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Massage for Arthritis

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Massage is often used to relieve common symptoms of arthritis by helping to reduce pain and stiffness, easing anxiety, improving range of motion in joints, and helping to promote restful sleep. People who experience the chronic symptoms of arthritis may consider using massage therapy regularly and even daily self-massage to help manage the joint pain and stiffness or help promote better sleep.

Massage is an ancient form of pain and stress relief that usually involves physical manipulation of the muscles as well as relaxation techniques. Swedish massage, the most common type of massage utilized for this, involves long fluid stroking of muscles and tissues to reduce soreness and stiffness in muscles and joints, reduce anxiety, and improve circulation. The therapist may utilize heat and cold applications to the muscles and joints. Certain essential oils may also be employed to relax the muscles or ease joint pain.

Be sure to tell your massage therapist that you have arthritis and point out the affected joints prior to the start of the session.  During the massage, the therapist should check in frequently with you to determine if the pressure is within your comfort range. If it is not, be sure to tell  them immediately.

Performing self massage can help manage muscle and joint pain between massage sessions. If done daily, you may be able to lengthen the time between massage sessions. Inform your therapist if you are interested in learning self massage. It is not difficult to learn and can be incorporated in your appointment. Before getting any type of massage, it is always best to consult your physician if massage is safe for your arthritis or any other health conditions you may have.

Call Jeanne Mancinelli today at 610-393-9676 for you FREE consultation!!!

Symptoms of a Damaging Walk

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By Betsy Wetzig

Most people walk incorrectly. (Who taught them how? What bad habits have they picked up?) Little by little their bodies are being injured. The results are our common injuries and pain in the lower back, knees, hip, neck, shoulder, feet and even headaches. Later on it leads to poor balance, shortening and tightening of the spine, weakening and an “old before your time” look and feel. Even if you have no pain now, incorrect walking will lead you to it. AND…Even many “fit” people don’t walk correctly.

Here are some major symptoms of a bad walk. Do you have any of them?

A) Simply stand still and ask someone to check you from the side. Is/are your:
• Head in front of the shoulders or tilted to the side
• Shoulders behind your hip (should be over the middle of the hip)
• Knees hyper-extended or locked
• Shoulders pulled up towards your ears or rounded forward

B) Walk
• Are your ankles, knees or hips tight?
• Is your gait even? (both legs with the same rhythm and movement)

GOOD NEWS…… You can transform your walk into an “Ergonomic Health Machines.” Your bad walking habits can easily be changed with simple exercises which will activate your correct Coordination to:

• PREVENT & REVERSE JOINT PROBLEMS, MUSCLE PAIN, & STIFFNESS
• IMPROVE YOUR COORDINATION, VIGOR, YOUTHFULNESS
• HELP YOU HANDLE STRESS MORE EASILY, BE MORE CONFIDENT
AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

Join Movement Expert Betsy Wetzig’s CORRECT WALKING WORKSHOP

FRIDAY, DEC. 4TH , 7:00-9:30 PM

at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

Register at 610-398-9652 ($30 or $45/ two, at the door $ 40)