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Walk Like a DUCK?

I just love to read articles that paint an image for me.

Dr. Carolyn Dean does that when she describes an issue that I see all the time!

“Do You Walk Like a Duck”

She asks in her newsletter dated June 26.

She says

” When we walk , our toes should be pointing forward.  When thay are pointing in any other direction, they are putting strain on ankles, knees, and hips.  Its a mechanical fact that with every step, each of the joints I mentioned is rubbed the wrong way. Over time this can lead to arthritis, inflammation, pain and even the dreaded hip replacement.

On your annual medical exam, your doctor will not even notice your gait.  And if you do have ankle, knee or hip pain, you will usually be given a script for pain medication.  If you go to a chiropractor, they mught adjust your joints, but few take the time to really analyze your gait and tell you how to walk like a human and not like a duck.”

THEN she says one thing I love!

“I have no idea why you walk like a duck.”

That is an honest admission from a Medical Doctor and Naturopathic Doctor who had anatomy in undergraduate school and some periodic   reminders or reviews as they made it through medical school  BUT did not get indepth education about the MOVEMENT relationships of the muscles and bones NOR education about the Fascial connectivity within the body!  Doctors learn a whole lot of other important things.  No one can know it ALL.  So we need to learn to work together IF our goal is health for our client/patients.

As a massage therapist interested in the therapeutic impact of massage – to help YOU – I DO know the muscles involved in helping to keep you walking like a duck.  And I know how to work on them and what you may be doing on a daily or nightly basis to reinforce the positioning that keep you duck walking.

THEN she says another thing I LOVE-

“…what can you do about duck walking?  … First saturate yourself with magnesium to loosen your muscles….”

I LOVE this!  Some of you already know I am practically a nut about magnesium in massage and for home use.

Chemically, your muscles cannot shift from a contracted state to a relaxed state without magnesium to replace the calcium that created the contraction.  Massage helps to move the body fluids around within the cells etc.  This will help to get a fresh supply of nutrients into the stuck areas.  BUT if you are already short on magnesium, there will not be enough for the 1,350+ other things that magnesium is used for in the body!

So think for just a minute…If you really need 500 to 750 milligrams of magnesium daily (or more- much depends on size and activity level and believe it or not, your stress levels!)  and you are already short (there will be follow up articles on that because the Serum Magnesium Test is practically worthless as an indicator of anything other than why you had a heart attack)  You  need to have more!

Well, magnesium supplements typically speed up the digestive system especially if you take too much quickly.  So the next best way to get that nutrient is topically.  (Don’t get me wrong, supplements are still good, you just have to be aware.)

Come get a magnesium massage, purchase topicals for your use at home.  Get a better night’s sleep and put an end to those muscle spasms and the stubborn tightness that keeps our massage work from being as fully wonderful as it could be!   Seriously, massage needs magnesium too to do you the best good.  Located at Hillcrest and LBJ in Dallas Texas!

Check Dr. Dean’s book.  “The Magnesium Miracle”  (I have this one available in the office)

also see:

Dr Mildred Seeling “The Magnesium Factor”

Dr. Marc Sircus “Transdermal Magnesium”

Dr. Jay Cohen ” The Magnseium Solution”

Here is a very long but very interesting article about stretching research.  The author has revised it since its original 2011 release and he has added footnotes, videos and humor.   Save Yourself 

The summary and conclusion of the article regarding the efficacy of stretching  is here:



So how can we get flexible?  How can we help our muscles elongate and keep our good nerve signals moving?

I propose that the answer is:


Magnesium is absolutely needed for the relaxation of a muscle fiber after the initial Calcium induced contraction.  This is for every muscle cell and fiber!  So no wonder stretching is not very conclusive as a tool for ease of pain and gain in ROM-  Everyone has a different magnesium to calcium ratio!

Start with soaking in Epsom salts… Graduate to Magnesium Bath Flakes  and Magnesium Oil  or Magnesium Lotion .  There is even a new product out there that contains magnesium and melatonin.   All are helpful to get the levels of magnesium up to be more in balance with calcium in our overly-calcium-fortified-processed- and-junk-food world.

Even those of you who are vegetarians or careful of what you eat—  the foods will not have a significant level of magnesium unless there is magnesium in the soil where the plants grew.  (There MUST  be at least some because Chlorophyll contains magnesium atoms- but we are talking about enough to balance our calcium!  And most of us are already OVERLY calcium fortified.)

Just remember Calcium contracts a muscle- Magnesium relaxes it.  We also need Potassium and Sodium for the pump that “opens the gate” for the Ca/Mg exchange.

Ask yourself  Do I get enough magnesium?

Note-  IF you purchase products from the links above, I will get a small commission from the sale-  I greatly appreciate your using these links.

WHY do I like these products?  Because I believe in QUALITY Here is a link to the certificate of analysis for the salts used in these products- no one else will go to this extreme to assure that  you have a quality product for your health.

Massage Therapists of Dallas-Get Continuing Ed credits for learning about Magnesium!

