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Terri Anderson LMT, CIMI License# 4028
Medical Massage in Gresham, Oregon

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Release Relieve Recover November 2014 Newsletter
11/03/2014 9:49 PM

November/December 2014
Volume 5, Issue 6

Located At

1217 NE Burnside Rd, Ste. D-701
Gresham, OR 97030

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The Joy of the Christmas Season

Christmas is a time of great joy and blessings. The season can also bring stress and it is important to take care of yourself Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically. Spend time reflecting on the true spirit of the season it gives you a different perspective on what you really need to accomplish. Give yourself and emotional and physical lift and treat yourself to a Holiday Massage. Help keep stress down with a healthy diet and exercise routine. We have listed a few quick exercises you can do to make an impact. This may be the most difficult time to schedule these events, but the benefits are well worth the effort.

From now until the first of the year we are offering our New Client Special as our Holiday Special. You can use it now for yourself and/or gift it to a loved one. Gift Certificates are available.

Give The Gift of Healing

Gift Certificates!!!

Our annual Gift Certificate Sale has begun.

One hour massage $60 receive $10 off

One half hour massage $40 receive $5 off

Get your Gift Certificates now through 12/25/14.


After 15 years we will be raising our rates beginning January 1, 2015

One hour massage $65

One half hour massage $42.50

Take advantage of this year's rates during our Gift Certificate Sale


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New Client Special   $75.00   includes:

30-minute consult and one-hour massage PLUS

A SECOND ONE-HOUR massage at no additional charge if booked within one week of the first massage!

**Gift Certificates are available through 12/25/14.




Ailment of the Issue: Tension

Tension is considered to be one of the most common causes of headache pain a person may have, affecting approximately 90% of the current population.

Tension in the neck and shoulders resulting from stress, worry, insomnia or over working on the computer contribute to the cause of Tension headaches. Other contributing factor can be dehydration, caffeine and digestive upset from certain foods. Tension headaches usually feels as though the pain is dull or squeezing on both sides of the head. You might feel as though your head is in a tight band or vice. You may also have tension, pain and soreness in your neck and shoulders.

Treatment

Find ways to relax and reduce your stress. Stay hydrated and take breaks from the computer. Massage therapy also is very helpful in relieving the built up tension in your back and neck, aiding in alleviating the pain. Some people have even reported a dramatic reduction in the tension headaches and migraines with in one year of treatment with massage therapy.

What can you do to help treat and prevent tension in the head/neck
  • Rest and Relax
  • Apply hot packs to tense area of the body in 15 minute intervals
  • Self-massage tension areas
  • Stretching
  • Exercise

Check with your physician before starting any exercise routine

Is your upper body feeling tight and tense? Why not try one of our stretches of the quarter! It is important to do stretches daily in order to keep your muscles loose and limber.

Stretch of the issue:

Photo of Neck and back stretches

Release Relieve Recover September 2014 Newsletter
8/31/2014 5:49 PM

September/October 2014
Volume 5, Issue 5

Located At

1217 NE Burnside Rd, Ste. D-701
Gresham, OR 97030

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The "Back" to it all Fall

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." -Emily Bronte

Even if you don't share Bronte's view of enjoyment of the fall and are dreading that shift from the dog days of summer to warm sweaters and boots, we hope you have a pain free Autumn!

Many see September as back-to-school, and even back to work after having enjoyed vacations over the summer. In many ways, it is a "new year" and includes both joy and stressors.

Some of that stress may come from a return to structure and busy work, prep for holidays and plenty of shopping.

Have you ever had a marathon shopping trip for school gear? You know the feeling, you realize you weren't standing up straight, or even holding your breath and now you have new back pain or existing pain is worse? This issue may be just what you need whether you have a temporary ailment or more chronic back pain!


Medical News Update:

Researchers from Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, WA have completed clinical trials comparing massage against traditional self care and pain medications and have found massage relieves pain and increases function better than traditional care.

This is yet another confirmation that massage is an essential part of taking care of your whole body and well being!


New Clients: $75.00 special includes:

A 30 minute consult and 1 HOUR massage PLUS
A SECOND 1 HOUR massage at no additional charge if booked within 1 week of the first massage!



