Kale & Calcium: Who knew?

From the desk of Stacey Nussbaum, HHC…

Did you know that you will absorb more calcium from eating kale than you will from drinking milk?  Kale is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, it’s loaded with so many nutrients such as vitamins A, C and K, iron, magnesium, chlorophyll and fiber.  This super-food promotes regular digestion, lowers blood sugar, curbs overeating, contains antioxidants shown to fight against the formation of cancerous cells, aids to fight against excessive inflammatory-related problems, such as arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go out and get yourself some kale today!

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this nutrient dense food is kale chips.
Try this simple recipe:
Heat oven to 350, arrange one bunch of kale leaves with the stems removed on two rimmed baking sheets in a single layer.  Drizzle kale leaves with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, season with sea salt and toss together.  Bake until crispy, rotating the trays once, about 12 minutes total.  Toss with lemon zest from 1 lemon.
Enjoy : )

Stacey Nussbaum, HHC

Nutrition and Health Counselor

Stacey is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach certified by the Academy of Healing Nutrition. She provides nutritional counseling in a variety of areas including women’s health, weight management, athletic training, and gastrointestinal disorders as well as other chronic health conditions. She specializes in women’s health conditions including PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, severe PMS, and other gynecological issues.

What began as a passion for food and health in Stacey’s youth, has become her mission and commitment to improve her clients’ health. Over the years, and through training at the Academy of Healing Nutrition, the C.H.E.K. Institute, and the Metabolic Typing Education Center, Inc., Stacey has gained extensive knowledge and developed a deep understanding of nutritional choices and how they can lead to longevity and happiness. As her client, you will be empowered to live the life you adore!

Stacey will guide you through her food and lifestyle protocol to naturally fuel and heal your body by addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms. She will help you to view food as your body’s fuel and medicine and show you how to incorporate specific medicinal foods for optimal metabolism, health and energy.

Since there is no one diet that works for everyone, Stacey will provide you with menu plans developed specifically for you based on your metabolic type and food exercises. Stacey will show you how to adapt your eating and lifestyle habits to align with your health goals. You will explore new healthy and flavorsome ways of eating and cooking that will allow you to enjoy life and feel fabulous!

Book online for any nutrition counseling service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

Chronic Pain: Integrative Medicine at its Best

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

Many of our clients visit us for chronic pain-a once acute injury that continued beyond six months due to too little rest, lack of quality care, complications after surgery, or overuse.  Sometimes the nature of the injury is just simply more complex or takes more time to heal than expected.  Something that looked like a knee strain turns out to be degenerative arthritis complicated with bursitis.  Most of the time at OMBE, we find that a multidisciplinary approach to treating long-term health conditions is the most effective and fastest way to have our clients return to activities they love.  A great example is the combination of acupuncture and chiropractic care.  When sequenced correctly, the two modalities can have a 1+1=3 effect.  Acupuncture can address chronic pain syndromes, inflammatory conditions, and muscle spasm.  Chiropractic care can address structural and functional changes in the muscle tissue and joints that may have been progressing over a long period.

 

Today in the US, approximately 34 million people suffer from mild to moderate chronic pain.  The beginning of fall is a great time to address chronic neck, back, shoulder, and knee  problems as you change your activity level with cooler temperatures and change the type of activity that makes up your daily exercise routine.  Overuse activities, poor posture, lack of exercise, and stretching can all lead to chronic pain and musculoskeletal imbalances.  Acupuncture and chiropractic care can help break pain cycles and get you back to the activity level you once enjoyed.

The take home message is that if you have a chronic injury, don’t be afraid to try 2-3 modalities at once.   Ask your caregivers to coordinate their treatment plans like our staff does at OMBE.   Above everything, keep trying different things until you find the right combination.  It’s never the same for every person or for the same injury.

Acupuncture and chiropractic care have been found to be helpful for the following conditions:

 

 

  • Neck Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Herniations
  • Neck Sprains & Strains
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Tendonitis & Bursitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel

 

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

 

What does a “Sports Chiropractor” do?

