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Move at your desk follow up

standingThere really isn’t any substitute for moving and I was so happy to get some validity from Gretchen Reynolds and her new book The First 20 Minutes.   Now that I have started doing LMT work in the office setting I am really starting to see the effects of desk work.  Over working the neck and shoulders with work on the computer, phone work, and stress really does impact muscle health.  Add that to decreased circulation from being in a seated position and your body might just start to yell at you.  Or my nice way of saying you might be experiencing pain from desk related injury.  Yes you may feel injured even if you just sit in a desk.

Please have a read of the article from NPR about moving in the office and start to move at your desk as soon as possible.

Don’t let your desk get you down!

imagesDo you spend your day at a desk?  Are your neck,back, and shoulders sore?  Do you suffer from headaches?  If you answered yes to any or all of these questions you are not alone.  People everyday suffer from the effects of desk work.
Our bodies are designed to be upright and moving.  Sitting,typing, and talking on the phone are modern functions that challenge our bodies to hold positions which over time can wreak havoc in our posture and our over all physical health.

After decades of the business as usual desk environment, offices and the furniture you find in them are starting to change to accommodate better form and function.  Stand up desks, vertical mouse, hands free phones have all appeared in the market to help office workers improve their health.

Corporate Chair Massage has also been utilized by progressive employee health conscious companies.  A 10-20 minute chair massage can be very beneficial for the sore neck, back, and shoulders.  A short Massage can also be restorative for employees, who are experiencing fatigue.
If your company hasn’t offered any of the above solutions, it may be time to start the conversation with your HR department.  But don’t stop there you can also be taking control of the situation.
Below are some desk health improvements you can start today.

  • Check in with your desk.  Keyboards, computer screens, phones, chair height, desk height.
  • Stand up and move around as often as possible.  Sitting at a desk can promote poor circulation, which over time can cause muscle ache and pain.  So get up and move whenever possible.
  • Breath!  This may sound silly, but stress may cause you to not take really good breaths.  So check in often and get in some good deep restorative breaths.
  • Find a massage therapist!  Even a 30 minute massage can help undo the work related stress.

Don’t let your work life have a negative impact on your whole life.  Start today to take control to get to into a healthier desk routine.

Caregivers need Care

Since  I began my journey as a Massage Therapist, I realized there are some really great reasons why people decide to find a therapist and get a massage.  Most people are looking for relief from some ache or pain they have been experiencing.  Others just want an hour of relaxation.  One of the best reasons I have heard for why people seek a massage is because they have become a caregiver.   Caregivers are very busy people, who are giving a lot of themselves to take care of others in their life.  The challenge of being a caregiver is often all consuming.  People in this position may find it difficult to make time to take care of themselves.  An hour on the massage table isn’t something she feels she can possibly schedule into her day.  It is when life is so consuming and time to yourself seems non existent that a caregiver really should find a therapist close to them and make time to get a massage.

A massage for a caregiver offers so many benefits.  First, it gives the caregiver time to relax.  An essential element in helping to keep him healthy.  Massage also should afford the caregiver some relief from the stress brought on by being in the very taxing role of taking care of others.  Allowing someone else to take care of her even for an hour, can really make a difference in a caregivers life.

Caregivers find themselves in this role for many different reason, but at the end of the day one thing is for sure.  Whether you are a nurse, a teacher, a counselor, a social worker, a parent, or someone taking care of a sick relative or friend.  You must recognize that you taking care of yourself is the best way for you to ensure you will be available to take care of others.  Caregivers need care order to keep up with the challenges they face in their lives.  Massage is a wonderful tool all caregivers should have in their tool box.