Insomnia Relief With Acupressure - by admin@mcb on September 29 2016

Insomnia Relief With Acupressure

shutterstock_108907097The benefits of a good night’s sleep are evident to anyone who suffers from insomnia. If you’ve tried everything you can think of, such as a cup of relaxing herbal tea or progressive relaxation, and you’re still awake, perhaps some gentle acupressure will help.


Acupressure Points for Insomnia

There are two acupressure points on the feet that are called “Joyful Sleep” and “Calm Sleep”.  The “Joyful Sleep” point (Kidney 6) can be found at the base of the tibia bone. That would be on the inner foot, just underneath the anklebone. This point, in addition to helping with insomnia, also helps to ease anxiety and high blood pressure.

The “Calm Sleep” point (Bladder 62) is directly opposite, just below the base of the fibula. That would be on the outer foot, just underneath the anklebone. This point, in addition to helping with insomnia, also helps to relieve back pain.

You can easily work both of these points on each foot while giving yourself a gentle foot massage in bed. If that doesn’t have you ready to drift off, some other acupressure points might also help bring on Mr. Sandman.

A point on the wrist known as the “Spirit Gate” point (Heart 7) helps to calm overexcitement or anxiety that may be interfering with your rest. This point is on the little finger side of the wrist, at the slight indentation just distal to the wrist bone.

There are also several points at the base of the skull. Gentle massage along your upper neck should also help relieve some of the stress that is contributing to your insomnia.

Do not feel that it is necessary to work all of these points. Gentle but firm compression to two or three of these points, coupled with deep breathing, should have you dreaming in no time.


Deep Vein Thrombosis and Massage - by admin@mcb on September 16 2016

Deep Vein Thrombosis and Massage

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot develops deep in a patient’s veins, most typically in the legs. These blood clots can be caused by a number of different factors. Not moving for extended periods of time, being confined to a nursing home or hospital bed, and high blood pressure can all increase the risk of DVT.

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Risks Associated with Deep Vein Thrombosis

The most dangerous risk of deep vein thrombosis is the chance that a clot will break free, travel through your body, become lodged in your lungs, and block vital blood flow. Patients with deep vein thrombosis may not be aware that they even have a clot in their deep veins. Massage therapy significantly increases the risk of the clots being released and traveling to the lungs. This is why it is imperative that massage therapists recognize the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.

Massage CE for Deep Vein Thrombosis

The Institute of Somatic Therapy offers a massage therapy continuing education  course. This 2-CE course covers the risks for DVT and a variety of methods to reduce the likelihood of problems when treating a patient with DVT.  You will study the anatomy of the veins, causes for the development of deep vein clots, and symptoms of DVT. Most importantly, you will learn how a massage therapist should proceed if they suspect a client has DVT.

If you’re interested in continuing education for massage therapy visit us online at the Institute of Somatic Therapy website. You can view our available courses and learn more about our commitment to helping massage therapists as they learn valuable new skills and grow their practices.

Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). Our courses are also valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states.