Hip Pain? Don’t Want Surgery?

Do you have hip pain and you don’t want surgery?

Hip pain is often caused by the muscles attached at the hip, of which there are several.

hip pain xrayWhen you are experiencing hip pain, it’s important to know how many muscles there are in the hip, because there are a lot of them, so here you go: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Minimus, these are three very large and strong muscles attaching from the hip bone (Ilium) to the thigh bone (femur).

The hamstring muscles attach at the sits bone (ischial tuberosity).

The tensor fasciae latae (TFL) goes from the ilium to the iliotibial band (ITB).

The iliopsoas (il-ē-ō-ˈsō-əs) connects not only from the inside of the ilium to the spine but also to the femur.

The pectineus, I know, you were wondering when I would get to this muscle! It goes from the pubic crest or ramus to the femur, as do the adductor brevis, gracilis, & adductor longus.

The sartorius and rectus femoris attach from the ilium to the tibia and femur respectively.

Then there are the hip rotators, of which there are six; piriformis, gemellus superior, obturator internus & externus, gemellus inferior, and quadratus femoris.

So, there you have a whole lot of muscles that are pulling on the hip in any given direction, not to mention balancing and stabilizing us. There is a lot going on in our hips, so hip pain is
common–not normal–but common.

Stretches, massage, hot baths, infrared sauna, and exercise all keep these muscles doing their job as well as keep them from pulling on the joint.

Muscles pulling on the joint is the leading cause of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the leading cause for hip replacement.

Therefore, take care of your hips with Stretches, massage, hot baths, infrared sauna, and exercise and you will probably not need hip surgery. Call us now to schedule your pain relief session including massage and sauna. While you are here we will offer you stretches and exercises to do. When you leave you can go home and take a hot bath so you will sleep like a baby tonight!

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Far Infrared Can Control Your Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that impairs our body’s ability to balance the use of energy (glucose) derived from the foods we eat. Insulin, a natural hormone produced in our pancreas is required for the body to deliver glucose into our cells as energy. If the pancreas doesn’t make insulin or if the body cannot use insulin properly then diabetes results.

Common symptoms of diabetics are: frequent urination, excessive thirst and hunger, weakness and fatigue, and nausea and vomiting. Far Infrared can increase micro circulation, relieving pain, reducing swelling, flushing toxins, and helping to rejuvenate healthy cellular functioning. Its emitting natural far infrared rays deep into your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments, actually increasing circulation within the cells. Giving your cells a chance to flush toxins and waste by products while absorbing fresh oxygen and nutrients from the blood stream.

Far Infrared can control your diabetes. New research has also discovered that far infrared rays inhibit bacterial growth, helping to prevent and reduce the chance of infection.

Treat Acne with Infrared Sauna

What about infrared sauna acne treatment? What will the infrared sauna do for acne? Most young adults in their 20s can get acne. This is not a life threatening condition, but at times acne can be very disfiguring and upsetting. And it can lead to permanent scarring. Our skin is covered with pores, sometimes these pores get blocked causing the sebum which normally drains to the surface to get trapped.

These are the ideal circumstances for bacteria to develop. One of the myths about acne is that washing your face more often can help you get rid of it. Pores are not blocked from the top down though and frequent washing can even cause skin irritation, which is not what we’re trying to accomplish.

While the infrared sauna might not be the be all end all cure for your acne problem, it will certainly help improve the situation. The heat in the infrared cabin causes the sebum to liquefy. Blocked sebum, dead skin cells and other impurities are expelled through excessive sweating in the infrared sauna. Acne treatment medications can of course still be used, but in the case of face creams it’s best not to use them right before an infrared sauna session, because most of the cream will be “flushed away” with perspiration.

Acne treatment programs will generally respond well to this natural method of skin cleansing. After all, sweating is our body’s natural mechanism to rinse clogged pores and if you ask anyone who regularly uses an infrared sauna, they will certainly brag about the amazing softening effect it has on the skin.


The far infrared sauna has been very beneficial in the treatment of fibromyalgia (FMS, FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFIDS, CFS). A number of doctors now believe that the “toxic load” of these patients are very high and their detoxification pathways are often compromised. When one is able to reduce the toxins and heavy metals in those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, their symptoms often greatly improve. A number of people are also suffering unknowingly from mercury poisoning or from other heavy metals such as lead and aluminum. The infrared sauna has been invaluable in accelerating the removal of these toxic metals. By raising the core temperature and creating a ‘hyperthermia’ effect the infrared sauna also may improve a number of parameters in the immune system.

