Does No Pain Really Mean No Gain?
How often have you heard the expression, “No pain, no gain”? It can apply to many life situations, including exercise to shape up, tone or drop weight. But when pain is severe or prolonged, you gain nothing and stand to lose a lot! There are a number of tips to help you stay safe to avoid workout injuries. Some of them include: Warming up – Warm muscles are far less likely to tear than cold ones. So, if you’re going out for a run, walk a bit first, then trot before you go into full running mode. Stretching your muscles, especially the ones you’re going to be using, also helps you to avoid injury. Cooling down – The same is true when you end an exercise session. You can’t just automatically stop when you are finished with your workout because this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Using running as an example- slow down to a walk again before you just stop your exercise. It’s also important to stretch out those muscles again. Staying hydrated – Water, water, water! Drinking water before, during and after a workout replaces fluids lost from sweating and exertion, especially important in warm […]
Bring Back Your House’s Former Charm
Stuck in a rut? Consider giving your house a stylish makeover. Unlike total upgrades,makeovers can be finished in a single day. In fact, some house makeovers don’t cost a cent. If you’re ready to refresh your home, check out these home makeover ideas. Walls that pop – Hang framed portraits of relatives and friends on a wall in your den. Don’t just hang the pictures.Put each picture in a different colored or different size frame. If you’re feeling especially gutsy, paint the wall an attention grabbing yellow, orange,blue or green. This wall pickup works well with children’s playrooms too. Double up in the bedroom – Grab bolts,washers and a drill. Get support beams, slats and safety rails. Get ready to turn your children’s twin beds into bunk beds. Add a ladder, so your children sleeping on the top bunk can easily climb in and out of bed. Decorate the space where the other twin bed formerly was with a rustic chest. Fill the trust with your children’s toys. Lay new carpet – This simple home makeover will make your entire house feel different. For weeks, you might feel as if you bought a new house or had another room added […]
Setting your Fall Table in Farmhouse Style
The leaves are falling and the weather is finally turning. Thanksgiving is only weeks away and it’s never too early to get inspired to set the table. How about low fuss options, for a farmhouse Thanksgiving table that will be sure to wow your guests and keep your head in the cooking game? First, consider some disposable “linens”. We like the paper Pumpkin Placemats and Green Oak Leaf paper table runner. Napkins can be simple yet festive, like our Harvest Flour Sack Napkins. Each in the set of 4 have a printed foraged item like sweet gum, helicopter maple, acorn and starburst. I would head outside and see if you can find these in your yard or on walk in the woods to use in other elements of your tablescape. Spread them around once the table is set with some real leaves for a natural feel. When it comes to dinnerware, current generations don’t generally register for china but there are some beautiful everyday options that can be used for all occasions. Like our Friso collection. Friso is made in Portugal of beautiful stoneware that is dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe. Choose from white or gray and a number of fabulous serving pieces as […]
Treating Shoulder Pain
In our physical therapy clinic, we see a lot of clients who are dealing with shoulder problems—whether they have an injury, are recovering from surgery, or are just uncomfortable. The shoulder is complicated because there are: 1.) multiple joints that surround the primary shoulder joint, 2.) many ligaments in the area that help with stability, and 3.) a number of muscles in the area—the most notable being the Rotator Cuff. Odds are that you have heard a lot about the Rotator Cuff, but have no idea what it actually is or does. The rotator cuff is actually a group of 4 muscles that surround the shoulder, making it more stable. When these muscles are strong, they allow the shoulder ball to fit correctly in the socket and provide for better and more efficient movement patterns away from the body. When they are strained from injury, their function is impaired and typically leads to pain. Shoulder pain is often caused by trauma (maybe a fall) or over-use activities (especially overhead). But it can also be caused by bad posture. As we age, our posture generally gets worse—our head moves forward and our shoulders get rounded. Sitting at a computer for long […]
Why You Need a Massage
Often we think of massage as an indulgence. A luxury reserved only for those who can afford fancy spas, or have lots of extra time on their hands. But the reality is, massage can play a critical role in keeping your body—and mind—healthy. Generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine, according to www.MayoClinic.com, “massage is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.” Here are just a few of the benefits of massage worth considering: Helps relieve pain and stiffness Promotes relaxation both physically and psychologically Increases circulation Helps muscles become firmer and more elastic Removes metabolic waste by stimulating the lymphatic system Helps relieve constipation Brings nutrients to the skin Improves range of motion Increases your body’s metabolism There are a wide variety of massage types which can be used to address different areas of concern or health goals. To determine the approach that will best suit your needs, contact Caroline Harris at Conscious Touch Massage in Northborough.
Autumn is Lung Season. Breathe Easier with Chinese Medicine.
