You just had a procedure. Liposuction. You are sure you’re not having any more kids so you wanted to do something about the “extra skin” around your middle. This is how my client, I’ll call her Rhonda, described her decision to have liposuction in the fall of 2015 and how she discovered the benefits of Lymphatic Massage.

Rhonda’s procedure went perfectly. Her doctor told her to wait a week to ten days after the procedure and then get lymphatic massage to reduce the swelling, ease the pain, and speed the healing. We agree with doctor!

From our experience/observations here is how lymphatic massage effects recovery from liposuction and other abdominal procedures:

 

  • Speeds the overall recovery/ healing process by 40%-50%.

 

  • Stand straighter after the first session. (Note: the doctor usually does not want the patient to force themselves to try and stand up straight so soon after surgery. Our clients tell us they feel like they are standing straighter and that it is easier to stand and move around after their first session.)

 

  • Reduced swelling around the abdomen and incision site(s) after the first session.

 

  • Releases and heals scar tissue around the incision site.

 

  • Reduces the lumpy areas under the skin.

 

Your lymphatic system is where tissue repair and healing, among other things, takes place. Performed only by a specially trained therapist, lymphatic massage specifically targets the lymphatic system and is very different than a regular relaxing massage. This allows the swelling to go down quickly, for pain to ease, and allows you to heal faster with sustained results.

 

I saw Rhonda for 7 sessions over a three and a half week period. Her swelling came down and by the last session had stayed down. The lumpy areas under the skin of her abdomen and sides were all but gone. Most of the time liposuction goes perfectly, as in Rhonda’s case, and sometimes there are some complications. Either way, lymphatic massage is excellent in speeding recovery from liposuction.

 

To learn more about lymphatic massage go to the Manual Lymph Drainage page on our website: http://lewisvillemassage.com/manual-lymph-drainage/

Email us at lmtc@lewisvillemassage.com or http://maashaus@yahoo.com

Or call us. 469-767-9881.

Thanks for checking us out today. See you soon.

Richard

Lymphedema, what is it?

by richard on December 31, 2015

This is an excellent description of lymphedema from the Cancer.com website.

 

http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/side-effects/lymphedema

 

We are massage therapists trained to do lymphatic massage. If you have questions about lymphedema and it’s treatment contact us. http://www.lewisvillemassage.com  or call us on 469-767-9881.

Lymphatic massage and diet

by richard on November 5, 2015

Why is a massage therapist with great lymphatic massage training talking about diet so often? Shouldn’t I be talking about lymphedema, compression stockings and sleeves, the treatment of allergies and other lymphatic massage related things? Yep. And I will in upcoming posts. But, today it’s about diet.

 

I think diet (what we eat, not the short-term change in eating habits to obtain a goal weight) is the most significant factor in taking control of your health. And there is plenty good evidence to support this. In addition to that, I have seen remarkable changes the people I work on, in myself, and in the many friends who have changed the way they eat to a diet centered on plants.

 

So, if you want to feel better and take back the responsibility for your health, eat more plants. It is that simple. I am not talking about becoming “one of those vegan people”. Start by putting some veggies on your plate along with usual stuff.  A few places to get good info on eating a plant based diet are here:

http://drgreger.org

http://www.forksoverknives.com/synopsis/

http://www.forksoverknives.com/what-to-eat/

 

What does lymphatic massage do for me?

  • Speeds the healing/recovery process. This includes healing from liposuction, sinus surgery and other reconstructive/corrective procedures.

 

  • Relieves swelling and inflammation. If your doctor recommended that you wear compression hose to control the swelling in your legs you will be helped by lymphatic massage.

 

  • Relieves pain. That shoulder, neck, arm, hip, back, or whatever that you wrenched, twisted, overused, or misused can be returned to active duty. And the treatment is comfortable.

 

Come try it. It’s comfortable. It’s great.