Stretch of the issue:

Photo of Seal Stretch




Ailment of the Issue: Low Back Pain

Low back pain may reflect nerve or muscle irritation or very rarely, more serious issues. Most low back pain follows injury or trauma to the back, but pain may also be caused by degenerative conditions such as arthritis or disc disease, osteoporosis or other bone diseases, viral infections, irritation to joints and discs, or congenital abnormalities in the spine. Obesity, smoking, weight gain during pregnancy, stress, poor physical condition, posture inappropriate for the activity being performed, and poor sleeping position also may contribute to low back pain.
As Terri is an experienced massage therapist, she can help with many of your low back pain symptoms if there is not a more serious underlying condition. We would love to see you feeling well as you get back into the swing of things. Please give us a call! 503-348-4794

Release Relieve Recover July 2014 Newsletter
7/8/2014 3:20 PM

July/August 2014
Volume 5, Issue 4

Located At

1217 NE Burnside Rd, Ste. D-701
Gresham, OR 97030

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HAPPY SUMMER!

In July, we get to experience true summer with the sun making the more appearances, barbecues with hot dogs, hamburgers, baseball and 4th of July fireworks.

We celebrate the freedom and INDEPENDENCE!

Thank you to those who have given some or all to provide that freedom!

In August we often find ourselves clamoring for a little more fun to fill those days before the "year" starts with kids and grandkids going back to school. However you define summer, we hope it is full of fun making memories!


Treatment of the Issue

The massage therapist will massage the neck and shoulders as well as working the sinus points.

There is also hot stone and moist heat available to help reduce the congestion.
 Picture of Sinus Massage.


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Ailment of the Issue

Sinus Congestion

Photo of human head with location of sinuses outlined
Nasal congestion is the blockage of the nasal passages usually due to membranes lining the nose becoming swollen from inflamed blood vessels. It is also known as nasal blockage, nasal obstruction, blocked nose, stuffy nose, or plugged nose.
think bubble for 'special' text.


"Thank Goodness for SPECIALS!"

For New Clients:
Therapeutic massage can have a greater affect on pain and overall health if used regularly. In demonstration of this, we currently offer new clients the following:

A 30-minute consulatation plus one-hour massage for $75.00 along with a SECOND one-hour massage at no additional charge if booked within one week of the initial massage.

Release Relieve Recover May 2014 Newsletter
5/1/2014 9:45 PM

May/June 2014
Volume 5, Issue 3

Located At

1217 NE Burnside Rd, Ste. 701
Gresham, OR 97030

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WE ARE MOVING!

As we come into spring and life begins anew so shall we.

We are moving to a new office in the Executive Center: 1217 NE Burnside, Gresham (between Buster's BBQ and TCBY frozen yogurt)

We will be located on the first floor in Suite 701


Our first day there will be Monday, May 19th, 2014 we are looking forward to seeing everyone there!


 Picture of new Location.

Our New Client special continues!

Therapeutic massage can have a greater affect on pain and overall health if used regularly. In demonstration of this we currently offer new clients:

-30 minute consultation + 1 hour massage for $75

-a SECOND 1 hour massage at no additional charge if booked within 1 week of the first massage!


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Ailment of the Issue

Iliopsoas
(ilio-so-as)


Skeleton - location of iliopsoas
Symptoms of injury to the Iliopsoas muscle:

Pain when lifting the leg, lower back pain. As well as when going from the sitting to the standing position.

When your lower back is painful and you feel the need to pull / bend forward this is the Iliopsoas.


Posture Laying on Back
While lying flat, if you are not able to bring the small of your back to the floor, you may have a tight Iliopsoas.
Image courtesy of www.humankinetics.com



Stretch of the Issue

Iliopsoas

Fencer's Position Stretch



The "fencer's stretch" is an easy way to stretch and lengthen the Iliopsoas.

Image courtesy of www.humankinetics.com

Release Relieve Recover March 2014 Newsletter
3/1/2014 12:25 PM

March/April 2014
Volume 5, Issue 2

Located At

655 NW Burnside Rd Ste. 1
Gresham, OR 97030

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Spring is coming
(yay)

Happy St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday, March 17th!

Easter Sunday is April 20th.

Celegrate completing your taxes with our tax time special.

Save $10 off one-hour or $5 off a half-hour massage from now until the end of April.

Treat your sour muscles to Terri's hot stone therapy and save money too!


 Purple colored spring flowers.


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Stretches of the Issue

Chin Tuck

Instructions: Move your chin straight back without moving the head forward. Keep your eyes focused straight ahead. Hold to the count of 10. Do this exercise up to 10 times.

Objective: To improve your head and neck posture.
Neck Posture Exercise - two fingers pressing on chin
Caution: Do not allow your chin to drop to your chest or your head to drop back. If the movement provokes dizziness or pain radiating to the arm, do not perform this exercise.

