Staying in Touch®
Hello, and welcome to the August 2017 newsletter! How have you been doing?
As busy as life is these days, it’s easy to get swept along and live a life of habit. When your schedule is full, it makes sense to take the easiest path and to look for short cuts—for example, grabbing some fast food at the drive-thru when you feel you don’t have time to prepare a nutritious meal.
It’s true that we create our future lives through our day-to-day choices. When you’re super busy, it may be hard to find time to consider how those short cuts in life may affect you in the years to come.
One of the best choices you can make is to get your regular massages. So many studies continue to show how massage helps you support better health in numerous ways.
This month’s issue contains more info on how massage can help in life, and an article on the health risks of imitation sweeteners.
Enjoy the rest of your summer; see you soon for your next massage!
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5 Ways Massage Can Improve Your Health
1. Reduce stress—The longterm effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.
2. Get better sleep—Research indicates that massage can improve sleep in those with lower back pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, pain and other health conditions.
3. Boost mental health and wellness—Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy.
4. Manage pain—Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Research shows massage can help low-back pain, headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and more.
5. Increase range of motion—Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from massage therapy. Massage can help reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance and prevent injuries.
The Growing Problem of Addiction:
Can Massage Therapy Aid in Recovery?
by Leslie DeMatteo, LMT, MS
Addiction is defined as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences (NIH).” Addiction is considered a brain disease because of the effects drugs have on the brain, as they not only change how it works, but the actual structure of the brain. ...
Massage Therapy & Addiction— When addicts indulge in their drug of choice, they get a hit of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that makes us feel good. This, in turn, sets up an immediate reward system in the brain where the body and mind are rewarded for using, increasing the addiction and conditioning. Massage therapy has been shown to increase dopamine and serotonin while decreasing cortisol—making it effective in reducing pain, anxiety and discomfort. Most addicts became addicted because of an underlying pain condition or a mental or emotional imbalance made worse by stress and anxiety. Massage has been shown to decrease physical pain, and reduce stress and anxiety in general, and can make a significant difference in those dealing with addiction.
In addition, there is a satisfaction that comes from taking care of oneself rather than engaging in behavior that is clearly destructive. Recovery can be a very difficult process, both physically and emotionally. When those in recovery can enjoy a massage session while having the satisfaction of taking care of themselves, it reinforces recovery as something to be desired rather than as just an endless process of physical discomfort and self-evaluation. Massage therapy provides a positive ‘treat’ in the otherwise difficult process of recovery. ...
Massage therapy can be a wonderful addition to a drug, alcohol or nicotine recovery program as it can reduce stress and anxiety along with physical pain, and gives the client a feeling of relaxation, peace and calm along with reduced muscle tension and increased freedom of movement.
Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health issues
Artificial sweeteners may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)
Consumption of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose, is widespread and increasing. Emerging data indicate that artificial, or nonnutritive, sweeteners may have negative effects on metabolism, gut bacteria and appetite, although the evidence is conflicting.
To better understand whether consuming artificial sweeteners is associated with negative long-term effects on weight and heart disease, researchers from the University of Manitoba's George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation conducted a systematic review of 37 studies that followed over 400,000 people for an average of 10 years. Only 7 of these studies were randomized controlled trials (the gold standard in clinical research), involving 1003 people followed for 6 months on average.
The trials did not show a consistent effect of artificial sweeteners on weight loss, and the longer observational studies showed a link between consumption of artificial sweeteners and relatively higher risks of weight gain and obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues.
"Caution is warranted until the long-term health effects of artificial sweeteners are fully characterized," said lead author Dr. Meghan Azad, Assistant Professor, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Her team at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba is undertaking a new study to understand how artificial sweetener consumption by pregnant women may influence weight gain, metabolism and gut bacteria in their infants.
"Given the widespread and increasing use of artificial sweeteners, and the current epidemic of obesity and related diseases, more research is needed to determine the long-term risks and benefits of these products," said Azad.
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings,
turn routine jobs into joy, and
change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
— William Arthur Ward
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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Body Sense provides valuable information about how to make massage and bodywork a healthy part of your lifestyle. Inside, you'll find a checklist for creating your perfect session; learn about addressing and relieving traumatic stress through bodywork; discover 5 herbs for improved health; and read about how to soak up massage's benefits even after the session ends.
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