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Hip Treatment Part 2

A demonstration for hip pain and massage therapy/movement treatments for runners or general public in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Geoffrey Bishop of Stay Tuned Therapeutics demonstrates.

For more information or book a session at Stay Tuned Therapeutics contact Geoffrey at 928-699-1999

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Flagstaff Sports Massage

Geoffrey Bishop of Flagstaff, AZ performing a few massage and movement techniques related to sports.  Geoffrey has been working in Flagstaff since 1999.  Working with athletes of all abilities, corporate America production and desk workers and anyone in between.  The focus of massage techniques at Stay Tuned Therapeutics is typically on injury prevention, and if it comes to it, rehabilitation of injury.  To book your appointment call 928-699-1999.

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Celebrate Earth Day at Stay Tuned

Celebrate Earth Day!  Book a massage, facial, waxing, or any treatment we offer during the week of Earth Day, March 19-24th, and receive 20% off when you bring in your used electronics at appointment time to Stay Tuned Therapeutics.

Call now to book your appointment, receive the discount when you come in, it’s that simple.

Items will be donated, recycled or disposed of properly.

Treatment options.

Massage & Bodywork

Skincare/waxing/nail care.

Call Geoffrey at 928-699-1999 or Missy at 928-699-1801 for details!

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From Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/StayTunedTherapy

Thank you all who have joined the Stay Tuned Therapeutics ‘fan’ page. Feel free to use this page as one way to interact with Missy and Geoffrey. Questions, comments, interesting ideas, product or service suggestions, we are here for you. Take a peak at our videos, which we will be updating soon, articles, blogs, other blog, other blog.

I’d like to give you some background about Missy and Geoffrey. Geoffrey graduated massage school in 1997 at East West College of Healing Arts, in Portland ,OR. Missy graduated aesthetician school in 1997 at Rob Roy Academy, in Worcester, MA.

Missy and Geoffrey met at The Black Diamond Spa in Flagstaff, AZ in 2000. Geoffrey left the spa in 2002 to pursue a more liberating career being self employed, opening shop under the same name he created in massage school business class, Stay Tuned Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. With the intent of working with athletes, musicians, and all folks who need to…Stay Tuned. Geoffrey has enjoyed working with visiting international athletes from all endurance sports, and specializes in massage for special needs clients and specific pain management.

In 2005 Missy also quit the spa, for the same reasons, to custom tailor treatments, and explore self employment. Missy enrolled in massage school at Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College and graduated in 2006. Joining Stay Tuned, we changed the name to ‘Therapeutics’. They have had a successful business ever since. Their practice is in a wonderful old house, built in 1905 in Flagstaff, AZ. Custom treatment include massage therapy for specific conditions, general relaxation and stress management, Myoskeletal Alignment, sports massage, customized facials to fit your skin’s needs and nail care.

Geoffrey and Missy are both Certified Advanced Myoskeletal Therapists, state licensed, and Nationally Certified.

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with us, feel free to give us a call, comment on any of our pages, blogs, etc. Have a great day and ……Stay Tuned!

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Cervical Facet Pain Patterns

Erik Dalton’s Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques are partly based on the reflexogenic relationship between muscles and joints.  By releasing ‘tight’ deep 4th layer muscles, Myoskeletal Therapists help open ‘stuck’, or ‘out’ joint spaces, reducing irritation in the articular receptors, chemo receptors, and nociceptors.  Specific joint positions are reached and some type of activator, client movement, is used to release spasm, and the cycle of movement/pain reduction/movement begins.

Occipitoatlantal Alignment

The charts below demonstrate the pain patterns that are produced by cervical facet joint dysfunction.

For more in depth information of facet joint dysfunction, please visit

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/93924-overview

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Maintenance Techniques for twitter-finger.

Having been a massage therapist for 13 years now I have never had an injury to my arms, wrists or hands.  You can use these simple exercises to ensure a long life in whatever job you have that requires extensive use of the hands and forearms.

Take computing for instance, there is no other way you found this information, how many hours a day do you spend on the keyboard, the mouse, or just hunched over in that nice chair?  Now, how many minutes a day do you spend providing regeneration to the injured/over used tissue.  Now, what is your plan for pain free longevity in this position you so love?

You may be the type of person who just prefers having a massage to treat aches and pains, great, I’ll take your money.  However, do you realize that hard earned money you invest in therapy will go so much further if you take some responsibility?

