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Do This Trick & Your Sciatic Nerve Will Thank You!

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What's A Piriformis? And Why Does It Need Releasing?
Tammara working on releasing piriformis tightness
If you've ever had a pain in your gluteus muscles (three buttocks muscles) that felt deep and possibly radiated down your outer thigh towards your knee and beyond, your piriformis might need to be released. It might surprise you to know that releasing this muscle can often help low back pain as well!

The piriformis muscle is a small muscle that if too tight can cause large problems. It is located under the gluteus and can be difficult to reach for treatment. The reason it is so important to be able to treat this area, is it's proximity to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve does not like to be crowded out by tight muscle. So, if your piriformis is squeezing your sciatic nerve that is near by, that nerve will trigger pain to let it be know that it isn't happy. If that pain is ignored, it becomes worse and will eventually work it's way down the path of the sciatic n…

Massage, Diet and Inflammation

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What These Have in Common Might Surprise You!

What massage and diet have in common is the ability to help keep chronic inflammation under control. And controlling it can help your body feel much better.

Inflammation is the body's natural defense system against harmful influences that could damage tissues and lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many other degenerative diseases. Unfortunately, too much inflammation for too long a period of time can also be linked to these very same problems.

There can be many causes of chronic inflammation, and the food we eat plays a significantly large role in the body's ability to regulate it.  Stress is also linked to increased inflammation due to stress hormones, such as cortisol. So, there are two important ways that changes in your lifestyle can directly impact the amount of inflammation your body has to manage.... diet and stress management.

The first part of controlling inflammation is controlling the foods that we eat.  Basical…

Acupuncture for Springtime

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Spring is here and along with it is the allergy symptoms that make us miserable. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help! Seasonal allergy symptoms can be eased through acupuncture by clearing sinus congestion, reducing inflammation and pain, treating cough, regulating the immune system to make it less reactive in the future and providing natural antibacterial and antiviral solutions.

In a study that was originally published on Time.com, study author Dr. Benno of the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics at Charite University Medical Center in Berlin wrote that "From my experience as a physician and acupuncturist, and as a researcher, I would recommend trying acupuncture if patients are not satisfied with the conventional anti-allergic medication or treatment or they suffer from more or less serious side effects of the conventional medication. Also because acupuncture is a relative safe treatment."

So bottom line is that if you are suffering fro…