 

  • Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, the famous cardiologist and researcher, is quoted as saying, “When it comes to heart disease, moderation kills.”
  • What disease is the number one killer of Americans? Heart Disease. Easy answer, I know. We all know that the level of cholesterol in our blood is the way the risk of Heart Disease is measured with a total cholesterol of 200 or below considered normal. We all trust that number and assume that if our number is 200 or below we are safe and healthy. Yet in cultures around the world where heart disease is unheard of (which is kind of weird, right? Isn’t heart disease the number 1 killer everywhere?) levels of total cholesterol are below 150.
  • In the famous Framingham Heart Study and the 26 year follow up when cholesterol levels were below 150 hardly anyone developed heart disease and no one died from it. However, 35% of people with a cholesterol level of between 150 and 200 developed heart disease. This means if your cholesterol is above 150 but below 200 you are at significant risk for Heart Disease. How much (more) medicine would we as a nation have to take to get cholesterol levels below 150? The amount, and the cost, is mind boggling. What would the side effects of all that medicine be on us?
  • There is a way to lower cholesterol without drugs. It has been around for a long time and has been scientifically proven to work. I am talking about a whole food, plant-based diet. (To read a spot on description of what a whole food plant based diet is click here.) This diet does not have to be totally devoid of animal products. Many cultures in the world whose cholesterol is below 150 are not strictly plant based, but they eat very little meat and little or no diary. However, the less animal products you eat the faster your cholesterol numbers go down.
  • Why hasn’t your doctor or “the powers that be” told you about this proven method? Good question. The reason they give is that you, that all of us, would not do it. For what ever reason, we would find it too hard and would not comply. So rather than tell us what would save millions of us from suffering the effects of heart disease, the nation’s number one killer, doctors decided to not tell us and “the powers that be” decided to water down the science. Not all doctors are like this currently, but the number of doctors who know about whole food plant based eating and recommend it to their patients is miniscule. Wouldn’t you want your doctor to at least tell you there was a way to eliminate your risk of heart disease and to often  reverse it without taking drugs?
  • To find out more about whole food plant based eating click here. Or just contact me and we’ll talk about it.
  • Good luck my friends! I’m pulling for you.
  • Richard

Is anyone else having the toughest time ever trying to breathe? This year I am having more trouble with allergy-like symptoms than I ever have. I had to cancel 4 days of work last week because I could not talk, could not keep from coughing with every breath, and I would have dripped snot on everyone.

neti pot

Neti Pot to the rescue! What the Neti Pot does is gently rinse out your sinuses. It flushes out the pollen, which is brilliant. The Neti Pot in the picture is what my Neti Pot looks like, but there are several designs that all do the same, simple thing. After using the Neti Pot I can breathe, my sinus headache gets better, and the post nasal drip into my throat has gone. All Neti Pots come with instructions, how much salt to use, and many include salt when you buy them. Here is a video of how to use the Neti Pot.

Neti Pot Alert: There have been a small number of people who have gotten brain infections from using tap water in their Neti Pot that was not clean enough. While this was tragic it was a tiny number of people out of the very large number of people who use a Neti Pot. To keep this from ever occurring use clean water in your Neti Pot. Distilled water. If you don’t have distilled water, boil water, let it cool to bath water temp, and use that.

Also, come in for a sinus treatment using the HIVAMAT. What is the HIVAMAT? A unique, very effective technology that enhances the effects of the lymphatic sinus treatment we do. Click the above links to find out more about the HIVAMAT.  Doing a sinus treatment in combination with the Neti Pot is so, so good.

Good luck allergy peeps. I’m with you! Let us know if we can help.

Richard

These recipes are more like formulas, or a method, and not really recipes. They are simple, only take 10 minutes to make, and they are inexpensive. The best thing about them is they are healthy, taste great, and are filling. And you’ll have leftovers for lunch the next day.

The basics: here are the 5 ingredients.

Canned beans: Look for No salt added. If you can’t find no salt added, look for the amount of sodium to equal, or be less than, the amount of calories per serving. Salt/season the finished dish to taste without all the added, and hidden, salt that sometimes comes along with the beans.

