Posts Tagged ‘massage’

Juvenile Diabetes Walk

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Join us September 30th for the annual Juvenile Diabetes Walk at Independence Grove!! We have been participating at this event for many years and we are offering FREE chair massages for everyone.

Each year, JDRF One Walk brings together more than 900,000 people across the country to change the future for everyone living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This fun, family–friendly event gives people with T1D, their loved ones, companies and the local community the opportunity to come together, create change and positively impact lives of those living with T1D.

Click on the link below to register or to donate to this great cause! See you Sunday!

 

India Hicks Fundraiser for Twice as Nice Mother and Child

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Dr. Jade will be hosting an India Hicks party on June 13th to benefit Twice as Nice Mother and Child! Twice as Nice Mother and Child provides assistance to mothers and children in crisis by distributing basic needs at NO cost. Dr. Jade is on the board of this great organization, and by hosting this party we hope to bring exposure to the extensive needs right here in Lake County!

Bring a pack of diapers and be entered to win a 60 minute massage gift card!  Can’t attend?  No problem!  Shop online at the link below!

India Hicks lifestyle brand is a collection of affordable luxury goods featuring handbags, jewelry, body products and accessories that are a juxtaposition of the British heritage and Bahamian life of designer, India Hicks.

Beautiful items at every price point – there is literally something for everyone. Shop for yourself or stock up on gifts – all while supporting an amazing cause!

Can’t wait? The exclusive link is live NOW:
https://www.indiahicks.com/event/twice-as-nice-mother-child-fundraiser/shopping

Open house style, bring a friend!  Check out the invite below to RSVP

RSVP & DETAILS HERE

Hope to see you there!!

Mother’s Day Massage!!

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Mother’s day is quickly approaching on May 13th! Do you have a gift yet? Do you know what would be great!! Treating her to a massage!! We are offering  60 minute or 90 minute massages at a great discount for that special lady in your life. Call today and we can upgrade her massage with a half off cupping session!!!

 

 

 

Offer is valid until May 12th

Wine About Winter

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Let’s Wine About Winter!

A store to store wine experience thru the heart of downtown Libertyville. Different merchants through out the downtown area will have their doors open to the public with samples of wine. Vendors will be showing off their products, different services they provide as well offering amazing deals. Here at North Shore Pro-Active Health we will be offering two types of raffles. There will also be two massage therapists on site to offer FREE chair massages while you take a tour of the office and sample your wine!! Tickets will be going on sale January 31st!

Treat Your Sweet!!

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Treat your sweet this Valentine’s Day with a massage from one of our massage therapists!!! Danielle, Julie and Karith are available five to six days a week to make sure that your someone special deserves a break. 

Buy purchasing one massage at full price you can receive a second massage for 50% off!

Buy one 60 minute massage for $90.00 and the second for $45.00

Buy one 90 minute massage for $125 and the second for $62.50

Sale ends on February 13th so call today!!

Muscle of the Month: Pec Major & Minor

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

When people want to start exercising more, one of the first muscles they want to work on is their chest. Most people have heard of large muscle pectoralis major but seem to forget about pectoralis minor. Both need to work together in order to function at their highest capacity.

The pectoralis major muscle is a large muscle in the upper chest, fanning across the chest from the shoulder to the breastbone. The two pectoralis major muscles, commonly referred to as the “pecs,” are the muscles that create the bulk of the chest. The pectorals are predominantly used to control the movement of the arm and also play a part in deep inhalation, pulling the ribcage to create room for the lungs to expand. Six separate sets of muscle fibers are identified within the pectoralis major muscle. This enables each portion of the pectoralis major muscle to be moved separately by the nervous system.

The pectoralis minor is a thin, flat muscle found immediately underneath the pectoralis major. This is the smaller of the two pectoral muscles, or muscles of the chest. This muscle extends from three origins on the third, fourth, and fifth ribs on each side of the ribcage to the coracoid process (a small, hook-like structure) of the scapula, or shoulder blade.

