Pain is your check engine light by ahmed abdallah

Aristotle said : "The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure but to avoid pain"

Think of the last time your check engine light came on. What was the first initial reaction? Like many of us our initial reaction even if you don't have time to get it checked out right away would be to eventually find out why the light came on.  

Would it make sense if the check engine light came on and you grabbed a sticker and covered it up so the light doesn't bother you anymore ?

Pain is a signal that something is at fault with your body.  When we take pain medications, cortisone shots, or do anything to just address the pain and not the root of the problem all we are doing is covering up the one thing that is telling us there is a problem.  

According to WebMD and the CDC there is an estimate of 13 million people who visit the doctor each year because of back pain which is the SECOND most common reason for doctor visits in the US.

 

It's important to have a good quality of life that is pain free, and It's also important to address the cause and prevent chronic pain.  

Massage therapy needs no validation when it comes to chronic muscle pain.  The issue here is how to maintain that amazing feeling post massage session.  The list is huge but I will just resort to the bare basics.  Water, stretches, posture and exercise.  Give me those and with my massage techniques we will fix the check engine light. 

Cheers, 
Ahmed 

Sitting Posture by ahmed abdallah

Sitting Posture and it's Effects on Spine


 

For many people a great deal of time is spent sitting at work, at school, at home, or in a car.  The posture of the pelvis during sitting can have a substantial influence on our spine. 

So what really happens during a poor posture?

Three major changes occur during a poor posture and let's use the slouched posture as an example. 

1) FORCE

When our lumbar (back) spine is flexed forward as you can see in the picture, the upper cervical (neck) is forced into an extended position to maintain the horizontal gaze at the computer monitor.    

2) PRESSURE

Over time this pressure on L4-L5 & L5-S1 can deform the disc and cause non-specific low back pain.  

3) COMPENSATION 

Now that you have mastered the art of slouching, overtime the body gradually but surely will go into adaptive shortening in the small neck muscles and ligaments leading to stress and tension at the base of the spine and neck region.  Also, in this poor posture, the body places greater demands on the tissues that normally resist flexion of the lower trunk.

Solution: 
- Awareness of the dynamics and long term hazards related to poor posture
- Massage Therapy 
- Strengthening and stretching the appropriate muscles 
- Massage Therapy 
- Ergonomic seats and lumbar support 
- Massage Therapy 

Cheers, 
Ahmed 

Balance by ahmed abdallah

Edward Smith-Stanley said: "Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness"

A truly healthy balanced person has a sound body and mind that is free of disease and  illness. Healthy living includes taking the steps needed to optimize one's  chances of surviving and thriving, like eating a healthy diet, exercising or staying active, and receiving bodywork such as regular massage therapy.

One shouldn't underestimate the value of a gentle Swedish massage or a vigorous deep tissue massage.  For example our foot alone has 52 bones, 38 muscles and tendons, 66 joints, 214 ligaments and over 100,000 receptors. 

Did you know that when you run, up to four times your body weight presses on your feet?  

Because of the potential for high pressures on the feet, a small problem in the foot can have a large impact on joints higher up in the body, causing pain, misalignment and  discomfort. 

My feet are by far the most massaged part of my body on any given day. 

Massage Therapy is a key ingredient in restoring health and vitality to our tissues.  It stimulates thousands of receptors and creates a stronger connection between our nervous system and our body.  It improves the circulation to the bones, muscles, ligaments and joints.  Simply put it optimizes our chances for a healthy balanced life.