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,.

Headaches and Whiplash

11 Dec 2011

Do you or someone you know suffer from reocurring headaches?  If so, read on; you may find the solution in this post. Many people suffering from headaches are also victims of whiplash.  Now, before you say “I’ve never had whiplash”, consider this: getting rear-ended by a car moving at 5 MPH can cause whiplash.  So what is whiplash? the most common type is cervical (neck) whiplash, but the lumbar spine (low back) can also be traumatized by whiplash. All it takes is for the neck or low back to be quickly, forcefully and unexpectedly thrust- “whipped” -forward and backward (or side-to-side.) As the neck whips forward, for instance, the muscles surrounding the cervical and/or.

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