December 09, 2013

Give the Gift of Massage!

YES! Mending Hands Massage Therapy offers Gift Certificates so you can treat your friends and loved ones to the gift of peace, joy and relaxation!

As a private practice, during a very busy time of year, I thought I would post a bit of a guide of how we can sort you out with a gift this season!

Depending on when you need the gift certificate, I send you (or the recipient) a physical gift card in the mail or I can send an e-certificate (which will be helpful for any last minute purchases)!  

The following information will be needed: 
1. Recipients full name

2. Who you would like to say the gift is from

3. How long of a session or dollar amount you would like the GC to cover

4. If there is any special message you wanted to add

5. Physical address is sending a card OR e-mail address if sending an e-certificate

The best way to send me this information would be over email

If you would rather make this happen over the phone, please send a number to reach you and a window of time I might be able to reach you!

For payment, I can accept a personal check, use a major CC over the phone or payment through paypal. 

PLEASE NOTE: I will be closed for sessions on December, 24th but WILL be available by phone (917.922.0672) and EMAIL to handle any very last minute gifting needs. 

November 22, 2013

Mending Hearts: Why I Became a Massage Therapist

A few years ago my mother survived an Aortic Dissection.

Her Aorta (the major artery of the heart) started to separate (in a spiral - I remember a doctor saying) from my mothers heart. Emergency open heart surgery (with all the bells and whistle of helicopter transport and me getting a call at Martha Stewart saying I needed to come to my home state - Now! ) some medical miracles and a few days of hazy life later - she woke up. She knew who I was and wanted to eat a whole lot of Popsicles.

In the hospital, I saw how the nurses used body work - stretches, tapotment, effleurage to get my mom's body systems working for her again. 

When she came home, she was in so much pain. He back, having been stretched due to how they manipulate the ribcage during open heart surgery, was one of the places she said she felt the most pain. We had moved my childhood bed downstairs for her recovery, I crawled in behind her and just began to rub...

She felt relief. She felt connected. And eventually, she healed.

This, is one of the main reason I am becoming a massage therapist. 

I have always been a fan of massage therapy. I had felt how it had made a difference in my mind, body and spirit. Yet it was this time with my mom, the time I used my heart and my hands to give her support in healing that planted the biggest seed.

Reblogged from a few years ago.

October 22, 2013

The Benefits of Oncology Massage

Having completed Oncology Massage: Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer training, I would love share the following article from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Oncology massage is an approach to massage therapybased in both compassion and specialized massage treatments to help people manage their experience with cancer. 

Review of the scientific literature indicates oncology massage helps improve quality of life.  Benefits include improved relaxation, sleep, and immune function as well as relieving anxiety, pain, fatigue and nausea. 

Oncology massage therapists are trained to meet people where they are in their experience with cancer and apply a highly individualized massage treatment to comfort, nurture and support them in their process. 

The treatments are modified according to the full spectrum of cancer-related issues: the physical, psycho-social and emotional consequences of cancer.
In addition, the person's individual goals are considered and aspects of the disease and cancer treatment side effects.

Personal goals for receiving oncology massage can include the desire for a respite - a relaxing pleasurable experience in the midst of everything that is going on - relieving nausea or other symptoms such as pain or peripheral neuropathy and helping them get though the remainder of their cancer treatments.
"Getting massage from someone who understands everything that is going on, is part of my healing process", reports Tom, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer almost three years ago and receives massage therapy at theIntegrative Medicine Center.
In the past, therapists thought massage would increase circulation and therefore cause cancer to spread.  
The process of metastasis is very complicated and poorly understood; however increased circulation is not considered a significant part of that process by itself.  
However, it's true that cancer and cancer treatments can put people at risk for complications from massage, so it is important to take some precautions.
Because of the different contraindications for massage in this population, it is very important for the massage therapist who is treating a person with a history of cancer - either currently or in the past - to have specialized training in oncology massage, in addition to being a licensed massage therapist.  
If you or a loved one has or has had cancer, don't hesitate to contact me about receiving a massage. I would be happy to answer questions you may have and find a time to come in for a session.

October 02, 2013

October Special!

Book a massage in October and receive 15 minutes FREE added to your next session with Mending Hands Massage Therapy! 