From the Desk of Dr. Erik S. Vose…
Sports Chiropractors integrate a combination of soft tissue therapy with joint mobilization to help a person achieve balance and optimum function from their body.  Although some of the patients that we see are very accomplished athletes, the treatments that high level athletes receive also work very well on people of all activity levels with a variety of injuries, ranging from acute to chronic conditions.  The Chiropractic treatment that is offered at OMBE is unique for three main reasons.
The first reason is that a typical follow-up visit is almost an hour long.  In this hour a history and examination are performed followed by appropriate soft tissue treatment such as heat, ultrasound, deep tissue muscle work and joint assessment.
The second reason is that we spend a lot of time not just evaluating the condition that brought someone into the office, but to figure out why it has happened in the first place.  This is often done by looking at the biomechanical patterns of the entire body, not just the area of the chief complaint.
The third reason that makes this treatment unique is that every facet of the treatment and home care instructions are individualized to each patient’s needs and is re-evaluated at each visit.

A holistic approach to determining what a person’s problem is and finding a treatment and solution to that specific problem is our specialty, regardless of a person’s activity level, chief complaint or stage of their condition.  Please take advantage of the complimentary consultation that we offer to answer any questions you may have.

Erik S. Vose D.C.
Doctor of Chiropractic
Erik Vose is a Board Certified Chiropractor in Massachusetts. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado. After earning his doctorate degree, Erik received two years of additional chiropractic and sports therapy training in Walnut Creek, CA. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and the American Chiropractic Association.
Dr.Vose treats patients for a range of conditions from sports injuries to chronic pain by focusing on the entire musculoskeletal system. Erik combines soft tissue therapy with ultrasound, electric stimulation, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. He is proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of extremity injuries as well as those associated with the spine. Erik develops comprehensive treatment plans that focus on both alleviating symptoms and helping his patients achieve optimal strength and well-being.

 

How to Get the Most Out of Your Massage Visit at OMBE

From the desk of Nicole A. Trincia, LNCMT…

  • OMBE conveniently offers an online history form  that you can print out and complete in advance of your appointment.  This way you don’t have to worry about cutting into your session time by filling out paperwork!

 

  • It is best not to eat a heavy meal at least 45 minutes before your massage.  A light snack (i.e. piece of fruit or yogurt) is okay if you’re starving. Also try to avoid drinking large amounts of liquid right before your massage (especially coffee- you’re trying to relax, right?)  Otherwise, your full bladder may distract you from relaxing, and you won’t want to interrupt your massage by having to run out to the restroom :)

 

  • Many people think you have to bathe/shower after massage.  It’s actually best to do this before your massage so that you can come in clean and refreshed.  We use only organic lotions and or oils, and are careful to massage your scalp first (before coming into contact with lotions/oils) and at your request, can omit lotions/oils when massaging the face.

 

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. You’ll want this time, just in case you forgot your history form, or simply to start transitioning from wherever you came from, into relaxation mode :)

 

  • Your massage therapist will go over your health history (past and present), discussing aches or pains, physical activity and possible restrictions, work routines, diet, emotional health, and anything else you find important to share about your overall quality of life. Based on this discussion, you and your therapist will establish goals for the massage session.

 

  • Your massage therapist will step out of the room to give you privacy to change.  Most massages are performed with the client fully undressed, yet covered by a sheet and or blanket, so that the therapist can access the muscles fully.  The therapist will un-drape one section of the body at a time (i.e. arm, leg, etc.), without exposing the midsection of the body. The abdomen is usually only massaged at the request or permission of the client.  In this case, the abdomen will be exposed with proper draping above and below. However, it is absolutely your choice to leave undergarments on, or even to remain fully clothed if this is more comfortable for you.  Your therapist will work with you with any modifications (draping or otherwise) that you may require.

 

  • Aside from letting your therapist know about pressure or if anything is uncomfortable, take advantage of  your massage time to relax and perhaps drift off to sleep if you like.  Please do not feel obligated to carry on a conversation.  Your body will actually benefit from being still, focusing inward, and taking note of what it is experiencing during the massage.

 

  • Do continue to breathe deeply and allow your body to go limp as your massage therapist may guide your limbs through some assisted stretches (when appropriate) or other guided movements.

 

  • When the massage has ended, get up slowly from the table, wiggling toes and fingers before stepping back to the ground.

 

  • Your massage therapist will meet you outside of the door with a fresh glass of filtered water to help flush out the toxins released from previously tightened muscles and waken your body.

 

  • Your massage therapist will provide you with feedback on what was found in your body: muscle restrictions, holding patterns, trigger points, and other visible (or felt) bodily shifts. You will also be offered some home care suggestions: daily stretching, heating or icing, body mechanic modifications, and any other tips your therapist may find helpful to you functioning optimally within your body. Last, but not least, you will be provided with a recommended schedule for ongoing massage, which typically ranges from a few days (acute situations) to monthly visits. Similar to stretching or a workout routine, massage is most beneficial and has a cumulative effect to actually retrain muscles how to relax, and in effect become more efficient, with consistency.

