Spring is in the air! With such a heavy dose of winter this year, it seems everyone is especially excited to see the arrival of spring. It’s so invigorating to experience life’s reawakening after a harsher-than-normal winter.
Remember as you increase your activity level to pace yourself while you are bringing your well-rested muscles back into use. It’s better to take things slowly and not strain anything.
While you’re planning your spring cleaning for the year, remember to put your body on your to-do list. There are so many ways for your body to build up various toxins that can adversely affect your long-term health.
Massage is a great way to help your body do a little spring cleaning. A full-body massage can help to keep things moving at the cellular level where toxins are stored.
Getting regular massage and drinking plenty of pure water can help your body restore itself to a more optimum level, helping to keep you healthier and feeling better.
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The Power of Touch for Pain Relief: Basic Facts
Jefferson Massage is well known for reducing stress and promoting relaxation. And, a growing body of research also shows that massage therapy is effective for relieving and managing chronic and acute pain, a significant national health problem. According to the National Institute for Health, more than one-third of all Americans will suffer from chronic pain at some point in their lives, and approximately 14 percent of all employees take time off from work due to pain. For example, many people receive injuries because they are involved in car accidents that require windshield replacement. Increasingly, massage therapists are being incorporated into pain management programs of hospitals and health care organizations. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has suggested massage therapy as one means to manage pain without use of pharmaceuticals.
According to a recent American Hospital Association survey about their use of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) therapies, among the 1,007 hospitals responding, nearly 82 percent of the hospitals offering CAM therapies included massage therapy among their health care offerings—with more than 70 percent utilizing massage therapy for pain management and relief. In a recent consumer survey commissioned by AMTA, 91 percent of respondents agreed that massage can be effective in reducing pain, and nearly half of those polled (47 percent) have had a massage specifically for the purpose of relieving pain.
Consider recent clinical research on the efficacy of massage for pain relief:
• Massage therapy is more effective for chronic back pain than other complementary therapies.
• Massage therapy promotes relaxation and alleviates the perception of pain and anxiety in cancer patients.
• Massage therapy reduces post-traumatic headaches better than cold pack
• A pilot study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that massage, as part of hospital-based surgery treatment, reduces pain and muscle spasms in patients who have undergone heart bypass surgery.
• Massage stimulates the brain to produce endorphins.
A walk to remember — If you’re 55 or older, put down your crossword puzzle and take a stroll. Scientists have found that moderate aerobic activity can improve seniors’ memory by reversing the slow wasting away of a key part of the brain, which begins at around 50. “It used to be thought that aging was a one-way street that was going the wrong direction,” University of Illinois professor Arthur Kramer tells Science News, but his recent study proves “that’s not the case.” Kramer and colleagues recruited 120 sedentary adults between the ages of 55 and 80. Half got their heart rates up by walking for 40 minutes, three times a week; the other half did stretching and weight exercises instead. After a year, scientists scanned each walker’s brain and found that the hippocampus, where memories are formed, had grown by an average of 2 percent. By contrast, the stretchers’ hippocampi had shrunk 1.4 percent, as expected. Though more study is needed, Kramer says initial results indicate that a brisk jaunt several times a week can roll back the pace of age-related memory loss “by about two years.”
– The Week Vol 11 Iss 502
Water Works By Lara Evans Bracciante
Besides decreasing headaches, heartburn, constipation, fatigue and kidney stones, getting your fair share of water each day may help prevent serious illnesses including heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma. One study at the University of Loma Linda, California, showed that people who drink five or more glasses of water every day cut their risk of suffering a fatal heart attack in half. Researchers believe because water, unlike other beverages, is absorbed immediately into the blood stream, it thins the blood and reduces clot risk. This also helps moderate blood pressure because it's easier for the heart to pump thinner rather than thicker blood. Furthermore, researchers at Harvard reported men who drank six cups of water daily reduced bladder cancer risk by 50 percent. Other studies indicate that high water intake also curbs the risk of breast and colon cancers. And ev en asthma sufferers have reason to gulp it down. A University of Buffalo study revealed dehydration reduces lung function and triggers bronchial spasms, especially while exercising.
Success is getting what you want;
happiness is wanting what you get.
— Ingrid Bergman
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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