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.

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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.

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Adventures in Bee Keeping

One of my many hobbies away from the office is beekeeping.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to be offering apitherapy, i.e.bee-sting therapy, in the treatment room.
Take a look at some of the photos we have of the most recent hive inspection.  A friend who is a bee professional was gracious enough to come over and help with the first official inspection!
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examining framesnewly capped honey!examining framesdronebrood and newly capped honeybrood and newly capped honey
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Adventures in Bee Keeping, a set on Flickr.

Take a look at some really amazing critters at work! Looks like they need a massage, eh?


Benefits of Massage

* Increases Blood Circulation and Lymph Flow

* Reduces Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

* Reduces Stress and Tension

* Relieves Chronic and Temporary Pain

* Improves Flexibility

* Increases Levels off Serotonin, Protecting Against Depression

* Increases Endorphins, the Body’s Natural Painkillers

* Strengthens the Immune System

* Premature Infants Gain Weight Faster When Massaged

* Prevents Sports Injuries And Increases Athletic Performance

* Helps Relieve Tension, Sinus And Migraine Headaches

* Alleviates Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Asthma, Bronchitis, Arthritis and more


Make the Healthy Choice

Stress is our bodies’ natural reaction to uncertainty in our lives.

  • What do you do to balance out stress in your life?
  • Do you go to the fridge or to another indulgence to cope?
  • Or, do you schedule some time out to relax?

Take a walk, get a great massage.

Make the healthy choice.

James Frtischle LMT, nationally and state certified massage therapist provides skillful massages to the stressed at heart.

To  schedule an appointment call  or 485-0552.