Take 5 minutes and follow me through on these exercises, if you need a band contact me and you can stop by, or I will ship one.

Stay Tuned…

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Boosting the Immune System with Steam Therapy

Traditionally, the benefits of steaming include increased energy, decreased incidence of infections, and fewer colds and flus. Many regular steam or sauna bathers have experienced that a good long sweat bath at the early onset of a cold or flu can help ward off the disease before it manifests as actual symptoms.

How does steam work?

The heat from a Steamy Wonder™ treatment raises your core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. During a fever, the production of white blood cells is increased, as is the rate of their release into the blood stream. White blood cells are the primary agents of the immune system. As the generation of antibodies speeds up, so does the production of interferon, an anti-viral protein. In this manner, your body’s immune system is strengthened as it works to combat the fever.

At the same time, sweating helps eliminate toxins and waste products from the body. After detoxification, your immune system has less “housecleaning” to do and can focus on protecting your body from more serious health threats. produced by sweating, overall health and resistance to diseases is increased.

Scientific Research:

Mayo Clinic researcher, Dr. Wakim, cites findings that the number of white blood cells increased by an average of 58% during an artificially induced fever.

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Women Need Expanded Musculoskeletal Care During Pregnancy

Stay Tuned Therapeutics offers musculoskeletal work for pregnancy in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Here’s why…

ScienceDaily (Mar. 12, 2007) — Despite the high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy, few women in under-served populations receive treatment for their low back pain, according to a February 2007 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT).  Moreover, researchers found that pain in a previous pregnancy may predict a high risk for musculoskeletal complaints in future pregnancies.


According to Clayton Skaggs, DC, the study’s chief author, 85 percent of women surveyed reported that they had not received treatment for their musculoskeletal pain, and of the small percentage who perceived that their back complaints were addressed, less than 10 percent were satisfied with the symptom relief they obtained.

“Based on the findings of this study, doctors of chiropractic and other health care professionals need to expand the musculoskeletal care available during pregnancy, especially in underserved populations,” Dr. Skaggs said.  “As a proactive step, health professionals should consider including back pain screening as part of early obstetrical care to help identify musculoskeletal risk factors and allow for early education and/or treatment.”

Researchers surveyed more than 600 women at a clinic that serves predominantly an uninsured, underinsured or Medicaid-insured population.  Surveys were offered to all obstetrical patients and were designed to collect information about pregnancy-related pain and quality of life issues.  Of those women who responded to the survey, two-thirds reported back pain and nearly half of all women reported pain at two or more locations, including pelvic pain and mid-back pain.

The study findings suggest that pregnant women with back pain are predisposed to sleep disturbances.  In the survey, close to 80 percent of women reporting sleep disturbances had back pain, whereas only 8 percent of women without pain reported problems sleeping.  More alarming was the significant relationship between reports of musculoskeletal pain and the use of pain medication.  Three-fourths of the women who reported pain also described use of pain medication.

“We saw a direct association between sleep deficiency and back pain,” the authors said.  “These results raise the question of whether or not the high incidence of pain medication use reflects a lack of education about potential risks of medications or more an inability for the pregnant women to cope with the pain.”

The study’s authors also found a relationship between pain in a previous pregnancy and pain in the current pregnancy.  Similar to the results of other studies, researchers found that 85 percent of women who experienced pain in a previous pregnancy reported pain during their current pregnancy.

The study was the result of on-going collaboration between Logan College of Chiropractic and the Department of Obstetrics at Washington University School of Medicine.


Adapted from materials provided by American Chiropractic Association.
American Chiropractic Association (2007, March 12). Women Need Expanded Musculoskeletal Care During Pregnancy. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 29, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2007/03/070307075536.htm

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7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain

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I will be going to the 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain.

We would like to invite you to join us for the 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain, to be held in November 2010 in Los Angeles, U.S.A. This program is held every three years. All the disciplines involved in the treatment and research of musculoskeletal disorders around the globe come together in a stimulating meeting related to musculoskeletal disorders. Those of you who attended the last meeting in Barcelona will need no further encouragement to attend what promises to be another great congress. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with members of diverse disciplines from all around the world.

Scientific sessions are already being planned and the quality of the speakers will be excellent. In addition we will offer you a relaxed atmosphere to meet, chat and have fun.

