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10 Embarrassing Massage Questions

Cathy Wong, ND; Alternative Medicine Expert Jan 8, 2016 Our Studio

Do you tip? Are you supposed to be nude? Do you say anything if the pressure's not deep enough? What if you're self-conscious about your body? Here are the answers to ten questions that you may be too embarrassed to ask.

How to Apply Heat Therapy

Vert Mooney, MD - Spine-health.com Dec 16, 2015 Wellness

The most effective heat therapy products are the ones that can maintain their heat at the proper temperature. "Warm" is the proper temperature. Patients should not have their heat source be hot to the point of burning the skin. The desired effect is for the heat to penetrate down into the muscles. Simply increasing the temperature of the skin will do little to decrease discomfort.

In many instances, the longer the heat is applied, the better. The duration that one needs to apply the heat, though, is based on the type of and/or magnitude of the injury. For very minor back tension, short amounts of heat therapy may be sufficient (such as 15 to 20 minutes). For more intense injuries, longer sessions of heat may be more beneficial (such as 30 minutes to 2 hours, or more).

25 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen From Health Magazine Dec 9, 2015 Wellness

Do you get stressed-out around the holidays? These 25 expert tips will help you relax and actually enjoy the holidays.

Benefits of Heat Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Vert Mooney, MD - Spine-health.com Dec 2, 2015 Wellness

While the overall qualities of warmth and heat have long been associated with comfort and relaxation, heat therapy goes a step further and can provide both pain relief and healing benefits for many types of lower back pain.

In addition, heat therapy for lower back pain - in the form of heating pads, heat wraps, hot baths, warm gel packs, etc. - is both inexpensive and easy to do.

This article provides an examination of how heat therapy interacts with the body to alleviate pain as well as options on how to apply heat therapy to help alleviate many types of lower back pain.

How Cooler Weather Affects Chronic Pain

Allison Walsh, Spine-health.com Nov 25, 2015 Wellness

As we say goodbye to summer and look ahead with resolve to winter, we have a few facts and tips for our readers who feel their chronic pain gets worse with colder weather.

Exercise to Relieve Back Pain

Anne Asher, Back & Neck Pain Expert, About Health Nov 18, 2015 Wellness

Consumer Medical Reports rates exercise as the most effective treatment for back pain. From abdominal muscles to back muscles, strengthening and stretching are part of nearly every back rehab program. This list goes over some of the main types of exercise programs that can help relieve back pain.

Autumn Health Tips for Maintaining Good Health

by Herbal Solutions Nov 11, 2015 Wellness

Autumn is in full swing – bringing bright colors, crisp days and cool nights.  In nature, animals are growing thicker coats of fur and layers of fat, storing food and energy for the cold days ahead.  It is a good time for we humans to prepare our bodies and homes before winter commences.  Following are recommendations for keeping your health and environment in the best shape this fall:

How to Stop Hating Your Workout

By Shanna Fried Nov 4, 2015 Wellness

After long, physically demanding days of providing massage therapy, it can be easy to skip that fitness routine you’re trying to adopt. Finding a workout you can stick with can be challenging until you click with a routine that speaks to you.

Knee Pain

Jonathan Cluett, M.D. (about.com) Oct 28, 2015 Wellness

Information about knee pain causes and treatment

Everything is in Motion: Why You Should Make a Change Today

Heath and Nicole Reed (massagemag.com) Oct 21, 2015 Wellness

To complement “Osteoarthritis: Massage Provides Relief & Ease of Movement” in the May 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: The human body is designed for motion, but many Americans spend the majority of their day sitting. Exchanging a sedentary lifestyle for a more active one, even one small step at a time, can improve your health, mood, creativity and overall quality of life.

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