Email to secure your session:

Must mention deal when booking. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or freebies. Valid thru October, 21 2013

September 03, 2013

September Shiatsu Special!

September Shiatsu Special! Mention this post when booking your first Shiatsu massage with Mending Hands Massage Therapy and receive $10 off! Valid Sept 1 - 30, 2013.

E-mail to secure your massage!

Must mention this promotion when booking. Cannot be combined with any other offers or freebies.

August 17, 2013

Multifidus: The Multitasker

By Judith DeLany, LMT, Massage Today
Back pain is one of the most frequent complaints by massage therapists and their clients. In fact, 15 percent to 20 percent of Americans report back pain yearly, and 80 percent will suffer from at least one episode of back pain during their lifetime.2

A number of risk factors have been determined, including smoking, being overweight and poor physical fitness.Common causes of back pain include spasm, tension, disc degeneration, scoliosis, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, arthritis, spinal stenosis, pregnancy, kidney stones, infections, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, tumors, stress and trauma.3
Back pain divides into simple backache, nerve-root pain and serious pathology. Although it is easy to blame work as the culprit, pain originating from the latter two may stem from sinister causes, including visceral disease. Beware of the following red flags, as they might indicate advancing pathologies. Further investigation is needed if the sufferer:
  1. is under 50 years of age and the back pain has failed to improve.
  2. has a previous history of cancer, tuberculosis, rheumatological or other systemic diseases, use of steroid medication, drug abuse or is HIV-positive.
  3. is patently unwell or reports unexplained weight loss.
  4. also reports thoracic or chest pain.
  5. presents with widespread neurological symptoms.
  6. had a road traffic accident or other severe trauma.
  7. reports constant or progressively severe pain apparently unrelated to mechanical influences (no relief from bed rest).
Simple backache, on the other hand, often emerges from a compounding of minor predisposing myofascial factors, such as tight muscles, trigger points and muscle weakness. After considering the muscles that lie in the region of the low back, investigation moves to the anterior and lateral abdominal muscles, muscles of the lower extremity that attach to the pelvis, habits of use, posture and gait. Tucked away deep to the erector spinae and  the multifidus often is overlooked as potentially a substantial source of lumbar dysfunction.
FULL article here:

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August 12, 2013


“Connection is why we are here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. This is what it’s all about." Brene Brown

July 07, 2013

Back Massage Reduces Anxiety, Improves Comfort in Heart Patients

Massage therapy is increasingly used within medical settings, for patients experiencing various medical conditions.
Patients suffering from congestive heart failure (CHF) frequently experience anxiety and various forms of physical discomfort—so researchers set out to investigate whether back massage could reduce anxiety, discomfort and physical suffering in patients with CHF.

They found that back massage significantly reduced anxiety in the study population, according to a press release from Mary Ann Liebert, which published the study in its Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Among the results of this study:
• Participants' systolic blood pressure and respiratory rates were significantly decreased after back massage
• Oxygen saturation levels showed significant increases after back massage
• Male participants revealed a more significant reduction in anxiety than the female participants
• Those with more severe heart failure and systolic blood pressure demonstrated significantly greater responses to back massage
"Effect of Back Massage Intervention on Anxiety, Comfort, and Physiologic Responses in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure" is published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

