If you find you are frequently popping, twisting, or applying torque to your cervical spine in order to elicit a little “crack” to relieve tension, then you are a chronic self-manipulator.
A recent trend has office employees ditching their desk chairs and taking to their feet: stand-working. Turns out that sitting all day, every day, can be downright dangerous. Sitting weakens the body’s muscles and increases one’s risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, as well as metabolic symptoms.
If you have back pain, you probably know your posture isn't good. If you sit for much of your waking day, you're training your body to be slumped over into folded, or "weak," posture. However, even though you may never be perfectly straight, there are ways to relieve your pain by strengthening your posture.
After I receive my paycheck for teaching in a rural community, I pay my rent, then spend the rest on extras, though sometimes even toilet paper can be considered an extra on my salary. Luxuries are often put off to the side by people like me, who live a hair above the poverty line.
Exercise makes muscles sore, but research suggests that massage can help ease that pain, while also helping muscles heal faster. After research subjects performed a session of difficult exercise, they received Swedish massage on only one leg. Researchers biopsied muscles in each leg and found that massage activated genes that decrease inflammation and promote energy generation within cells, resulting in muscles that hurt less and grow quicker. The study was published in February in Science Translational Medicine.
As kids return to school this fall bearing heavy backpacks, don’t wait for them to complain about back pain. Instead, pay attention to their posture and keep a keen eye on all the items loaded into those packs each day.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 13,700 kids ages 5-18 years old were treated in hospitals and doctors’ offices last year for injuries related to backpacks. Experts recommend that kids carry no more than 10-15 percent of their body weight.
In your neighborhood, leaves have probably turned gold and red, the weather has cooled down, and homeowners’ thoughts have turned to outdoor cleanup. But hauling out leaf blowers, ladders, mowers, and rakes—not to mention using them—opens us up to the possibility of pain and injury.
You know all about the relaxation benefits of massage—there’s no better tonic for tired muscles or flagging spirits. But you may not know about some of the other amazing benefits of massage, especially when it’s a regular regimen. It has a lot of positive payoffs you may never have thought about.
Do you think about the connection between you and the earth when you wake up, roll out of bed, and put your feet on the ground?
You are an electromagnetic being, grounding energy just like an appliance that is plugged into an electrical outlet, and this connection can be incredibly important in weathering daily challenges.
Grounding involves living inside your body and having a connection with the earth, which allows for an inflow of energy to feed your bodily systems and an outflow of energy to release any excessive charge in your body.
An impromptu poll of my Facebook friends suggests that massage therapists are seeing an increasing number of clients with a complicated group of conditions collectively called peripheral neuropathy (PN). This refers to damage in the peripheral nervous system, which can include both spinal and cranial nerves. Not surprisingly, pain—ranging from itching and tingling to severe burning sensations—is a leading feature of PN.