Before you grab that bottle of over the counter pain medication, you might want to research some different options.
About seven months ago I walked around the hilly side of Niagara Falls in flip flops...and I paid for it! My heels and feet started to develop chronic pain also known as Plantar Fasciitis. From my massage therapy education I knew my pain was related to chronically tight muscles in the calves and feet. Deep tissue massage was a great place to start but more intense work was needed to kick the healing process into high gear. Muscle Release Technique incorporates stretching during massage and is very effective at releasing chronically tight muscles. The closest MRT trained therapist was two hours away so it was time to explore other options.
Not too long ago we learned a company was recommending our emollient for use with their IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) tools. Being unfamiliar with IASTM a little research revealed a popular method is the Graston Technique which is used by chiropractors, athletic trainers and physical therapists. This type of work helps to break up scar tissue from chronic and acute injuries with the use of stainless steel tools. The website listed a local chiropractor who was also trained in Active Release Technique (ART) - another way to address muscles that have been overworked. After just a few short sessions of combined IASTM, ART, and two ankle adjustments I am almost pain free. My range of motion has increased considerably and daily stretching is now more effective than before.
Now it's your turn - we'd love to hear from you! Please share your tips and suggestions that help alleviate aches and pains.
Note: The above is the sole opinion of the author. Please see your physician for medical advice.
About the author:
Lisa Snyder, principal owner of Skin Salvy, is passionate about holistic health and wellness. She holds a BSIE from Iowa State University and is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. She believes there is a place for both Western and Eastern Medicine.
Search for "food dyes" on the internet and at the very top you'll find results for nasty side effects whether it's in the food we eat, the clothing we wear or the cosmetics we put on our body.
A recent article by Prevention Magazine talks about a "new study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology finds that blue dyes used in edible products might be doing more to our bodies than we thought." Read more through this link on FoxNews.com. With Easter right around the corner, it's great to see all the natural, colorful ways to enjoy the holiday without the chemicals. Here's a great place to look for alternative ways to dye those eggs! Visit Blissmo for more information.
We'd love to hear your tips and suggestions!
We get asked all the time for tips on how to care for problem skin. We know a thing or two about this as Dave, creator of Skin Salvy, developed our emollient when his dermatitis was getting out of control on his hands. The creases in his palms had developed deep, painful, cracks that would bleed. He will never be a hand model but his skin is manageable.
1) Use all natural soaps for bathing and for laundry. It's amazing how many chemicals our skin is exposed to. The skin is the largest organ of the body and what gets on it can be absorbed into the body.
2) Fragrances, dyes, perfumes sound harmless, right? Did you know there are many chemicals that can be labeled "fragrance" that may cause skin reactions and even asthma like symptoms? Example: when Dave quit using the "dermatologist recommended" product that you find in any major big box store, eczema type symptoms that were behind his ears, elbows and knees disappeared. That product contained petrolatum and mineral oil - by products of petroleum - yes, the stuff used for making your car run. The cream that was supposed to help his hands was causing a nasty side effect on other parts of his body.
3) Look into adding healthy oils into your diet.
Do you have any other tips? Please share them here!
We'd love to hear from you! Have you found something that really makes a difference in your skin? Have you concocted the perfect smoothie, food, or facial scrub? Is there something you do on a regular basis that you swear by? **Please, no brand name products**
My new favorite nail strengthening tip: This past summer I switched to straight organic jojoba to condition my face in the morning and night. After a couple of months, I noticed my nails were very hard as they once were when I was younger. It turns out when I rubbed the jojoba into my nails, it strengthened them.
The other day I was shopping at a well known cosmetic store and checked out the skin care aisle....I just can't help myself. One of the products on the shelf had a beautiful clean label with a gorgeous leaf on the front and the word "natural" as part of the name. Sounds like a product that should have clean ingredients, right? When I flipped the product over to check the ingredients it felt like I needed a chemistry degree to understand what I was reading. Yes there were some natural ingredients in the product, but they were lower on the list which means not as much of the good stuff. One ingredient on the list was methylparaben which according to the EWG Skin Deep database has the following concerns: biochemical or cellular level changes, endocrine disruption, allergies/immunotoxicity, use restrictions. Sound like something we should slather all over our skin? Probably not.
So what is greenwashing? According to Wikipedia: "The term is generally used when significantly more money or time has been spent advertising being green rather than spending resources on environmentally sound practices. This is often portrayed by changing the name or label of a product to evoke the natural environment or nature - for example, putting an image of a forest on a bottle containing harmful chemicals."
Bottom line: being green is in and advertisers have figured that out. Be your own best advocate. Read ingredient lists and understand what you might be slathering all over your skin. Remember, the skin is the largest organ of the body and what you put on your body can be absorbed into the body.
An excellent resource is EWG.org/SkinDeep which has a complete list of cosmetics and ingredients.
Customers have shared a lot of tips plus I've learned quite a bit working in the industry. It feels great to share information that may help someone else.