June 24, 2013

How Massage Heals Sore Muscles


A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage has this apparently beneficial effect.
Now researchers have found what happens to muscles when a massage therapist goes to work on them.
Their experiment required having people exercise to exhaustion and undergo five incisions in their legs in order to obtain muscle tissue for analysis. Despite the hurdles, the scientists still managed to find 11 brave young male volunteers. The study was published in the Feb. 1 issue of Science Translational Medicine.
On a first visit, they biopsied one leg of each subject at rest. At a second session, they had them vigorously exercise on a stationary bicycle for more than an hour until they could go no further. Then they massaged one thigh of each subject for 10 minutes, leaving the other to recover on its own. Immediately after the massage, they biopsied the thigh muscle in each leg again. After allowing another two-and-a-half hours of rest, they did a third biopsy to track the process of muscle injury and repair.
Vigorous exercise causes tiny tears in muscle fibers, leading to an immune reaction — inflammation — as the body gets to work repairing the injured cells. So the researchers screened the tissue from the massaged and unmassaged legs to compare their repair processes, and find out what difference massage would make.
They found that massage reduced the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a critical role in inflammation. Massage also stimulated mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses inside cells that convert glucose into the energy essential for cell function and repair. “The bottom line is that there appears to be a suppression of pathways in inflammation and an increase in mitochondrial biogenesis,” helping the muscle adapt to the demands of increased exercise, said the senior author, Dr. Mark A. Tarnopolsky.
Dr. Tarnopolsky, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, said that massage works quite differently from Nsaids and other anti-inflammatory drugs, which reduce inflammation and pain but may actually retard healing. Many people, for instance, pop an aspirin or Aleve at the first sign of muscle soreness. “There’s some theoretical concern that there is a maladaptive response in the long run if you’re constantly suppressing inflammation with drugs,” he said. “With massage, you can have your cake and eat it too—massage can suppress inflammation and actually enhance cell recovery.”
“This is important research, because it is the first to show that massage can reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines which may be involved in pain,” said Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School. She was not involved in the study. “We have known from many studies that pain can be reduced by massage based on self-report, but this is the first demonstration that the pain-related pro-inflammatory cytokines can be reduced.” she said.
Getting a massage from a professional masseur is obviously more expensive than taking an aspirin. But, as Dr. Field points out, massage techniques can be taught. “People within families can learn to massage each other,” she said. “If you can teach parents to massage kids, couples to massage each other. This can be cost effective.”
Dr. Tarnopolsky suggests that, in the long run, a professional massage may even be a better bargain than a pill. “If someone says “This is free and it might make you feel better, but it may slow down your recovery, do you still want it?” he asked. “Or would you rather spend the 50 bucks for a post-exercise massage that also might enhance your recovery?”
Article HERE
Art by Diana Eastman

June 10, 2013

Massage: Get in Touch with its Many Benefits!

Shared by the Mayo Clinic Staff
A soothing massage can help you unwind, but that's not all. Explore the possible benefits of massage and what to expect.

Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. If you've never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.

What is massage?

Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage therapists typically use their hands and fingers for massage, but may also use their forearms, elbows and even feet. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure.
There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
  • Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
  • Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

Benefits of massage

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.
Article found HERE!

May 28, 2013

Fertility & Pregnancy Massage at Mending Hands

As a massage therapist, we are required to do continuing education classes to keep us thinking, growing and learning ways to help our clients. When I got out of massage therapy school, I knew which CE was first on my list! Prenatal and postnatal massage (or pregnancy massage) was the very first advanced certification I earned after completing my degree.


I have been honored to massage moms-to-be in New York City over the years and am excited to continues this work here is Sarasota! The benefits of pregnancy massage have had a hugely positive impact on mom and developing baby. Please check out some of those details HERE.  I have worked with smooth pregnancies, high risk pregnancies and all the bumpy roads in between. I have also had full term clients come for labor induction support sessions and partners who have joined them to learn ways to help their loved one with pain management and stress reduction during labor. It's amazing how just an hour of couples training can help keep parents and family connected and helpful during labor and birth.  Every pregnancy is different. Every expectant family comes with their own journey. This is one of the many reasons I find prenatal and postnatal sessions so rewarding. 

As my massage practice grew, I started to work with clients who were having difficulty getting pregnant. I had read that specialized fertility massage in partnership with a conscience conception routine could help. I signed up for an intensive course with Clair Marie Miller and gained a huge wealth of knowledge about how conception is impacted by many things in life. As a LMT I learned techniques to use with clients that support conception and can share natural and holistic ways to improve the chances! I earned my certification in Fertility Massage and have been helping couples try to grow their families ever since. One of my favorite phrases is: 

I want babies for those who want them!

 I mean that in every way possible!  Yes, I have had successful treatments and encourage prospective clients to ask me all kinds of questions. I'm a bit of a massage nerd and this work is no exception.  A little more about the fertility package:

Includes Fertility Consultation, Self Care Kit and a Series of Four 60 minute massages This unique and effective massage session will include fertility awareness, self care guidance and a personal consultation on ways to realistically prepare to conceive with consciousness. 

