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What is sciatica?

Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve; or it might be the symptom of a pinched nerve.

What is Sciatica?

By Mary

Sciatica is a symptom.  It is the name given to pain that is caused by the sciatic nerve.  The pain can vary from a mild tingling, a dull ache, a burning sensation, or it can be an EXCRUCIATING, SHOOTING pain that makes standing or sitting almost impossible.

Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve; or it might be the symptom of a pinched nerve.  Sciatica usually affects one side of the body.

Sciatica usually affects one side of the body. Source: WebMD A Visual Guide to Sciatica http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/ss/slideshow-visual-guide-to-sciatica

The pain from sciatica radiates from the buttock down the back of the leg and can be felt in a number of different locations such as the knee, sole of the foot and the toe.

Can Sciatica Be Prevented?

  • Practicing proper lifting techniques is important. Lift with your back straight, bringing yourself up with your hips and legs, and holding the object close to your chest.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods or lying with pressure on the buttocks
  • Avoid long driving hours in the car.  Take frequent stretching breaks during road trips.
  • Use good posture when sitting, standing, and sleeping.
  • Exercise regularly to strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen.
  • A good exercise routine including stretching exercises to improve flexibility of tight muscles is important.
  • Sleeping with a knee pillow between your knees can help keep your hips in alignment and relieve sciatica.

Can Massage and Bodywork Help?

Absolutely!

  • Massage relieves the muscle spasms caused by the pain from the pinched nerve.
  • Massage helps reduce inflammation and swelling.
  • Massage can assist to realign the pelvis thus helping to reduce and eliminate tension in the affected area.
  • Massage may eventually help the client heal from the sciatica symptoms.  Pressure and techniques will vary from person to person.  Several sessions might be required to relieve the symptoms of sciatica.  Sciatica pain usually goes away with time and rest.

I have treated many clients for sciatic symptoms with massage and bodywork therapy.  Don’t live with the pain, give me a call so that I can help you!  616-456-5033

-Mary

 

Benefits of a Lymph Drain

The benefits of having a lymph drain are numerous.

The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues.  The lymph system filters out toxins and foreign substances and maintains a healthy immune system.  It is a complex system composed primarily of lymph vessels and nodes.  When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is significantly compromised.  This opens the way to many physical ailments.

There is a wonderful technique that is designed to activate and cleanse the human fluid system.  It is called the lymph drainage (pronounced-drahnahge) technique.  This technique works with the flat of my hands, using all my fingers in a mild pumping movement making wave-like movements to activate fluid circulation and stimulate the lymphatic flow.

Lymph drainage therapy has many benefits:

  • Reduces edemas (swelling)
  • Detoxes the body
  • Regenerates tissue, including burns, scar (pre- and post- surgical), wrinkles and stretch marks)
  • Relieves chronic inflammation (sinusitis, bronchitis, acne and allergies)
  • Reduces the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Relieves chronic pain
  • It helps to relieve insomnia, stress, and loss of memory
  • Alleviates body fat and cellulite tissue
  • It relieves muscle conditions and some forms of constipation.

If you would like to learn more about this wonderful technique, be sure to contact me at mary@harmonynhealth.net

Mary

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Let’s Get Healthy-Step 3!

Juicing and food supplements is a great way to start your day and stay healthy.

Let’s Get Healthy–Step 3!

Published  July 26, 2017 | By Mary

Taking food supplements is a must in this day and age because we are not getting enough nutrients from our food.  Be careful what vitamins and minerals you take, however, because they might have synthetic substances in them.  All vitamins are not pure.  There is a good book on the market today that tells you what the synthetic ingredients might be in the vitamins you take.  The book is called, The Vitamin Code  by Massoud Arvanaghi, PHD; and Mike Yorkey.  In part 3 of the book, “What The Vitamin Code Means To You”, it explains that vitamins and minerals are manufactured from different sources.  On page 107 of Part 3 there is a partial list  of the name of the vitamin, and whether it is natural or synthetic.  This book is very informative and an interesting read.  I’m sure it will be an eye opener to you as it was to me. After reading this book, I can imagine that you will be reading the ingredient labels on your vitamin bottles a bit more closely and be much more aware of what ingredients are in the bottles.

Making nutritional blender drinks is a great way to supplement. Using organic fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fresh greens, herbs and pure water is wonderful for getting the nutrients we need for our bodies.  We should be using organic as much as possible.

Here is a great way to start your morning off right!  This blender drink is packed with vitamins and minerals!  Take 2 leaves of kale, 2 sticks of celery, ½ cucumber, and some red cabbage, a very small piece of turmeric, and a 1 inch piece of ginger.  Put some water in your blender or Vitamix and blend it until liquid. If you have to add some honey to make it sweeter, go ahead.

Getting in the habit of taking healthy food supplements or juicing is a great way to start your day and to stay healthy!

Contact Mary at 616-456-5033 or mary@harmonynhealth.net for further questions. I’m always happy to help!

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Let’s Get Healthy!

Let’s Get Healthy!

July 17, 2017| By Mary

Here is a list of my six steps to a more powerful and healthy lifestyle.

Let’s get healthy–Step one:

Getting rid of our stress is one of the first steps in getting healthy.  Ha-ha, you say.  How in the world am I going to get rid of my stress?  Well, it can be done but it is hard.  We really have to focus on it.

Here are six suggestions we can take to successfully manage stress:

  • Learning to relax is very important—like playing soft music, doing guided imagery, reading, deep breathing and having a full-body, relaxation massage.
  • Changing our attitudes and reactions about things—things that make us angry, depressed, moody or negative.
  • Practicing forgiveness—don’t let the bad feeling build up inside of us.
  • Express love—giving gifts to others, doing acts of service, or giving positive affirmations to others.
  • Laughter is good for the soul. It is very healing and boosts the immune system.
  • Eating healthy and exercising are essential to stress management.

All the above steps are very important; however, a full-body, relaxation massage will put the body back into harmony and balance.  A massage will take our cares away and bring us back to a relaxed state of mind. Are you experiencing stress in your life? A relaxation massage will do wonders for you—I guarantee it!!!

Call me at 616-456-5033 or email me at mary@harmonynhealth.net to schedule your full-body, relaxation massage!

 

 

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