Infrared Treatment for Fibromyalgia; By Nicole Murray, eHow Contributor: The symptoms of fibromyalgia are most commonly treated by over-the-counter drugs for pain relief. According to the Food and Drug Administration, long term use of over-the-counter drugs can be harmful to your health. You can now treat symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as swelling and discomfort, with an infrared sauna.

How It Works: Fibromyalgia causes fatigue, headaches, stiffness or soreness in your joints, muscles or tendons. An infrared sauna uses invisible light rays that penetrate below the skin. Harmful toxins & heavy metals in your body are clumped together in water molecules. Infrared light goes deep into your muscles and fat, where it begins to detoxify the tissues of your body. An infrared sauna allows your body to produce three times as much sweat as a traditional sauna does. It also allows your blood vessels to dilate, which may improve pain relief. This works to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia when the detoxification pathways that release toxins & heavy metals from your body are compromised. The cells absorb the rays which allow toxic clumps to be broken down & released back into the bloodstream. The toxins are then properly flushed out of your system. When this pathway becomes clear through the penetration of your tissues and toxins and heavy metal are reduced the symptoms of fibromyalgia will subside. The release of these toxins may aid in the bodies return to its natural state of well being.

Want a $39 massage?







You want a $39 massage? Really?


Would you shop at KMart for a Coach purse, or Dollar Tree for a hammer? Sure, you can find similar items at these stores but what quality will you get?

The same is true with massage.

Some places charge low first-time rates because they have a lot of therapist to keep busy. The therapists are not all the best, they pretty much just hire whomever walks in the door so they can
get more people in for massage.

Not so with Atrium Wellness, Inc. Sure, we offer $10 off for the first visit, that’s to show you how good we are!
Orthopedic Manual Therapy involves a lot more than just rubbing lotion on your skin.

Besides assessing the pain/dysfunction you are experiencing we have a toolbox of techniques with which to treat you along with critical thinking skills to select which treatment would best suit you and your situation. We don’t pigeonhole you because no two bodies are alike.

We are also trained in joint mobilization. No, we don’t crack your joints like chiropractors do. We use heat and massage to gently manipulate the joints back into place. This is a two-fold treatment, it causes you less pain during the session and lasts longer than massage alone.

We also have more medical training than the typical massage therapist. Annie went to National University of Health Sciences, the nation’s premier institution for health science education, where she was taught by MDs, PhDs, and Chiropractors rather than massage therapists alone.

Her continued education includes a 5-day cadaver dissection lab, Neuromuscular Assessment & Treatment, Medically Oriented Massage, Pelvic Stabilization & Complicated Knee Conditions,
and much more.

We have helped such things as tailbone (sacrum) dysfunction, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, arthritis & joint pain, migraines, sciatica, TMJ, and much much more.

With us you get what you need ~ Wellness Through Massage ~

So, do you still want a $39 massage?

Call 331-208-9009 to book today

A good reason, if you need one…

Here is a good reason to get massages on a regular basis, if you need one.

Spring is here an brings with it the start of all the sports you love to play like golf, tennis, soccer, gardening (I personally think it should be a sport), etc. This means you are going to use muscles differently than you have over the winter. To illistrate, let’s look a golf. In what other event in life do you put your body into such a contortion while hitting a stable object with extreme force?

Not many, if any, none that I can think of anyway. So, take a look at this picture Golfer_swingand let me explain what is happening to the muscles in the body.

First his forward leg is stable causing extreme rotation in the hips while balanced on the left leg, therefore using his gluteus medius and minimus muscles to stabilize him.

His core muscles, the iliopsoas, are being stretched as he extends his back while his pectorals (chest muscles) are working to bring his arms into the swing position.

Looking at his neck, wow, the human adult head weighs approximately 11  pounds. We can add 10 pounds for each inch that it is off center and this man’s head is way off center. To figure if it is centered you compare it to the center of gravity–the hips–his head is not over his hips at all. Therefore, great pressure is put on the neck muscles to hold the head up.

The arms and hands are a story in themselves. I don’t want this to become an anatomy lesson so I won’t get into discussing them or the feet. I think we have plenty hear to make the point that starting up new sports/events with the change of seasons is reason enough to get a massage regularly.

I worked on a young man this morning who went golfing for the first time this year and let me know his arms are hurting. This is common after someone picks up a sport they put down for 4-6 months or longer. This guy gets a massage weekly so it was not difficult to decipher which muscles were tight.

