Hypoglycemia and Massage

18 Feb 2013

Definition Hypoglycemia develops as a result of abnormally low level of blood glucose (sugar,) the body’s chief energy source.  It is most often caused by an oversecretion of insulin by the pancreas due to stress, over-exercising, fasting or irregular eating habits.  In people with diabetes, hypoglycemia can result from administering too large a dose of insulin. Symptoms Symptoms range from weakness, shakiness, fatigue, dizziness and irritability, to confusion, difficulty in walking, lack of coordination, convulsions and coma.  Acute episodes of insulin reaction “occur most often in diabetics who take insulin by injection (or) antidiabetic tablets by mouth….” (Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, P. 710) Commonly Prescribed Treatment In an acute.

Kidney Stones

05 Dec 2012

Definition Kidney stones are formed from a hard mineral deposit called calculus. Calculus is a “result of a chemical reaction that occurs when the urine becomes too concentrated. Calcium salts, uric acid, cystine, and other substances in the urine crystallize to form a (stone), often the size of a pebble.” (Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, p. 898) The most common types of kidney stones are: Calcium stones, account for over 70% of all stones; found mostly in men Uric acid stones, account for approximately 8% of all stones; also found mostly in men  Symptoms Kidney stones generally don’t produce symptoms until they break loose and begin to work their way.

Patellar Tendinitis

28 Nov 2012

by Maria I. Martos, Francey Royce & Barbara Harris This article is from research pconducted by the authors and  will discuss patellar tendinitis resulting from playing volleyball in indoor hard courts. Volleyball requires the lower limbs to execute many movements—running, jumping, side to side, frontwards, backwards—all of which can result in numerous injuries. We’ve elected to identify a specific movement—jumping—and a resulting injury—patellar tendinitis, also know as “jumper’s knee.” We will also discuss modes of treatment and prevention for this injury. Jumper’s knee is an irritation of the patellar tendon, or quadriceps tendon/ligament, of the knee. The knee is a hinge joint “roughly equivalent to a door hinge, but with.

The Nervous System

18 Oct 2012

A Partial Account of Its Role in Maintaining Musculoskeletal Integrity The human body is a complex creation.  After thousands of years of study, humankind has yet to discover all its mysteries.  However, thanks to the joint efforts of researchers throughout the ages, much has been learned about how our bodies function.  For instance, we now have a more in depth understanding of how the relationship between the Central Nervous System (CNS — brain and spinal chord) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS –cranial and spinal nerves) facilitates maintenance of musculoskeletal integrity. The purpose of this composition is to explore one aspect of this relationship, and its significance to bodyworkers.  Specifically,.

You Don’t Have to Live With the Pain

11 Jun 2012

In most instances, our pain is caused by injured or tight muscles and tendons. Over the years, due to stress, injuries, too much or too little exercise and lack of stretching, our muscles and tendons (soft tissue) become tighter and tighter, creating imbalances and resulting in severe or chronic pain. Often, people walk around with chronic pain, sometimes for years, resigned to the belief that there is nothing they can do about it, except having surgery or taking pain pills, muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory medication.  Generally, the medical community is limited in their resources when it comes to eliminating pain derived from injured or tight inflamed soft tissue.  Their tendency.

Glycogen Depletion During Athletic Exercise

11 Jun 2012

Glycogen Depletion During Athletic Exercise   Glucose, the primary source of fuel for all body cells, is derived primarily from carbohydrates, although, if needed, glucose can also be metabolized from protein. After a meal, some of the glucose not used immediately for fuel travels to the liver or skeletal muscles, where it is converted to a compound called Glycogen–through a process called glycogenesis–and stored for energy.  Any excess glucose not needed for storage as glycogen is then stored in adipose tissue as fat. The liver has a greater capacity for glycogen storage than muscle: Liver cells can typically store up to 8% of their weight as glycogen, while muscle cells can.

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