Monday, May 21, 2012

Massage Therapy: More Than Just Pampering!!!

We usually get treated to one as a gift or on some other special occasion like a Birthday, Anniversary or Mother's Day. If nothing else, when you are done they make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. But with fancy names like Swedish, Shiatsu and Deep Tissue, it is no wonder some of us walk away convincing ourselves that it was okay to pamper ourselves. I mean we all deserve a little indulgence every once in a while.....RIGHT?

It would not be a stretch to say that although many of us have had a massage few of us understand the value of Massage Therapy. The truth is even though a massage may feel like nothing more than glorified pampering it can be tremendously beneficial to your overall health.

So what exactly are the benefits of having a massage treatment? Interestingly, research indicates that Massage Therapy aids in:
  • Stress Reduction
  • Balancing the Nervous System
  • Increasing Circulation
  • Enhancing Immunity & Lymph Flow
  • Injury Recovery
  • Alleviating Pain
  • Increasing Energy
Additionally, Massage Therapy can help to stretch your muscles, improve your range of motion, increase joint flexibility as well as reduce spasms and/or cramping. An important point to keep in mind is that you increase the benefits of Massage Therapy by getting them more frequently. So the idea is to not wait for a special occasion to have one.

Here at Duffy and Bracken, licensed Massage Therapist, Alexandra Hartmann, provides onsite massage therapy to our patients. With over 15 years of experience, Alexandra combines a general nurturing massage with focus on specific areas of your body that need attention. Appointments can be scheduled Tuesdays 5:40-8:00p and Fridays between 11a-2pm.

Begin incorporating massages into your health and wellness plan by calling Duffy and Bracken and scheduling your appointment today!

Kieffer Pearce
Director of PR/Marketing

Monday, May 7, 2012

Take Charge of Your Quality of Life!!!

No one wants to live with pain everyday. Yet, many Arthritis sufferers do just that without the hope of one day being pain free. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 1 in every 5 American adults has being diagnosed with Arthritis and contrary to popular belief it does not only affect the elderly. It is a fact that Arthritis is a painful disease that tears down your joints, bones and other connective tissues but in many cases it does not have to rob you of your quality of life.

So how do you accomplish this?

One way to get your life back is by scheduling an appointment to see a Physical Therapist. Believe it or not, physical therapists are not just useful after a sprained ankle or herniated disc. Rather than relying only on prescription pain medication, people suffering from Osteoarthritis and even Rheumatoid Arthritis can see a physical therapist to treat their pain.

A therapist is able to:
1. Educate you on your condition.
2. Help you manage your pain.
3. Assist you in improving your function.

It is understandable that many Arthritis sufferers would shy away from physical activity. For some, the fear of exercise doing more harm than good could certainly hinder them from keeping active. Here is the good news...exercise does not have to mean more pain. When done properly, remaining active will do just the opposite, it can help you to alleviate or manage your pain.

Here at Duffy & Bracken we offer a Full Body Wellness Evaluation for individuals with chronic illnesses and conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinson's, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Osteoporosis. Our full body evaluation guides you to the right pain management method as well as assists you in designing an exercise program that's best for you. Call us and take charge of your life today!

Kieffer Pearce
Director of Public Relations & Marketing