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Migraines

Migraines

Massage for headaches and migraines has proven to be an effective measure for reducing both chronic migraines and tension headaches. Massage also eases the muscle tension in the neck, jaw, and shoulders, which can cause headaches in the first place. Trigger Point and Deep Tissue Massage are the best massage modalities to help these conditions- Trigger …

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Effects and Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Effects and Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Often when a muscle has been overworked, tense, or stationary for a period of time the layers of myofascial within the muscle can become adhered to each other. This restricts circulation to the muscle cells and leads to a build-up of metabolites such as lactic acid. Massage strokes that break this type of adhesions typically involve a cross-fiber component. Consider this image of the muscle structur

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Migraine Disorders

Migraine Disorders

Starting in her 30s, Barbara Schulties began suffering from debilitating headaches, which she describes as “someone taking a hot poker to my eye.” Besides excruciating head pain, the Santa Cruz resident lists a host of accompanying symptoms: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, difficulty focusing, and hypersensitivity to light, noise, and even wind on her face.

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Massage for Insomnia

Massage for Insomnia

Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. While the term is sometimes used to describe a disorder demonstrated by polysomnographic evidence of disturbed sleep, this sleep disorder is often practically defined as a positive response to either of two questions: “Do you experience difficulty sleeping?” or “Do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?”[2]

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Nocebo

Nocebo

A nocebo effect is said to occur when negative expectations of the patient regarding a treatment cause the treatment to have a more negative effect than it otherwise would have. A detrimental effect on health produced by psychological or psychosomatic factors such as negative expectations of treatment or prognosis.

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What are glucocorticoids in stress?

What are glucocorticoids in stress?

Almost any kind of threat to homeostasis or stress will cause plasma glucocorticoid levels to rise. The increased levels have traditionally been ascribed the physiological function of enhancing the organism’s resistance to stress, a role well recognized in glucocorticoid therapy. How the known physiological and pharmacological effects of glucocorticoids might accomplish this function, however, remains a mystery. A generalization that is beginning to emerge is that many of these effects may be secondary to modulation by glucocorticoids of the actions of numerous intercellular mediators, including established hormones, prostaglandins, and other arachidonic acid metabolites, certain secreted neutral proteinases, lymphokines, and a variety of bioactive peptides.

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Adductor Group of Muscles

Adductor Group of Muscles

Before we dig into the function of the adductors, let’s clarify their exact location. There are five adductors, and they all originate on the pubic bones and the ischial tuberosities (sitting bones). Two of the adductors, the pectineus, and the adductor brevis, are quite short and insert on the back of the upper femur (thighbone). The adductor longus and adductor Magnus are longer and larger, and insert at the back of the thighbone, on the middle and lower part of the shaft. The longest adductor, the gracilis, inserts below the knee, on the inner upper tibia (shinbone).

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What is Dharma?

Dharma listens (help·info) (Sanskrit: धर्म dhárma, Pali: धम्म dhamma; lit. that which upholds, supports or maintains the regulatory order of the universe[1]) means Law or Natural Law and is a concept of central importance in Indian philosophy and religion. As well as referring to Law in the universal or abstract sense dharma designates those behaviors considered necessary for the maintenance of the natural order of things.[2] Therefore dharma may encompass ideas such as duty[3], vocation, religion, and everything that is considered correct, proper, or decent behavior.

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