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Cupping Therapy: Fad or Fabulous?

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During the Summer Olympics, a day didn’t go by without someone asking about Cupping: the alternative therapy that Michael Phelps made (in)famous. The most common questions have been: What is it? Should I try it? Does it work? Does it hurt? What is it good for? WHY would anyone endure those ugly bruises?

Critics point to the absence of clinical studies as proof that cupping is a fad with no effective purpose, and supporters argue that it relieves pain, fatigue and all sorts of illnesses. So, I thought it would be helpful to share how I use this modality, and what my clients here in Pittsburgh have to say about it.

This technique begins with attaching special cups onto the skin. Many types of cups exist, but I stick to plastic and silicone. A hand pump extracts air from plastic cups, and with silicone cups, you simply squeeze it to create suction. From there, the cups can be left on the skin for a few minutes, or pulled across the skin and moved in different ways. The vacuum causes blood vessels in the skin to expand and draw in blood. This new blood saturates the tissue and draws out stagnant blood. At the same time, biochemical that stimulate healing are dispatched to the area.

Cupping is often described as a “reverse massage” since the tissue is being pulled up and away from the body, rather than pressed down. Pain is personal to each individual. Generally, cupping pain is short-lived and mild, and the experience tends to be pleasant and soothing. Sometimes the tissue is very tight and it hurts, but suction can be decreased to modify the pain. As for the marks, well…the longer the cups sit on the body, the more likely marks are to appear. In my practice, I discuss the “hickey” issue ahead of time with my client. If the marks bother them, the cups can be pulled across the skin, which usually doesn’t leave a mark at all, and still has a great therapeutic effect.

Cupping can be used all over the body. In my practice, I apply cups most often to the back neck, shoulders and legs to relieve muscular pain, stimulate relaxation, improve range of motion, and release tight, knotted muscles. I also cup around knees, elbows, ankles and feet to stimulate better circulation and break up scar tissue and adhesions. Most interesting is the use of tiny cups around the head and face; in that regard, my clients have reported relief from headaches and sinus congestion, as well as reduced facial puffiness and improved skin tone, texture and appearance.

Here are some of the comments my clients have made about cupping therapy:

“Cupping sounded like a silly gimmick to me, but Anita has never steered me wrong so I gave it a try. I still can’t believe the relief the cups brought to my chronically inflamed sinuses!” – Misty

“Anita used the cupping technique on my lower back and she had me feeling like a professional athlete! I’ll be back in two weeks for another treatment” – Sam

“I’ve had shoulder and neck pain with frequent headaches. I was a little hesitant on cupping therapy, but after a treatment I feel less pain, headache relief, and more energy in my everyday activities.” – Dennis

“Anita’s cupping therapy is awesome. After my treatment I can move around so much more. I also had cupping on my face and chin area and my skin was noticeably firmer and softer afterwards” – Amy

Interested in learning more and experiencing cupping therapy for yourself?

Contact me to schedule your appointment!

Finding Simplicity (It’s Not Where You Think)

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by Erin Gaus (eringaus.com)

It was one of those restless nights in my family where we were all fighting a terrible head cold. My three year old ended up in our bed, as three year olds with colds are wont to do, and we all had a pretty horrible night’s sleep.

Well, except the three year old, who awoke miraculously healed and ready to EAT.  I rolled out of bed to take his breakfast order.

“Carrots and Wanch Dwessing”, he said confidently.

I paused. Because, you see, I have pretty firm ideas about what qualifies as breakfast food and what doesn’t, and “Carrots and Wanch Dwessing” was pretty much off the breakfast radar.

I have these rigid ideas about a lot of things. What spoon I use to make scrambled eggs. Where the throw pillows go on the couch. How the beds are made.

When my husband protests I explain that it’s all in an effort to make our lives more ORGANIZED and therefore, simple.

I’ve not just a need, but a drive to “put things in their place” and “keep things in order”.  I’ve amassed an impressive collection of menu planning apps, day planners and to-do list organizers. I’m a sucker for advertisements that target “busy moms.”  My perfect day revolved around the mantra: “a place for everything and everything in its place.”  The idea that I should “embrace the chaos” was not one I subscribed to. Although honestly, I didn’t know why. I just knew that it seemed like I was amassing a lot of stuff in the name of simplicity.

The idea carried over into my treatments with Anita. I would hit the table with a mission; “I need fixed HERE. Let’s do this.” And she would get to work. I would fidget impatiently as her hands would hit the farthest point away from where I hurt. She would say gently “Does this feel tight?” “Well, yeah,” I would reply, “But Anita, it hurts HERE.” With a sly smile that basically said “patience grasshopper” she would move through her routine, working and gently stretching and as I relaxed into the treatment I realized that why, YES that is really solving the problem, isn’t it? Silly grasshopper.

