Archive for June, 2014

Tennis not needed for Tennis Elbow

Posted on June 27th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Earlier this week I stepped foot on a tennis court for the first time in years. Although the game was casual, naturally I suffered from muscle soreness the next day. In the shins of all places, and I’m a runner. Anyway, I played with an avid player; which inspired this week’s blog. The infamous term ‘tennis elbow’ came to mind. Although I haven’t had a client that has disclosed to me that they suffer from tennis elbow, but in reality you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from this condition.

Medically termed ‘lateral epicondylitis’ tennis elbow is inflammation of the tendon that connects the extensor muscles of the wrist to the outside of the elbow. Only a small percentage of people get this by actually playing tennis. Other activities that can cause this inflammation are gardening or job related wrist overuse. When the medial epicondyle is inflamed the condition is often called ‘golfer’s elbow’.

Some common medical treatments for either injury are injection therapy such as steroid shots. Less intrusive forms of treatments are rehab and deep massage therapy. Deep massage of the forearm muscles will enhance circulation to the area.

Both are very slow to heal, so one other remedy is to simply rest. Here are a few home stretches that will also help.

Skin Tells a Story

Posted on June 20th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

As a massage therapist I spend more time touching and viewing one organ system than any other system in the entire body. That organ system is the called integument. More popular known as the skin. I notice scars, various types of pigment marks, stretch marks and the like. Not from a judgmental mindset, but from a clinical approach. Additionally, the majority of sensory sensations arises from the skin. This self-renewing, self-repairing organ is the interface between the environment and body. It has many important functions. Some of those duties are:

*Barrier resisting microbial invasions
*Capable of absorbing a variety of chemical substances
*Regulates body temperature; ie sweating
*Reflects the general state of health in the body

The last function tells me quite a bit about a client during a session. Often times a client might be unaware of a skin issue; say on their back. The skin abnormality might simply be a age related change in the skin. Also for regular clients I’ve mentioned a skin concern and am diligent in noting if the area changes in color or size in future sessions. I consider my role as an extension, if not part of, my clients health care team and my duty to bring up these potential harmful skin abnormalities.

If you really think about it, your skin really does tell a story. From the scar you have from childhood. To the acne you had as a teenager. To the stretch marks you might have from your last childbirth. To the wrinkles you might have today. Be sure to take care of the largest living organ you have.

Living Anxiety Free

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Many American’s are dependent on anxiety medications to get through the day. While that might be needed by some, many have such mild cases that symptoms can be managed in other ways. If you fall in the latter category, here are a few ways to manage anxiety in your daily life.

– Live in the present. Learn to let go and have fun. Try not to be held back by the “what-if’s” and “should-have’s.”
– Learn simple strategies to cope with symptoms, such as taking a walk (even a short 3-5 minute walk helps alleviate pent-up stress) and stretching.
– Set daily achievable goals. Accomplishing even small goals makes the big picture seem more reasonable and builds confidence for future endeavors.
– Be assertive. Instead of using victim words like “can’t” and “never,” use power phrases like “though my anxiety is difficult to deal with, I am learning to control it.”
– Eat well. Because blood sugar tends to drop when worrying, it’s important to eat three meals a day. This can even include an afternoon snack, such as nuts or yogurt, for a quick protein pick-me-up. Avoid caffeine, which can add to feelings of anxiousness.


Body Series: Posterior View

Posted on June 6th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

The skeletal muscles is the most prominent type of muscle in the body and may account for up to 60 percent of he body mass. The skeletal muscles are attached to the bones at both ends by tendons. Visible beneath the skin’s surface the muscular system along with the skeletal system is responsible for a person’s physique.

Here’s a recap of essential posterior muscles:

1 Occipitalis
2. Trapezius
3. Deltoid
4. Latissimus dorsi
5. External abdominal oblique
6. Flexor carpi ulnaris
7. Gluteus maximus
8. Vastus lateralis
9. Gastrocnemius
11.Adductor magnus
13.Achilles tendon
14.Fibularis longus
17.Long head of bicep femoris
18.Extensor pollicis brevis
19.Aductor pollicis longus
20.Extensor digitorum
22.Triceps brachii
23.Teres major
24.Teres minor

I hope you’ve enjoyed the body muscle series. I really had a great time putting it together. This will be the last blog for this topic. Tune in next week something new.


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