Update from April Flooding

As many of you know, my office space downtown had about three feet of flash flood water damage early morning Wednesday morning April 30. My office mates and I  were fortunate to get into the office that same morning after the waters quickly receded to quickly begin the clean up. As of last week, the building has been gutted of the damaged  carpet, drywall, and insulation and allowed to dry for several weeks before drywall and painting has begun. There has been a back order on certain building materials locally, but we expected to be moving back in this coming weekend after six weeks of being displaced. In the interim I have been doing home and office visits for my long time clients.

Thank you to everyone for your gracious support. My heart goes out to everyone who has had flood damage to their homes here in the Pensacola area. I am also so very fortunate to share an office space with two inspiring massage therapists, Dawn Yarborough and Susie Hastings. Both these ladies know how to roll up their sleeves, take life as it comes and meet it with resilience. After we get settled back in,  I hope we can do a open house or grand reopening celebration.

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Muscle of the Month: Iliopsoas

Anterior Hip Muscles
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The Iliopsoas is a muscle group consisting of the Iliacus and the Psoas Major and Psoas Minor. Located deep in the front of the hip these muscle are responsible for lifting the leg (hip flexion) and with the leg in a fixed position they flex the trunk. When this muscle group is tight and becomes hyper-tonic, it is thought to be the underlying culprit of many peoples’ low back pain. Extended hours leaning forward at desk work and/or driving can contribute to distorted posture or even lower crossed syndrome. An anterior pelvic tilt and a positive Thomas Test point to a  body with tight iliopsoas muscle.

Stress tip of the Week, Uncategorized

Disarming the Stress Bomb, Stress Tip of the Week

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How do you overcome stress?

Many people turn to hobbies and exercise to reduce stress levels.  Physical exertion is a great way to relieve excess stress.  However, we all know that running around the block or weeding your flower bed isn’t always appropriate OR available.  How can you reduce stress at these times in midst of the tension?

Try these easy remedies:

1) Breathe. Breath is vital.  We often forget to breathe when we are tense. If you are sitting at a computer, try this quick and easy move.

Put your arms out at your sides and make a thumbs up. Then, rotate your arms by pointing thumbs behind you and gently reach back. Hold for three deep breaths– breathe all the way in and all the way out.

2) Cool Down.  Literally.

Grab an ice pack to cool things down.  Keep a small soft gel ice pack on hand in a freezer (or make a small one with ice cubes in a freezer storage bag).  Chill out by placing your cold-pack on your stress center. In general, women tend to hold their stress in the back of the neck, men in the low back.


Muscle of the Month: Rectus Femoris

(L. straight + femur) This muscle of the quadriceps group follows a straight line down the front of the thigh originating from the anterior spine of the pelvis and attaches to the tibial tuberosity via the patellar tendon. The rectus femoris is the only quad to cross both the hip and knee joint making  it a  hip flexor as well as a knee extensor muscle. This muscle is vital to knee joint stability in walking and running. It  is most susceptible to blows or trauma because of its location front and center of the thigh. Other common sports injuries include: “Jumper’s knee” and partial tears.