniations are found in people who have no pain. Harry works as an accountant. All day long, he sits at his desk working with the computer. One morning, while brushing his teeth, he feels a sudden neck pain with a sharp, lacerating pain screaming down his arm. Later that night, he starts to feel numbness and ting...
A couple of weeks ago, I was having coffee with another massage therapist and she made the comment, "You don't have the tough tissue I feel in other diabetics." I've heard this before, but never thought to blog about the issue. However, it is a good point regarding what massage therapists and other body work professionals feel when they touch the skin of someone with diabetes . As a massage therapist, I can explain this comment: the muscle tissue of someone living with diabetes feels tough, fibrous and inelastic. There are many reasons why this can happen. Among the reasons: lack of hydration, high blood sugars for a prolonged period of time, and personal habits, for example lack of exercise and eating well. People living with diabetes have a tendency toward fibrous tissue and density caused by injection sites .
Does dense, fibrous tissue impede our health and longevity? What we know is that CAD studies are abundant for Type 1 diabetes . If hardening of the cardiovascula...
What is massage?
Massage is a hands-on method of manipulating the soft tissues of the body using the hands, fingertips, and fists. Massage can include a variety of types of pressure and touch. A massage can be light, concentrating on the skin, or deep, focusing on the underlying layers of muscle tissue.
Studies have demonstrated that massage can offer some health benefits for people with cancer. Massage has been found to be helpful for:
What to expect in a typical massage session
Here is what you can usually expect at a massage session:
When you arrive for your massage appointment, the massage therapist will ask if you have any injuries or health conditions. Make sure to tell your therapist about your breast cancer treatment. This helps him or her to determine the type of massage that's right for you, as well as any areas to avoid.
Depending on the setting, you may have the option to either lie on a table or sit in a chair for your massage.
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