 

  • Enjoy your massage and come check it out if you haven’t already- you don’t know what you’re missing!!

Nicole Trincia, LMT

Massage Therapist

Nicole Trincia is a Massachusetts Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist who has been practicing in the Greater Boston area for over eleven years. She graduated from Healing Touch Institute in 2000, with certification in Holistic Massage Therapy. Her training includes Swedish, Esalen, Neuromuscular, Myofascial, Sports and Pregnancy Massage as well as Polarity, Aromatherapy, and yoga. As a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), Nicole has expanded her massage into an integrative style, customized to the unique needs of her clients. She incorporates Cranio Sacral, Thai Massage, Hot Stone, assisted stretching, and Feldenkrais techniques. In 2010, she successfully completed the First Degree of the Usui System of Reiki Healing.
Over the years of working in integrated wellness centers, spas and in private practice, Nicole has guided clients with intuition and compassion, out of restriction and pain, into more physically and emotionally productive living. Her clients range from professional athletes, musicians, children, the elderly, and those with repetitive stress injuries, systemic illness, special needs, and emotional stress.Having earned a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College and a M.A. in Education from Lesley University, Nicole is personally fascinated with the mind-body connection. She is committed to identifying stress patterns and educating her clients on proper body mechanics, work habits, diet and exercise. Nicole has been practicing Forrest Yoga for eleven years and has studied Macrobiotics. She has played various sports since childhood, and has overcome repetitive stress injuries through the use of massage, yoga, and other integrated therapies without surgery. She delights in sharing what she has learned through massage and overall mind-body awareness with her clients, so that they may live a more balanced, vivacious, and joyful life! .

 

What is a Pilates Reformer?


From the desk of Kristen M. Reynolds, DPT, CPT…

Despite its intimidating looks, the Pilates Reformer is an intelligent apparatus that offers a challenging and effective workout for all. The most well-known piece of Pilates equipment, its sophisticated design of springs, pulleys and a platform offer a versatile repertoire of exercises that incorporate strength and flexibility training in a way that enhances posture, balance, and coordination.

Starting from the “foot of the bed” the parts of the Reformer are as follows:

  • Stationary platform
  • Adjustable footbar, which is pushed or pulled using the arms, legs, wrists and ankles in a controlled manner
  • Springs of multiple tensions that easily hook and unhook on the spring bar to modify resistance for different exercises and muscle strength
  • Carriage stopper which allows one to change the distance of the spring bar from the end of the carriage to accommodate leg length
  • The body works on the carriage lying down, sitting, kneeling, or standing and glides it by working the footbar or straps at the head of the Reformer. An adjustable headrest and shoulder rests are present for comfort.
  • Straps are connected to pulleys at the head of the reformer and have loops on the end that you grasp or put on your feet to pull or push the carriage

Essentially, the extremities move thru range of motion to push or pull the carriage against the resistance provided by your body weight and the springs while maintaining spinal stability and postural alignment. The variable springs allow for progressive resistance, which helps to lengthen and strengthen the muscles provide an effective, non-impact workout. The joints are not stressed and the deep core muscles engage in a way that you have never experienced before.

Still not convinced that Reformer is the workout for you?  Contact OMBE to schedule a complimentary 30 minute demo!

Kristen M. Reynolds, DPT, CPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Pilates Teacher

Kristen Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.

While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive certification to compliment her clinical interests. She has studied with Balanced Body, Peak Pilates, and most recently Balancepoint Pilates. She is an active member of the Pilates Method Alliance, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Sections, as well as the APTA of Massachusetts Shoulder and Manual Physical Therapy Special Interest Groups.

Always interested in sports and fitness, she is a former YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. Integrating the Pilates principles and Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, and Chair repertoire into her physical therapy practice has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Kristen utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury. She greatly enjoys designing programs to target personal goals, educating clients to incorporate Pilates into their daily activities, and teaching small group classes.

Book online for any private session or mat class in our Boston Pilates studio or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

Acupuncture & IVF Research Summary

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

In the past 10 years, there has been a growing amount of research connecting acupuncture to the success of IVF.  Below is a handful of summaries compiled from research taking place in Germany, Australia, Sweden, and the United States.  Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with IVF not only to increase fertilization rates as these studies suggest but also to decrease the side effects of medications, reduce complications following egg retrieval and embryo transfer, reduce the risk of hyper-stimulation, and help any patient deal with the amount of emotional and physical stress that typically accompanies each cycle.