Source: http://hjd.med.nyu.edu/spine

Ailment of the Issue

Forward Posturing

Forward posturing is the anterior positioning of the cervical spine. It is a posture problem that is caused by several factors including sleeping with the head elevated too high, extended use of computers, lack of developed back muscle strength and lack of nutrients such as calcium. [1] This posture is sometimes called "Scholar's Neck", "Wearsie Neck", or "Reading Neck." Possible negative effects include tingling and numbness in the arms, and a burning pain between the shoulder blades. Treatment involves stretching the muscles in the front of the neck and torso. Massage with light traction by the massage therapist will help alleviate the pain associated with this condition. Stretching is recommended home care.

Release Relieve Recover January 2014 Newsletter
1/10/2014 5:13 PM

January/February 2014
Volume 5, Issue 1

Located At

655 NW Burnside Rd Ste. 1
Gresham, OR 97030

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Happy New Year

Winter is still here but we are filled with hope and expectation for a new year that is just beginning. Recover from the holiday season bustle by calling us and scheduling a visit with Terri.

Returning Customer Special: Mention this newsletter offer and receive $10 off a one hour massage or $5 off a half hour! Gift certificates are also available at this rate until February 28, 2014.

 Winter Cabin Scene - Happy New Year stamped in the snow.


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Stretches of the Issue

Arthritis

Stretching Exercises for Arthritis

Ailment of the Issue

Arthritis

Arthritis refers to inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness, and resulting from infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, or other causes. It occurs in various forms, such as bacterial arthritis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. One area where research indicates massage therapy is showing some real promise is with arthritis. Techniques such as effleurage, and craniosacral therapy, are all known to relieve pain caused by arthritis. Massage increases lymph and blood circulation so it will help arthritis and any inflammatory disease.

Release Relieve Recover November 2013 Newsletter
11/1/2013 2:15 PM

November/December 2013
Volume 4, Issue 6

Located At

655 NW Burnside Rd Ste. 1
Gresham, OR 97030

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Winter preparation

NOAA says a harsh winter this year.

Be good to yourself as you prepare for this season of sharing. Don't neglect lip balm and lotion. Prevention can save your skin from the chapping so common with the East winds. Schedule a massage as part of your hospitality routine during this season of sharing! A relaxed body will help you enjoy and extend yourself to other folks during this festive season.

Silver thaws and whipping winds make for fun stay-at-home times. Sock away an assortment of teas and hot beverage mixes. Dig out the board games and re-locate those flashlights and lamps (don't forget the batteries). And, if you should slip on the ice, massage will help reduce your pain.

At Anderson Therapeutic Massage Clinic, we also want to remind you that we have massage gift certificates to give to the folks on your gift list. Call today and get $5 off your next massage with the purchase of a gift for someone else.

 Person in heavy coat and bright umbrella walking in snow storm.
Remember for every person that you refer in to the clinic you will get a thank you card. With three thank you cards you get a half-hour massage for free!!!!! Share your relief with family and friends.

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Stretches of the Issue

Chronic Pain

Stretching Exercises for
Chronic Pain

Ailment of the Issue

Chronic Pain


Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain -- pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating.

With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person.

The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches. Other kinds of chronic pain include tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body, such as the shoulders, pelvis, and neck. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition.

Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

Stress makes pain worse, so learning to relax is a goal for patients. If you're upset about something, your pain will go up several points on the pain scale. Stress control techniques are very helpful for all types of pain.

Massage is a valuable tool in managing chronic pain. At the clinic, we specialize in techniques to improve your mobility and decrease the pain caused by a variety of ailments. Call us at 503-348-4794 to schedule a consultation and treatment.


Exceprt source: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/understanding-pain-management-chronic-pain
 
Release Relieve Recover September 2013 Newsletter
9/1/2013 6:27 PM

September/October 2013
Volume 4, Issue 5

Located At

655 NW Burnside Rd Ste. 1
Gresham, OR 97030

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Back to School

The kids are on their way to school.

It's time to settle into your new routine.  If you are exerting yourself in a new way, you may need to build up to your new activities slowly.  We see injuries occur from simple movements that involve new muscle groups.

We can help you get ready for a new sport or help speed recovery from overuse and trauma.  We are happy to assist you during this transition to keep you healthy.