The following events listed below can aggravate the Pec Major:

  • Unusual postures like head leaned forward for a long time, shoulders deliberately pushed forward, sunken-chest posture
  • Sitting in front of computer or working at a stretch on a desk may cause distorted postures
  • Sudden jerks during weight lifting with the arms out in front of the body
  • Already fatigued muscles if further used for heavy jobs may lead to simple to severe pain in the muscles.
  • Intensive anxiety over a long period of time or recurring panic attacks

The following events listed below can aggravate the Pec Minor:

  • Trauma to the chest caused by a car accident, such as whiplash
  • Major or minor fracture or strain of the upper ribs.
  • Use of crutches for a long time
  • Hyperventilation or heavy breathing
  • Mental stress for a long time
  • Carrying heavy backpack or similar things over a period of time.
  • Keeping the head forward for a long time, and sunken-chest posture that are common in people who work on computers for longer periods
  • Previous or irregular cardiac pain from a heart attack or angina pectoris

Here are some common symptoms for Pec Major and Pec Minor:

  • Pectoralis major pain may occur in the form of chest pain, shoulder pain particularly frontal part, and pain in the inside of arm to the elbow. This pain may sometimes be confused as cardiac pain which can be confirmed by medical experts
  • Impaired lymphatic drainage may cause the breast to enlarge
  • Pain may spread into the ring finger and little finger of the hand for pec major
  • A pain in between the shoulder blade may occur simultaneously
  • Pain may be felt while stretching the hands on two sides
  • Severe pain may cause a feeling of constriction in the chest which much resembles to that of angina pectoris
  • Pain may be irregular which is felt while actively using the upper arms
  • Pain may be one-sided initially, but if not treated may spread to the other side of the chest
  • A feeling of pain coming from the inside part of the elbow that is often confused with the pain of “golfer’s elbow” or medial epicondylitis may be a symptom of pec minor
  • Pain that is originating in the inside of the arm and extending up to the middle, ring and little finger may be a symptom of pec minor as well as numbness in the hand and forearm
  • Difficulty in stretching the arm forward and up may be painful

*If you think you are having chest pain and is not sure if it is muscle related or if you are having a heart attack please go to emergency room and/or check in with your medical doctor

If your symptoms are related more to pec major or pec minor here are some things to do.

  • Rest would be very important since these muscle do so much work
  • Icing the area a few times a day for 15-20 minutes at each session
  • Some sort of anti-inflammatory to control the inflammation
  • Treatment at our office would be with Low Level Light Therapy, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy for stretching and to start implementing an exercises routine. Massage therapy to try and relax the tight and aggravated muscles. As well as a posture program to make sure the correct muscles are working properly

Mention this blog to receive your New Patient exam for only $55!! Call today at 847-362-4476

What Is Cupping Therapy and What Can It Do For You?

by Karith King

Cupping is a unique treatment that uses suction to lift tissue as a cup is moved by the therapist to decompress the underlying tissue. It combines various massage and stretching techniques with the application of a slightly pressurized cup. This helps to lift and separate the soft tissue, allowing for greater fluid movement and nutrient supply throughout the soft tissues. This nourishes, detoxifies, stimulates and increases range of motion. The cups come in various sizes depending on the treatment area needed.

Though it was recently made famous during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics when the cupping marks (circular bruises) were visible all over swimmer Michael Phelps, cupping has actually been around for a very long time. Cupping is an ancient medical treatment; its Chinese roots date back to 300 or 400 A.D. Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures also have ancient records of the practice. Cupping is still regularly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Chinese hospitals and elsewhere.

Cupping creates a negative (tension) pressure which:

      Passively stretches tissue resulting in increased ROM.

      Increases blood supply/heat to area treated.

      Increases fluid movement, which assists in recovery.

      Increases nutrient-rich blood supply to injured area.

