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A Healthy Body

Natural Balance Therapy has a team of therapists that has been providing therapeutic treatments to residents, in all stages of life, in southeast Wisconsin for the past ten years, helping them return to a pain-free, active lifestyle. We seek to help people understand their bodies and what is causing their pain and discomfort, as well as teach them what they can do to help themselves heal. Natural Balance Therapy is known for giving people in chronic pain hope and long-lasting results.

The Benefits of Silence

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Part of having a healthy body is having a healthy mind. In previous posts, we've talked about mindfulness, meditation, and 'tuning in' to our bodies and our feelings. But how do we get there? One often-forgotten element of this process is the importance of silence. Thanks to modern technology, we find ourselves able to enjoy almost instant access to a world of information and communication everywhere we go. We can gather the sights, sounds, and people of our lives into a host of portable devices, connecting us in moments. We are enriched by the ability to find answers to questions, contact friends and family, and relive favorite experiences - or are we pressured by that same connectedness? Is what we really need to ‘unplug’ in order to rest, regain energy, and be involved in creative endeavor? In an increasingly noisy world, the idea of intended ‘silence’ is one that has gained new appeal for many people. The idea of a meditative silence has a long history - Greek philosophers, Christian monks, and Hindu and Buddhist traditions all emphasize silence as a path to wisdom, peace, and enlightenment.

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Planning Surgery? Think About Planning Bodywork, Too!

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Do you have a surgical procedure scheduled? Did you know that receiving manual therapy could be an important part of your pre-op or post-op plan?

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So Maybe It's Your Gallbladder?

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When we think we have a gallbladder issue, it's usually after we've doubled over with a gallbladder attack, characterized by severe pain underneath the rib cage on the right side.  But this is actually the end game of gallbladder dysfunction.  The gallbladder has probably been sending you messages for years, which you either ignored or thought were something else. 
Complaints which may be related to gallbladder dysfunction include:

• Pain in the right shoulder or upper back (without radiating pain/numbness down the arm)
• Neck pain or decrease in range of motion (mostly on left)
• Headaches, migraines  
• Left hip pain 

These complaints are often chronic issues that have not improved with therapy directed to the structure that's been bothering you.  If you haven’t seen results with those treatments, then it may be time to look elsewhere.  You may have developed restrictions or a loss of mobility in or around your gallbladder.  Organs can lose mobility due to one or more of the following reasons: physical trauma, surgery, lifestyle, infection, pollution, diet, or postural dysfunction.
When an organ is restricted and fixed to another structure, the body is forced to compensate.  This creates abnormal tension and chronic irritation leading to dysfunction throughout the body.
According to Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral, the founder of Visceral Manipulation, 8 percent of men and 20 percent of women in the US over the age of 40 are affected by gallstones.  There are 2 million surgical procedures performed every year to remove the gallbladders. It is however important to realize that not all gallstones produce adverse symptoms. Sometimes even large gallstones can lie dormant for years, and surgery isn't always the primary option.
Many patients have had great success using Visceral Manipulation (VM) to treat gallbladder-related issues.   VM is a gentle approach to help free up these troublesome restrictions which may be contributing to gallbladder irritation, improving some of those symptoms that don't usually make us think 'gallbladder.'

Greg Jolly, LMT, has specialized in Visceral Manipulation for over 10 years, and is one of Wisconsin's most experienced Visceral Manipulation therapists.

Cold Season Is Coming!

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The fall season is upon us. The children are back in school. The leaves are changing colors and many stores have started getting ready for the approaching holidays.  Along with all the busy schedules of work activities, school sports, and homework comes the COLD AND FLU Season.

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Hands Up!

computer, health, myofascial release, pain, repetitive strain injury, RSI, self-care, hands, self-treatment, wellness

Self-care for one of our most important tools.

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