A four session commitment is required for woman trying to conceive. Partners are more than welcome for the initial session consultation. Massages can (and should!) be used as prenatal sessions if a conception has taken place.

I am the only licensed massage therapist in the greater Sarasota area that is certified in both fertility and pregnancy massage and I look forward to working with you or your loved one!

Summer special valid from June 1 - July 31st, 2013. 
E-mail to secure your sessions. 
Must mention this promotion when booking. Cannot be combined with any other offers or freebies.

May 25, 2013

10 Natural Remedies for Sunburns

Shared from Huffington Post

Everyone knows that applying lots of sunscreen and staying in the shade (and out of the sun's UV rays) are the best way to avoid a sunburn. And scientists have recently discovered a protein in the body that triggers pain from sunburn, as well as an antibody that seems to reduce the sensitivity to that pain in mice.

But while we're waiting on that cure for sunburn pain, what is there to do once the burn has already set in?

Taking a pain-reliever, like ibuprofen and aspirin, is a sure-fire way to relieve sunburn pain, dermatologists say. But there are also a bounty of natural options that can help.

We asked dermatologists and wellness experts to review 10 home remedies that supposedly work to prevent or relieve sunburn pain. Here's what they said:

1. Aloe Vera
If you look in any pharmacy or drug store aisle, you're sure to find shelves of aloe vera gel to soothe sunburn pain. That's because the plant has a long history of providing sunburn relief because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Gel fresh from the plant is better than over-the-counter products -- which could list aloe on the label but may not actually provide any relief, said Huffington Post wellness editor Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald.

Though it feels soothing, most scientific evidence doesn't show that aloe vera actually speeds up healing of sunburns, said Dr. Jonette Keri, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

"But it feels good, and it makes [the skin] feel cold," Keri told The Huffington Post. So if relief is your goal, it's still worth it to slather up.

2. Shaving Cream

Weird as it sounds, shaving cream often shows up in searches for home sunburn remedies (even though yes, it's technically not a "natural" substance). While there's no scientific evidence that shaving cream works to relieve sunburn, that doesn't mean it doesn't work, Keri said.

"Shaving cream in a lot of cases has menthol and other chemicals, and those things are naturally cooling and feel good to the skin," Keri said.

That's because menthol is a highly volatile compound that evaporates fast and takes the heat from the sunburn with it, said Dr. Jessica Krant, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City and founder of private practice Art of Dermatology.

May 13, 2013

Open House: Meet & Greet Style!

The Healing Point, Complete Health and Wellness Sarasota and yours truly (Mending Hands Massage Therapyinvite the wonderful folks of SRQ to our Open House! We encourage any local business owners to bring along their business cards and marketing materials to share! We would love to get to know some of the amazing goods and services our neighbors have to offer! 

We have already partnered up with some impressive locals, who have donated to our attendee raffle! Stop by to enter a chance to win one of the following:

From the Hostess' Themselves:
Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatment
Nutrition Consultation and Labs*
Hormone Consultation and Labs*
A 60 min Aromatherapy Massage
A 30 min Origins Holistic Facial
*labs require proof of health insurance

We will have munchies from Whole Foods, fruit infused waters and wine to keep things festive! Take home our Self-Care Tips for ways to combat headaches at home from each of our professional perspectives. Last but not least, our first 40 guests will also go home with a discount coupon and special thank you gift!

If you have any questions or would like to contribute in any way, feel free to contact

May 04, 2013

Aromatherapy Massage Lowers Blood Pressure, Improves Sleep

Mending Hands Massge Therapy offers complimentary aromatherapy with every session!

"Aromatherapy massage reduced blood pressure and improved sleep quality in middle-aged, hypertensize women.

In research involving 85 subjects, an experimental group received a massage with essential oils prescribed by an aromatherapist once a week and body cream once a day, while a placebo group received a massage using artificial fragrance oil once a week and body cream once a day.
Blood pressure, pulse rate, sleep conditions and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure were monitored before and after the experiment.

There was a significant difference in systolic and diastolic blood pressure between groups after intervention, as well as a significant difference in sleep quality between groups.

"In conclusion, aroma massage may help improve patient quality of life and maintain health as a nursing intervention in daily life," the researchers noted.

