Peterborough Massage Therapy Clinic is very excited to be working with with The CS Medical Wellness Clinic to offer Bioflex Laser Therapy. Bioflex Laser Therapy is a non-invasive and effective way to treat degenerative conditions, chronic and acute pain, trauma, sports injuries and more. Read on to learn how Bioflex Laser Therapy could benefit you.
The Sun Salutation is one of the most popular yoga sequences. It works and stretches most of the major muscle groups in the body and focuses on breathing with the movements. It is very beneficial to use Sun Salutations in the morning to wake up your muscles and joints or anytime during the day, especially if you've spent a few sedentary hours in one position. It is usually recommended that you complete at least 5-6 Sun Salutations at a time, however, just completing one or two will be beneficial.
Winter can be tough emotionally...less sunlight and cold weather can make the days a bit dreary and can lower our energy levels, making it difficult to stay motivated and in a cheerful mood. Beat the winter blues with this simple yoga flow to help rejuvenate body and mind.
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Introducing a way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help prevent the formation of new wrinkles with no chemicals, lotions, painful injections or surgery. This treatment uses Myofascial Release Techniques to target the restricted fascia in the face and neck that can lead to wrinkles. Read on to find out more about Myofascial Release and how it can help you achieve a healthier, younger-looking complexion.
Here are some basic yoga poses that will help to improve your posture. This article provides detailed instructions for each pose and is suitable for those who are new to the practice of yoga. Try one pose or all of them to stand a little bit taller today!
Pectoralis Major is located on the front of the chest and works to flex, adduct and internally rotate the shoulder. This muscle can become tight due to faulty posture, especially for those of us who spend a lot of time at a desk or computer.
When we slouch, the shoulders round forward and the Pectoralis muscles shorten. Over time, the muscle adapts to this shortened position and can cause a feeling of tension or pain as well as a limited range of motion in the shoulder.
Stretching the Pectoralis Major muscle is simple...all you need is a doorway and about 30-90 seconds of free time. Stretching Pectoralis Major will help relieve muscle tension, restore your range of motion and increase your oxygen intake by expanding your thoracic cavity. Take a break to stretch the Pectoralis muscle throughout the day, especially if you spend most of your day seated or in a slouched posture and notice how much more alert you will feel!
Stretch Pectoralis Major
The Iliotibial Band or ITB is not a muscle but a lateral thickening of the connective tissue (fascia lata) surrounding the thigh. It runs down the side of the thigh from the top of the hip bone to the side of the knee. The ITB functions to stabilize the knee during walking and running.
The ITB can be a source of knee pain, especially in runners. ITB Contracture, a shortening of the band, and ITB Friction Syndrome, inflammation where the ITB crosses the knee joint, are both common problems associated with the iliotibial band. Causes of these conditions vary, but are mostly associated with overuse in activities such as running, cycling, horseback riding, long-distance driving etc., postural dysfunctions and poor stretching habits.
Visit the Library for more ways to stretch the ITB.
Many of us have poor postural habits (many of us are slouching at the computer right now!). These habits are difficult to break and, as with any bad habit, become increasingly difficult to deal with the more time we spend indulging them. With the following slide show, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, I hope to start many of you on the right path to improving your posture.
Why is Posture Important?
Poor posture puts extra stress on the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spinal column, leading to back, neck and shoulder pain. The way we carry ourselves also affects our emotions, physiology and perception of self.
The following slide show demonstrates a simple way to check yourself for bad posture and easy steps on how to correct your posture while standing or sitting.
The Quadriceps muscle group is located at the front of the thigh. We use the quadriceps muscles while walking, running, standing and when moving into a seated position. Tension or shortening of the quadriceps can sometimes contribute to knee pain. It is important to stretch the quadriceps muscles regularly to avoid muscle imbalances and the development of postural dysfunctions.
Jocelyn M. Van Ryn is a Registered Massage Therapist in Peterborough, Ontario and has owned and operated Peterborough Massage Therapy Clinic since 2012.