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Athletic Edge Blog: Articles and Education

Back To School: Tips For Proper Use Of Backpacks
Proper use of Backpacks & Book-bags... According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, “Backpacks that are too heavy or are worn incorrectly can cause problems for children and teenagers. Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints. This can lead to severe back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems. These guidelines...

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Motivated By The Olympics: Try Something New Or Challenging!
Olympics Inspired! As we watched so many athletes perform at such high levels in the Olympics, it has made us think about our own self-limiting thoughts. Why couldn’t we try to be more acrobatic, more fit and healthier as we age? Sure, it might take more effort. And maybe we’re not as flexible as we...

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Relieve TMJ Pain With Massage Therapy
As a result of a tremendous exposure to stress, the development of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders has reached pandemic proportions. Disorders of the jaw are typically referred to by the same name, TMJ or TMD. The temporomandibular joint connects the mandible to the skull’s temporal bone and contributes to the acts of biting, chewing, swallowing, speaking and making facial expressions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states over 10 million people in the United States suffer from TMJ problems...

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What Activities Have You Given Up? Get Inspired... Let Us Help!
Staying active is important. Whether you like to walk, swim, jog, bike or do yoga, physical activity is important to maintain a strong, healthy body. And we’re here to support you in being as active as possible. Have You Given Up Sports or Other Activities?

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Sciatica And Low Back Pain
The longest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve. It runs from the lower back down the leg into the toes. When irritated or inflamed you will hear people refer to the term sciatica. This means that the sciatic nerve has become inflamed and irritated causing excruciating pain in the back of their leg.

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Self Massage Techniques For Athletes
Self-Massage for Athletes: Heal Faster & Prevent Injuries This article can benefit all athletes and does a nice job explaining a number of the self massage...

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Chronic Headaches And How Massage Therapy Can Help You
If reaching for the aspirin or ibuprofen doesn't seem to sooth your headache, you may consider an alternative -- massage therapy. A new study concludes massage therapy that targets your neck and shoulder muscles can reduce the number of headaches you have and how long they last. The study focused on several patients with chronic tension headaches...

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Kinesio Taping And Massage Therapy
Kinesio Taping & Massage. Kinesio Tape is an elastic tape used to support and stabilize the muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is useful in our massage therapy practice and your treatments and...

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To Stretch Or Not To Stretch?
Muscle stretching can be a useful tool in improving joint health and restoring musculoskeletal balance, but far too many people who come to my clinic cannot distinguish between beneficial stretching from stretching that is either harmful or unnecessary. Today’s blog will hopefully dispel some myths that you might have about stretching and give you some ideas as to how you might incorporate stretching into your routine...

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Prescription For Relaxation
A traditional source of healing around the world, spas are now becoming a model for U.S. hospitals embracing integrative wellness.  The smell of lavender wafts through the air, released from an aromatherapy diffuser on the table. A woman lies in a state of deep calm, having just completed a series of restorative yoga poses, and a therapist is relaxing her even further with massage therapy. this sounds like a spa visit, think again; the setting is actually a New York City hospital, and the person receiving treatments is a stroke survivor....

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Back Pain And Posture
For many people back pain is directly related to poor posture, in both standing and sitting. The majority of people will have at least one, usually more, postural abnormalities. After all if you go back a few evolutionary steps, we walked on all fours! Evolving to walk on two legs has placed a large amount of stress on our spines...

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Back Pain While Flying - How To Avoid It!
Since I've been spending quite a bit of time on airplanes lately, and with the Labor Day holiday approaching, the first thing that came to my mind while writing an article for the Athletic Edge blog, was back pain while flying, and how to avoid it.  Even with all of the major airports in the Bay Area (San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland), there are still long flights, connections, delays, and uncomfortable seats...

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Foot Pain - Plantar Fasciitis
With all of the runners, joggers, soccer, and football players in the Bay Area, we've been seeing a lot of Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common overuse injury causing foot pain in middle aged to older adults. Affecting the sole of the foot, it often causes heel pain, but sometimes pain is also felt on the middle or outside of the foot...

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Runner's Knee: The Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome
Running and cycling are two of the most prevalent sports in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially in the spring, summer, and fall months, and it's in those months when we see a tremendous amount of Runner's Knee patients. Iliotibial band friction syndrome is commonly termed runner's knee because its occurrence in endurance runners is common...

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A Good Night's Sleep: Mattress, Pillows, and Sleeping Position

I don't know about all of you, but I typically have trouble falling asleep at night - my mind is racing with a million thoughts, or I exercise too close to bed, or I just can't sleep. I've spent years battling with mattresses, pillows, and trying to find a comfortable sleeping position, all that are comfortable, don't leave me barely being able to walk in the morning, and that will allow me to actually sleep...