Recently, I was surprised when a patient told me that she was taking steroid medicine for bronchitis. I had two thoughts: First: isn’t that a bit of overkill? And second: I had successfully treated her for a skin condition, so why not try a non-invasive therapy such as cupping or acupuncture first? Then it dawned on me that I probably did not explain to her the relationship of skin, lungs and the colon. In Chinese Medicine we always take relationships of Yin and Yang organs into consideration. We look at the whole symphony orchestra that our bodies are, and not just its parts, We like to trace a problem back to its roots, so that not only the symptoms disappear, but the overall system of organs, muscles, tendons, hormones, our energy, sleep patterns etc. are functioning at its optimal level. Another aspect of this intricate balance is the seasonal influence on our health. Ancient Chinese physicians observed the natural cycles of the seasons and recorded the best everyday practices for staying healthy. The following is an excerpt of the 3000 year old book “Huangdi Neijing”: “In the three months of autumn all things in nature reach their full maturity. The […]
Armeno Regional Coffee Guide
Variety is the spice of life, but sometimes too many options can be intimidating. While it’s true that each of Armeno’s single origin coffees and blends have unique qualities that set them apart from one another, there are some characteristics (body strength, level of acidity, etc.) that will likely be similar among coffees from the same region. Before diving into the details of every brew, these rules of thumb can help you figure out where in the world of coffees your taste buds are most likely to gravitate to. Indonesia Known for their low acidity, coffees from this part of the world will typically be smooth and full bodied. Prime example? The rich, chocolatey Sumatra, which we offer at all four roast levels. Want something a little different from the region? Try the milder bodied Timor (our Cup of the Month!), or brighter Bali. Africa Typically more medium bodied, with pronounced acidity, people love these coffees for their complexity, fruit notes, and wine-like finish. The citrusy Yirgacheffe from Ethiopia and snappy Kenya are good examples. Or, try the Tanzania Peaberry (a personal favorite for a few of us here) for something lighter and sweet. Americas Though varied in terms of acidity, coffees from the Americas tend to be lighter bodied […]
Wardrobe Tips for Your Fall Portrait Session
Have a Fall portrait session booked for you or your family? Here’s some expert advice from local talent, Susan Ogar Photography, on how best to prepare. Being well prepared for you portrait session can make the difference between average and fabulous. Keep it simple and make sure you feel good in the clothes you select. Have your clothes and accessories ready the night before your session. Choose clothes that reflect your style and are appropriate for your ages. Make sure they are clean and free of wrinkles. Colors Simple, classic clothes and colors look best. We recommend that you avoid stripes and plaid (unless small and classic). Solid colors photograph much better than busy patterns. A deep fall color palette will complement the nature around you and create a timeless portrait. Browns, maroons, plum, hunter green, and navy are excellent fall colors. Knit sweaters, leather jackets, jeans, khakis and riding boots are all nice choices. You can also add a pop of color like the berry in the sample color palettes above. You will want to avoid logos and large, busy patterns. Hair A little curl cream or pomade can help prevent frizz and fly-aways. Do not make drastic changes to your hairstyle […]
Boosting Your Immune System
I’m always being asked if Acupuncture can boost the Immune System. The answer is yes… it is amazing at doing this. We call the first line of defense wei qi. This is energy that circulates just beneath our skin and regulates sweating and immunity. Wei qi keeps pores closed preventing viruses and bacteria from entering our body. In Chinese Medicine we call them pathogenic factors. Environmental factors such as wind, cold, heat and damp form the basis for an imbalance, that allows a pathogenic factor to enter our body. For example, if we sweat in a cold wind our pores are open and it is easy to catch a chill or cold. A cold wind on our back or neck can cause a stiff neck or shoulder and excess heat or sun can cause heat stroke. A healthy balanced body has a strong and effective immune system. Things that leave us feeling run down, tired, lethargic, or depressed will lower immunity and compromise how our bodies respond to pathogens. Here are a few tips that help boost the immune system, and improve wei qi – especially with cooler weather approaching: Eat appropriate to the seasons: cool foods like salads in summer, lightly […]
Does Your Child Have a Bad Back?
Natural health care, including chiropractic care, isn’t just for adults! In fact, using natural healing techniques for children is every bit as beneficial for them as it is for their parents. Nevertheless, the idea that children, even newborns, would see a chiropractor to get adjusted is a stretch for some. Why would a parent bring them in? How would a child benefit? What would prompt the need for chiropractic care? Here are a few reasons: Birth trauma. Even so-called natural childbirth methods can take a toll on a baby’s spine. Cesarean Section can be even more so. Colic. Lacking the ability to explain their discomfort, babies cry. And cry! Many experience extraordinary relief with chiropractic care. Ear infections. Mechanical tension in the upper spine can compromise the inner ear and eustachian tubes, becoming fertile ground for infection. Gentle, Effective Care Children seem to enjoy their adjustments. Besides requiring a lighter touch than the ones you receive, most infants respond quickly. They rarely have the build up of scar tissue that we often see in adults with long-standing problems. Do you know a child that could benefit from today’s safe and natural chiropractic care? Resolving these problems early can avoid problems […]
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- Does No Pain Really Mean No Gain?
How often have you heard the expression, “No pain, no gain”? It […]
- Bring Back Your House’s Former Charm
Stuck in a rut? Consider giving your house a stylish makeover. Unlike […]
- Setting your Fall Table in Farmhouse Style
The leaves are falling and the weather is finally turning. Thanksgiving is […]