 

ACUPUNCTURE INCREASES CHANCES OF SUCCESS IN IVF by 65%

 

Overview: In 2008, the British Medical Journal published research that concluded acupuncture can be offered as a significant, clinically relevant adjunct to IVF, relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow for the successful implantation of an embryo within the uterine lining.  Acupuncture was delivered either just before or just after embryo transfer – the moment when the fertilized embryo must attach itself to the wall of the womb to establish a pregnancy. The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Maryland in America and the VU University Amsterdam in Holland. Researchers claim that because acupuncture costs only about $75 per session compared to $6000 to $10,000 per cycle for IVF, it would be a cost effective, safe and efficient way of boosting success rates in fertility treatment.

 

Outcome: Current preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture given with embryo transfer improves rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilization.

 

 

INFLUENCE OF ACUPUNCTURE ON THE PREGNANCY RATE IN PATIENTS WHO UNDERGO ASSISTED REPRODUCTION THERAPY

Overview: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction therapy (ART) by comparing a group of patients receiving acupuncture treatment shortly before and after embryo transfer with a control group receiving no acupuncture.

 

Outcome: Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group. Acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after ART.

ACUPUNCTURE ON THE DAY OF EMBRYO TRANSFER SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES THE REPRODUCTIVE OUTCOME IN INFERTILE WOMEN: A PROSPECTIVE, RANDOMIZED TRIAL

Overview: In this study, Westergaard LG, et.al., set out to evaluate how the use of acupuncture effected pregnancy rates in patients treated with IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection(ICSI).  273 patients were randomly assigned to one of three groups: One group had acupuncture on the day of the transfer, a second group had acupuncture on the day of the transfer and then again 2 days after the transfer, and a third control group did not receive acupuncture.

 

Outcome: Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer (ET) significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women. The results clearly showed that the first acupuncture group that received treatment the day of the transfer had a statistically significant higher rate of pregnancy than the control group (37 of 95 [39%] vs. 21 of 87 [26%]). Comparison of ongoing pregnancy rates also favored the acupuncture group (34 of 95 [36%] vs. 19 of 87 [22%]). There was no improvement on the reproductive outcome by adding an acupuncture treatment 2 days after ET.

 

ACUPUNCTURE AND FERTILITY RESEARCH SUMMARIES

EFFECT OF ACUPUNCTURE ON THE OUTCOME OF IN VITRO FERTILIZATION AND INTRACYTOPLASMIC SPERM INJECTION: A RANDOMIZED, PROSPECTIVE, CONTROLLED CLINICAL STUDY

Overview: In this study, a joint collaboration between researchers in Germany and China set out to determine the effect of luteal phase acupuncture on the outcome of IVF/ICSI. 225 IVF/ICSI infertile patients were randomly assigned to 2 groups. One group received Traditional Chinese acupuncture and the other half received sham acupuncture.

 

Outcome: In the group that received true acupuncture, the clinical pregnancy rate and ongoing pregnancy rates (33.6% and 28.4%, respectively) were significantly higher than in sham acupuncture group (15.6% and 13.8%). Luteal-phase acupuncture has a positive effect on the outcome of IVF/ICSI.

 

INFLUENCE OF ACUPUNCTURE STIMULATION ON PREGNANCY RATES FOR WOMEN UNDERGOING EMBRYO TRANSFER

Overview: This study from Australia, lead by Caroline Smith Ph.D., examined 228 women and again compared a true acupuncture to a placebo group. The design of this study was to treat the women three separate times: the first session on day 9 of stimulating injections, the second session before ET, and the third immediately after ET

 

Outcome: The pregnancy rate was 31% in the acupuncture group and 23% in the control group. For those subjects receiving acupuncture, the odds of achieving a pregnancy were 1.5 higher than for the control group, but the difference did not reach statistical significance. The ongoing pregnancy rate at 18 weeks was higher in the treatment group (28% vs. 18%), but the difference was not statistically significant. They did conclude that acupuncture was safe for women undergoing embryo transfer.

ACUPUNCTURE BEFORE AND AFTER EMBRYO TRANSFER RESULTS IN HIGHER PREGNANCY RATES

Overview: The research, done at Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Centre in Colorado Springs, studied 114 women undergoing IVF. Half of the women received acupuncture and the control group did not.

