The Relaxation Response

By Herman | April 19, 2021

The relaxation response is a state of deep rest that changes our body’s responses to stressful situations, both internal and external. It is as much an inborn mechanism as the stress response, and it is vital for reducing the negative effects of physical, emotional, and psychological wear-and-tear on our bodies.

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Sleep Science: Massage for Insomnia

By Herman | April 17, 2021

Does massage impact sleep and sleep quality? Research – and Zeel’s well-rested regulars – say yes!
As any massage therapist can attest, massage will help you sleep. In fact, many of our clients enjoy a light snooze right on the table! 
Massage relaxes the body and mind to a deep state both during your massage and for hours after, priming you for a good night’s rest later on.

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The great-power gambit

By Herman | April 17, 2021

Practitioners of alternative medicine often imply that they have “great power” by talking up their “great responsibility” to avoid the dangerous side-effects of their allegedly potent methods.

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Chronic pain has a purpose: hypervigilance against predation (at least)

By Herman | April 17, 2021

In late 2019 I wrote an article asking the question, “What if chronic pain is a feature, not a bug?” It was based on some high-falutin’ speculation that otherwise puzzling chronic pain might actually be just as essential to our survival as acute pain, just over longer time-scales.
More than a year later, I stumbled across this tweet from pain researcher Jeffrey Mogil:
We’ve always been taught that “chronic pain has no purpose; it’s a pathology.

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Is Your Massage Client a COVID-19 Survivor?

By Herman | April 15, 2021

As more people survive the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s essential for massage therapists to become knowledgeable about contraindications, benefits of massage and side effects of medication.

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Sacramento Student Chris Poe shares how NHI has transformed his life, purpose and passion for helping others

By Herman | April 14, 2021

NHI Sacramento Student, Chris Poe
At 49 years old, NHI Sacramento Student Chris Poe proves it’s never too late to pursue a career you love. Read all about Chris’ story below.
I crossed paths with NHI via divine timing. This is the story of that.
I’d been searching for a way to be of service to my community and fellow humans for a long time.

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Downplaying Pathology

By Herman | April 13, 2021

One of my favorite podcasts is Dr. Oliver Thomson’s Words Matter. Through his podcast, Dr. Thomson addresses a wide range of topics relevant to my practice, both as a physical therapist as well as an educator.

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The remove-or-improve project: 2 major article upgrades so far

By Herman | April 13, 2021

The year 2021 is off to an unusually busy start for me with a major initiative to improve pull-up the average quality of the content in the PainScience.com library. Lots of my articles are in great shape, best-in-class articles that have been regularly updated and upgraded for well over a decade — polished to a high shine. But some content has fallen through the cracks.

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New cash register

By Herman | April 13, 2021

The PainScience.com online store has a new online store checkout and an updated system for processing orders. It’s a boring announcement, the virtual equivalent of telling you that I have a new cash register. But, if you were lucky enough to still have a favourite local bookshop, and it acquired a fancy new till, you’d probably have a friendly chat about it with the proprietor: “Oooh, get yourself a new till there, Jim?” “Sure did! It even takes Apple Pay.

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VIDEO: Keep Your Body in Perfect Alignment with Posture Corrector Exercises

By Herman | April 10, 2021

Sustaining a good posture is an important part of our well-being. We spend so much time focusing on our work, education and daily responsibilities, we don’t take enough time to care for ourselves.
An easy way to start feeling better physically is by realigning your posture. This can help prevent or relieve musculoskeletal pain in your back, neck, hips, and legs. In this video, Dr.

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