The research was conducted by investigators at Eulji University Hospital and published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine."

Seen at Massage Magazine

April 30, 2013

May Special!

For this month only! Mention this post when booking your session with Mending Hands and get an additional 15 Minutes of Peppermint Foot Massage added for FREE!

E-mail to secure your May massage! Also, feel free to follow along on Facebook for more information and last minute deals and openings!

Must mention this promotion when booking. Cannot be combined with any other offers or freebies. 

April 22, 2013

Feel Better in Your Body!

Mending Hands Massage Therapy can help with your aches, pains, soreness, stiffness and recovery from injury!

E-mail to secure your session and start feeling better in your body! 

March 30, 2013

Supporting Sarasota!

Mending Hands Massage Therapy is pretty excited to be partnering up some local small businesses! I started this tradition in Brooklyn, and it was such a fun and loved gesture that I am continuing here is Sarasota! 

Small businesses supporting small businesses is awesome. 

Every Mending Hands client goes home with a what I call a "Take Home and Take Care" gift! This little box of goodies has some gifts from me; a self massage tool, epsom salts, a few bags of tea, etc.   What they also get is a few samples, coupons and other contributions from other local businesses!  I'm excited to announce a few of the super cool companies that are already adding to these gifts. 

First up Sunny Day Soap!  All of their soaps are handmade from scratch with natural oils such as olive, coconut, organic palm and castor bean. Then they add organic shea, cocoa butters and jojoba oil just to make it that much more wonderful! Each gift will include one of the following soaps:

Eucalyptus Mint
Essential oil blend of Eucalyptus and Spearmint with mint leaf

Natural Sunshine
Lemongrass with a touch of lavender essential oils and calendula petals

Just reading that smells amazing! 

Other fabulous contributors include:

Sunny Style Interiors: Who will being waiving an initial consultation fee for all Mending Hands clients!

"Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style". Billy Baldwin 
Contact HERE:

Artisan Cheese Company
Artisan Cheese Company offers hand-cut to order artisanal and farmstead cheeses from across the region, the country and Europe. We stock other lovelies such as interesting oils, salts, honeys, jams and chutneys, to share with guests, or for just you, or to have on hand in your larder. We'll advise you as needed, or leave you alone to browse.
Don't know cheese, don't be afraid! We'll guide you to the perfect stinker, or the gooiest bloomy bit of magic.
More collaborators are in the works! If you have a business in Sarasota (or close by) that might be a great fit for this partnership, feel free to contact

March 24, 2013

How to Ergonomically Optimize Your Workspace

By Life Hacker

"We spend a lot of time sitting at our desks every day, and while it may not look like it, it can wreak havoc with our bodies. Here's how to set up a healthy, ergonomic workspace to keep you comfortable and injury-free.

Some of you may not realize how unfriendly your workspace is to your body, while others of you have already started experiencing repetitive strain injury (RSI) from an improperly set up desk. A number of different factors can cause injuries (yes, even at a desk), and they may not always be obvious—for example, slouching and keeping your shoulders tense can not only cause pinched nerves in your shoulders, but even hurt your wrists. If you haven't given a lot of thought to the comfort of your workspace, it's probably time to give it an ergonomic makeover. Here are the most important things you'll want to go through and change—both in your office hardware and in what you do when you're working.

For the purposes of this guide, we're going to assume you're using a sitting desk. If you really want to go all-out, many people (including some of the Lifehacker editors) have found standing desks to be an incredible boon to their comfort, and there ar tons of greatDIY solutions out there. If you're looking for a big change, I'd recommend reading up on that too—though for now, we're going to focus on the more traditional sit-down workspace."
Full Article with loads and loads of tips HERE!

March 19, 2013

I deserve regular massages. So do you!

Moving is stressful. I don't care if you are packing up a studio apartment and moving to a one bedroom a mere two blocks away or packing up a whole house then trekking off miles and miles and miles. 

Moving is stressful.

This move, leaving behind all of my amazing friends and beautiful Brooklyn clients, as well as the city I called home for over a decade has guessed it, stressful. I manage the Facebook for our myology app Anatomy In Motion and have posted many articles and info graphics about how unhealthy too much stress is for you. 

