Author: Phila Massages

  • Tennis Elbow

    Tennis Elbow

    Tennis elbow is a repetitive stress injury that is becoming more.  Named for to its common occurrence with tennis players, recently it has become more common to those who do a lot of computer work.  Anyone that does frequent repetitive wrist and forearm activity, such as plumbers, carpenters, hairdressers, weightlifters, and cooks, are also susceptible…

  • The Importance of Abdomen and Core Strength in Reducing Lower Back Pain

    The Importance of Abdomen and Core Strength in Reducing Lower Back Pain

    Low back pain is one of the most common health complaints, and most often, one of the main areas of focus during a massage. A seated posture, which causes a backward tilt of the pelvis, and the shortening and weakening of the core muscles can contribute to lower back pain. The pain can also be…

  • The Under-appreciated Feet – Part Two: Strengthening

    The Under-appreciated Feet – Part Two: Strengthening

    In a previous article we touched on the role flexibility played on the feet and its function. This article will focus on the other half of proper foot care: strength and stability, the need for foot strength, a concept called the foot tripod to explain the stability the foot should possess, injuries that occur from…

  • Mid-Back and Rib Mobility

    Mid-Back and Rib Mobility

    The human back is a complex network of muscles and bones that connects the upper portion of our body to the lower via our spine. Most often, when a person complains of pain in their back, it is usually in the neck (cervical spine) or the lower back (lumbar spine). The upper and middle portion…

  • Effects of Prolonged Sitting on the Body, and How to Fix It

    Effects of Prolonged Sitting on the Body, and How to Fix It

    Sitting As the New Working Hazard Many people spend the majority of their day sitting for work and their commute. According to some studies, those that sit 8 hours or more throughout the day see the most impact to their health. Now, with many people working from home, the number of people sitting throughout the…

  • Injury, Acute Inflammation and RICE Treatment

    Injury, Acute Inflammation and RICE Treatment

    Inflammation is an essential, natural response by the body to treat injury or infection. Without the inflammatory response, injuries would not heal and infections could fester. There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic. This article will focus on the acute inflammatory response that occurs due to an injury. So, what exactly is going…

  • Hamstrings: Stretching and Strengthening

    Hamstrings: Stretching and Strengthening

    https://www.kaa-yaa.com/best-exercises-building-big-strong-hamstrings/ The Hamstring muscle group is located along the posterior upper leg, between the pelvis and the knee. It is comprised of three separate muscles: the Biceps Femoris, the Semitendinosus and the Semimembranosus muscles. They originate at the Ischial Tuberosity (or “sits bones”) and end at the knee. The Biceps Femoris is the larger lateral…

  • The Gluteus: 3 Stretches and 3 Strengthening Exercises

    The Gluteus: 3 Stretches and 3 Strengthening Exercises

    The Gluteus muscle group is made up of 3 main muscles: Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus. https://par4success.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Gluteal_Muscle.jpg Gluteus Maximus is the biggest muscle in the human body and is responsible for extension and outward rotation of the hip. It is also the main muscle that evolved to allow us to walk upright and become bipedal!…

  • Standing posture

    Standing posture

    Standing desks are gaining in popularity due to the increased understanding that sitting for extended periods of time can cause a variety of issues from back pain to poor circulation. So, the question is, do standing desks help to resolve these problems or do they cause their own set of issues? Our bodies were not…

  • Strengthening for shoulders following a dislocation

    Strengthening for shoulders following a dislocation

    Shoulder Anatomy The shoulder complex is made up of 3 joints: the Glenohumeral joint, the Acromioclavicular joint, and the Sternoclavicular joint.  The most commonly affected during a dislocation is the Glenohumeral joint.  This joint is a ball and socket joint, which is one of the most mobile types of joints in the body.  It is…