Massage & Good Health

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The Sports Injury Clinic

Ange Trickett

September 10, 2012


Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a luxury splurge that has no real health benefits. To the contrary, hands-on healing helps you unwind, lowers blood pressure, promotes muscle relaxation and boosts your immune system. During a massage session, massage therapists use their hands and forearms to press and manipulate your skin, tendons, ligaments and muscles. The strokes gently move your blood, oxygen and lymph to various tissues and organs in a way that normally doesn't happen in the bodies of most people. As a result, the person who is receiving the massage experiences a level of physical and mental renewal that is hard to surpass.

Hidden Health Benefits of Human Touch

Today, numerous well respected studies indicate that massage therapy doesn't only feel good, it is also good for you. Take a look at the health benefits below and discover the power of human touch:

  • Stress & anxiety relief
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Blood pressure control
  • Better circulation
  • Pain reduction
  • Reduced injury recovery
  • Improved quality of sleep

But there's more -a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggests that individuals who undergo massage therapy experience measurable improvements in their immune response.

Mark Rapaport, M.D., and his colleagues from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center followed 53 healthy adults who were divided into two groups: The participants received either 45 minutes of Remedial massage or the same amount of time of gentler massage, which is much milder and served mainly as a comparison to the more vigorous Remedial massage. After examining their blood samples, the scientists found that people in the Swedish massage group experienced a decrease in cortisol and a significant increase in lymphocytes, cells that keep our immune system strong.

"More research is ahead of us but it appears that a single massage may deliver a measurable benefit," Rapaport said in a news release.

Massage is far more potent therapy than most people realize. In fact, it can (and should) replace analgesics as a treatment for tension headaches. As it turns out, it takes only a 30-minute massage on cervical (neck) Trigger Points to boost autonomic nervous system regulation and alleviate the symptoms. Patients also report an improvement in their psychological and physiological state, which goes hand in hand with the reduction in stress and anxiety associated with such a disturbing condition.

Stress and lack of rest have devastating effects on our health, fitness and beauty. Don't be afraid to find yourself a good massage therapist and get some healing on a regular basis. When you're taking care of your skin and what's beneath it, you are taking care of your whole world.

Sitting Back & Neck Pain

Back, neck and shoulder pain is the natural result of prolonged sitting at work behind a computer, as is bad posture. This can cause headaches and excessive tension in neck, shoulders, arms, forearms, wrists, back, hips, and legs. The result is increased fatigue to the muscles and ligaments supporting the lower back and this can eventually lead to tissue injury and spinal joint dysfunction. Avoid these problems by posture correction, exercise and correct use of equipment.

  • Symptoms of back problems due to excessive computer use include:
  • Back and neck muscle spasm and pain
  • Back and neck soft tissue inflammation
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain on movement and involvement of other muscles as a reaction
  • Referred pain to buttocks and legs or up the spine

Preventing back and neck pain while sitting is not an exact science as there are many differing opinions on the subject. However, there are some common denominators:

Tips to Prevent Computer Related Neck and Shoulder Pain

  • Do not slouch in front of the computer, or lie on a couch/ in bed and work on a laptop.
  • Do not work for hours in front of a computer without breaks.
  • Do not ignore back twinges and back pain, hoping that the problem will resolve itself.
  • Avoid taking pain or anti-inflammatory medication when in pain from using a computer. This will serve to mask the symptoms but may lead to serious injury or permanent nerve damage in the long term.
  • Do not sit on one leg or sit with legs crossed as this causes additional strain to the back.
  • Do not perch a laptop on the lap and stare down at the screen -this places extra strain on the neck, spine and arms.
  • Buy a chair that encourages you to use your back muscles, such as a stool chair with no back or arm rests. Lower back pain can be reduced or eliminated by strengthening the lower back muscles through active sitting exercises.
  • Buy an ergonomic keyboard and mouse and ensure that the height is adjusted appropriately.
  • Have a break every hour and do stretching exercises like neck rolls, chin tucks, cupping head in hands behind the head and extension exercises.

Our experienced Myotherapists can help, call us on 97839990 or book online.


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