A visit to our clinic is a good way to soothe and revitalize.  Massage has been shown to have greater recuperative success than other anti-inflammatory treatments.  The mechanism for this change is currently being studied. We'll keep you updated.

Until then, let us simply recommend therapeutic massage as an effective treatment.  After a treatment, you will not just feel relief, you'll be on the road to recovery and strength.

Call our office to schedule an appointment today.  We are a provider on many health insurance plans.

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pencil


Remember for every person that you refer in to the clinic you will get a thank you card. With three thank you cards you get a half-hour massage for free!!!!! WOW, what a deal. So tell family and friends.



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Stretches of the Issue

Scoliosis

Stretching Exercises for
Scoliosis

Ailment of the Issue
Scoliosis

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine.  There is more than one type of scoliosis. Congenital occurs at birth, and Neuromuscular is due to disorders that are muscular or neurological in origin.

Symptoms

The curve can be seen and the head can look off balance as well as one hip can be higher than the other.

Treatment

Massage therapy is an excellent way to improve your symptoms and manage the pain. The massage will relax the muscles and enable them to release their tension returning to their normal state. Massage also aids in increasing your endorphin levels, which improves your mood and decreases your pain levels. We always recommend that you see your physician to make sure you do not need immediate medical attention.


source: http://www.medicinenet.com/scoliosis/page2.htm
 
Release Relieve Recover July 2013 Newsletter
7/2/2013 8:29 PM

July/August 2013
Volume 4, Issue 4

Located At

655 NW Burnside Rd Ste. 1
Gresham, OR 97030

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Decorative Summer time image

Summer is really here!

Get outside and enjoy.



We hope you are taking advantage of summer opportunities for a more active healthy life style  Getting outside can improve your mood and your overall health.

Walking, lawn-mowing, gardening, biking, rowing and swimming are just a few activities that can lead to a happy healthy you.

If you haven't been active for awhile, start slowly. It's tempting to go full out right away but a gradual increase in activity will yield good results and minimize your risk of injury.

If you do find you are experiencing pain from overdoing it, give us a call at the clinic. Terri is an expert massage therapist and can get your body on the path to healing.


Example of stretching exercise - Back - Single Knee to Chest Stretch.




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In this Issue

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction generally refers to pain in the sacroiliac joint region that is caused by abnormal motion in the sacroiliac joint; either too much motion or too little motion. It typically results in inflammation of the S I joint, and can be debilitating. Common symptoms include lower back pain, buttocks pain, sciatic leg pain, groin pain, hip pain, urinary frequency, and transient numbness, prickling, or tingling. Pain can range from dull aching to sharp and stabbing and increases with physical activity.
Source: Wikipedia
Pelvic Bone Diagram
The University of Michigan Health System recommends the following stretching exercises for pain in the sacroiliac joint.

Lie on a hard floor and extend your left leg forward. Slowly pull the right knee up toward your chest with both hands. Hold that position then repeat with the other leg.

This time, bend both knees and pull them toward your chest. Hold that position, then repeat the movement.

Move over to the doorway and lie there with one foot against the wall and the other extending into the hallway. This will stretch your hamstring (back of thigh) muscle. Hold this position 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.

Lie on your back, prop your knees up and slowly spread both of them outward, stretching the muscles in your inner thigh area. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, then relax. Repeat this movement three times.
Release Relieve Recover May 2013 Newsletter
4/30/2013 8:17 AM

May/June 2013
Volume 4, Issue 3

Located At

655 NW Burnside Rd Ste. 1
Gresham, OR 97030

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May is for Mom
June is for Dad

May/June calendar: Gratitude exercises!

Mother’s Day is on May 12th. Remember those who nurture you in your life and celebrate them.

Memorial Day is on May 27th. Appreciate the sacrifices of others for your well-being.

Father’s Day is on June 16th. Remember those who provide the framework and support system of your life and show them you care.

The Summer Solstice in June also means the days will stop getting longer. Get outside and get your vitamin D. Enjoy the peak of summer light and high season for plant growth.

Give the gift of health to a loved one by referring them to us with a gift certificate. From May 1st to Mother’s Day, gift certificates are $10 off for an hour massage and from June 1st until Father’s Day, the same special rate applies!


