Can Chair Massage Ease Joint Pain?

Joint pain sufferers hoping to avoid medications and injections are finding chair massage to be an alternative therapy worth considering.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost a third of adults reported having some type of joint pain-more middle aged to older women than men.

Treatments typically range from lifestyle changes to over the counter medications to steroid injections to surgery.  In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just reported that two people who received a steroid injection for pain in a joint — rather than the back — may have come down with a fungal infection.

Why chair massage?

  • Recognized as a safe, effective treatment for arthritic pain.  Research suggests that massage reduces perceived pain, swelling and inflammation.
  • Easily accesible, convenient, and affordable. You can find chair massage set up in the workplace, mall, and airport. Because sessions are typically 15 minutes, this makes it more affordable than a table massage
  • Perfect positioning for shoulder and finger joint pain.  While seated forward in the cushioned chair, the massage therapist can easily mobilize, massage, and gently stretch these affected areas.

Sources:http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus10.pdf, http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.htmlhttp://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003261.htmhttp://itandb.com/pdf/arthritis-massage.pdf

Is Your Job A Pain In The Neck…Literally?

The workplace can be a major contributor to muscular aches and pains, affecting job performance and decreasing overall productivity.  A 2010 The Bureau of Labor Statistics report states over 346,000 cases of musculoskeletal disorders exist, causing an average of 11 missed workdays per person.  

On site chair massage is an effective employee perk many companies provide to counter workday aches and pains. Continue reading

Muscle knots and how to get rid of them

It happened again…the unrelenting rays of the morning sun kept poking me to “Wake up, sleepy head.” Ugh.  I slept like crap last night-tossing and turning like I was on board flimsy boat at sea.  As I laid my bare feet on the cool, wooden floor I felt a knife stabbing my in the neck. AAHH-what the hell!?!  The pain where my neck meets my shoulder was so intense that I instinctively reached back with my hand for support and comfort.

Call it a ‘crick,’ a ‘knot,’ a ‘pinch’ muscle pain is serious business.  So, what causes a muscle knot and how can you get rid of it?

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