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Sprained Ankle Treatment
I think Sprained Ankles may be the most common injury in the Bay Area, or at least one of the most common injuries on the San Francisco Peninsula. With all of the athletes in our area, and the ease of rolling an ankle, it's definitely been one of the most common leg injuries that we've seen in the Athletic Edge office...

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Massage Therapy Makes The Difference In Sports And Exercise Benefits
Summer months bring out the athlete in many people. So many people are out running the Stanford dish, running in the Los Altos foothills, biking up Alpine Road or up around Crystal Springs to Half Moon Bay, running in Mountain View at Shoreline, swimming, playing team sports...

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Using Acupressure Massage To Relieve A Migraine
Shiatsu massage technique can bring relief for not only migraine headache sufferers, but a variety of ailments including digestive disorders, respiratory problems, emotional balancing, and overall relaxation...

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Battling Stress With Massage Therapy
If you can find one person in the San Francisco Bay Area that isn't battling stress on a regular basis, I would be surprised. Prolonged periods of stress can negatively affect many systems of the body. Stress has been shown to aggravate, or even cause, such problems as heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, memory loss and decreased immune function...

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Knee Pain - Pes Anserine Bursitis, A Common Cause Of Medial Knee Pain
Pes anserine bursitis is a common, but frequently under diagnosed, cause of medial knee pain. Causing pain, and sometimes swelling on the area at the top of the shin bone on the inside of the knee, frequent cutting and pivoting movements such as those used when playing basketball, football and rugby can make an individual more likely to develop pes anserine bursitis...

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Massage Therapy For Tension Headaches
Do you suffer from regular tension headaches? Do you often wonder if there's a better solution than medications? Massage therapy may just be the answer you've been searching for...

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After The Marathon - A Guide To A Quick Recovery
With all of the marathon runners in Bay Area, I figured that this would be a pretty good idea for an article. We've been getting a lot of questions about marathon training and recovery, when to get a massage around marathons, and the best way to recover and to get back to training...  So for all of you Bay Area marathon runners, here's your article...

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It's Time To Refresh, Rejuvenate, Relax... And Get Healthy!
Monday - 6:30am, you've got to get the kids out the door, they can't be late for school, again... Big meeting at work today, you've been up all night doing prep work... Your whole body aches after spending hour after hour in front of the computer... Stuck in traffic on 101... Who doesn't love Bay Area traffic... An hour later, finally make it to work... Only a few minutes late... Your head is already throbbing, your back hurts, your neck feels stiff... You're counting the hours until it's Friday again...

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How Massage Therapy Provides More Than Relaxation
Massage has long been considered a way in which we relax or recovery from injury. In many salons and spas, today, massage therapists are offering a variety of specialty massages to treat ailments, promote relaxation and even promote health for pregnant women who desire a pregnancy massage. But, did you know that massages provide more than relaxation and recovery from injury?

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Therapeutic Massage Is Beneficial In Combating Aging
Therapeutic massage is effective in combating the negative effects of aging noticed in the middle to late years of life. It helps keep body tissues and basic functions in a more youthful state...

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Can Athletes Get An Edge With Therapeutic Massage?
All athletes look for an edge that can help them train more effectively, perform better or overcome injuries quickly. The limits of speed, endurance and strength are pushed every day and each year brings new world records. Even though athletes push harder and harder, there are still limits to the body's ability to go and go without breaking down. All this pushing requires a great deal of recovery in order for athletes to avoid injury and overuse trauma...

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Massage For Your Health
Massage therapy has been used as a therapeutic measure for generations, and across cultures around the world. Although different types of massage techniques are designed to target specific areas, dysfunctions, and promote natural healing processes, there are some distinctive benefits that can be received from regular massage...

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Sports Massage For Walkers
Does massage really make a difference?  I just walk, why do I need a massage? What are the benefits of massage for walkers?

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What Types Of Dysfunction Respond To Clinical/Medical Massage?
The following dysfunctions respond to clinical massage. Massage and Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction - Pain and/or physiological dysfunction originates from identifiable points within muscles and their fascial tissues. These locations are known as trigger points because they often trigger distant reactions. Scientists have developed extensive maps of such referred pain. They have also identified nearly a hundred dysfunctions that can have myofascial trigger point origins. Some of these are: carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ dysfunction, PMS, headache, diarrhea, dizziness, cardiac arrhythmia, indigestion, tennis elbow, urinary frequency, sinusitis, deafness, and blurred vision.

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What You Need to Know About Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is an alternative treatment used to relieve pain. Simple enough, right? It makes sense that massage could relax and relieve muscular aches and pains. Did you know though that there are more than 80 types of massage therapy?

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