We hope you will all be able to join us.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Andry Vleeming

Dr Vert Moony

Dr Colleen Fitzgerald

Scientific Committee
Andry Vleeming, Vert Mooney, Colleen Fitzgerald, Jaap van Dieen, Maurits van Tulder, Robert Schleip, Leon Chaitow, Mel Cusi, Paul Chek, Diane Lee, Paul Hodges, Peter O’Sullivan, Paul Watson.

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What is Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques?

From Erik Dalton, PhD, founder of Freedom From Pain Institute, creator of Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques.

What makes MAT Special?

Well-documented theories explain how joints become fixated from myofascial stressors; yet relatively unknown in the massage therapy community is how joint dysfunction creates protective muscle spasm and dysfunctional strain patterns, such as forward head postures, slumped shoulders and scoliosis. This reflexogenic relationship between muscles and joints is the foundation of the Myoskeletal Alignment Technique and is considered not only uniquely different from traditional thinking, but possibly an important next step in addressing abnormal strain patterns caused by muscle/joint imbalances.

Massage therapists can now safely address all soft tissues, including ligaments, nerve dura, fasciae, discs and joint capsules, responsible for much of the pain previously blamed on muscles alone. Osteopathic methods, such as muscle energy, strain-counter strain and mechanical link, are also designed to relieve muscle/joint dysfunctions, but the MAT method complements today’s bodywork practices as it was specifically designed to fit a massage-therapy format.

One distinguishing goal that establishes the MAT method apart from other techniques is its dependence on identification and correction of joint fixations. This is accomplished by systematically releasing deep spinal muscles, ligaments and fibrotic joint capsules that torsion and compress spinal joints. In some cases, a bodyworker may apply direct pressure to bones to release fibrotic muscles that create joint blockages, but the intent is always soft-tissue work.

Posture’s Roll

Most manual therapists today agree that no therapeutic approach to neck/back pain is complete unless body posture is generally improved. Whatever the root of the client’s condition, special attention must be dedicated to posture-especially the correct positioning of the pelvis. Many therapists complain that postural assessments are often too complex, too time-consuming, too clumsy-in a typical massage setting with the client draped.

The MAT method lessens assessment anxiety with an efficient five-minute hands-on evaluation that quickly identifies gross body asymmetries, such as pelvic tilts, short legs, sacroiliac dysfunctions, scoliosis, facet restrictions and hip-capsule adhesions. MAT also incorporates Vladimir Janda, M.D.’s upper-and-lower crossed visual assessment method for easy recognition of muscle-imbalance patterns that cause neck and low-back pain. Combining these hands-on and visual assessment techniques allows the therapist to immediately tell which muscles are tight and pulling unevenly on the body’s bony framework, and which weak muscles are permitting the asymmetry. Janda’s muscle-imbalance research has gifted bodywork practitioners with a remarkably useful model for explaining how predictable muscle imbalances cause predictable faulty postural patterns, such as slumped shoulders, forward heads, swaybacks and dowager’s hump. (Hands on procedures using Janda’s formula are detailed in Part II of this series.)

Ultimately, for long-lasting relief of chronic neck/back pain, the MAT system works to achieve these goals:

balancing the head on the neck

balancing the neck on the shoulders

balancing the shoulder girdle on the rib cage

balancing the pelvis on the femurs

restoring pain-free movement

Recent studies have confirmed a noticeable reduction in noxious neural input entering the spinal cord and brain when the postural goals listed above are met. In 1979, biomechanical researcher J. Gordon Zink, D.O., coined the term “common compensatory patterns” to describe routinely found postural patterns in the neuromyofascial-skeletal system. His studies were the first to validate how structure and function play a dual role in posturally initiated pain syndromes. Eventually, he concluded that postural muscle stress leads to chronic, recurrent central nervous system irritation initiated by sensory receptors, such as mechanoreceptors, nociceptors and chemoreceptors.

Postural muscles are structurally designed to resist fatigue and function in the presence of prolonged gravitational exposure. If their capacity to resist stress is lost, the postural muscles become irritable, tight and shortened. Fortunately, as balance and function are re-established in distorted myofascial structures, hyperactivity in agitated joint and muscle receptors rapidly dissipates. Zink’s conclusion leads to the underpinnings of the client’s outcome: less sympathetic muscle spasm, less limbic system activation, less stress-and less pain.

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