Attend a class by Dynamic Body Institute that will reveal to you how you can bring health to your clients with magnesium.  Importantly- learn WHAT they are saying on their intake forms and conversation that will tell you that you may want to encourage them to try your Transdermal Magnesium Massage!   5 Continuing Education Credits, NCBTMB approved provider- August 17, 2013

Prevent Joint Replacement Surgery?

“Joint Replacement Surgery on the Rise” –

This is a headline in the Dallas Morning News Health and Fitness Section and its scary.  Osteoarthritis is said to be the most common reason for joint replacement.

A Feb 2012 study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery cited a “disproportionate increase in total knee replacements among younger patients.” The study also concludes that the aging population and rising rates of obesity – two reasons often cited to explain the trend – can’t account for the rise.

Dr. Joseph Borelli a Dallas Area orthopedic surgeon indicates his desire for people to be more proactive in seeking treatment when they first have pain or other difficulties in their joints.  Says he “If they can prolong the life of their joint, they’re better off.”

Robert W. Bucholz, a professor of orthopedic surgery at UT Southwestern says that a combination of overuse, overloading and genetics leads to the degenerative condition where the cartilage protecting the bones breaks down.

SO what might account for rising trend and what may be a first step in being proactive?

Dr.Carolyn Dean, M.D. and Naturopath, says this of Osteoporosis, in her book,  The Magnesium Miracle

Magnesium’s role in bone health is multifaceted.

∙  Adequate levels of magnesium are essential or the absorption and metabolism of calcium.

∙ Magnesium stimulates a particular hormone, calcitonin, that helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, preventing some forms of arthritis and kidney stones.

∙  Magnesium suppresses another hormone called parathyroid, preventing it from breaking down bone.

∙  Magnesium converts vitamin D into its active form so that it can help calcium absorption.

∙  Magnesium is required to activate an enzyme that is necessary to form new bone.

∙  Magnesium regulates active calcium transport.

From pages 149-150 The Magnesium Miracle by Dr Carolyn Dean.

NOW- combine that information with the fact that magnesium is REQUIRED for the muscle cells to relax (calcium is needed for contracting the muscle in performing work) and you can see that by having adequate magnesium in the body:

  • you can help the muscles relax so that they are not overly pulling on the attachments -which then can squeeze and wear out the pads between the joints.


  • You can help the body to the right thing with the calcium that is floating around in the blood stream – which is put it back into the bones.

Is it that simple?  Perhaps… More research needs to be done.  Unfortunately, Magnesium is so inexpensive no one will be funding extensive research.  So it is up to us to be proactive.

Assuredly, using topical magnesium, soaking in magnesium baths, taking moderate amounts of useable magnesium orally and learning to PROPERLY use your muscles is a far sight easier to accomplish than the “internal amputation” of a joint replacement!

Ask your massage therapist if they do a Magnesium Massage!  Your muscles, heart, and more will thank you for it.

Since our farmlands are so depleted of minerals, we may need to….

Turn On to Sea Vegetables


brown kelp

brown kelp

What’s neither plant nor animal, but still one of the healthiest foods in the world?  Give up?…  It’s kelp — the marine “vegetable” with over 70 essential nutrients plus fiber, protein, and lignans — a phytochemical being studied for its [health enhancing]- properties.  Note- this edit was by Raindrop Admin to remove percieved health claim.)

Kelp is seaweed, algae really, that’s found in both salt and fresh water.  It’s rich in all of the vital minerals like magnesium, potassium calcium, and iron found in sea water — and needed by the human body.  Kelp is also nature’s best source of iodine, the essential chemical your thyroid must have for healthy functioning.

One of kelp’s functions in the sea is to act as a purification system. It balances the water’s pH and removes harmful gases and chemicals while releasing valuable nutrients.  Kelp acts in much the same way in the human body.  It helps to purify and alkalize the blood, balance the digestive system, and scavenge for harmful toxins and free radicals.

In herbal medicine, kelp is used as a nutritional supplement for weight loss, lowering high blood pressure, balancing thyroid hormones, and relieving the symptoms of arthritis. While kelp powder and capsules are nutritionally packed and convenient, think about using fresh or dried kelp for a twist on your favorite recipes.  It makes a healthy and delicious addition to soups, salads, stews, and mixed vegetable dishes.

The Japanese are one of the biggest consumers of kelp in the world.  Japanese kelp, known as wakame, has been a dietary staple for generations in dishes like seaweed salad and miso soup.

In the West, wakame is becoming increasingly popular with enthusiasts of raw food and macrobiotic diets.  Newer research shows that it may be beneficial in weight loss, regulating blood glucose, and lowering blood pressure and blood lipids.1

Always be sure that the kelp you purchase is labeled certified organic.  This will ensure that it was harvested in pristine waters, safe from pollutants and contaminants.


[Ed. Note: Melanie Segala is the author of numerous articles on the topics of health and alternative medicine.  She is the editor of Disease Prevention and Treatment, 4th edition, the Life Extension Foundation and the Managing Editor of Total Health Breakthroughs.]