As the days grow longer and the weather turns nicer, you’ll have more opportunity to get out and increase your activity level. Be sure to pace yourself and to make time in your schedule for your next massage. It can help you to keep going strong!
This issue includes some recent information you should find helpful in your pursuit of health and happiness. The feature article on stress really enforces the importance of getting regular massages for your long-term well being.
Massage is one of the best ways to handle stress in your life and support your body’s overall health. When you make the effort to include positive lifestyle choices—proper diet, plenty of rest, exercise, and water, etc.—massage is the ideal therapeutic health aid. If you have any questions on how massage can help you to function at your best, please ask at your next appointment.
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Even a Little Stress Can Cause a Lot of Health Problems The effects of stress are many, and range from lowered quality of life to life-threatening diseases such as hypertension. Jefferson Massage therapy has been shown to reduce stress, and any regular client will attest to massage's stress-relieving benefits.
But people should not wait until the effects of stress are obvious; new research shows that even mild stress is linked to long-term disability, and mild stress should be taken more seriously, the study's authors say.
Physical and mental health problems are associated with long term disability, but the impact of milder forms of psychological stress is likely to have been underestimated, say the authors.
• Between 2002 and 2007, the authors tracked the health of more than 17,000 working adults up to the age of 64, who had been randomly selected from the population in the Stockholm area.
• All participants completed a questionnaire at the start of the study to measure their mental health and stress levels, as well as other aspects of health and wellbeing.
• During the monitoring period, 649 people started receiving disability benefit: 203 for a mental health problem and the remainder for physical ill health.
• Higher levels of stress at the start of the study were associated with a significantly greater likelihood of subsequently being awarded long term disability benefits.
• Even those with mild stress were up to 70 percent more likely to receive disability benefits, after taking account of other factors likely to influence the results, such as lifestyle and alcohol intake.
• One in four of these benefits awarded for a physical illness, such as high blood pressure, angina, and stroke, and almost two thirds awarded for a mental illness, were attributable to stress.
The authors say that it is important to consider their findings in the context of modern working life, which places greater demands on employees, and social factors, such as fewer close personal relationships and supportive networks.
The research was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Energy Tips to Put Spring in Your Step Feel as if you’re dragging yourself through the day? Exercise can help keep you energized, and so does getting enough sleep. But if you need a quick boost, these fast energy fixes can put some pep in your step:
• Go easy on the caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, which provides that quick pick-me-up. But more than 200 or 300 daily milligrams of caffeine (the equivalent of two to three cups) may work against you; It can cause jitteriness, digestive problems and headaches. Stop for a mocha latte too late in the day, and the caffeine jolt can prevent a good night’s sleep.
• Drink more water. Even mild dehydration drains energy. It also reduces your ability to concentrate and brings down your mood, research at Tufts University shows. How do you know if you’re sufficiently hydrated? Doctors typically recommend eight or nine cups a day, but just make sure you drink enough so you rarely feel thirsty, and yes, check your urine—colorless or slightly yellow urine indicates adequate fluid intake.
• Take a walk outside. There’s no question regular exercise reduces fatigue—and studies have shown just a little can make a difference. Scientists at California State University found that a brisk 10-minute walk increases your energy level and sustains it for two hours; the more you walk, the peppier you fell. Step off the treadmill and head outside for an even bigger boost: A series of recently published studies shows that spending 20 minutes a day in the outdoors can significantly increase vitality.
Source: USA Weekend magazine, 3/27/11
Commit to your health! ~ Schedule your next massage! Regular appointments can:
• Help support better health
• Minimize stress
• Strengthen your immune system
• Make you feel great
• Give you something to look forward to each month
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
— Jean de La Fontaine
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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