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Hello Beaver County, PA., it’s MASSAGE BOGO time!
Today through 11/30/2013, buy one 60-minute massage
at regular price and get your second 60-minute massage for half price. A $120 value for $90.To get this deal, click on the link below:

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RSI-symptomsI was just looking at a popular weather app on my smartphone. They now have an “aches and pains” forecast! Who would have thought?
Do you remember your Grandparents or Parents predicting the weather with their aching bones and joints? Even worse, are you predicting the weather with your joints and bones? Please leave a comment if you can relate!
Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn and at info@beavercountymassage.com.

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NeuronThere are several types of hormones that are released during a massage and they can all be considered under the umbrella term as ‘feel good’ hormones. At the same time the ‘not-so-good-for-you’ hormones are reduced. The hormones that are released during a professional massage include; dopamine which makes you feel good and improves normal brain functioning). Serotonin (a general mood enhancing hormone), and oxytocin (a general feel good hormone nicknamed the ‘hugging hormone). The hormones that are decreased are the ones associated with short-term and long-stress and include; epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol. All of these tend to lower the immune system and disrupt digestion and tissue repair.

From: answers.com

Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn and at info@beavercountymassage.com.

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Winter-Neck-PainThe winter season is in full swing and some of our clients here at Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic have been reporting more frequent headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain and stiffness.

Clients are reporting an increase in these painful conditions for a number of reasons!

 

During the winter months, our activities change. People are spending more time indoors reading, working on their electronic devices, (computers, tablets, gaming systems and smart phones) and watching more television. Unfortunately, we do not always practice the best posture while engaging in these static and repetitive activities. Furthermore, during the colder winter months there is a greater chance that our neck and shoulders can be exposed to cold temperatures while we are out-of-doors. This can occur while we are shoveling snow, commuting to our various destinations or enjoying winter activities in the great outdoors.

If you can relate to any these scenarios, here are a few suggestions you might want to keep in mind:

1- Be aware of your POSTURE. If you can catch yourself practicing poor posture, you can correct yourself.

2- Take occasional BREAKS from static or repetitive activities. Get up and move around for a few minutes, then resume your activity.

3- Keep your neck and shoulders covered and WARM when out-of-doors. Exposing these body parts to prolonged cold temperatures can contribute to the muscles becoming spasmodic and painful.

4- STRETCH the sore, tight, stiff areas of your body. Below is a chart of some stretches that may be helpful.

Some of us are winter people that revel in the activities that the season brings, some of us tend to want to stay indoors and hibernate through the winter season. No matter which you are, winter can be a lot more fun if you have less pain. Enjoy the season!

 

Stretch-Rotine

About Richard Russ:

Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and  LinkedIn. Email Richard at info@beavercountymassage.com.

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 Give us two-minutes and we’ll show you what massage therapy at Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic can do for you!
Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn and at info@beavercountymassage.com.

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Flu-Free

Study finds that Swedish Massage Therapy boosts immune function.
Researchers found that just one forty-five minute massage boosted the immune functions of the study group! Read the research article by clicking on the link below.
Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn. Email Richard at info@beavercountymassage.com.

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Massage Therapy Beaver, PA 15009We here at Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic have had a rather busy and interesting week!
Our schedules are filling up with the crisis management clients that are sustaining over-use injuries
due to shoveling the pre-New Year snow and activities related to post-New Year resolution exercising.

If you have become de-conditioned to a particular activity, please listen to your body and know
your limitations also please keep these common sense suggestions in mind:

* Gently stretch out your muscles before you begin your activity.
* Use proper form and body mechanics while performing your activity.
* Take frequent breaks.
* Gently stretch out your muscles when you finish your activity.

You can find a full-body stretch routine on our website at: http://www.beavercountymassage.com/stretching-illustrations/

And remember: It is easier to stay well than it is to get well! Stay consistent with your regular maintenance massage therapy!

About Richard Russ:

Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn. Email Richard at info@beavercountymassage.com.

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Massage Therapy in Beaver, PA

Why do you get a massage? Please leave a comment!

