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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder In this post we discuss a condition that, if you have it, you know exactly how it feels (it feels like “ouch”, and “yuck”, and “no thanks”).  Perhaps however, you know not what it is commonly called. It is a condition of the shoulder…so let’s start there. Like virtually everything else on our…

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Understanding Chronic Fatigue

What is Chronic Fatigue? Chances are that you have at some point or another experienced fatigue: that listless, lifeless feeling of way-beyond-tired, seeping down to your very core.  We have almost all felt fatigue at some point in our lives. But what is chronic fatigue?  Chronic fatigue is, at its most simple explanation, the inability…

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Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage This month, let’s tackle a topic that can certainly be filed under, “so THERE’s something I never think about….but now that you mention it, that IS pretty impressive…:” That topic?  Your lymphatic system. Here’s the scoop: your lymphatic system helps eliminate your body’s waste.  A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural…

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Mind Body Connection: Massage helps you focus

How does massage therapy help you focus?  There are many reasons your concentration could be suffering.  Some of the most common explanations include: Anxiety Depression Insomnia drug use ADHD Chronic fatigue Sleep apnea Hormonal imbalances Anaemia Alzheimers/Dementia How massage increases concentration An overwhelming amount of doctor visits are connected to issues that deal with stress,…

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Heat Therapy

Heat therapy does the opposite of cold therapy. It brings warmth and blood circulating to the muscles, instead of constricting and chilling the inflammation. Heat therapy is the use of heat in therapy for pain relief. It can take the form of a hot cloth, hot water bottle, hot stones, ultrasound, heating pad, hydrocollator packs, whirlpool…

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Cold Stone Therapy

Cold stone therapy is the process of using chilled marble stones that have been specifically cut to shapes that can easily be applied on the face or body. This is a wonderful modality for those suffering from tension headaches and migraines. Cold constricts the blood vessels in the body and which alleviates swelling. It promotes…

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IT Band Syndrome – Attention runners!

IT Band syndrome will definitely throw a wrench into your summer training schedule when it flares up! Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common injuries on runners due to overuse. The IT Band is not a muscle but rather a sheath that runs along the sides of the thighs, from the hip…

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Prenatal Massages

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we wanted to discuss one of Urban Massage’s services  – the prenatal massage! Prenatal massages benefits both expectant mother and growing baby.  Massages during pregnancy ensures relief from muscle cramps and the body adapting to growth. The skin is hydrated which  enhances pliability. This encourages elasticity in the skin,…

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Tension Headaches

Let’s talk about tension headaches, ouch! I’m sure at some point, we have all experienced a tension headache. It’s that dull achy pain on the forehead, temples or even the base of the neck. It could feel like a clamp around your head with trouble sleeping and mild sensitivity to sound and light. They can…

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