People seek cupping therapy for many purposes, including pain management, to reduce inflammation, improve circulation and digestion, to promote relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.  Don’t be turned off by those ‘bruises!’ They are often the sign of a successful treatment and will disappear within two days to two weeks!

Cupping can help improve several medical conditions including:

  Poor circulation

  Sciatica

  Low back pain

  Chronic pain

  Arthritis

  Muscular Aches

  Bursitis

  Tendonitis

  Scars and Adhesions

  Trigger Points (knots)

  Tension Headaches

  Sinusitis

  Pre & Post-Operative Conditions

  Athletic Stress & Injury

  Plantar Fasciitis

  Myofascial Pain Syndrome

  Scoliosis

  Fibromyalgia

Are you interested in experiencing cupping for yourself?  We recommend an initial massage with Karith so she can learn your tissues to better understand where you could benefit from cupping.  Following that initial massage at regular price you can recieve your first cupping session for *FREE (with the purchase of follow-up massage).  If you are a current client of Karith’s, add on cupping to your next massage session for FREE.  Mention this blog for discount!

Because I Love You 2017 Giveaway

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Enter to win this amazing gift for her or him!

Don’t let Valentine’s Day be over on the 14th!! This giveaway is another way to say I love you to that special someone and all of the work is done for you!!

If you are the lucky winner, you and your sweetheart will receive:
$50 Gift Card to Shakou
Bouquet of Flowers from Joseph’s Florist
Hour Massage from North Shore Pro-Active Health

How to receive tickets to enter the giveaway:
Being on time for an appointment = 1 Ticket

Buying any product in the office = 1 Ticket
Booking a 60 or 90 minute massage = 5 Tickets
Refering a new patient to the office = 10 Tickets
Buying any Zerona Laser Package = 10 Tickets

Why You Should Foam Roll

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Why Should You Use a Foam Roller?

This is one of the many questions we get asked during our rehab time with patients. Many people do not know what a foam roller is and how it will even help them. They think it is just another one of our torture devices we use on people.

Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. This is something you can do at home without having to come into the office. This method can be performed with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane, or your own hands. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

This can have a wide range of benefits for the everyday gym-goer or someone who who works out at home. Benefits of using the foam roller will be increased blood flow throughout the body, better movement and increased range of motion. These benefits can decrease the chance of injury and decrease recovery time after a workout. A decreased recovery time means more training sessions per week/month and results can come quicker. Increased circulation is huge for recovery and to improve greater range of motion.

This can be done before or after a workout is performed. In the beginning the areas you use the foam roller will have some discomfort but the more you work on it the muscles will loosen up and your body will get used to it. There is no wrong way to use the foam roller except if you are using improper form. So if you are not sure don’t be afraid to ask because we would rather have you ask us questions then go home and aggravate the muscle.  Important areas to foam roll are all of them!!! From your calves to your middle back then foam roller can be used to work out those knots.  Here are some ways to use a foam roller.

So the next time you see a foam roller don’t be afraid of it!! Embrace it and it will be your new best friend!!

 

What is a Trigger Point?

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

What are these knots in my back and neck?? Are these normal? How do I get rid of them? This is a very popular question that we get asked here in the office at North Shore Pro-Active Health. Before we answer the question above let us talk about how muscle fibers work. Within skeletal muscle there are three types of fiber. Type one (I), type two A (IIa) and type two B (IIb). Each fiber types has different qualities in the way they perform and how quickly they fatigue.

Types of Trigger Points

Type I fibers are also known as slow twitch fibers. They are red in color due to the presence of large volumes of myoglobin (iron-oxygen binding protein) and high numbers of Mitochondria (power house of the cell). They are very resistant to fatigue and are capable of producing repeated low-level contractions by producing large amounts of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) through an aerobic metabolic cycle. The muscles containing mainly type I fibers are often postural muscles such as those in the neck and spine due to their endurance capabilities.