Again, not to get into an anatomy lesson, his back muscles that keep his vertebrae in alignment were tight though he did not feel pain–yet. He would probably have felt tightness if he were not taking care of himself as he is and some time down the road his back would have ‘gone out’ when he bent over to pick something up.

As well, his hip muscles were hypertonic which would have him walking differently if he let them go without getting them worked out sooner rather than later. pec-muscle-med

His arm pain is from his shoulders. The pectoralis muscles, the muscles in the front of the shoulders, are responsible for bringing the arms forward, turning the arm in a medial rotation, as well as bringing  the arm toward the body. These are the primary muscles used in the golf swing.PecMajorTrP

Trigger points in the pecs will cause pain in the chest–kind of obvious–but also down the arm. Since there are two musclesin the pectoral group, let’s look at both the major and minor.You can see in these illustrations, from Travell and Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction Volume 1, of the trigger points that arm pain is involved when the pectorals are affected. PecMinorTrP

The young man I was working on probably would have been rubbing his arm to no avail since the pain is coming from the shoulder muscles. In a few days he probably would have had issues with his back that he would ask me to address next week but not knowing to what he should attribute the pain since he ‘didn’t really do anything different this week’. That is a usual response from clients, he did not give this response today.

Because I am trained in trigger point therapy I was able to discern what needed to be done in this situation and he walked out of here free of pain. If he were not getting massages on a regular basis, I would not have been able to help him so quickly because muscles do not respond well to chronic issues.

Travell, J. G., & Simons, D. G. (1983). Myofascial pain and dysfunction, volume 1. the trigger point manual: The upper extremities (2nd ed., Vol. 1). Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins.


It’s the nature of a massage therapist’s work that clients seem to have the same issues in bundles. One week it’s shoulder pain, the next everyone’s low back hurts. I have been doing this for ten years, long enough to know this is the norm.

Well, this week it’s stress. It’s a muscles job to contract and relax, that is what makes our body parts move. We have over 400 muscles in our body, approximately 46% of our body weight, that work effortlessly when they are working properly. Stress causes increased muscle tension, or contraction. This is the part of ‘fight or flight’ that allows us to move quickly when attacked, or move out of the way when a car is coming toward us. 

When there is no longer imminent threat the muscles are supposed to relax. If we have constant stresses in our lives tension never goes away. My clients often tell me they have ‘normal stress’. Stress is not normal—it is common—it’s not normal.

Stressed muscles are often painful. However, when we are stressed for a long period of time our muscles stop trying to get the brain to recognize that they are fatigued and continue to do their job—they ‘muscle through’. After some time of this, in addition to repetitive motion, exercise, and activities of daily living, the muscle cells are pushed beyond their limit and they seize, or stop working—they contract.

Remember, the heart is a muscle. If your skeletal muscles are tight, imagine what your heart is like.heart attack

Pharmaceutical muscle relaxers do not relax your muscles, if they did you would be in a puddle on the floor. Anti inflammatory drugs work only for a short period of time.

The best treatment is to de-stress, relax, take a break. You are not a robot. Even God rested.

There are various ways of relaxing, the best is to remove things from your schedule in order to create down time. A good way to do this is to delegate. You don’t have to take care of everything for everyone. Here is a list of Age Appropriate Chores. Your spouse can make his/her own meal once in a while—even weekly, and it might be nice if they cooked for you from time to time. It’s okay that your child doesn’t get driven by you, they can walk; ride a bike; or even go with another driver to the event. You do not have to attend each and every sporting event and practice. Being on the board of a non-profit may look good on a resume but do you really need to be on so many at one time?

You get the picture, relax, it’s ok. If you don’t you might just have a heart attack.

Tell Me Where It Hurts

I had a client come in for a follow up to a previous issue that I was helping her with. When I asked if there was anything else bothering her she hesitated, then said ‘Well, you’re a miracle worker, so what the heck’. She went on to explain how she had a pain in her right knee from painting over the weekend. It lasted two days and went away but then the left started to hurt and, she explained, she didn’t understand why.
knee pain
While assessing her muscles, I found that she did still have pain in her right knee as well as several trigger points in both of her thighs. That’s right, her thighs. The problem most likely did not stem from the work she did while painting, it had probably been coming on for some time. This client had a previous injury that has put her right leg in a compression sock for six months. Muscles don’t like to be compressed, it tells them not to work. All the other muscles in this client’s legs have been working overtime to make up for those underneath the compression sock.