Canned or boxed tomatoes: If you can’t find no salt added look for the amount of sodium to equal, or be less than, the amount of calories per serving. When using whole tomatoes, rough cut/chop them into smaller pieces when you put them in the pot.

Frozen vegetables: Organic is great, but not a necessity. Buy what’s inexpensive.

A Starch:  brown rice that cooks in the bag in boiling water, whole grain (preferred) pasta, or potatoes.

Spice blends: Italian, Indian, Greek, Mexican, and some granulated garlic. The spices are really what makes this entire formula work.

Mexican Beans and Rice

2 cans beans: pinto and black

2 cans tomatoes: both whole or one diced and one whole.

Frozen Vegetables: 2 lbs blend with onions in it, ½ lb of frozen corn, ½ lb of frozen greens like spinach or kale.

1-2 Tbsp Mexican blend, granulated garlic (some kind of hot sauce or salsa and sometimes a little salt, too, on occasion).

Put on a pot of water and bring to a boil for the rice. When boiling, add the rice.

Open and rinse the beans, combine the beans, veggies, tomatoes, and spices in a large pot over medium heat. When the rice is finished (10 min) put it in a bowl and serve the beans, veggies, tomatoes, and spices over it.

Indian Potatoes and vegetables     

2 cans of garbanzo beans

2 cans of tomatoes

2-4 medium to large potatoes washed but not peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes.

2-3 lbs frozen vegetable blend or your choice, ½ lb of greens

Indian spice blend (or equal parts curry and garam marsala), granulated garlic.

First, cut up the potatoes into 1-1/2 inch cubes and microwave. If you don’t want to microwave, put them in a pot, cover them with water and cook until fork tender. Either way it’ll be approx 10 minutes. Check them to make sure they aren’t over cooked. While the potatoes are cooking, open and rinse the beans, combine the beans, tomatoes, vegetables, and spices in a big pot and heat. When the potatoes are done add them in. Serve and Enjoy.

Pasta and vegetables

2 cans of beans, 1 kidney, 1 white beans (or your choice)

2 cans of tomatoes (one can whole tomatoes and one diced)

1 lb of whole grain pasta

2-3 pounds of frozen vegetables (your choice), ½ pound of greens

1-2 tbsp Italian spice blend, 1-1/2 tbsp granulated (powdered) garlic (spice to your taste really)

Start the pasta water boiling then put the pasta on to cook. Combine the other in a large pot over medium-high heat. When the pasta is finished drain it, put some in a bowl and spoon the vegetables on top. Enjoy!

About added salt: The problem with salt does not come from the salt you sprinkle on your food or add when you cook. The amount you add when cooking and eating only amounts to about 5% of total salt consumed by the Average American. The high salt intake that is what your doctor wants you to lower comes from salt added to packaged or canned foods and beverages. Whenever possible buy canned beans and tomatoes, etc., that have no salt added. If that is not possible, look for the amount of sodium (salt) to be equal to or less than the number of calories per serving.

Multi-disciplinary Massage is a term that describes my approach to body work. Rather than list all the modalities I use when I work it is more efficient to use this term. I first heard the term Multi-disciplinary used by James Waslasky in one of his workshops in 1998.

Mary Jo, which is not her real name, age 25, came in with IT band pain on the left that radiated up into her hip and down into her left knee. She was scheduled to compete in the IronMan Championships in Kona in 2015 and was due to leave in a month. She could not run without pain, bike without pain, or sit at her desk at work for very long without pain. Her physical conditioning was very good, she did not present with any postural distortions that might contribute to her pain, and there was no single event, like a bike crash, fall, or other accident, that could contribute.