 

Outcome: The acupuncture group showed improved outcome in the following ways: 1. The acupuncture group had a 51% pregnancy rate compared to a 36% in the control group 2.  The acupuncture group had an 8% miscarriage rate compared to a 20% in the control group. 3. Acupuncture also was found to reduce the risk of tubal pregnancy and increase the live birth rate. The live birth rate for each IVF cycle was 23 % higher than the cycles for the control group.

 

SOURCES

 

1. Manheimer, E., et. al. Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal. February 2008;336:545-549.

2. Fertility and Sterility – April 2002 (Vol. 77, Issue 4, Pages 721-724)

3. Fertil Steril. 2006 May;85(5):1341-6. Epub 2006 Apr 5.

4. Fertil Steril. 2006 May;85(5):1347-51. Epub 2006 Apr 17.

5. Fertility and Sterility Volume 85, Issue 5 , May 2006, Pages 1347-1351

6. Highlights in Fertility and Sterility (Vol. 77, No. 4, April 2002)

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.

She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women’s health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.

 

Book online for any acupuncture service in our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

FAQ: Prenatal Chiropractic Care

From the desk of Erik S. Vose, DC…

PRENATAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Q:  Is Chiropractic care safe for a pregnant woman and her baby?

A:  Yes, chiropractic treatments are non-invasive and do not include the use of drugs.  They are designed to avoid positions and modalities that may be uncomfortable or not safe for a pregnant woman but are still effective at realigning the spine and pelvis and relieving musculature that is under increased demand.  Using gentle treatments methods is always a top priority.

 

Q:  Why does my back hurt now that I’m pregnant?

A:  There are many reasons that a woman’s body can have aches and pains throughout pregnancy.  Some are related to an increase demand on musculature from carrying the extra weight of her baby.  Other times it can be because of the hormones that are preparing the ligaments of her body to loosen during pregnancy.  Some times the joints in her back or pelvis can have restricted movement which causes pain.

Q:  What does a typical treatment consist of?

A:  Treatments vary depending on the problem causing pain and the stage of pregnancy.  Some of the options include moist heat, cold therapy, muscle work, joint mobilization, stretching and movement exercises.  Other modalities can be used depending on the area receiving treatment.

Q:  What are some of the common conditions that you treat?

A:  Sciatica, SI joint dysfunction, low back pain, upper back and neck pain are some of the more common problems that we work on when a woman is pregnant.  We also work on problems associated with the lower extremities from the foot and ankle up to the knee and hip.

 

Q: How often do you recommend that someone gets treatment?

A:  Treatment frequency also depends a lot on the condition being worked on, this can vary from once a week to once a month.   The philosophy is to get someone to the point where they can do home care as often as possible.  Usually during pregnancy, the treatment necessity changes as the phases of pregnancy change.

Erik Vose, DC

Doctor of Chiropractic

Erik Vose is a Board Certified Chiropractor in Massachusetts. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado. After earning his doctorate degree, Erik received two years of additional chiropractic and sports therapy training in Walnut Creek, CA. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr.Vose treats patients for a range of conditions from sports injuries to chronic pain by focusing on the entire musculoskeletal system. Erik combines soft tissue therapy with ultrasound, electric stimulation, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. He is proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of extremity injuries as well as those associated with the spine. Erik develops comprehensive treatment plans that focus on both alleviating symptoms and helping his patients achieve optimal strength and well-being.

 

Book online for any chiropractic service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

Yoga for Runners

Here’s OMBE’s FAQ about our Yoga for Runners class…

 

Q. What are the benefits of Yoga for Runners?

 

A. Cross training is an important way to prepare the body for peak performance.

A consistent yoga practice helps runners to:

*Increase flexibility, particularly good for runners to loosen up and relax their    muscles, relieve arthritis, or back pain.

*Learn proper body alignment, great for injury rehabilitation.

*Gain better balance.

*Improve concentration and consciousness to help runners mentally prepare for their race.

Q. What occurs during a typical Yoga for Runners class?

A. Yoga for Runners focuses on body awareness, specifically core strength, balance, endurance, and deep stretching, mainly focusing on the lower body.  The class is a moving, flowing style that mirrors a run and teaches students to connect to their breath.  All levels and abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Q. How often should I take Yoga For Runners?

A. Yoga For Runners is beneficial for any type of runner from joggers to ultra marathoners.  Committing to a consistent yoga practice will support the body’s performance over time by bringing the body into balance and teaching techniques that reduce wear and tear on joints to make running a life-long, sustainable activity.

