Fibromyalgia: Management Through Massage

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is associated with widespread chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems and mood changes. It occurs more often in women than in men, and is not a disease, but rather a syndrome that can be managed. Fortunately, fibromyalgia is not life threatening and does not lead to muscle or joint damage.

Benefits of Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healthcare still in practice. At Massage Envy Spa, our professional massage therapists concentrate on techniques that encourage circulation in the muscles, which increases the flow of nutrients and eliminates waste products. This is particularly beneficial for those with fibromyalgia as it can reduce heart rate, relax muscles, improve range of motion in joints and increase production of the body’s natural painkillers.

What Massage Techniques Will Be Used?

Massage Envy Spa’s professional massage therapists integrate a variety of massage techniques specific to Fibromyalgia. Depending on your sensitivity levels and tender points, your therapist may utilize Reflexology or various forms of massage for Fibromyalgia, or certain methods that address your specific requests and needs.

Sleep Better, Feel Better

One of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia is waking up tired, even if it seems you’ve received plenty of sleep. After a therapeutic massage for Fibromyalgia from Massage Envy Spa, you’re likely to feel more relaxed and get a better night’s rest. Deep sleep is truly beneficial to managing fibromyalgia as it is during this time that the restorative process occurs. So not only will a therapeutic massage help you wake more refreshed, but you may also experience less pain during the day.

But Won’t it Hurt?

Because fibromyalgia causes pain and makes your body extremely sensitive to touch, open lines of communication are vital when it comes to how much pressure your muscles can endure during your session. Our professional therapists are familiar with the specific needs of those suffering from fibromyalgia, but you should also feel comfortable communicating to your therapist which will ensure a soothing, therapeutic massage every time. If you ever have questions, please consult your doctor before beginning any therapy.

Relief Through Therapy

Studies show that low-impact exercise programs give people with fibromyalgia relief by raising the levels of natural chemicals in the body that reduce pain and fatigue. You may be reluctant to exercise if you are already tired and in pain, but there are several options now available to you. With a Massage Envy Spa membership, not only can you enjoy a gentle, therapeutic massage, but we also offer massages that utilize stretching and relaxation. You should begin slowly, but with ongoing help from our professional therapists, you can benefit from continual relief.

What are the Benefits of Regular Massage for Fibromyalgia?

Here’s the beauty of massage: Not only does each session feel great, but also the therapeutic benefits are compounded when massage is utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you go, the healthier you feel. With a Massage Envy Spa membership, you can enjoy these benefits from massage for you Fibromyalgia as often as you’d like. Monthly dues include a one-hour massage session and unlimited additional one-hour sessions at the low membership rate. To make things even easier, Massage Envy Spa has over 900 locations nationwide. So you can relax, rejuvenate and continue to grow healthier wherever you go.

Sources:
The Arthritis Foundation®
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research®
The Touch Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine

Ecoli in your Coffee Cup!

CBS NEWSMay 11, 2015, 12:04 PM
Nasty germs may be lurking in your coffee maker
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CHICAGO –So what’s really brewing in that cup of coffee you make every day?

It turns out germs love to lurk.

Ten Chicago area families let CBS 2 swab their one-cup coffee makers. Then CBS 2 reporter Mary Kay Kleist took the samples to Loyola University, where experts tested them for germs. Microbiologist Roman Golash tested the cup containing coffee grounds, underneath where the coffee comes out and the water reservoir. He found bacteria including gram-positive strains like staphylococcus, streptococcus and bacillus cereus. He also discovered enteric bacteria, or bacteria of the intestines, like e-coli.

“I think the high amounts of fecal material or the enteric organisms I would probably be concerned about,” Golash said.

Five of the machines sampled had bacteria either on the machine, in the water or in both places. Test results found bacteria in just the water samples of three other machines and no bacteria at all in the samples taken from two of the machines.

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Bacteria found in a coffee machine WBBM
Stephanie Mathews’ machine had 100,000 colony-forming units of bacteria in the water reservoir — the highest number of bacteria in all the samples. “That’s gross,” Mathews said.

Another resident, Tess Kearns, had bacteria in the water reservoir and in the coffee outlet area. “I definitely need to clean that more often,” Kearns said. “I’m very skeeved out right now.”

These germs could cause gastrointestinal issues and stomach upset in people, especially if they have compromised immune systems.

“Any organism, given the right situation to the right person, can cause a problem,” Golash said.

He recommends that you wash your hands before using the machine and flush the system with vinegar to clean it regularly. It is also important to use filtered water, change the water after each use, and let the pieces completely dry after cleaning them.

“You know I’m not a germaphobe, but it is important to know what you’re being exposed to,” Kearns said.

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31 Bones of the Leg

One Leg from the hip down to the toes has 31 individual bones.

The leg starts with the hip bone:BonesLeg

  • Coxal – Hip bone

The upper part of the leg consists of 1 bone:

  • Femur

The lower leg consists of 2 bones:

  • Tibia
  • Fibula

The Ankle consists of 7 (Tarsal) bones:

  • Talus
  • Calcaneous
  • Navicular
  • Cuboid
  • Lateral Cuneiform
  • Middle Cuneiform
  • Medial Cuneiform

The foot consists of 5 (Metatarsal) bones:

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  • Metatarsal 1 (Thumb)
  • Metatarsal 2 (Pointer)
  • Metatarsal 3 (Middle Toe)
  • Metatarsal 4 (Ring Toe)
  • Metatarsal 5 (Pinky Toe)

The Fingers consists of 14 (Phalangeal) bones:

  • 2 Phalynx in digit 1
  • 3 Phalynx in digits 2-5