Archive for September, 2014

Massage and Varicose Veins

Posted on September 26th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Many wonder if massage therapy can be enjoyed with varicose veins. The answer is yes. Contrary to what some believe, it’s not a contraindication for massage therapy. Varicose veins are veins that have become large and twisted. Usually the veins of the legs are affected, but varicose veins can pop up other places in the body too. Many clients with varicose veins may consider them to be only a cosmetic issue; however they can be painful, achy and cause fatigue in the legs. Another nuisance to varicose veins is cramping in the calf muscles, especially at night.

Bodywork can be an very effective supportive modality for clients with varicose veins. The moment when precaution should occur is when there is the presence of broken skin. In addition to hands on work, clients will benefit from lifestyle changes. Which include exercise, support stockings and nutritional and herbal remedies too.

When Massage Therapist work on a client who has varicose veins, the area should not be avoided, but addressed with appropriate techniques. These techniques can improve the condition of the surrounding tissue while reducing restrictions in other parts of the body.

*Reference*
Massage Today
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05

Occupation series 6: Veterinarian

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

This marks the last occupation series blog. This week focus is on veterinarian’s. Those that care for our furry kids. I’ve seen my share of vets with my recently put to rest 16yo cat. R.I.P. Zoe. He succumbed to renal disease, so the last 6 months of his life we were visiting the vet’s office twice a week for subQ fluid therapy.

When many when you think of vet’s, the care for our domestic loved ones immediately comes to mind. However, vets in rural areas also care for farm animals by making on-site visits. Cows and horses rank as the top injury offenders to veterinarians. Also, another muscular discomfort for vets are the awkward postures they find themselves while performing examinations and procedures. Some of the muscles associated with these awkward positions are the:

*Trapezius
*Latissiumus dorsi

The Trapezius attaches to the the back of the skull and the spinous process at C7. Some of it’s functions are upward rotation of the scapula, assists withe elevation of scapula and extension of the head. The Latissiumus dorsi attaches at the spinous process from T7-T12. It’s roles are adduction of shoulder, rotation of shoulder & extension of shoulder. 

These muscles experience fatigue and soreness. It’s vital for veterinarian’s to take special care in body mechanics when handling animals to reduce muscular discomfort. 

Occupation series part 5: Servers

Posted on September 5th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

When was the last time you had a meal out? The answer to that might be just yesterday or a few hours ago. A better question would be when was the last time you stood on your feet with no break for over 10hours? Wait staff do this all day and everyday. Which puts tremendous tension and soreness in the feet. Our feet do so much for us. They carry us around in the world. They are like the roots that keep us planted to the ground.

I hear from many servers, foot pain can be excruciating and last several hours after the work shift has ended. When I was researching for this blog, I found several websites that provided endless suggestions on ways to ‘save your feet’ when having to stand for several hours. I also learned that women suffer from foot pain more frequently than men.

The area most inflicted is the arch of the foot, known as the plantar fascia. This isn’t a muscle, but instead a band of fascia that connects the heel to the toes. One thing that can be done to avoid this discomfort is to wear proper shoes that support the arch. Also, there are stretches that can be done to reduce the tension. For a demo on the stretches check out my previous blog about plantar fasciitis.

http://fingertouchmassage.blogspot.com/2012/08/quick-relief-for-painful-plantar.html

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