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HEALING BODYWORK FOR JOINT PAIN AND INJURY

IMPROVING MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH-INJURY PREVENTION AND HEALING

There are all kinds of Bodywork treatments that are often lumped under the title of Massage Therapy. Massage Therapy, as it is known today, has come to be defined by the spa industry. The words Massage Therapy often has very little to do with the  healing treatment of Bodywork. Massage in our society is pretty much implanted in the minds of Americans as a relaxation experience. For some “massage parlor” is their dated point of reference. A whole other discussion.

By the medical world, bodywork is NOT accepted or defined as a step toward healing injuries of the Musculoskeletal System. My experience is that Bodywork is one essential part of a preventing and healing injury. For many, it can be a very important component in avoiding unnecessary medications and future surgeries and other invasive procedures.

The idea that hands on treatment can help heal an injury, alleviate pain and contribute to a greater sense of personal strength and vitality is not, as I mentioned before, part of the medical approach. Understatement! A small  percentage of people realize medication does not heal pain. It  is not a long term solution. OTC or prescribed medication blocks pain and can enable further injury. This is due to not being able to feel the full impact of our actions. Tylenol and Advil are for short term relief. This is the non- treatment/ treatment plan of many doctors.  The basic reasoning is that there are always stronger drugs  for deeper numbing. There are surgeries to take care of  the damage done. Makes sense, right? In the minds of many it does. At least for the short term.

IF THERE IS  LEAK FROM AN OVER FLOWING TUB, GO UPSTAIR AND TURN OFF THE WATER. JUST PATCHING THE CEILING IS NOT GOING TO HELP. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? FIND THE ROOT OF THE PAIN. DON’T JUST MASK THE SYMPTOMS. LIGHTBULB.

Bodywork alone is not the cure. It can be an amazing adjunct to eating well,  absorption and elimination of accumulated acids, food based supplements and other forms of healing. Bodywork can, if the injury / pain is dealt with early on, make it possible to stop an acute problem from festering and becoming chronic. Continuing to participate in an activity after serious injury sounds like a form of addiction to that activity. To turn a blind eye to pain over and over again is not healthy. The NFL  and many levels of football in this country is one primary example.

SELF MEDICATION

Over the counter pain medications are highly acidic, which means hard on the stomach and all other organs, bones and tissues. Worst of all, they are highly addictive. These OTC  drugs do not solve the problem and create a dependency with no long term healing outcome. They can only lead to stronger prescription drugs and surgery. Why? As I mentioned previously,  they are taken as a way to continue injurious behavior by masking pain. How sensitive each person is to these substances is an accepted unknown by the public and doctors. Concern about addiction is not on the minds of a people in dire pain.

TYPES OF BODYWORK

There are many and it is best to start seeing a practitioner before you have pain and are experiencing discomfort. That is often not the case, so please check out some of my more recent and  previous blog posts about healing hip and join pain. I have written about the steps I have taken to promote healing within my body. In the meantime, here is a list of some bodywork treatments, therapies, and practitioners that you might want to look into:

Structural Integration Therapy click here. I  was fortunate to have experienced the work of  Michael Moschel. Please look at his site. He gives an accurate description of what Structural Integration Therapy can offer. His website can help educate you on what to ask a therapist where you live. If you reside in the NYC, or are willing to travel,  he is the real deal.

Shiatsu Therapy –  AOBTA  click here. The AOBTA has a  directory for therapists nationwide and outside the USA on their website. I am a long time member of this organization.

Neuromuscular Therapy click here. I found this directory site through google research. I had NMT throughout the years ago and it was a positive experience.

Chiropractic Alignment combined with bodywork with a knowledgeable DC who understands diet, whole food supplements and other forms of healing can be very helpful. Here is a  link to link to Dr. George Cromack click here. I have been successfully treated by him. I appreciate the information he provides, in his book, on how to find a competent DC  in your own backyard. Renew Yourself by George Cromack.

Rebirthing Breath Therapy click here. If you are not breathing all this other bodywork  is really not going to create long term change. Why? Breathing is a major indicator to all our  body systems, especially nervous system. Holding the breath is an indication that something is very wrong. Primarily, that we are in our heads, not in our bodies, or that something is terribly wrong.  The resistance for most people, myself included, to conscious breathing is a constant form of fascination and frustration to me. Breathing is the most simple and effective way to relax and and heal.