I started her out in the prone position and began on her left calf and worked my way up onto the muscles of her hip. Everything seemed in order except the lateral aspect of her left leg from just above her knee to the greater trochnater had wash board feel to it along with a feeling of “fullness”, or “stuckness”. She reported that this area was tender as was the area around her greater trochanter and hip.  Her right leg was similar to her left. Working supine, her quads, hip flexors, adductors, etc, were not tender and seemed “normal”. She reported greater ease of movement and less pain getting off the table and booked another session three days out.

When she came for her next session she reported her run and bike was not painful. She reported some minor soreness from the work I had done, but was very encouraged. She booked four more sessions, two the following week and two more one week apart. She reported that after the last session she had no pain on any run or bike and none sitting at her desk. The trip to Kona was part of a two week vacation in Hawaii. Now she would not have to modify her run or bike to accommodate the hip pain and she would have a much better time on vacation.

People often ask, “What type of massage do you do?” This question is often accompanied by questions about specific, branded modalities like Myofascial release, ART, MAT, and so on. My approach is best described as Multi-Disciplinary. When I am working with a massage client I use a combination or selection of bodywork modalities. The decision of what modality to use at any given time is based on what that individual requires at that time. What happens first is always listening to the client’s story (getting a good history). Next is an assessment and then treatment. Mary Jo’s situation turned out beautifully.

If you have comments or questions for me about this post, or others, let’s talk. Thanks for reading!

Richard

I have found that the connection between what I eat and how I feel, that is my attention span and mental clarity, and my health (BP, cholesterol, etc), is profound. It is profound in many ways. I find myself saying, “I just feel better since I changed what I eat.” Here is a partial list of the ways I feel better.

  1. I have lost about 20 lbs in the last two years and kept it off even when I do not faithfully stay on my exercise regimen.

2. I have (finally) lost my craving for sugar. I have had an up and down (yes, I intended that pun) relationship with sugar all of my life. Eat sugary food, get the sugar buzz, 30-60 minutes later start to crash, repeat. As a kid I would eat an entire box of Capt’n Crunch or other sugary cereal in one sitting. Every package of cookies, no matter how large, has always been a single serving.

3. My numbers are good. Blood pressure 102/60, resting HR around 55 bpm, Total cholesterol 134, no signs of blockage in my blood vessels, BMI is within normal range, now wearing the same size pants that I was in high school.

5. I seem to have more energy. Since eating a plant based, whole-food diet I notice more energy, but I do not feel buzzed like I would from sugar or caffeine. I do not want to demonize sugar of caffeine. Before I would begin any project or activity I would find myself consuming one of these two things, or both, and then having them at the ready. I have found that without them I have plenty of calm, focused energy and attention by eating enough good food to fuel the task at hand. I also find that my attention span is much longer now than before the switch to whole, plant-based foods.

6. I seem to recover from strenuous exercise more quickly. I am a runner and I am sixty two years old. I have run seven half-marathons in the last ten years. The last two I trained for eating a whole food, plant-based diet. I recovered more quickly from my workouts, but that isn’t the coolest part. I recover more quickly from exercise around the house; working in the yard, painting the house, carrying around bags of mulch and wheelbarrows of dirt. I recover from that more quickly, too.

7. I have a noticeable decrease in allergy-like congestion and sinus drainage.

We are experienced body workers. We have a history of helping people feel better. For me personally, changing my diet to whole food plant-based eating has made the biggest positive impact on me. More than anything else I have tried so far.  It is also scientifically proven to reverse the #1 killer in America today, Heart Disease. For more info, and great, short, very informative videos on whole food, plant-based eating and how it can treat heart disease go here. http://nutritionfacts.org/about/

http://www.dresselstyn.com/site/about/about-dr-esselstyn/

I would love to talk and answer questions about food or body work. Get in touch.

Goodbye for now.

Fiber: Do you get enough and why is it important?

by richard on September 30, 2015

As a vegan (from now on read whole food, plant-based guy) I am often asked, “where do you get your protein?” My answer is another question, “where do you get your fiber?”  The strong association between optimal health and animal protein (meat, chicken, eggs, fish, diary) is a marvel of decades of brilliant marketing and the subject of another post. Only 3% of Americans eat less than the minimum amount of protein, 42 grams, a day. Protein is not the problem.  We’re here to talk fiber.