Stretches of the Issue
Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow Stretching Examples

                   



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Ailment of the Issue

Tennis Elbow

Lateral epicondylitis or lateral epicondylalgia, known colloquially as tennis elbow, shooter's elbow, and archer's elbow or simply lateral elbow pain, is a condition where the outer part of the elbow becomes sore and tender. Since the cause of this condition is still unknown, there is no single agreed name. While the common name "tennis elbow" suggests a strong link to racquet sports, this condition can also be caused by sports such as swimming and climbing, the work of manual workers and waiters, playing guitar and similar instruments, as well as activities of daily life. Tennis elbow is an overuse injury occurring in the lateral side of the elbow region, but more specifically it occurs at the common extensor tendon that originates from the lateral epicondyle. The acute pain that a person might feel occurs when they fully extend their arm.

In one study, data was collected from 113 patients who had tennis elbow, and the main factor common to them all was overexertion. Sports-persons as well as those who used the same repetitive motion for many years, especially in their profession, suffered from tennis elbow. It was also common in individuals who performed motions they were unaccustomed to. In the same study, it was mentioned that the majority of patients suffered tennis elbow in their dominant arms.

source: Wikipedia


At the clinic:
MASSAGE TREATMENT FOR TENNIS ELBOW


On your first visit, we will go though about a 15 min evaluation. After the evaluation, we will discuss a treatment plan.

When the massage begins, we will start with the area that is bothering you the most, which is normally the forearm. The forearm and the upper arm is work then we work up into the neck. That is on both the right and the left side of the body. Then we will finish the massage working the upper back, shoulders (scapula) and the neck.

Building Blocks Mom Dad

Release Relieve Recover March 2013 Newsletter
3/5/2013 6:08 PM

March/April 2013
Volume 4, Issue 2

Located At

655 NW Burnside Rd Ste. 1
Gresham, OR 97030

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April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Spring is on its way!
Spring is just around the corner. It's time to get busy and complete all of our Spring cleaning and early planting. But it is also a time when people will become injured from improper lifting. Don't be one of the many people this year that will injure themselves by improperly lifting boxes, plants and other items. Even though the item may not be heavy, if picked up improperly, it could lead to pain and injury.

Lift with your legs

What is new !!!

We have made some changes here at the office that we are very excited about. The reception room has changed to the front of the office. Now when you enter, you come in though the first door into a brighter larger room.
We are sorry to say goodbye to Sara. She has decided to move her practice to a new location, We wish her the best.
As we move into Spring remember that:
On March 10th, we move our clocks ahead one hour.
On March 16th, Terri will be taking a vacation and will be back in the office on the 25th.
St Patrick's Day is on March 17th, so don't forget your green that day!
March 31st brings us the Easter Bunny this year.
And April 15th, brings us stress with taxes, give us a call we can help!!!
       With the stress, not your taxes.



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Fibromyalgia Cycle - Muscle stiffness - Pain - Muscle tension - Daily stress - Limited activity - Fatigue - Depression.

Ailment of the Issue

Fibromyalgia


What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disease that is painful. It has muscular pain through out the body, with fatigue.


Symptoms

Muscle pain, spasm and/or tenderness, joint pain, neck or back pain
Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy
Insomnia or awaking feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep
Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long
Difficulty remembering and/or concentrating
Abdominal pain
Tension or migraine headaches
Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights
You may experience some or all of these symptoms


Treatment

Massage therapy is one way to gently stretch and release the muscles to help you manage your pain. Massage relaxes muscles, letting them release, decreases tension and returns them to a more natural state. This may take more then one treatment. With initial treatment, you may see a slight increase in pain, then lessening in pain as treatment continues. Seeing your physician makes sure that medical intervention/adjunct treatment can be given if needed.


What can you do to help treat and prevent this injury?

Stretch! Stretch! Stretch! Make sure to stretch before engaging in strenuous activities. Also, proper lifting techniques are a must!

Source: http://www.webmd.com
Release Relieve Recover January 2013 Newsletter
1/4/2013 12:03 PM

January/February 2013
Volume 4, Issue 1

Located At

655 NW Burnside Rd Ste. 1
Gresham, OR 97030

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Happy New Year!

When the clock strikes twelve on December 31st, people all over the world cheer and wish each other a very Happy New Year. For some, this event is no more than a change of a calendar. For others, the New Year symbolizes the beginning of a better tomorrow. So, if you look forward to a good year ahead, spread happiness with these wonderful New Year wishes.

Frozen Shoulder
Stretches

Stretches for Frozen Shoulders

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Frozen Shoulder


What is frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one or two years.

Your risk of developing frozen shoulder increases if you're recovering from a medical condition or procedure that affects the mobility of your arm -- such as a stroke or a mastectomy.



