Archive for May, 2018

How Can Medical Massage Reduce Arthritis Pain And Improve Mobility?

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Medical massage is one of the most popular types of massage therapy because of its ability to reduce pain. In fact, up to 92% of those who have received a massage agree that massage is an effective means of reducing pain.

That being said, although massage is often seen as a luxury for reducing stress, medical massage is an effective non-surgical tool for helping those living with arthritis.

How Can Medical Massage Help Those With Arthritis?

According to the University of Miami School of Medicine, patients who undergo a regular medical massage have been shown to experience fewer muscle aches and pains.

This is because using massage therapy on a regular basis can reduce stiffness, improve range of motion, increase hand grip strength, and improve the overall function of the joints.

Although many studies in the past regarding the medical benefits of massage therapy have been in relation to the general population, more recent studies have taken to examining the benefits of massage for those with arthritis.

In one 2006 study conducted by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, up to 68 adults living with knee osteoarthritis received two Swedish massages every week for eight weeks. Compared to those who did not receive massage therapy, the group reported improvements in their range of motion, stiffness, function, and knee pain.

It isn’t only knee pain that medical massage can help treat, either. Some of the most common benefits of medical massage in those with arthritis in the hands and wrists include reduced pain, reduced anxiety, and improved hand grip strength.

How Does Massage Work To Reduce Pain?

Massage doesn’t work simply because it’s relaxing. The research behind the science of massage therapy shows that massage helps to lower the production of cortisol, your body’s stress hormone. Massage also improves your body’s production of serotonin, your body’s happy hormone.

Massage also helps to improve blood flow, which reduces swelling and inflammation, one of the most common symptoms experienced in those with arthritis. Not only does this reduce pain, but massage also reduces the amount of the neurotransmitter substance P your body produces, a neurotransmitter that’s linked to pain.

Medical massage for arthritis is a great way to reduce pain and improve your body’s range of motion. For more information on therapeutic massage and massage therapy for pain, contact the Deep Muscle Therapy Center today.

Release The Beast: What You Can Do To Manage Work-Related Stress

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Chronic work-related stress is unfortunately common in the United States. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), 65% of Americans cited work as their top source of stress in 2012. What’s more, only 37% of Americans in the same survey said they were good at handling their work-related stress.

Work-related stress, especially chronic stress, can affect more than just your motivation and productivity. It can actually cause insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart disease, obesity, and a weakened immune system.

Here are a few tips to help you manage your work-related stress to keep you happy, healthy, and motivated at work.

Start by de-stressing your body

You hold a lot of your stress in your body, which can cause a whole slew of health problems. That being said, the first step to managing workplace stress is by de-stressing your body. You can do this by:

  1. Exercising regularly. Few people are actually excited to work out, but regular exercise can like walking, jogging, and dancing can help produce stress-relieving chemicals and reduce muscle aches and pains.
  2. Getting enough sleep. The CDC recommends seven to nine hours of sleep every night. When you don’t get enough sleep, it can affect your mood, memory, and cognitive functioning.
  3. Taking a spa day. There are many health benefits of therapeutic massages. They reduce muscle aches and pains, reduce inflammation, and reduce stress by increasing your body’s production of Serotonin. In fact, 23% of massage consumers received a massage to reduce stress between July 2013 and July 2014 alone.

Don’t forget to de-stress your mind

Many workers focus on their body when it comes to reducing stress, such as taking a hot bath or lighting some lavender-scented candles at the end of the workday. But it’s also important to de-stress your mind to efficiently manage work-related stress. Here are a few ways you can do that.

  1. Choose to say “no” when you really need to. It’s all too easy to say yes to a project you may not have the time for. But saying “yes” all the time can make you feel overworked and overbooked. Don’t be afraid to negotiate priorities.
  2. Meditate regularly in a way that works for you. Meditation can help to reduce stress and lower blood pressure, but not every type of meditation works for everyone. In fact, certain types of meditation can actually increase anxiety. Try out a few methods to see which type works best for you.
  3. Look on the bright side. You can’t make the stressful parts of your workday vanish, but you can focus on the little things throughout the day that make you happy.

A therapeutic massage is great for treating muscle aches and pains, but it can also reduce blood pressure and stress. To learn more the benefits of massage techniques or to schedule a medical massage, contact Deep Muscle Therapy Center today.