Massage therapy is quite beneficial in many ways and also for various activities that we perform on a daily basis. Therapeutic massage has been found to foster peace of mind, promote a relaxed state of mental alertness, help relieve mental stress, improve ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, reduce levels of anxiety and increase awareness of mind-body connection. If you've never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.
Massage is known to increase blood circulation and lymph fluid movement, and also decreases the blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. People, who undertake massage therapy on a regular basis, have greater joint flexibility and range of motion. Massage therapy also enhances athletic performances, promotes deeper and easier breathing, improves health and nourishment of the skin and improves posture.
Rehabilitation and Healing
Therapeutic massage can stimulate weak and inactive muscles resulting in a faster, more complete recovery from an illness or injury in which inactivity causes muscle deterioration. Massage has also promoted weight gain in both premature and HIV-exposed infants.
It is fairly common for pregnant women to undergo massage therapy in order to alleviate the discomfort associated with pregnancy. Additionally, athletes frequently get massaged to alleviate muscle pain. Massage therapy has proven to reduce the pain and swelling caused by strained muscles and sprained ligaments. Additionally, it helps to relieve tension-related headaches and headaches related to eyestrain.
Focus and Attention
Research studies have found that office workers who receive regular massages perform better at their job tasks than those who do not. Additionally, office workers who were regularly massaged are more alert and less stressed than those who did not regularly undergo massaging. Massage therapy also promotes reduction of erratic behavior in some children, which is common amongst autistic individuals.
Relief from headaches
Almost everybody suffers from a headache at some point. Headaches can be debilitating, and typically results from high stress levels and/or lack of sleep.
Massage therapy decreases the occurrence of headaches; sleep disturbances and distress symptoms in adults with migraine headaches. It also increases serotonin levels, which are believed to play an important role in the regulation of mood, sleep and appetite.
Massage therapy has physical, mental and emotional benefits. Massage therapy has been found to be extremely effective in stress and anxiety reduction, and it has also been proven to reduce the symptoms and feelings of depression. People who rely on prescription medication to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression will surely benefit from a few sessions of massage therapy.
In today’s fast-paced world, work life is becoming increasingly stressful. Many employees have stress related complaints due to increased workload. Which is why many companies today are taking the initiative to provide therapeutic massage plans for their employees.Discovering the benefits of wellness in the workplace, massage therapy attracts and keeps employees healthy, mentally as well as physically while also keeping them productive.
Lets take a look at some of the benefits of massage that help employees perform better at their workplace.
One of the obvious and the most popular reasons of getting a massage is the fact that it removes tension and stress from the body, which directly affects the mind in a positive way. This leads to employees becoming more active and productive with their work. Stress levels measured before and after each massaging session, observed that one of the biggest benefits of ‘seated massage therapy’ is that, it is a seriously effective office stress reliever.
Reduces anxiety and depression
It often happens that because of the work pressure, employees develop anxiety disorders, which also leads to depression. This is where a massage therapy session makes a huge difference. Studies have shown massage therapy reduces anxiety by 26% and depression scores also improve by 28% after the massage.
Relieves headaches and improves sleep
Work can give you a headache, especially when you have been at it for many hours at a stretch. A nice massage can take away the headache and if done later in the day, it will help giving you a deeper, better sleep. This includes increased duration as well as fewer disturbances. A therapeutic massage can also help combating sleep disorders.
Lowers blood pressure
Increasing work pressure can lead to increase in blood pressure. Studies have shown that there is a lasting effect of massage therapy and the benefits of corporate massage programs showed very clearly that a particular massage group continued to have lower blood pressure than the control groups for weeks even after the treatment stopped.
Increased focus and clarity
After a 15-20 minute chair massage, employees feel more relaxed, which results in a calmer more focused mind. This leads to increased workflow, higher productivity, and accuracy.
Overall, massage maintenance care provides a wealth of physical and health benefits that can help increase your work performance on a daily basis. There is no denying that massage is a powerful stress reduction tool, resounding mental health benefits. Contact our team of expert massage therapists to book an appointment.
Shoulder instability is a common condition that is characterized by loosening of the connective tissue (ligaments and joint capsule) surrounding the shoulder joint. This further enables the bones forming the joint to move without any control on each other.
Often, certain movement in the arm results in the wear and tear of the connective tissue. Consequently, the shoulder becomes loose and unsupportive; this further leads to ‘unstable shoulder’. Shoulder instability is normally present in one shoulder. However, occasionally, it may exist in both shoulders.
Treatment for shoulder instability in physiotherapy
Physiotherapy for instability in shoulders fastens the healing process and ensures complete cure of the problem, provided all the instructions by the physiotherapist are followed religiously.
Treatment procedures used in physiotherapy include:
These are only some of the most common techniques that are used; depending on the intensity and urgency of the treatment. There are several other methods which are also useful.
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A vestibular hypofunction is a condition that involves diminished ear functioning, either in one ear or both the ears. Thus, there are two types of vestibular hypofunction: unilateral vestibular hypofuntcion (when the dysfunction is in one ear), and bilateral hypofuction (when dysfunction is in both the ears). While causes of these disease vary and are inconsistent, the most common ones are aging, autoimmune disorders and allergies.