Treatment for frozen shoulder

To massage frozen shoulder, we need to reduce the pain sensitivity with hot and cold packs,  then we add very gentle massage to the top and the bottom of the shoulder joint. As the pain level reduces then we begin to break down the adhesion and stretch the joint. This will take time, but massage can help reverse the effects of frozen shoulder.




Exercising several times each week may help you increase your ability to handle pain.



Sources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/frozen-shoulder/DS00416 & http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/tmj-disorders/overview.html
Release Relieve Recover November 2012 Newsletter
11/8/2012 7:44:13 PM

November/December 2012
Volume 3, Issue 6

Located At

655 NW Burnside Rd Ste. 1
Gresham, OR 97030

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Holiday Special!

'Tis the season to share!
As you make up your Christmas lists,
Share the gift of relaxation and peace
With family and friends
As we share our Holiday Special
From November 23rd to December 24th.

Gift Certificates will be on sale

$10.00 of the hour and $ 5.00 off the half hour

Holiday Coloring Contest

Click this link to print the Holiday Coloring Page

Coloring Contest

Ailment of the Issue: TMJ

Ailment of the Issue - TMJ

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What is TMJ?

      Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ disorders) are problems or symptoms of the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.

There are two matching temporomandibular joints -- one on each side of your head, located just in front of your ears. The abbreviation "TMJ" literally refers to the joint but is often used to mean any disorders or symptoms of this region.

Many TMJ-related symptoms are caused by the effects of physical stress on the structures around the joint. These structures include:
  • Cartilage disk at the joint
  • Muscles of the jaw, face, and neck
  • Nearby ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves
  • Teeth
Other factors that might make TMJ symptoms worse are stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep.

Many people end up having "trigger points" -- contracted muscles in your jaw, head, and neck. Trigger points can refer pain to other areas, causing a headache, earache, or toothache. See chart below for an illustration of the trigger points.

Other possible causes of TMJ-related symptoms include arthritis, fractures, dislocations, and structural problems present since birth.

Treatment for TMJ

Terri recommends for chronic or more serious TMJ symptoms, receive a massage from a TMJ trained massage therapist  to the muscles of the jaw and neck to reduce symptoms.
  • Simple, gentle therapies are usually recommended first.
  • Learn how to gently stretch, relax, or massage the muscles around your jaw. Your massage therapist, doctor or dentist can help you with these.
  • Avoid actions that cause your symptoms, such as yawning, singing, and chewing gum.
  • Try moist heat or cold packs on your face.
  • Learn stress-reducing techniques.
  • Exercising several times each week may help you increase your ability to handle pain.
   Source: http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/tmj-disorders/overview.html
Release Relieve Recover September 2012 Newsletter
9/7/2012 4:59:23 PM

Sept - October 2012
Volume 3, Issue 5

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Back To School!

How to Cope with Back To School Stress

                                 By: Kendra Cherry, About.com Guide

Whether you are headed school this fall or getting your children ready for the back to school rush, you are probably facing a considerable amount of stress. From finding school supplies to arranging transportation, it is all to easy to become overwhelmed by a seemingly endless list of demands.

Need great tips for reducing your back to school stress?
  1. Learn how to manage your time wisely. With a little careful planning, you can reduce or eliminate a great deal of stress.
  2. Focus on organization. There are plenty of cheap and easy organization tools available that will help you remember deadlines, track assignments and plan your schedule.
  3. Understand your learning style. In order to establish the best study habits, it's important to know how you learn most effectively.
  4. Brush up on your study skills. Start the term out on the right foot by working on your study habits, test-taking skills and writing strategies. Each course brings with it a unique set of challenges, but making a few simple tweaks to your normal academic habits can dramatically improve your grades and information retention.
  5. Work on learning more efficiently. Improving your study habits is great, but what if there was a way to improve your ability to retain and recall information? Fortunately, there are some great tips you can use to dramatically improve your learning efficiency and effectiveness.
  6. Treat yourself to a massage to reduce stress and make yourself feel a little less overwhelmed!

Ailment of the Issue
Neck and Shoulder Tension

What is Neck and Shoulder Tension?

