Staying in Touch®
Hello, and welcome to the December 2022 newsletter! Holiday Greetings! Another year is coming to a close. It’s about that time to take stock of how things are right now and begin to make some plans for the coming year.
Of course, your overall health can make a huge difference in all the other aspects of your life, so making your health a first priority makes a lot of sense.
This month’s lead article was written by a board-certified massage therapist and instructor from Arizona. He covers some excellent reasons why everyone should be receiving massage regularly.
Then we move on to the results of an important study that reveals the downside of depending on drugs to handle pain. Once again, proof that taking a natural approach to improving your health when possible is the best way to go.
What are your personal health goals? If you have questions on how massage can help you improve your health, just ask at your next appointment.
Enjoy the rest of your holidays, staying in touch with friends, family, and loved ones. See you soon!
When Do I Need a Massage?
by Jimmy Gialelis, LMT, BCTMB
The easy answer to the question “When do I need a massage?” is every week! Massage therapy can, and in my opinion needs to become, an integral part of everyone’s health and wellness plans. Ideally, if a client receives massage once a week, this will yield maximum benefits and results.
Understandably, some people may not be able to afford weekly massages. However, the minimum time frame to still yield positive results from sessions is receiving a massage once a month.
Once a client moves beyond four weeks between sessions, chances are high that the daily effects of “life, work and stress” compound within the body to a point where each session is like a “first time” session, starting from square one with restoring healing. Great progress is seen in clients’ bodies week to week with more regular sessions. ...
Physical Signs You Need a Massage!
- If anyone feels sluggish, lethargic and is experiencing aches in their bones, joints and muscles, it is time to receive a massage.
- If anyone reports cold hands and feet, it is time to receive a massage.
- If anyone feels anxiety of any sort within their mind and body, it is time to receive a massage.
Benefits of Massage
There are many benefits of massage therapy, including:
- Increased circulation of blood and lymph fluids
- Improved muscle efficiency
- Calming the nervous system
How these benefits are achieved result from the ability of the body to move from sympathetic to parasympathetic nervous system modes. The term sympathetic refers to the body’s responses to protect itself from perceived harm. The body may enter “fight,” “flight,” “freeze,” “feign,” or “fawn” responses depending upon the person’s mental constitution.
A massage therapist can facilitate a healing space within the treatment room to allow a body to exit the sympathetic mode and enter a parasympathetic mode which calms the nervous system, restoring ease and balance to the mind and body. ...
Maintaining the Benefits of Massage
How a client maintains the benefits and gains from a massage session depends upon their ability to modify their lifestyles. Adding more self-care means to one’s daily routine will keep the gains of massage lasting longer.
This can include stretching, hydration, mind-body activities and other self-care means to ease stress within the physical and mental bodies. ...
A note to clients: Your massage therapist does not “fix you.” Rather their massage ... facilitates your body’s innate healing processes.
Pain Medication May Increase Back Pain
A study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine indicates that steroid and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can prolong the very pain they are intended to treat.
The study followed human subjects and examined a mouse model of pain.
“Analysis of pain trajectories of human subjects reporting acute back pain … identified elevated risk of pain persistence for subjects taking NSAIDs,” the authors wrote. “Thus, despite analgesic efficacy at early time points, the management of acute inflammation may be counterproductive for long-term outcomes of LBP sufferers … In mouse pain assays, early treatment with a steroid or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) also led to prolonged pain despite being analgesic in the short term.”
The New York Times included this quote in its report on the study: “People overuse the term ‘paradigm shift’, but this is absolutely a paradigm shift,” [Thomas Buchheit, director of the regenerative pain therapies program at Duke] said. “There is this unspoken rule: If it hurts, take an anti-inflammatory, and if it still hurts, put a steroid on it,” he added. “But,” he said, the study shows that “we have to think of healing and not suppression of inflammation.”
Handle Stress with Massage!
Research shows that almost every system in the body can be influenced by chronic stress. When chronic stress goes unreleased, it suppresses the body’s immune system and ultimately manifests as illness.
Medical research estimates as much as 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related. Stress can interfere with your physical functioning and bodily processes. High blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and heart disease have been linked to stress factors.
The new year stands before us,
like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.
We can help write that story by setting goals.
— Melody Beattie
The content of this article is not designed to replace professional medical advice.
If you’re ill, consult a physician.
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