Concussions have been around since man first started taking blows to the head. The terms "having your bell rung" or "knocked silly" come to mind. The most occurrences happened to boxers, football, hockey and soccer players. But anyone taking a blow to the head from falling objects, car accidents etc. can suffer the same fate.
In many instances the concussion went untreated. It was even a badge of courage to get back in the game to prove you were not weak. I am happy to say at least the level of concern and awareness has improved, but treatment options are still somewhat of a mystery.
My friend and mentor, Boris Prilutsky can explain it much better than I in the following two part article listed below. He thoroughly examines the cause, symptoms and treatment options for concussion victims. You can find this article and many others in The Science Of Massage Institute Journal. The journal's editor in chief is Dr. Ross Turchaninov founder of SOMI.
Mike has trained with both Boris and Dr. Ross in the field of medical massage. He Is currently studying and training with Dr. Ross to complete his certification as a medical massage practitioner.
Especially now during football season, Mike feels it is important to reach out to those in need of proper treatment for concussion and related symptoms.
To learn more about massage and how it can help with concussion treatment read Boris’ articles for the Science of Massage Institute here:
As always, if you have any questions about concussions or other specific injury or pain related problems please call us at 847-624-1164 or here.
What is the QL? Is it that little square box with the strange designs inside? No that would be a QR code.
The QL is short for Quadratus Lumborum. The quadratus lumborum is a muscle of the posterior abdominal wall. It is the deepest abdominal muscle and commonly referred to as a back muscle. It is irregular and quadrilateral in shape and broader below than above. There are many cases of low back pain(Lumbalgia) and some are due to tension in the QL muscle
The QL is attached to the spinous processes along the lumbar spine L1-L5 and forms a box in between its attachment to the twelfth rib and the iliac crest or top of the hip bone (picture)?
The QL plays an integral role as one of the key muscles that support our vertical posture. It also forms a cushion for our kidneys.
The QL is bilateral on either side of the spine. In many instances, if one side is dysfunctional it can cause a spasm on the opposite side
With bilateral contraction, the QL provides vertical postural support and extends the vertebral column. If the erector spinae muscles are weak it puts more pressure on the QL.
Since the QL has an attachment on the 12th rib it also plays a large role in our respiration while assisting in our inhalation and forced expiration. Many people with chronic respiratory disorders can develop tension in the QL.
The Ql also assists our lateral flexion and rotation of the vertebrae. In short our bending and twisting muscles. If you have done excess raking, shoveling, bending, moving and lifting boxes chances are you have aggravated your QL muscle.
The QL does a lot of work and affects many corresponding muscles when not performing correctly.
Don’t suffer needlessly. If you are in pain, please come in for a clinical evaluation. We can diagnose the problem and develop a treatment plan for the QL or many other conditions. Feel free to call anytime with your questions or comments.
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Yes. The use of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a technique commonly used by massage therapists in the treatment of lymphedema. LDT consists of specific movements that are used to lightly push lymph through the system, helping it to drain out of the tissues and move throughout the body. Lymphedema can be caused by heart problems, wearing tight fitting clothing, and injuries like sprains and fractures. It also sometimes happens as a side effect of chemotherapy treatments and cancer surgeries where the lymph nodes are damaged or removed.
During an LDT session, a massage therapist gently presses and moves his or her hands along the body in specified directions using light pressure strokes. This is an attempt to “reverse” the flow of lymph away from the area of swelling. This treatment is generally used together with other treatments, like exercising to promote circulation, compression therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, and ice packs. Ask your therapist if this treatment may be right for you.