Acupuncture combined with bodywork can be found. Ask around your community. Heads Up: medical doctors can practice acupuncture with a minimal amount of training. As little as 200 hours. The title MD does not say much about their acupuncture knowledge. LAC’s train for 3-4 years. LAC’s must participate in Continuing Ed. studies in order to maintain thier licensing. Something to know when seeking out acupuncture treatment.

THE UNIQUE HEALING PROGRAM DONNA PESSIN

A quick fix  will not provide the rewards of better health. Short or long term. As a postscript 9/2013: Since I first wrote this post I have found The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin. Ms. Pessin has an approach to healing that is straight forward. I have personally found continuous healing of my entire body from her program. Take time to check her out. The UHP has the potential to ease and eliminate pain through healing digestion and elimination issues click here. It is not a quick fix, but it does work.

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TOXINS IN BEAUTY PRODUCTS

KNOWLEDGE EQUALS POWER

The largest organ of the body is the skin. Whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into our cells. Products that contain chemicals and  carcinogens  place an unnecessary burden on our liver and every other system of  our body.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

It would seem to be quite obvious, but it most not be. Why? Because the products are composed of ingredients we can not pronounce or spell. They are listed on the labels of all the best selling products. In fact, just the smell is enough of a warning. Two prime examples are hair relaxers and permanent solution. If you have been in a mainstream hair salon you know what I am talking about. Breathing it in is bad enough! Placing it on the skin and  scalp is mainlining it. Why do we do it? Real and imagined pressure from our peers, ingrained images from the media, agism, lack of self confidence at any age, distorted self perception of appearance.

Since women have, in some ways, come far in achieving rights and power, why do we put our health in jeopardy so easily and often?  More of us need to begin by doing research, and not being dictated to by another industry. I am not against women looking their best, I just want more women and men to question why, how and for whom they are doing it.

A professor of Anthropology and president of a top east coast women’s college once told me that the entire beauty industry is based on the selling of ritual. This is something that has been handed down throughout the ages. Of course the use of clay, henna and dyes made from flowers in the days of the Egyptian culture is a much healthier way to create beauty and ritual. I am very sure they used  toxic materials back then, but their choices were not fueled by huge corporate industry greed. Also, there was no scientific research. The odor at most every nail and hair salon says it all.

Many women and men are unconsciously angry that in order to feel good about themselves they need to be attractive to others. Doing things that ultimately put our health at risk in order to achieve that is sad, empty and insane. Applying hair color or make-up to ourselves that is filled with chemicals is self destructive. Aside form doing injury to ourselves, we are also hurting the environment. We are saying that it is okay to create cheap and toxic products, and we will buy them. We are also agreeing that how we look is more important than how we feel. Worst of all, we are agreeing to risk our health for appearance sake. That is true disempowerment.

Unplugging from the media is not so easy, but taking time to question what we see, read and hear is essential to living a healthier life. Especially in this world that has many free floating toxins in our entire ecosystem and environment. Why we purposefully administer toxins into our bodies for the sake of appearance, on a daily basis, is a question more people need to ask.

Make-up and hair product sell like crack to the vast majority of women in the USA. People who use crack don’t ask what is in it. They are too desperate to care. I would like to think women are way smarter than that.

BETTER HAIR CARE PRODUCTS

John Masters Organic Hair Care. link here.

LL’s Magnetic Clay. link here.

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HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY VIDEO: A MUST SEE

MAKING AN INFORMED DECISION

I recently spoke with a friend and client who had both hips replaced over a period of two years. She told me that she never watched any video on hip replacement surgery or read specifically what the surgery entailed. The reason? She said that  if she had, she probably would not have been able to have the surgery performed. Just to note, this person has a PHD in psychology,an active practice and is a researcher in her specialized field. She lives in New York City.

I know first hand that it is not uncommon for most people who have pain to simply want relief. That pain can lead to not asking questions, and not knowing what questions to ask. If you are on the fence or standing near the fence about whether to have hip / joint replacement surgery and have days when you want it all to go away, consider watching this video of hip replacement surgery. Your decision on whether to view it or not might be very revealing.

