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Sciatica Pain Relief: No drugs, No surgery!

Backaches are very common ailments affecting nearly 80% of adults at one time or another in their lives. Backaches can stem from compressed or herniated disks in the spine, muscle strains and a combination of these. Often times, excessive weight (especially abdominal weight) and improper lifting are to blame.

Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome affect the sciatic nerve that begins at the sacrum and extends down both legs. In sciatica, the sciatic nerve is not being directly compressed, but the nerve roots at the base of the spine that connect with the sciatic nerve are being compressed. In piriformis syndrome, the piriformis muscle in the buttocks region is directly compressing the sciatic nerve.

Drug-Free Migraine Relief through Massage

More than 25 million people in the US suffer from migraines. Migraine headaches may occur as little as a few times a year to as many as a few times a week. During a migraine headache, the pain can be so severe and literally blinding that the person may be immobilized. Migraines are often brought on by stress, poor sleep, poor diet, food allergies, low blood sugar, lack of exercise, hormonal changes and other factors.

Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome affect the sciatic nerve that begins at the sacrum and extends down both legs. In sciatica, the sciatic nerve is not being directly compressed, but the nerve roots at the base of the spine that connect with the sciatic nerve are being compressed. In piriformis syndrome, the piriformis muscle in the buttocks region is directly compressing the sciatic nerve.

The Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman's life, yet it is also stressful - both physically and emotionally. The anticipation of bringing a child into the world is exciting, but with it comes many worries and anxiety.

Plus, the physical demands that are placed on a woman's body during pregnancy are immense. In the early months, nausea and fatigue can be taxing. Later, the weight of the baby and the crowding of abdominal organs can cause leg cramps, lower back pain and digestive issues.

If you or someone you know is expecting, regular massages or classes to teach partner massage can help alleviate some of the stressors during pregnancy ensuring a more beautiful journey for mom and baby.

Stress, Health and Massage

Are you stressed? Most of us are, but if you are not finding ways to manage stress, it can begin to affect your health. More and more credence is being given to the effects of stress on overall health. We've known for a long time that stress plays a role in cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure. What we're starting to realize now is that stress has an effect on virtually every bodily function, and chronic stress has a direct effect on our overall health and well-being.

The good old fight or flight reaction that takes place in the body as a response to stress no longer serves a very useful purpose in most cases. Once used by our ancestors to flee predators, the non-physical action that we take following a stressful situation causes the body to continue to produce more cortisol.

Ease Anxiety with Massage Therapy

If you suffer from acute anxiety (panic attacks) or chronic anxiety (constant feelings of uneasiness and nervousness), you may not be living the life you deserve. Anxiety disorders can interfere with your life and cause other symptoms. You may avoid social events or traveling. It may become difficult to work and literally function in normal settings. Eventually, chronic anxiety may result in additional physical symptoms such as aches, pain, depression, insomnia, lowered libido and increased PMS.

Acute and chronic anxiety may result from an imbalance in brain chemistry. The brain reacts to a false emergency signal which triggers the release of hormones responsible for the fight or flight response. In addition, lower levels of serotonin make it more difficult for the person to relax.

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