Poster Story of Ankle Case Report

Mystery knee pain and ankle wobble

This poster came about because a client hadn’t been able to do her favorite sports for years. She first wanted me to solve a problem with her knee pain. I did that. Then she mentioned a perception of instability, that made skiing, snowboarding, and inline skating feel unsafe. However, it turned out that her ankle, not her knee, was the culprit.… Read the rest

Knee Pain Relief at Integration Massage

yay-7045438 knee pain treatmentKnee pain happens for a variety of reasons. Integration Massage provides relief for many of these.

For example, knee pain can be from recent or old injuries, sports, arthritis or even surgery. Integration Massage uses techniques that are effective for most of these. In particular, Ortho-Bionomy®, neuromuscular and myofascial therapy and exercises work quite well for musculo-skeletal issues. However, some conditions require doctors or physical therapists.… Read the rest

Sprained Ankle Still Bothering You?

If you ignore a sprained ankle, it doesn’t just go away

A sprained ankle from childhood, or later, from sports or athletic injuries, can become a problem if it is ignored.

sprained ankle on the beach

It is easy to say, “it’s just a sprained ankle,” and continue to walk on it. Walking is a priority in our busy lives. It’s so important that you may override pain signals.… Read the rest

Functional symptoms and today’s neuroscience

Massage therapists and functional symptoms

assessing and treating functional symptoms of lower leg numbnessAs massage therapists, we treat functional symptoms all the time. Functional symptoms means you may have pain or other complaints, but the doctors can find no cause. Nothing shows up on scans.

This can be frustrating to doctors. But for those of us who work with the body, it is normal. We figure out how to resolve your pain or stiffness by getting your body to function better.… Read the rest

Rosi! Not Another Brain Injury/ Auto Accident!

This rose reminds me of friends who helped after auto accidentRosi! Not another auto accident!?

I have had head injuries before. After I was rear-ended in an auto accident, May 2015, I wouldn’t let them cart me away in an ambulance because I didn’t want “to take care of a bunch of doctors!” (I agree, that was evidence of impaired judgment.)

Within 10 minutes of the auto accident, I was having continuous seizures and could not speak or walk normally.… Read the rest

Bodywork and Mild Frontal TBI

Public awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is growing. That’s a good thing.

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Unfortunately, disability and the need for care of people with TBI is also growing. Sports-related injuries, war trauma, whiplash or concussion in an auto accident, even toxic chemicals and stroke can result in TBI.

Mild to moderate frontal brain injury, or frontal TBI may give people trouble with memory, reasoning, emotions, and social relations.… Read the rest

Ortho-Bionomy® as a Healing Art

2015-04-26 16.19.37Ortho-Bionomy®–healing art or science?

Is Ortho-Bionomy® a healing art or science? Currently, science is mostly viewed from a medical perspective. Although great strides have been made in medical research in the last hundred years, most well-funded medical research is about treatments that can be done to a person, rather than what we can do to heal ourselves. That doesn’t mean that our self-healing capacity is not science-based or evidence-based.… Read the rest

Benefits of Elder Massage

9318214_sElder Massage–benefits where you live

If you are retired, you don’t need to feel tired–you may just need some elder massage! You may have assumed that pain, loss of mobility or various chronic ailments are natural. They are not. They are often the result of putting everything and everyone else first, and not attending to your body’s needs.

It is not selfish, but healthy to retrain habits, to sit, stand, and walk more easily.… Read the rest

Neuroscience of Empathy, Emotions, Touch

yay-9914062How does neuroscience relate to what makes a massage feel good? What actions by a friend, partner or counselor make you feel heard and acknowledged? What is happening inside a child as he bursts into delight as for “getting it right”, or when she snuggles in to be held? The neuroscience study of interpersonal “feeling better” whether by massage, validation, the touch of a friend, good parenting, the support of family or a therapy session is partly about empathy in human relationship.… Read the rest

Functional Neurology Massage & Head Injury

brain showing lobes, cerebellum, brain stemWhen you have had whiplash, concussion, trauma or head injury, the brain and nervous system may adapt in ways that make it hard to resume normal life. You may find problems with walking, thinking, speaking, memory and learning. You may have lost awareness of a part of your body. You may have exaggerated fear or anger reactions without the pre-injury emotional balance you and your family were accustomed to.… Read the rest