Patients suffering from vestibular hypofunction have an array of physical and functional limitations. Such limitations have a major impact on their everyday activities. Some of them are constant dizziness and postural imbalance. For instance, people experiencing unilateral vestibular hypofunction, will not be able to drive easily, as they will be unable to check the blind spot.
Physical therapy for vestibular hypofunction
Physical therapy treats vestibular hypofunction through a rehabilitation programme called vestibular rehabilitation therapy. This program mainly aims at retraining the brain to compensate for inner ear deficits through specific exercises for eyes, body and head. These exercises also aim at reducing the effect of symptoms of dizziness. Common exercises performed include:
For instance, if the dizziness occurs when you turn the head to the right: sit upright in a chair with your feet firm on the floor and then hold onto a table or other firm surfaces for balance and support. Then, quickly turn your head to the right with your eyes open. Stay in this position until the dizziness fades away. Once you stop feeling dizzy completely, turn your head back to the center position. Remain in this position until dizziness stops. Then, relax for 15 seconds and repeat four more times.
For this, first locate a sturdy chair and stand facing your back towards it. Then take a deep breath in. After that, exhale and lift your right foot from the floor for 3 seconds. Hold onto the chair if you need support. Then, slowly lower your leg to the original position. For best results, do 10 sets of this exercise daily.
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Synovial joints are a group of joints that include all the large joints present in the body. The membrane, which surrounds these joints, is called the synovial membrane and is responsible for secreting fluids that aids in lubrication.
When there is an inflammation in this lining, there is stiffness and pain in the joint of the knee. This condition is called knee synovitis. Synovitis as an ailment can occur independently or as a consequence or symptom of other conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis or gout. It can also occur due to cancer or any injury to the knee joint.
Physical therapy for Knee synovitis
Treatment for knee synovitis is highly dependent on its cause and symptoms. However, a common treatment procedure adopted for synovitis is R.I.C.E.
Apart from R.I.C.E, other methods practiced for curing synovitis include exercises, heat therapy, cold therapy, manual therapy and gait training. When pain and inflammation at the acute stages of synovitis have been overcome, heat therapy is used more aggressively. This involves the use of moist heat packs to relieve joint pain and stiffness to increase blood flow in the injured area. Ultrasound is also used to produce circulatory changes.
Once swelling has been reduced to minimum, the focus shifts from therapies to stretching exercises. These exercises aim at restoring full range motion of the affected joint. Exercises to control weight are also adopted. This helps in reducing the load on the knee. The most common form of exercise that is suggested for knee synovitis is splinting.
As an independent ailment, knee synovitis is not a major problem. However, it is important to note that the occurrence of knee synovitis independently is rare. It is often a secondary condition, caused by another ailment. Thus, diagnosis and rehabilitation of knee synovitis at its early stages is essential.
Orthostasis means ‘upright posture’ and hypotension means low blood pressure. Thus, orthostatic hypotension – also called postural hypotension, is a condition that occurs when people stand up after long hours of being seated. Patients who suffer from orthostatic hypotension are also commonly seen complaining of dizziness, faintness and lightheadedness.
Although orthostatic hypotension is a mild condition that occurs inconsistently for a few minutes or seconds, there are cases of long-lasting orthostatic hypotension. When a person experiences orthostatic hypotension frequently, it is often an indication of a more serious problem. Hence, it shouldn’t be ignored or taken lightly.
The treatment methods adopted for orthostatic hypotension depend on the underlying cause. But based on occurrences, here are some of the most commonly used treatment methods:
In this treatment method, patients under the supervision of physiotherapists are made to stand leaning against the wall with their upper back in contact with the wall. Then their feet, without moving the back, is placed 15 cm away from the wall.
This exercise, if practiced effectively, helps in reducing the occurrence of fainting episodes and also improves the toning of the lower extremity.
Occasional dizziness due to orthostatic hypotension is relatively minor. However, if the frequency of symptoms increase, it is necessary to consult a professional who can give you relevant advice.
Neck pain is a common experience among people, but a lesser-known fact is the reason that causes it. Nerve damage and nerve pain are often symptoms of a nerve being pinched or entrapped. A pinch in the nerve, also called cervical radiculopathy is generally a consequence of injuries to structures adjacent to the nerve.
A nerve pinch can occur almost anywhere in the body, but it is most common in the nerves of the neck. When a pinched nerve affects a patient they tend to experience high intensity arm pain, weakness and altered reflexes.
How can physiotherapy help?
Once you know the cause of the pinched nerve, physiotherapy can help you in a number of ways. For example, if you are suffering from a pinched nerve as a part of Carpal tunnel syndrome, you can reduce the intensity of pain through acupuncture, exercises and ice therapy. Thus, depending on the cause of the pain, treatment procedures vary. However, here are some of the standard treatment procedures:
Thus, physiotherapy through its number of techniques is an effective method of curing pinches in the nerve effectively without being inflicted with other side effects. For further advice on pinched nerves in the neck, contact our professionals.