In todays newsletter we will discuss
We’re all aware of how quickly technology continues to advance; it can be quite a challenge keeping up with the many changes. One aspect of all these developments that’s easy to overlook
is the impact they can have on your health. The lead article this month addresses this point and explains yet another way massage can help you handle painful conditions and better maintain your health.
The other article is excerpted from The Wall Street Journal and also reinforces what a broad scope of benefits massage offers you. In this busy, complex modern world, isn’t it nice
to know that a simple massage can do so much for your well-being?
As we move into the spring season 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!
Remember, it won’t be long until Mother’s Day is here; make Mom’s day a special one with a massage gift certificate. See you soon!
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New Technologies Bring New Pain Problems in Jefferson GA
What do cell phones, assembly lines, computers and iPads have in common? Massage therapists know the answer: repetitive stress injuries (RSIs).
As the newest member of RSI-contributing technologies, attention is turning to personal computer tablets such as the iPad.
New research indicates use of such tablets contributes to RSIs, including shoulder pain that could be more problematic than that created by traditional desktop computer use.
Investigators studied 15 experienced tablet users who completed a set of simulated tasks with two media tablets, an Apple iPad2 and a Motorola Xoom.
"During the experiment, users completed simple computer tasks such as Internet browsing and reading, game playing, email reading and responding, and movie watching," noted a press
release. Head-and-neck postures and gaze angle and distance were measured using an infrared three-dimensional motion-analysis system.
"For both tablets, the gaze angle changed in a similar fashion to the head flexion across all configurations, with non-perpendicular viewing angles causing increased head and neck flexion,"
noted the press release. "Head and neck flexion angles were greater, in general, than reported for desktop or notebook computing."
Compared to desktop computing scenarios, the use of media tablet computers is associated with high head-and-neck flexion postures, "and there may be more of a concern for the development of neck and shoulder discomfort," said lead investigator Jack T. Dennerlein, Ph.D., of the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Only when the tablets were used in the table-movie configuration, where the devices were set at their steepest case angle setting and at the greatest horizontal and vertical position, did posture
approach neutral. This suggests that tablet users should place the tablet higher, on a table rather than a lap, to avoid low gaze angles, and use a case that provides steeper viewing angles, the press release noted. However, steeper angles may be detrimental for continuous input with the hands.
"Further studies examining the effects of tablet and configuration on arm and wrist postures are needed to clarify and complete the postural evaluation," said Dennerlein.
The research was published this week in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
Don't Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine
While a massage in Jefferson GA may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits.
Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.
The benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines
published in 2007.
New research is also starting to reveal just what happens in the body after a massage. While there have long been theories about how massage works—from releasing toxins to improving
circulation—those have been fairly nebulous, with little hard evidence. Now, one study, for example, found that a single, 45-minute massage led to a small eduction in the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the blood, a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and a boost in white blood cells that fight infection.
There's been a surge of scientific interest in massage. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, is currently spending $2.7 million on massage research, up from $1.5 million in 2002. The Massage Therapy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds massage research, held its first scientific conference in 2005. The third conference will be in Boston next year.
The research is being driven, in part, by massage therapy's popularity. About 8.3% of American adults used massage in 2007, up from 5% in 2002, according to a National Health Statistics report that surveyed 23,393 adults in 2007 and 31,044 adults in 2002, the latest such data available.
"There is emerging evidence that [massage] can make contributions in treating things like pain, where conventional medicine doesn't have all the answers," said Jack Killen, NCCAM's
Massage is already widely used to treat osteoarthritis, for which other treatments have concerning side effects.
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006 showed that full-body Swedish massage greatly improved symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Patients who had massages twice weekly for four weeks and once a week for an additional four weeks had less pain and stiffness and better range of motion than those who didn't get massages. They were also able to walk a 50-foot path more quickly.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.”
— George Santayana
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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Thats it for us this month. We look forward to bringing you valuable information next month on the benefits of massage.
P.S. Don't forget about mom!