So, if going with the flow in my pain therapy treatment had such amazing results, why not give it a shot in, well, LIFE?

Back to that morning breakfast situation.

As I stood there in an early morning congestion-induced haze. I had an epiphany.

WHY NOT?

“Carrots and Wanch it is!” I said.

I carried a little toddler sized portion of carrots and ranch, along with two very grown up sized coffees, back up the stairs (because – GASP! – we were going to eat IN BED!). Our usual breakfast was full of such BIG things; full of “must eat this” and “hurry and finish”, but today it full of giggles, morning cartoons, cute dogs stealing carrots, and all manner of wonderful things.

No overthinking. No tantrums.

Simplicity found in embracing the chaos. Not fighting it. Who knew?

The Story Behind Your Stiff Neck

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If you’ve ever suffered with a stiff neck, chances are your Levator Scapulae muscle had something to do with it. Trigger points (tender contraction knots in muscle fibers) in the fibers of thi smuscle commonly restrict normal turning of the head, and cause pain in the areas illustrated below.

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Any activity that tips or tilts the neck in a way that shortens the fibers of this muscle for an extended period of time can result in Levator trigger points. Consider the following possibilities:

  • Sleeping with the neck tilted to one side for much of the night;
  • Secretarial/deskwork generally;
  • Walking with a cane that is too long;
  • Sitting in one direction with the head & neck turned in another for extended periods of time.

Stress strongly impacts this muscle as well. We instinctively respond to perceived threats by dropping our heads and raising our shoulders in a ducking motion. In today’s world, traffic jams, financial worries, interpersonal conflicts, chronic pain and more, can trip off the the body’s freeze-fight-or-flight response. Since this muscle contracts every time it moves the shoulder blade towards the ear, you can appreciate how it could become fatigued and overworked when constant stress is in the mix.

Therapeutic release of the trigger points in the Levator Scapulae, as well as other inter-related muscles, helps to quickly relieve the problem. Untreated muscles can seem to recover with the passage of time, but often leave residual stiffness and reduced mobility behind. Over time, this can translate into chronically-restricted neck motion. You might believe that “you just have to live with it” but most of the time this is simply not the case.

Proper self-care can also alleviate pain by releasing and lengthening the muscle fibers. While it is best to learn and practice self-treatments with a trained practitioner first, one technique described by Janet Travell, MD can be summarized as follows:

  1. Sit on a stool or chair (under a running shower is best);
  2. Drop shoulder on the affected side, let that arm hang free, and relax the neck as fully as possible;
  3. Use the opposite hand to help GENTLY turn the head to the unaffected side and down towards the armpit to take up the slack in the muscle. At the same time, the free arm reaches towards the floor for more of a stretch. (see illustration)
  4. Repeat, with varying degrees of head rotation to release the muscle fibers of all directions.

If you are struggling with this or any other muscular pain and restrictions, and you’re ready to make a change, we will happily help you construct a health improvement plan tailored to your particular issue. Contact me to schedule an appointment today!

You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

Good Reads and Good Health: An Opportunity to Win Free and Discounted Services

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We believe that one of the cornerstones of personal, professional and academic success is reading.  Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy in a unique way–right from your front yard! Read more about this creative program at www.littlefreelibrary.org We love the idea so much, that we’ve designed a promotion to benefit both our clients and this organization.
From now through November 24th, you will have a chance to win free and discounted services, AND we will donate a portion of those revenues to Little Free Library.  Entering our drawing is easy: when you come in for a scheduled visit, you can complete an entry form and drop it in the designated box. Entries for personal visits will be limited to a total of three. To increase your odds of winning, just refer your friends, family members and acquaintances. When they come in for an appointment, both of you will receive an entry in the contest! There are no limits to referral entries.How to enter:

  • Personal Treatment Sessions (up to 3 entries); and
  • Referrals (unlimited entries)- each time a new friend comes for a session, you are both entered to win.
Drawings will be for:
  • FREE 60-minute treatment of choice (2 Winners)
  • 50% off of a 60-minute treatment of choice (2 Winners)
  • 15% off of a 60-minute treatment of choice (2 Winners)
Drawings will take place on Black Friday,  just in time for the Holiday Season!*Some restrictions apply. Appointments must be completed and paid in full. Contact anita@poweroftouchwellness.com for more details or call 412-414-5330

Schedule your appointment today!