A lot of our clients/patients use massage therapy to manage their various types of pain.
Our patients regularly comment that friends, family and co-workers think they are so
fortunate to be able to pamper themselves on such a regular basis, when in fact, their
regular massage therapy is necessary for them to function as normally as they possibly can.

About Richard Russ:

Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn. Email Richard at info@beavercountymassage.com.

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low-back-painOne of the most common complaints we hear at Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic is, “my back hurts”! If your pain is a result of weak muscles or tight muscles due to poor posture or over-use, massage therapy may be the missing piece of the puzzle to get you back to a pain free life!

About Richard Russ:

Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn. Email Richard at info@beavercountymassage.com.

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By: Peter J. Schubbe, DC

One of the more common causes of back injuries during the winter months is snow removal. Using the wrong body mechanics when shoveling snow can put undue stress on the lower back and lead to a painful muscle strain, or possibly more serious back injuries, such as a herniated disc or disc degeneration.

 

The following snow removal tips can help you to avoid low back injuries and pain during the snowy winter season.

Pick the Right Snow Shovel

An ergonomic snow shovel can help take some of the effort out of your snow removal chores. A shovel with a curved handle or an adjustable handle length will minimize painful bending, requiring you to bend your knees only slightly and arch your back very slightly while keeping the shovel blade on the ground. In addition, a small, lightweight, plastic blade helps reduce the amount of weight that you are moving.

Warm Up Thoroughly

Cold, tight muscles are more prone to injury than warmed up, flexible muscles. Do your back a favor by warming up for five to ten minutes before shoveling or any strenuous activity. Get your blood moving with a brisk walk, marching in place, or another full-body activity. Then, stretch your low back and hamstrings (the large muscles in the back of the thigh) with some gentle stretching exercises. Limber up your arms and shoulders with a body hug.

Pace Yourself

Shoveling small amounts of snow frequently is less strenuous than shoveling a large pile at once. If possible, removing snow over a period of days will lessen the strain on the back and arms. In deep snow, remove a few inches off the top at a time, rather than attempting to shovel the full depth at once. When shoveling, take a break for a minute or two every 10-15 minutes or if you feel overworked at any point. Use this opportunity to stretch your arms, shoulders, and back to keep them warm and flexible.

Use Ergonomic Lifting Techniques

Whenever possible, push the snow to one side rather than lifting it. When lifting the snow shovel is necessary, make sure to use ergonomic lifting techniques:

•Always face towards the object you intend to lift (ie have your shoulders and hips both squarely facing it)

•Bend at the hips, not the low back, and push the chest out, pointing forward. Then, bend your knees and lift with your leg muscles, keeping your back straight

•Keep your loads light and do not lift an object that is too heavy for you

•If you must lift a shovel full, grip the shovel with one hand as close to the blade as comfortably possible and the other hand on the handle (handle and arm length will vary the technique)

•Avoid twisting the back to move your object to its new location – always pivot your whole body to face the new direction

•Keep the heaviest part of the object close to your body at your center of gravity – do not extend your arms to throw the snow

•Walk to the new location to deposit the item rather than reaching or tossing

When gripping the shovel, keep your hands about 12 inches apart to provide greater stability and minimize the chances of injuring your low back.

Keep Your Feet on the Ground

Slippery conditions while shoveling can lead to slipping and/or falls and strains that can injure your back. Shoes or boots with good treads will help to minimize injuries from slipping. Spreading sand, rock salt, or kitty litter on your sidewalk or driveway will increase traction and reduce the likelihood of slipping on the ice.

If Possible, Stop Shoveling – Use a Snow Blower Instead

When used correctly, a snow blower can put less stress on your low back than shoveling. Avoid stressing your back by using the power of your legs to push the snow blower while keeping your back straight and knees bent.

These tips can help to make snow removal less of a strain on your low back. Keeping these guidelines in mind during the winter season will lessen the chances of a developing new back problems or worsening your low back pain while shoveling, and hopefully make your winter a healthier and more enjoyable experience.

Original Article at: http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/ergonomics/snow-shoveling-techniques-prevent-low-back-injuries

 

Richard Russ is a massage therapist and the owner of Russ Medical and Sport Massage Clinic. Learn more about him here and connect with him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn. Email Richard at info@beavercountymassage.com.

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