Beware Desk Workers and Drivers! Advanced forms of postural stress can manifest as pain or weakness in the lower back and gluteal muscles as a result of prolonged periods of sitting.
Most of us are dealing with some kind of postural stress. mOst often this stress shows up in the shoulders and neck area.”
Fortunately, massage can counteract the imbalances in our bodies that are caused from sitting, which means you can keep doing what you are currently doing for work as long as you schedule a regular massage.
Do you have sore muscles? Massage therapy can help by improving and increasing circulation.
A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine
, found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.
Human touch can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.
According to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, w
omen diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry.
And, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
Massage encourages a restful sleep and it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.
Massages also help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed
according to research from the University of Warwick.
Most RMTs can do infant massage but parents can do this themselves. There is no specific technique, it comes naturally. Whatever a parent would normally do to soothe their baby will be effective.
in 2010 a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease).
The next time a headache hits you, book a last-minute massage. Massage therapy decreases severity and frequency of tension headaches.
Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.