So we are trying to manage it. It's difficult. Between unpacking, the aches and pains of being first time homeowners, studying for new exams, marketing/supporting/handling customer relations for Anatomy In Motion, finding a new home for Mending Hands and making it my own, hosting many beach bound buddies, launching my new marketing plan for my private practice, PLUS all the emotional stress that comes with big changes and leaving those you love.

Inhale. Exhale. Inhale again.

We are trying to make the sound choices of eating healthy, getting exercise, sleeping when our bodies demand it and breathing in the sea air when we can. All the while earning lots of patience points with plumbers, contractors, the state department and each other. We are trying to take everything one step at a time.

As a massage therapist, I have had years of receiving regular massages. I would hardly ever go more that 2 weeks without getting a treatment. Since moving, I have not been getting massages as regularly. I have been trying different places. Some are on my list of places to go back to and others are not.  The fact is,  I have not been going as often as I should and my physical and mental health have been affected. When my TMJ pained jaw started clicking daily, I took it as final reminder that not only do I believe in the benefit of massage for others, I believe in the benefits of massage for myself! 

So, I'm back on my every 2 weeks schedule of GETTING a massage! It's the times in life you are most stressed, most exhausted, more depleted that you need to carve out the time to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Yes, I meant that in all caps. 

As massage therapists, it is so easy to encourage our clients to take stress management and self care seriously. We ask them to invest in it. So consider this post a reminder to you as well! Stress can, and will, add up. So invest in YOURSELF too. Our clients deserve regular massages, and so do we. 

March 02, 2013

Mending Hands has a New Home!

I am very excited to announce that Mending Hands will be opening in Sarasota this Spring! I am also pleased to say that Mending Hands will be partnering with Ashlee Binns, Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture at The Healing Point. From the moment I met Ashlee I knew she and I would be super tag team suite mates. So it's official!

1425 South Osprey, Suite 5
Sarasota, Florida

(At the corner of Prospect! Like Prospect Park. Yay Brooklyn!)

For more adventures, you can "Like" Mending Hands on Facebook HERE

To show The Healing Point some Facebook love, click HERE

Official Opening Date: TBD…it depends on how quickly the FL DOH whips through my paperwork!

Over the next few posts, I will be talking about the transition into my new space and will be sharing some of the marketing projects I have lined up to get Mending Hands up and running in Sarasota! A special thanks to Allissa Haines over at Writing A Blue Streak for her awesome article "Office Space, a renter’s checklist". If you are in the market for a studio of your own, this article is a great resource of things to think about. You will also see some changes and updates to the main site. Bit by bit, putting it together.

If you have any questions you want me to address as I blog about the launch of Mending Hands: Florida Edition, shoot me an e-mail at

February 23, 2013

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

What is the difference between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Let's actually start at the other end of this. How are they similar? Why are they put in the same train of thought at all? Simply put: They share symptoms.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome can trigger the following symptoms:

1. Sensation of  burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers 

2. Fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent

3. Symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night, since many people sleep with flexed wrists

4. One may wake up feeling the need to "shake out" the hand or wrist

5. As symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day

6. Decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks 

7. In chronic and/or untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away

8. Some people are unable to tell between hot and cold by touch

Using NINDS as a source again, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) can be broken down into three categories. Each of which have common symptoms of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. 

Neurogenic TOS has a characteristic sign, called the Gilliatt-Sumner hand, in which there is severe wasting in the fleshy base of the thumb.  Other symptoms include paresthesias (pins and needles sensation or numbness) in the fingers and hand, change in hand color, hand coldness, or dull aching pain in the neck, shoulder, and armpit. 

Venous TOS features pallor, a weak or absent pulse in the affected arm, which also may be cool to the touch and appear paler than the unaffected arm.  Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, aching, swelling of the extremity and fingers, and weakness of the neck or arm.

Arterial TOS most prominently features change in color and cold sensitivity in the hands and fingers, swelling, heaviness, paresthesias and poor blood circulation in the arms, hands, and fingers.

It should be stated that the symptoms listed above for both CTS and TOS are not an exhaustive list, but a list of most common findings. 

How are the different?