Are you wondering when the perfect time is to see a massage therapist? Continue reading to learn about 3 considerations you should make when deciding to go.
It Reduces Stress
Before a date, interview, or game, it can alleviate the tension in your muscles and your mind, says Dolvett Quince, the lead trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser and a massage and wellness consultant for Brookstone. An overwhelming amount of evidence suggests that massage can actually slash most physiological markers of stress. One Korean study found that patients who got hand massages five minutes before cataract surgery had significantly lower heart rates, blood pressure, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who went into surgery without any kind of rubdown. Source: Cosmopolitan
If In Chronic Pain
If you get a massage once a year, it will be relaxing, but it can’t undo a lifetime of muscle tension. Typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape. If you are in chronic pain or have a special issue to address, you might need to come weekly (or even twice a week) until you feel better.
If you are in chronic pain and want to see if massage will help, find a good massage therapist whom you feel comfortable with and whose style you like. Let them know you want to address chronic pain, ask if that is their specialty, and work out a treatment plan. Rolfing, neuromuscular training, deep tissue massage and even gentler modalities like craniosacral therapy can help with pain relief. Source: About
How often you receive massage depends on why you’re seeking massage. In dealing with the general tension of everyday commutes, computer work, and time demands, a monthly massage may be enough to sustain you. On the other hand, if you’re seeking massage for chronic pain, you may need regular treatments every week or two. Or if you’re addressing an acute injury or dealing with high levels of stress, you may need more frequent sessions. Your situation will dictate the optimum time between treatments, and your practitioner will work with you to determine the best course of action. Source: MassageTherapy
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Searching for information about soft tissue injuries? Below we discuss 3 common injuries and some treatment suggestions. Continue reading to learn more.
A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, a strong band of connective tissue that connect the end of one bone with another. Ligaments stabilize and support the body’s joints. For example, ligaments in the knee connect the thighbone with the shinbone, enabling people to walk and run.
The areas of your body that are most vulnerable to sprains are your ankles, knees, and wrists. A sprained ankle can occur when your foot turns inward, placing extreme tension on the ligaments of your outer ankle. A sprained knee can be the result of a sudden twist, and a wrist sprain can occur when falling on an outstretched hand. Source: OrthoInfo
A strain is when a muscle is stretched too much and tears. It is also called a pulled muscle. A strain is a painful injury. It can be caused by an accident, overusing a muscle, or using a muscle in the wrong way. A strain may be caused by too much physical activity or effort, improperly warming up before a physical activity, poor flexibility. Source: MedlinePlus
Another name for a bruise. What is a bruise ? A bruise, or contusion, is caused when blood vessels are damaged or broken as the result of a blow to the skin (be it bumping against something or hitting yourself with a hammer). The raised area of a bump or bruise results from blood leaking from these injured blood vessels into the tissues as well as from the body’s response to the injury. A purplish, flat bruise that occurs when blood leaks out into the top layers of skin is referred to as an ecchymosis.
Acute soft-tissue injuries vary in type and severity. When an acute injury occurs, initial treatment with the RICE protocol is usually very effective. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
- Rest. Take a break from the activity that caused the injury. Your doctor may recommend that you use crutches to avoid putting weight on your leg.
- Ice. Use cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- Compression. To prevent additional swelling and blood loss, wear an elastic compression bandage.
- Elevation. To reduce swelling, elevate the injury higher than your heart while resting. Source: MedicineNet
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Does something ache in your body, or do you merely want someone to ease the stress of your muscles? Understanding what your body really needs is very important in order to determine what type of massage you need. The wrong massage could either hurt your body more than necessary, or leave you still aching with unresolved pains after your session. The following considerations will help you decide on the type of massage to ask when you visit a massage clinic in Vancouver, such as Vancity Massage Therapy.
Swelling, though extremely frustrating, is not unusual; for pregnant women. This is because to help sustain the needs of the baby, the body has to produce roughly 50% more blood and fluid. This condition, called edema, occurs on the face, neck, and hands, but it is mostly noticeable on the lower extremities, which absorb more of the extra pressure. (more…)
With the hustle and bustle of daily work for an established professional, it’s quite easy to leave out a chance to relax. As numerous studies have shown, however, relaxation is key to good health. Those who commute to downtown Vancouver every day know it is a great place to work, but winding down from that work is just one part of a happy, healthy and well-rounded life. Spending time out in nature and enjoying our beautiful area is so much easier when a ‘borderline space’ is made between work and play. Whether you are interested in hiking, running, swimming or just getting out for a breath of fresh air on the weekend, a borderline space is essential. (more…)
A popular field in alternative medicine, massage therapy is known as an effective pain reliever, particularly for those suffering from chronic lower back pain. In Canada, massage therapy programs are taught in a standard curriculum of 2200-3000-hour programs regulated by the Massage Therapy Alliance of Canada (MTAC) excluding the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia (BC), Labrador and Newfoundland, which have their own massage therapy colleges that supervise licensed practitioners within their areas. Among these four provinces, BC and Ontario are the pioneers in having registered massage therapists (RMT) governed by their own healthcare legislation. (more…)