What You'll Get
- Initial Consultation and One Massage
- Initial Consultation and Three Massages
Muscular System: The Meat of the Matter
The joys of a massage or the relief of a chiropractic adjustment—and the stresses of physical work—play out partly in the muscles. Learn just what pumps the body up with Groupon’s guide to the muscular system.
The human body has more than 630 muscles keeping it upright and mobile. They make up almost half its weight and power the movements of the bones, the blood, and even the food in the stomach. Perhaps the most familiar muscles are those seen in bodybuilding contests and facial-expression contests: the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles. They’re attached to our bones and controlled by our brains, which zap them with electrical signals to cause their fibers to contract. During a muscle contraction, filaments inside the muscle fibers slide together, stacking up on one another so that the larger fiber shortens. In shortening, the fibers gain thickness—a phenomenon we notice as flexing. Whatever muscles do, they accomplish by this single pulling action. If a bicep (part of a category of muscles known as flexors) flexes to lift a barbell, it needs a tricep (an extensor), pulling in the opposite direction, to bring the arm back down.
The other two types of muscles are smooth muscles and cardiac muscles, and both are beyond our conscious control. Cardiac muscles control the beating of the heart, contracting the chambers to push blood throughout the body. But the blood doesn’t ride to the toes on that momentum alone. Lining the blood vessels are smooth muscles that help push it along. These also line the esophagus, stomach, and intestine to move food through the digestive tract, and can even help regulate the body’s temperature by opening and closing capillaries near the skin surface, all without conscious effort. The subconscious brain is also happy to turn muscles to ends beyond their apparent purpose: for instance, what we experience as shivering from cold is simply the brain causing the muscles to spasm so they will generate heat and keep your blood and any baby chicks in your coat pockets warm.
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About Deep Root Medicine
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Deep Root Medicine specializes in mental health and pain management with acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine. Our goal is to help you live your life fully, beginning exactly where you are. We endeavor to find where your roots are deepest, where your passion burns brightest, where you know yourself as alive and free, and help you to clear away whatever else is holding you back from the fullest expression of that truest and most vibrant life.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Acupuncture, often in combination with herbal medicine and tui na massage, can be remarkably effective for mental health and pain management. As is common for many of us, I have had struggles with pain, stress, and anxiety, and acupuncture and herbs helped me change my life. I wanted to open a clinic where I could give back.
What do you love most about your job?
I love that moment when someone sits up from the treatment table and is not in pain for the first time, sometimes in years. I love that each patient, each treatment, teaches me something about the medicine I practice. I love getting to work with someone while they change their life for the better.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
More than any specific statement of goals accomplished or pain relieved, the best feedback I have gotten from patients is when they refer friends and family. That kind of trust makes me intensely glad to be doing this work, and gives me a sense of appreciation beyond even the most eloquent words.