Type IIa fibers are also sometimes known as fast oxidative fibres and are a hybrid of type I and II fibers. These fibers contain a large number of mitochondria and Myoglobin, hence their red colour. They manufacture and split ATP at a fast rate by utilising both aerobic and anaerobic metabolism and so produce fast, strong muscle contractions, although they are more prone to fatigue than type I fibers.

Type IIb often known as fast glycolytic fibers they are white in colour due to a low level of myoglobin and also contain few mitochondria. They produce ATP at a slow rate by anaerobic metabolism and break it down very quickly. This results in short, fast bursts of power and rapid fatigue. As mentioned above, this type of fiber can be turned into type IIa fibers by resistance training. This is a positive change due to the increased fatigue resistance of type IIa fibers. These fibers are found in large quantities in the muscles of the arms.

Muscles make up between 36-42% of body weight, on average. They are a large percentage of our total weight and have a corresponding impact on our health. When all is in working order, muscles allow us to perform normal activities with ease. When our muscles harbor trigger points, we experience pain, stiffness and tension, physical limitation and loss of normal function.

Factors commonly cited as predisposing to trigger point formation include but are not limited to: de-conditioning, poor posture, repetitive mechanical stress, mechanical imbalance (e.g. leg length inequality), joint disorders, non-restorative sleep, vitamin deficiencies, muscle clenching and tensing due to emotional/mental stress, direct injury or being inactive for long periods of time such as sitting or bed rest.

Active Trigger Points versus Dormant Trigger Points

After forming, trigger points have two phases, active and dormant. The active, painful phase of the trigger point is the one which produces the unrelenting, debilitating pain symptoms and which motivates people to seek relief. The active trigger point hurts when pressed with a finger and causes pain around it and in other areas. It causes the muscle in which it’s located to be weak and due to the taut bands, to have limited flexibility. The active trigger point referral symptom may feel like a dull ache, deep, pressing pain, burning, or a sensation of numbness and fatigue. The affected dense, shortened muscles, laden with taut bands may even compress and entrap nerves, leading to another secondary set of symptoms. If unaddressed or ineffectively treated, eventually, other muscles around the dysfunctional one may be required to “take up the slack”, becoming stressed and developing secondary trigger points. It is not unusual for chronic pain patients to have multiple, overlapping referred pain patterns, making diagnosis and treatment more complex.

Trigger points can also lie quietly in muscles, sometimes for years. This type of trigger point is called dormant or in-active. These trigger points are very common. Unless you press on the trigger point and feel the tenderness, you probably don’t know they are there. Most people have at least a few. They may persist for years after apparent recovery from injury. Dormant trigger points cause; restricted movement, distorted muscle movement patterns, stiffness and weakness of the affected muscle and generally do not cause pain unless compressed.

How Many Trigger Points Can I Have?

Since a trigger point is an abnormal biochemical and mechanical area in contracted muscle tissue, the number and exact location on each person can vary.  All muscle tissue is potentially prone to developing trigger points. Sometimes people have one trigger point but more often they have many. Prolonged referral of pain and weakness from a one trigger point to another area of the body will generally cause other trigger points to develop in that area. These, in turn, if left untreated, can activate and also refer pain, creating multiple pain patterns. The more areas that have pain and the longer you have had the pain, the more trigger points you are likely to have. It is rare for someone with pain to only have one or two muscles with trigger points.

What Can I Do For My Trigger Points?

Here at North Shore Pro-Active Health we see patients every day that deal with some sort of trigger point issue. Whether it is in their neck, low back, forearm, calf or hamstrings there are ways to help reduce the symptoms of pain and correct the muscles so they do not come back again. A few tools we use in the office are foam rollers, lacrosse balls and Tiger Tails. These are items that can be used at home on a daily basis or if there is going to be a lot of travel and then the patient can do self care. We also encourage trigger point release massage with our massage therapist. The length of time can be from 60 minutes to 90 minutes depending on how severe the pain is for the patient.

If you have any questions or concerns please call the office at 847-362-4476 for a free consultation and also mention this blog to receive 15% off either a Tiger Tail or Foam roller!