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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

 

Massage and The Benefits

What is massage?

The term “massage therapy” includes many techniques and the type of massage given usually depends on the person’s needs and physical condition. The many techniques that I use in my sessions vary from person to person.  I could use just one technique for the whole session or I could use more than one in the same session.  It depends on what is going on in the client’s body when they come in.  (See my web page on massage and the different techniques I use.)

I work on muscles, soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, and pressure points. I also might work on the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the fascial system, the cranial-sacral system and other body systems depending on the need of the individual at the time.  In all forms of massage, I work with my hands, forearms and  elbows to manipulate the body’s soft tissue.  Massage strokes can vary from light to firm and deep depending on what the client needs and desires.

The benefits of having a massage are numerous.

Most people are stressed these days.  Stress can cause serious consequences in people’s lives. Taking care of one’s self is very important. One of the ways to de-stress and relax is by having a full body, relaxation massage.  The massage calms the person and puts harmony and balance back into the body.

Massage is wonderful for people who need better range of motion and flexibility in their muscles.  By using certain techniques in the massage session, range of motion can be restored.

People will benefit from a massage if they have upper or lower back pain, arthritis, tendonitis, headaches and migraines, muscle spasms, strains, circulatory and respiratory problems, post-injury and post- surgical rehabilitation.  The list goes on and on for ailments people might be experiencing in their bodies.

Massage has many healing benefits. It will increase circulation by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the body.  It will soothe anxiety and depression. Massage enhances the immune system and gets down to the cellular level in the body.

As you can see, massage is wonderful and has many wonderful benefits, as well.  If you want to feel healthy, be healthy, and look healthy, then try massage.  You will be glad you had the experience!!!  I guarantee it!!

To receive some wonderful healing benefits, schedule a massage with Mary, just call me at 616-456-5033 or email me at mary@harmonynhealth.net.  

Written by Mary

 

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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