 

Holistic Reflexology

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What is Reflexology

Our holistic reflexology treatment is perfect for deep relaxation.  Based in Chinese Medicine (like acupuncture), reflexology involves working pressure points on the feet.  This modality activates the self-healing power of the body, strengthens the immunes system, offers pain relief, increases circulation and creates a deep relaxation.  It’s perfect for anyone who is looking to reduce their stress levels.

The Session

Imagine getting your feet massaged for an hour!  Your feet hold you up every day and deserve some TLC! You will remain clothed and covered with a blanket, while lying on the Biomat. Guided meditation can be used in conjunction with the treatment to create an even more relaxed state.  I work on your pressure points in the feet, and each session will be custom tailored to your needs. An in-depth questionnaire helps guide the starting point of the sessions.

How Can Reflexology Help Me?

Reflexology can be helpful for any chronic, stress aggravated conditions by enhancing the body’s own healing ability. Some examples are:  migraine headaches, chronic pain, digestive disorders, allergies, depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, fibromyalgia, and infertility.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

Getting the Kinks Out for Spring

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It’s neither too early nor too late to focus on Spring—a hallmark of fresh starts and new beginnings. Many of us “spring clean” our homes in order to clear out the old, outdated items and prepare for a lighter, cleaner environment. As the weather changes, we often get outside more or begin exercise programs to improve the appearance of our bodies for summer wardrobes.

Spring is an excellent time to take inventory of how our bodies “feel” and address pain or physical limitations that stunt our freedom of movement. Clients regularly tell me that they have had pain or stiffness for years, and believe that they have to live with it but most of the time this is NOT the case. Even long-term, stubborn pain or restricted mobility can be greatly improved with simple, conservative measures.

The first step is weighing the pros and cons of maintaining the status quo vs. seeking change.  This is a personal decision and change never seems to come easily for any of us. However, low grade, constant pain will eventually wear you down, physically and emotionally; the stress and inflammation linked to chronic pain may even lead to serious health crises down the road. Stiffness and restricted mobility will not spontaneously resolve either. Old sprains and strains tend to leave behind a residual stiffness that is barely noticeable at first, but “suddenly” appears when lifting a heavy object or trying a new activity. The stiffer we feel the less we move, and the less we move the stiffer we become over time. This cycle perpetuates itself unless we find the way to break out of it. The truth of the matter is that some focused bodywork and easy self-treatment techniques can free movement and alleviate pain quite readily. Once pain and stiffness start to resolve, the body feels lighter and is able to move freely again. Believe it!

The next step involves taking action to make a change. Many viable options exist to deal with pain that do not involve taking pills or undergoing surgery. Talking with a wellness professional is an excellent place to start, as is reaching out to a friend or relative who has dealt with a similar challenge successfully. Figuring out what can work for you takes a bit of exploring, and it is certainly worth the effort. Most people will be happy to share their experiences, their advice or their skills when asked.

Interested in learning more about healthy transformation? Change is a topic on many people’s minds, and this blog post from friend and wellness advocate Sharise Hemby addresses the issue of how to approach change and what steps to take to stop thinking about it and make it happen!

Inflammation Fighting Recipe: Turmeric Latte

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I recently shared a recipe for Turmeric, or “Golden”, Milk as a way to incorporate the inflammation fighting powers of this spice into your everyday diet. Now, I’ve amped it up a bit with the addition of Black Pepper and Coconut oil. The addition of the pepper and a fat are reported to increase the benefits of Turmeric.

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As an added bonus, the warm and frothy (non-dairy) milk makes the perfect sleep aid! Make this before bedtime and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

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Turmeric Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 cups non -dairy milk (I used a combination of Coconut and Almond for this recipe)
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp fresh or ground Turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 drop of doTERRA™ Cinnamon essential oil

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil whisking constantly.  Reduce to a simmer for 2 minutes. Whisk again immediately before serving to make the milk frothy (like a latte!) and enjoy.

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The Two Faces of Inflammation

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Inflammation is supposed to be our body’s natural weapon against injury, pain, illness and stress. The minute we cut our finger, get the flu, or sprain an ankle our body jumps into action to try to eliminate the harmful stimulus and begin healing. So how can it be that the same system that was designed to protect and serve can also lead to serious health problems like chronic pain, depression, heart disease, and cancer, just to name a few? Let’s review some inflammation basics and learn to recognize the danger signals of unwanted inflammation and how to eliminate it from our bodies.

“Inflammation” has become an infamous buzzword in recent years, synonymous with ill health and disease.  But not all inflammation is created equal. When one of my children recently suffered an ankle sprain in a sporting event, I watched the inflammatory process unfold step-by-step and was reminded that inflammation is a natural and necessary part of healing.

