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Forty Winks

Greater Rochester Chiropractic’s latest newsletter (from reports and research from 2010, 2016, and earlier this year) talked of one of my favorite, healthful, beautiful things, sleep! They know, and relayed, that the minimum, in general, amount of sleep for us is 7 hours daily. A lesser amount will likely lead to insufficient physiological functioning. Sufficient rest enables our bodies to recover from daily stresses and strains and repair damaged cells and tissues. Over time, getting less sleep than we need results in muscle and joint stiffness and tension, otherwise unexplained aches and pains, impaired digestion with a wide range of symptoms, emotional irritability, and disordered cognitive function. Eight hours is great if you can get it, so they highly suggest discipline yourself to find, and keep, the rest that’s right for you!

That Which Fires Together Wires Together

Douglas Nelson’s article (still from ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork) was timely and informative! He said, “There is a saying in neuroscience: that which fires together wires together. Each time you contract your neck erectors while simultaneously firing your middle trapezius, your brain learns to link the two actions together.”. Very terribly fascinating and challenging for a therapist and patient and that much more wonderful when it happens for the patient!

For Back Pain, Physicians Say Try Massage Before Pills

..Title of Brandon Twyford’s article in ABMP’s latest edition of Massage and Bodywork. His research uncovered brand new guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP). They recommend exercise, yoga, or massage before medication for acute low-back pain! ACP’s president says that back pain that does not radiate down the legs or cause numbness usually goes away on its own. The guidelines suggest massage, heat wraps, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation. A PCP and associate professor at Harvard Medical School also relayed the new guidelines, since they move away from a quick, simple fix to involve lifestyle changes, as a needed change!

The Pin and Stretch Technique

Joseph E. Muscolino, DC’s article in the latest edition of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork was an exceptionally useful reminder for us therapists (and bodyworkers)! He told of how this technique centers around the fact that often, a therapist should focus on just one section of the muscle, not the entire structure and all of its attached and surrounding structures. I loved the entire section of the article that told of the neural inhibition stretching technique, which uses the nervous system to enhance the physical act of stretching that’s happening!