This is not to say the sock is a bad thing, she needs it to stave off blood clots, however, her muscles are taking a toll due to the extended compression.

I was able to do some therapy on the trigger points and relieve the pain in both of her knees.

Medical doctors rarely consider the ramification on soft tissue when prescribing. Had the doctor told her to stretch her leg and do the capital alphabet with her foot every night she might not have had the knee issues. But, that’s why I am here. I don’t profess to be a miracle worker, I don’t walk on water, however, I do know muscles pretty darn well. Don’t ever hold back, tell me where it hurts, you never know, I just might be able to help!

Efficacy of Ultrasound

Atrium Wellness, Inc is founded on principles that work. We do manual therapy because it has been effective for thousands of years. If there is not credible scientific evidence to a modalities effectiveness we would rather go a different route.
Because we are a medical massage therapy company we see a lot of clients because they experienced little or no success with physical therapy (PT). In view of the fact that we are never with the client when they visit the physical therapist we are getting a one-sided story, and that is never good. Therefore, we do our research before we speak on a subject or discount the efficacy of any modality or treatment. In doing so, we typically seek out peer-reviewed or scholarly articles upon which to base our findings.

Ultrasound is a modality that seems to be very common among the clients we see who have been through PT. In speaking with a physical therapist who has been in the business for 20+ years I was told that he does not us ultrasound because it is not effective. I decided to research it for myself.

In their article, A Review of Therapeutic Ultrasound: Effectiveness Studies, Physical Therapy Journal states “There was little evidence that active therapeutic ultrasound is more effective than placebo ultrasound for treating people with pain or a range of musculoskeletal injuries or for promoting soft tissue healing.” http://www.physther.org/content/81/7/1339.full

In an article Ultrasound therapy for musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review published by Research Gate also states “As yet, there seems to be little evidence to support the use of ultrasound therapy in the treatment  of  musculoskeletal  disorders.” http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Geert_Van_der_Heijden/publication/12867477_Ultrasound_therapy_for_musculoskeletal_disorders_a_systematic_review/links/0912f50f9b47271b3e000000.pdf
In addition, Oxford Journals states “Although many laboratory‐based research studies have demonstrated a number of physiological effects of ultrasound upon living tissue, there is remarkably little evidence for benefit in the treatment of soft tissue injuries.” in their article Therapeutic ultrasound in soft tissue lesions. http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/12/1331.full
Based on these findings, we will continue to promote the use of manual therapy (i.e. massage therapy) as a means by which to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and promote healing of muscle and other soft tissues.

Atrium Wellness, Inc. does not discount physical therapy as a whole and this article is not meant in any way to do that.

Top 10 Stressors

  1. Death of a spouseStress
  2. Jail Sentence
  3. Death of immediate family member
  4. Immediate family member commits suicide
  5. Getting into debt beyond means of repayment
  6. Period of homelessness
  7. Immediate family member seriously ill
  8. Unemployment (of head of household)
  9. Divorce
  10. Break up of family

Stress is not normal, it’s common, but it is not normal to be stressed on a continual basis.

There are many other causes of stress as well. Here are just a few:

Childhood experiences that stick with you, such as abuse. Research has proven that when we experience emotional difficulties as a child it can cause lifelong physical stress in the body. Growing up with an alcoholic or drug abuser can often cause adulthood psychological stress as well.

Illness, of a child or adult, can also cause stress. Not only are you attempting to get better, or get them better, there might be money issues coupled with the illness due to loss of income. Stress is a major contributing to disease. The World Health Organization has estimated that stress-related illnesses/diseases such as depression will rank as second on the mortality listings within 10 years.

Stress is the leading cause of death in America—AKA ischemic heart disease. The second leading cause is stroke, often caused by stress as well. According to World Health Organization ‘Tobacco use is a major cause of many of the world’s top killer diseases – including cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive lung disease and lung cancer. In total, tobacco use is responsible for the death of about 1 in 10 adults worldwide. Smoking is often the hidden cause of the disease recorded as responsible for death.’ Stressed out people often smoke. Number ten on the list? hypertensive heart disease, also caused by stress.

Stress is treatable and easily reduced. One leading cause of stress that is not on the top 10 list is keeping up with the ‘Joneses’. Rather than look at what we are not doing that they are doing, let’s look at what we want to do. It’s okay, and healthy, to have blank spots on the calendar. Our children can ride their bike to events rather than always counting on us to take them. Take a nap. Go for a walk. Of course, you can get a massage to help you out as well.