Inflammation means “in flames” or “on fire”.  Immediately after an injury, the body sets a cascade of biochemical reactions in motion geared to make the injured person feel it, stop moving it, and allow healing begin. This “acute” type of inflammation usually lasts a short time, and is characterized by these typical signs:

  • Pain– if it didn’t hurt you might make things worse by using it when it is injured;
  • Red and Hot- increased blood flow warms the injury and carries leukocytes to help clean up the injury site;
  • Immobility-some loss of function prevents you from re-injuring the area;
  • Swelling– the excess fluid carries an abundance of healing substances and also makes using the injured part clumsy and sensitive.

The problem arises when inflammation becomes prolonged, chronic and low level. An inflammatory process without an “off” switch turns a useful system into one that contributes to all sorts of health crises. Since a big part of the inflammatory process involves targeting and breaking down damaged tissue and unwanted pathogens, an unregulated system can get out of control and target healthy tissue too. This is what eventually can lead to illness. Some of the risk factors for rogue inflammation include:

  • Prolonged Stress
  • Poor Sleep (quantity and quality)
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Overtraining
  • Toxic Diet

By paying attention to your body’s signals, you can receive clues about whether inflammation might be affecting your health. For instance, ongoing, irritating body pain, especially in the muscles and joints, can be a signal of chronic inflammation. Similarly, constant fatigue or lethargy is another alert. Other signs include: allergies or asthma, especially if they keep worsening; skin problems, red, irritated eyes, and generalized swelling are also said to be possible indicators of unwanted inflammation. If you have concerns that your health might be affected by inflammation, talk to your primary health care provider. Specific tests can determine your levels precisely.

We also have the power to control and reduce unwanted inflammation with small, gradual changes and daily choices. Here are a few suggestions to get the process started:

  • Exchanging some processed foods with fresh produce and whole foods at each meal;
  • Adding some form of movement each day, be it stretching, walking, gardening, weight training, aerobics, or any other activity that you enjoy.
  • If you engage in daily strenuous exercise, schedule time off to let your body recuperate—your performance and your health will improve.
  • De-stress–and be creative about it–meditation and regular bodywork are excellent, so are watching your favorite funny show, relaxing with a book, trying something new, and spending quality time with positive, supportive friends and family.

Inevitably, we will all encounter inflammation at various times in our lives. Sometimes it helps us overcome a health issue, and other times it could bring on trouble. Use our suggestions as a starting point to create balance in your body and keep inflammation in check. Follow us on social media and join our mailing list for more tips and information on handling inflammation and other health problems naturally and effectively.

 

The Secret to Staying Motivated

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“Motivation” means: “having a strong reason to act or accomplish something.”

All week I knew I needed to sit down and write this blog, but I waited…and waited…and waited. I was waiting for the inspiration—the “motivation” to do it.  I read articles, spoke to friends and colleagues, jotted notes, and then realization struck: I needed to actually sit down and write, without worrying about run-on sentences or even expressing my ideas precisely, JUST SIT DOWN AND DO IT.

In that moment I realized that motivation gives you the REASON to pursue a goal, but only ACTION will take you there.

Whether your goal is eliminating chronic pain, eating healthier, improving your fitness, or something else, you need to start now and keep taking consistent actions toward your objective. Here are some tips to get started:

  1. Write down your goal, and why you want it. Prominently placed Post-it notes, as well as a vision board can bring your objectives to life.
  2. Set realistic, short term goals that can be achieved in the immediate future; success fuels more success;
  3. The mind is extraordinarily powerful, so use it to your advantage. Picture yourself doing what you wish you could. Think about what you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail. Relaxation therapies, meditation, yoga, and many other techniques exist to help retrain the brain.
  4. Don’t wait for motivation. It actually works the other way around. Get to work on your goal and the energy of your own actions will inspire more of the same.
  5. Use a proven plan and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seek out others who have already achieved what you want– they will probably be more than happy to help. Self-help audio books are also a great resource and you can listen to them anywhere and anytime.

Now, my challenge to you…

What have you been trying to accomplish but blaming your “lack of motivation” for your lack of progress? Is it tackling a health issue, making a lifestyle change, or improving your diet and exercise habits? Today, try just one of my action items to get you started, and I promise that the small step forward, that ACTION, will give you the MOTIVATION you need to achieve your goals.

Need a little more help? Check out our new video series, #MotivateMe. In it, we talk to some of our friends to learn their secrets for getting and staying motivated. This month, we feature Melissa Vertosick, certified holistic health coach and owner of The Whole Life Approach.