Foam rollers are on the rise as an effective form of self-massage treatment and self-care. You’ll notice more gyms and fitness centres are equipped with long cylindrical foam rollers. It is also an inexpensive option for you to continue muscle care at home through a number of exercises! (more…)
A Canadian study has shown that massage therapy reduces the pain associated with damaged muscles by sending anti-inflammatory messages to muscle cells.
Scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton have found evidence that massage therapy dulls muscle pain in a biologically similar way to anti-inflammatory pills and should be considered a viable alternative to pain medication.
The study focused on 11 men in their twenties who performed exhausting physical exercise for over an hour. Massage techniques common in rehabilitation were then applied to specific muscles which were then autopsied. They found that just ten minutes of massage resulted in a reduction of inflammation in the targeted muscles.
The average person spends 4.9 hours a day looking down at their phone, whether that be texting or surfing the internet. That means for nearly a fifth of your day, your head is being forced into an unnatural downwards position, which can cause muscle tension and neck pain and put unusual pressure on your spine.
This leads to a phenomenon called “text neck” – your neck is supports the weight of your head, which is about 12 pounds, but for every inch your head is lowered while looking at your phone, it adds another 10 pounds to the pressure on your spine.
We often keep our jaw muscle tensed without even realizing it. Check in with your jaw right now – is it clenched tightly, or is it relaxed? Many people naturally keep tension in their jaw out of habit or even stress. However, this can lead to jaw pain and tenderness around that important area and up to the ears.
Jaw pain is characterized by aching, discomfort or pain when chewing or moving the muscles around the jaw. It can be caused from clenching or grinding your teeth and, if serious, can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
If you’re experiencing pain and muscle spasms in the head, jaw, neck and shoulder muscles, ear or head aches, clicking noises during jaw movement, locked jaw, or dizzy spells, you may have TMJ. Massage therapy is an effective and viable treatment.
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