 

Top 10 Reasons To Try Chiropractic

From the desk of Erik S. Vose, DC…

Although many people associate chiropractic care with neck and back pain, chiropractic care can be a great tool to treat disorders of the entire musculoskeletal system.  Here are the top 10 reasons to seek chiropractic care in relation to orthopedic disorders, musculoskeletal issues, sport related injuries, and chronic pain.

Top 10 Reasons to Try Chiropractic

 

1. Low Back Pain

 

2. Neck Pain

 

3. Headaches

 

4. Sciatica

 

5. Nerve Pain

 

6. Tendonitis

 

7.  Sprain & Strain Injuries

 

8.  Plantar Fasciitis

 

9. To Avoid Surgery

 

10. Shoulder Pain

 

Erik Vose, DC

Doctor of Chiropractic

Erik Vose is a Board Certified Chiropractor in Massachusetts. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado. After earning his doctorate degree, Erik received two years of additional chiropractic and sports therapy training in Walnut Creek, CA. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr.Vose treats patients for a range of conditions from sports injuries to chronic pain by focusing on the entire musculoskeletal system. Erik combines soft tissue therapy with ultrasound, electric stimulation, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. He is proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of extremity injuries as well as those associated with the spine. Erik develops comprehensive treatment plans that focus on both alleviating symptoms and helping his patients achieve optimal strength and well-being.

 

Book online for any chiropractic service at our Boston location or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

From the desk of Kristen W. Lutz, LMT…

Many of our clients ask us about the benefits of prenatal massage.  Here’s our prenatal FAQ for all of our moms-to-be.

BENEFITS OF PRENATAL MASSAGE

Q. Is massage safe during pregnancy?

A. Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy. It is recommended that you find a massage therapist with additional certification in prenatal massage. Certified prenatal therapists have received training beyond the national standards for massage therapists and know how to address specific pregnancy needs and sensitive areas of the body.  Trained prenatal massage therapists are aware of pressure points on the ankles and wrists that are generally contraindicated during pregnancy and they will be able to assist a client in finding the best positioning (typically side-lying) during the massage session.

 

Q. What are some of the benefits of pre-natal massage?

A. Recent research has shown that massage can relieve headaches, back pain and sciatica, decrease fatigue, reduce and regulate blood pressure, alleviate muscle tightness, tension, and cramping, improve sleep and relaxation, reduce edema and sore feet, improve delivery and ease labor.

 

Q. What are some of the benefits of pre-natal massage?

A. Recent research has shown that massage can enhance milk production and lactation, decrease pelvic pain after childbirth as well as accelerating healing during postpartum recovery.

Q. Are there any contraindications for prenatal massage?

A. Be sure to speak with your physician before beginning prenatal massage as there are several contraindications including a history of diabetes, chronic high blood pressure, heart disease, history of miscarriage, and preterm labor.

Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy

Twenty-six women were assigned to a massage therapy or a relaxation therapy group for 5 weeks.  The therapies consisted of 20-minute sessions twice a week.  Both groups reported feeling less anxious after the first session and less leg pain after the first and last session.  Only the massage therapy group, however, reported reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study.  In addition, stress hormone levels (norepinephrine) decreased for the massage therapy group and the women had fewer complications during labor and their infants had fewer postnatal complications.

 

Field T, Hermandes-Reif M, Hart S, Theakston H, Sehanberg S, Kuhn C.  Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 20(1):31-8, 1999 Mar.

Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS

Licensed Massage Therapist

Kristen Lutz, a Nationally Certified Licensed Massage Therapist, is a graduate of Cortiva Institute – Boston (formerly Muscular Therapy Institute) in Watertown, MA. As a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Massachusetts Chapter of the AMTA, her work is centered upon supporting clients in achieving optimal health and well being through listening and understanding individual needs . She integrates various massage techniques into each personalized session. These techniques include Swedish (relaxation), deep tissue, sports massage, orthopedic massage, neuromuscular (trigger point) therapy, and myofascial release along with stretching, range of motion, and breath work. She is currently training to be certified in Advanced Orthopedic Massage. Having completed the Usui Method Reiki II Certification, clients can benefit from the integration of energy work and balancing along with massage therapy.

Clients benefit from Kristen’s approach that each client is unique and no one treatment is alike. This customized approach leads to a more effective treatment. Kristen, a New England native, has been living in Boston for the past seven years. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH while playing collegiate women’s volleyball. She continued with her education and graduated with a M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has worked in the health and wellness field as an exercise physiologist.

 

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