Symptoms of Neck and Shoulder Tension:
The neck and shoulder is an area where almost all clients experience pain, tightness, or some degree of discomfort. This is understandable since this is a complex area and is responsible for most of the movement of the upper body.
Neck and shoulder pain is very familiar to most of us. Tight shoulders, stiff neck, pain and restriction of movement when the head is moved in certain directions. The most common complaint is pain between the shoulder blades. As always, when you palpate the affected areas you will feel tight bands in the affected muscle groups in the neck and shoulder areas.
What Causes Neck and Shoulder Tension?
Some of the main causes of tension in the neck and shoulders are: accidents, sports injuries, exertion, bad posture, especially at the computer for extended periods of time, and mental tension and emotional trauma. All of these conditions cause the shoulders to be raised for long periods and sometimes permanently. You see, just as the muscles tighten as a form of protection in the presence of danger, so too the shoulders rise to protect the head and neck, which are vital parts of the human anatomy.
Source: www.painprof.com




Treating Neck and Shoulder Tension with Massage:


Depending on the level of tension, Terri Anderson recommends deep tissue massage to the neck and upper back along with range of motion in the neck and shoulders. The aim of massage is to release tension in the muscle and fascia and stimulate blood flow.





Stretches of the Issue

Neck and Shoulder Tension



Neck and Shoulder Stretches

Source: http://lifestylephysio.com.au/bak/neck_Exercises.html
www.greshampodiatry.com







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July/August 2012
Volume 3, Issue 4

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Independence Day!

We all celebrate our Independence on July 4th!

One Nation Under God

                                         By: Roger Robicheau

One Nation Under God we live
Think about all some had to give

We the people share freedom's life
In a world of ever present strife

Be grateful to those who keep this true
Warriors of our red, white and blue

They're trained by those of great skill
Honed to perform, so strong their will

They show what love is all about
They'll fight for us, there is no doubt

Defending bravely what we are
No holding back each heartfelt star

Highly praise these men and women
Giving thanks time and again

Those in uniform will always be
The Golden Pride of this country

Stretches of the Issue
Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Stretches of the Issue - Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Source: http://www.thenpmom.wordpress.com


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Ailment of the Issue
Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

     Iliotibial Band Syndrome is often referred to by other names, most commonly, runners knee and Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome, sometimes shortened to ITBS or ITBFS.

Symptoms of Iliotibial Band Syndrome:
  • Pain on the outside of the knee (at or around the lateral epicondyle of the femur).
  • Tightness in the iliotibial band.
  • Pain normally aggravated by running, particularly downhill.
  • Pain during flexion or extension of the knee, made worse by pressing in at the side of the knee over the sore part.
  • Weakness in hip abduction.
Tender trigger points in the gluteal area may also be present.

What Causes IT Band Syndrome?

   Certain factors may make you more susceptible to developing runners knee or iliotibial band syndrome:
  • A naturally tight or wide IT band
  • Weak hip muscles such as gluteus medius
  • Trigger points within the IT band and gluteal muscles
  • Over pronation
  • Overuse
  • Excessive hill running
  • Running on a cambered surface
  • Leg length difference
  • Most of these factors can be addressed through changes to your training program, the use of insoles or heel pads and a thorough rehabilitation program.
    Iliotibial band friction syndrome may require long-term rehabilitation and frequent Iliotibial band stretches should be maintained even after symptoms cease.

Source: http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries
/knee-pain/iliotibial-band-syndrome

Treating Iliotibial Band Syndrome with Massage

    Terri Anderson recommends soft tissue or deep friction massage as well as Myofascial release techniques. The aim of sports massage is to release tension in the muscle and fascia and stimulate blood flow.

    Massage must not be performed during the acute stage of an injury - usually at least 48 hours after injury. For grade two and three strains, massage may not be suitable for over a week. This is because if there is still bleeding then heat and massage will increase bleeding, not stop it.

source http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/knee-pain/iliotibial-band-syndrome/sports-massage-techniques-iliotibial-band-syndrome

What can the athlete do?
  • Rest
  • Avoid painful stimuli, for example downhill running.
  • Apply cold therapy or ice to reduce any inflammation.
  • Iliotibial Band Stretches after training and throughout the day are important.


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June 2012
Volume 3, Issue 3

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Celebrate Dad!
Father's Day is Sunday, June 17th!


Father's Day is a wonderful opportunity to show your Dad how much you love and appreciate all that he does. Shopping for dad can be a little intimidating though. What do you give the guy who has all the tools and gadgets he could possibly need?

This year give your special Dad the gift of relaxation and indulgence. Let the loving and healing hands of Terri Anderson pamper and soothe his tired muscles with an unforgettable massage.