VIDEO OF HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY

If you google hip replacement surgery there are several available. Most are “highlights” of the process. Link here to hip replacement surgery. This is one of many. I chose this one due to its length and detailed footage.

Being informed and in the best health possible is a good strategy to start in making your decision. It is more difficult  to make a clear choice when you are in desperate pain. Calm nerves, a more alkaline body, as I have mentioned in past blogs can only help. Improving total health first is primary before having any elective surgery. Not talking about emergencies here.

I do know of one person [DC] that had, what he called, a less invasive, surgery in Brussels, Belgium. Might be worth checking out and doing some research about what is going on there. If and when I find out more I will post it.

ADVIL NATION: GET NUMB TO GET GOING

Pushing my body when it is really hurting is, and has been, a big mistake.  Wondering why things are not getting better when doing that is CRAZY. That kind of behavior is praised and awarded all over our culture. From athletes of all ages [starting as children], military that continue to reenlist after experiencing physical as well as deep emotional trauma, injured dancers performing in dire pain. The list is pretty endless and includes everyone. The message from many doctors, pharmaceutical companies and the media is clear: it is okay to take pain relievers [everyday]. Numb your pain and avoid addressing the cause. Keep going at any cost. If any of that makes sense to you, then take time to weigh and measure the long term effects of following that protocol. Then…

Watch the  hip replacement surgery video, it is very sobering…

As a postscript 9/2013: Check out The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin. I am doing this program. After much research I am sure that this is a protocol for healing of the entire body. It is straight forward and no nonsense protocol. It is not magic pill and does take time and effort

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HEALING HIP AND JOINT INJURIES: NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT

IDEAS TO ASSIST IN THE NATURAL  HEALING OF MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES

Digestive health is imperative to be able to efficiently utilize all food based dietary supplements and superfood concentrates. My personal and clinical experience is that it is imperative to use food base supplements whenever possible. It helps to chew them or at least break them up in your mouth. There are probiotics that  are designed to withstand the stomach acids and make it to the small intestines unscathed, these should definitely not be chewed. Digestive enzymes and HCL pills do not need to be chewed.

Food based supplements have been helpful to me in improving my overall health. I have studied, worked with clients and experienced results with my own body. My experience is clear: improving overall health helps the healing of injuries and reduces pain. Digestion, circulation and healing the small and large intestines are necessary. Shockingly, the premise that improving general health can lead to healing joint pain and injury is not a common belief among both traditional and holistic medical practitioners. This also includes all kinds of people in the healing arts.

Supplements and Super foods that I have used for myself scaled down:

Green powder super foods are high in minerals and are alkaline.

MSM and vitamin C. These two substances have been useful to me. They are advised to be taken together.

Mega Foods and New Chapter are food based supplements. Easier to assimilate. The need for magnesium and silica are overlooked for calcium from questionable sources. D3 and vitamin K are in these companies supplements to encourage strength and healing.

A good quality Multi Vitamin especially designed for your specific age  and sex can be helpful. I would go with Mega Foods and New Chapter.

HERE IS A BRIEF LIST OF SUPPLEMENTS AND BRANDS

Health Force Vitamineral Greens and Amazing Grasses are two I take and can recommend.

MSM comes from a petroleum and wood source. The wood source is more expensive. Do some research. Buy the best quality of either of these sources. Click here for some info on non petroleum MSM. Doctor’s Best is one to check out click here.

Mega Food and New Chapter are easily found in many stores. I buy mine from MY NATURAL MARKET  online store click here. Excellent prices. Free shipping deal offered.

LivOn Labs Lypospheric Vitamin C is a product to research click here. Easy to absorb, No digestive reverb.

Synergy Vitamin C  and Health Force Vitamin C are both available from MY NATURAL MARKET.

Healing is a ongoing process that occurs on many levels. I do believe in spontaneous healing. Funny though, I think spontaneous is a result of many incidents and factors that  get us to what seems like a spontaneous outcome.

As a postscript 9/2013: Since writing this post I have discovered The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin. This program provide the framework for healing the body in all ways. Go to her website, watch the videos, buy the books, decide for yourself. I did those things and am currently on her program. click here.

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