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Stand Up for Your Life

A recent trend has office employees ditching their desk chairs and taking to their feet: stand-working. Turns out that sitting all day, every day, can be downright dangerous. Sitting weakens the body’s muscles and increases one’s risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, as well as metabolic symptoms.

Strengthen Your Posture

Sit Stronger to Control Back Pain

If you have back pain, you probably know your posture isn't good. If you sit for much of your waking day, you're training your body to be slumped over into folded, or "weak," posture. However, even though you may never be perfectly straight, there are ways to relieve your pain by strengthening your posture.

I’m a Massage Convert

From First-Timer to Repeat Client

After I receive my paycheck for teaching in a rural community, I pay my rent, then spend the rest on extras, though sometimes even toilet paper can be considered an extra on my salary. Luxuries are often put off to the side by people like me, who live a hair above the poverty line.

Massage Soothes Sore Muscles

Exercise makes muscles sore, but research suggests that massage can help ease that pain, while also helping muscles heal faster. After research subjects performed a session of difficult exercise, they received Swedish massage on only one leg. Researchers biopsied muscles in each leg and found that massage activated genes that decrease inflammation and promote energy generation within cells, resulting in muscles that hurt less and grow quicker. The study was published in February in Science Translational Medicine.

Don’t Overload Kids’ Backpacks

Strategies to Eliminate Pain and Discomfort Associated with Overloaded Packs

As kids return to school this fall bearing heavy backpacks, don’t wait for them to complain about back pain. Instead, pay attention to their posture and keep a keen eye on all the items loaded into those packs each day.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 13,700 kids ages 5-18 years old were treated in hospitals and doctors’ offices last year for injuries related to backpacks. Experts recommend that kids carry no more than 10-15 percent of their body weight.

“Massage Can Do That?”

What You Might Not Know About the Benefits of Bodywork

You know all about the relaxation benefits of massage—there’s no better tonic for tired muscles or flagging spirits. But you may not know about some of the other amazing benefits of massage, especially when it’s a regular regimen. It has a lot of positive payoffs you may never have thought about.

Learning to Ground Yourself

Do you think about the connection between you and the earth when you wake up, roll out of bed, and put your feet on the ground?

You are an electromagnetic being, grounding energy just like an appliance that is plugged into an electrical outlet, and this connection can be incredibly important in weathering daily challenges.

Grounding involves living inside your body and having a connection with the earth, which allows for an inflow of energy to feed your bodily systems and an outflow of energy to release any excessive charge in your body.

Peripheral Neuropathy

A Panoply of Problems

An impromptu poll of my Facebook friends suggests that massage therapists are seeing an increasing number of clients with a complicated group of conditions collectively called peripheral neuropathy (PN). This refers to damage in the peripheral nervous system, which can include both spinal and cranial nerves. Not surprisingly, pain—ranging from itching and tingling to severe burning sensations—is a leading feature of PN.