What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,
He called it ... Dad

~~Author Unknown.~~



Stretches of the Issue
Plantar Fasciitis

Lift Using Legs

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Ailment of the Issue
Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

It is the most common cause of heel pain. This will happen when the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed.

Treating Plantar Fasciitis with Massage

1. Massage the Sole of Your Foot
A petrissage massage on the sole of your foot stretches the plantar fascia and arch ligaments. In this type of treatment, a massage therapist starts at the heel and works his way up to the ball of your foot using his thumbs. The thumbs should be pointing toward each other, like an inverted letter V.
2. Cross Friction Heel Massage
A cross friction heel massage can be beneficial when done for very short periods of time so as not to cause more pain to your foot. This type of treatment usually lasts from 2 to 5 minutes. The massage therapist massages the deep tissues of your heel with her thumbs, starting in the middle of your foot and working outward. She may also do a circular massage in certain spots where she feels knots in the plantar fascia.
3. Self-Treat With Rolling Exercises
If you're having pain between massage therapy appointments or you haven't yet tried physical therapy as a treatment, you can self-treat your symptoms at home. Roll a tennis ball under your foot. This exercise stretches the fascia but also produces the same kind of acupressure you would get from a massage. Start your rolling exercises while sitting and gradually work your way up to a standing position for a more intense stretch.

More Treatments
  • Terri Anderson recommends massage of the inflamed tendons, muscles and soft tissues of the foot.
  • Rest your feet. Limit or, if possible, stop daily activities that are causing your heel pain. Try to avoid running or walking on hard surfaces, such as concrete.
  • To reduce inflammation and relieve pain, put ice on your heel.
  • Wear shoes with good shock absorption and the right arch support for your foot. Athletic shoes or shoes with a well-cushioned sole are usually good choices.
  • Try heel cups or shoe inserts to help cushion your heel. You can buy these at many athletic shoe stores and drugstores. Use them in both shoes, even if only one foot hurts.
  • Put on your shoes as soon as you get out of bed. Going barefoot or wearing slippers may make your pain worse.
  • Do simple exercises such as calf stretches and towel stretches several times a day, especially when you first get up in the morning. These can help your ligament become more flexible and strengthen the muscles that support your arch.


What can you do to help treat and prevent this injury?

Take care of your feet. Wear shoes with good arch support and heel cushioning. If your work requires you to stand on hard surfaces, stand on a thick rubber mat to reduce stress on your feet. Do stretches before sports, but it is helpful for non athletes as well.

sourcehttp://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/plantar-fasciitis-directory


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April/May 2012
Volume 3, Issue 2

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April Showers Bring
May Flowers!
 

Spring is on its way!

Spring is just around the corner. Time get busy and complete all of our Spring Cleaning and early planting. But it is also a time when people will become injured from improper lifting.  Don't be one of the many people this year that will injure themselves by improperly lifting, boxes, plants and other items. Even though the item may not be heavy, if picked up improperly, it could lead to pain and injury.

Below is a diagram showing the proper way to lift items. Remember to lift using your legs, not your back!

Lift Using Legs

What is new!!!

We are sorry that we have to say goodbye to Jessica as she moves into a new and exciting phase in her life, we will miss her greatly at Anderson Therapeutic Massage Clinic!!! We wish her the very best.               

Robyn Burns has decided to try and fill the open position, We are happy to have a new face here at the clinic.

April 8th brings us the Easter Bunny, this year.

April 15th brings us stress with  taxes, give us a call we can help, with the stress not the taxes!!!!
Stretches of the Issue
Low Back

Example for Stretching Low Back Muscles


What is Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain occurs in more than 80% of people at some point in their life. There are many types and reasons for the back pain, but we are going to focus on the Lower Back Pain from muscle tension. This is when the muscles has contracted and will not release back to their relaxed state.

Symptoms

The pain felt in the lower back may range from mild to severe. It may stay in your lower back or travel down your legs, depending on the severity of the injury or tension you may have. You may also experience decreased range of motion.

Treatment

Massage therapy is an excellent way to improve your symptoms and manage the pain. The massage will relax the muscles and enable them to release their tension and return to their normal state. Massage also aids in increasing your endorphin levels, which improves your mood and pain levels. We always recommend that you see your physician to make sure you do not need immediate medical attention.

What can you do to help treat and prevent this injury?

Stretch! Stretch! Stretch! Make sure to stretch before engaging in strenuous activities. Also, proper lifting techniques are a must!

sourcehttp://www.spine-health.com/wellness/massage-therapy/massage-therapy-lower-back-pain

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