97% of Americans are deficient in this one very important nutrient. Less than 3% of us get enough fiber.

How much do Americans get? On average, 15 grams a day. The recommended daily amount? 31.5 grams per day. We get less than half the RDA with men being particularly deficient. In a study of 12,761 Americans the percentage of men between the ages of 14 and 50 who get the recommended intake of fiber was ZERO. That is shocking to me.

Dietary fiber is shown to be critically important in helping manage diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, various types of cancer, high cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugars. So, why aren’t people eating more of this important stuff?

One of the main reasons people don’t eat enough fiber is no one knows what it is and where it comes from. FLASH: fiber only comes from plants. There isn’t any fiber in meat, dairy or eggs and only small amounts in junk food.

96% of Americans don’t eat the RDA of greens or beans and 99% don’t eat the RDA of whole grains. All of these are rich sources of fiber. It should be noted that drinking greens or fruit as in a kale smoothie with fruit in it is not the same as eating the kale and the fruit. The fiber is chopped up by the blender and not as effective in slowing the absorption of the natural sugars from the kale and fruit. Eat your fiber, don’t drink it.

When increasing the amount fiber in your diet it is best to do so gradually, 5 grams a week or so until you reach the RDA.  Semi-vegetarians eat the minimum amount of fiber and people who are totally plant based eat three times the minimum. Get in the habit of eating plant based foods at every meal.

There is so much more info on the science behind all of the things I’ve mentioned here. Go to NutritionfFact.org, the website of Dr. Michael Greger. Dr. Greger bases all his articles, videos, presentations, and books on established research.

Thanks for reading. Get in touch with any comments or questions.

There is SO MUCH HYPE, EMBEDDED TALKING/BRANDING POINTS AND MIS-INFORMATION ABOUT NUTRITION. Now that I have that off my chest… How does a person know what to believe when it comes to nutrition? Good question. I have my own experience of being whole food, plant-based since February 2013 among other things. So far I have not gone insane from lack of protein, I’ve run several half-marathons, my doctor says my blood work is great, and I have not been sick since we started eating like this. It seems like whole food, plant-based eating has not made me any less healthy than someone who eats animal based foods (meat, dairy, eggs, oil, etc) and I think I feel better. I believe my running is better.

So, these two questions…The first is the most common a plant based person gets. The other is controversial, but a very important question none the less.

Question 1. Where do you get your protein?

This is the question I hear first when someone finds out I don’t eat meat, diary, eggs, or oil. Often the questioner’s voice has certain tone. Galileo heard this tone when he told his priest the earth was not the center of the universe and Oliver Wendell Holmes heard it when he suggested that doctors wash their hands and change clothes after each baby they delivered

Question 2 a&b. How much protein does a person need every day? How did we all come to believe that protein is synonymous with meat, diary, and eggs? We’ll address each of these questions in greater detail in a later post.  Keep in mind that the recommended minimum amount of protein can vary quite a bit and why that is so is an interesting subject in itself.

 Here is the minimum (notice the word minimum) daily amount of protein a human can consume and survive well.  35-50 grams a day  

All fresh, whole food contains protein. What I mean by fresh whole food is food that is not processed, does not have additives to preserve flavor and freshness, is not commercially enhanced or refined, food that spoils and goes bad. If you eat enough calories per day you have eaten enough protein. That’s it.

Eat enough fresh, colorful, whole food to be satisfied when you feel hungry, however often in the day that may be, and you will have eaten enough protein.

Here are links to two lists of the amount of protein found in non animal based foods along with some brilliant articles and information. The No Meat Athlete has a lot of great info on plant-based athletics.

http://www.theholykale.com/plant-based-protein-chart/

http://www.nomeatathlete.com/go-plant-based/

http://yumuniverse.com/plant-based-protein-information-chart/