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May 2018

Welcome to this month’s article! Summer’s coming... As the weather turns nicer, will you be increasing your activity level? Whatever type of exercise you pursue—hitting the gym, working in the yard, biking or jogging—this month’s feature article explains how massage can help you keep your body functioning its best, no matter your level of physical exertion.

Even if you don’t lead a physically active life, massage can be an important part of keeping you healthy. Physical motion is vital to good health, and massage contributes to motion, all the way down to the cellular level. A full-body massage can help all your internal systems to function better.

Whatever your plans for the coming months, increase your recovery, rest and relaxation with healthy massage.

Enjoy your summer; see you soon for your next appointment!

Exercise Is Better With Massage

From beginner athletes to elite professionals, massage therapy has shown to have major benefits regardless of the participant's fitness level. Athletes seeking enhanced performance, improved conditioning, faster recovery, injury prevention and assistance in maintaining peak fitness can benefit from massage therapy.

Massage has been shown to have myriad positive effects including:

  • Reducing muscle tension
  • Helping athletes monitor muscle tone
  • Promoting relaxation
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Improving soft tissue function
  • Decreasing muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise
  • Improving exercise performance
  • Decreasing delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Reducing swelling
  • Reducing breathing pattern disorders
  • Enhancing athletic performance
  • Helping prevent injuries

By combining your exercise routine with massage therapy, you will be able to train longer and harder and make the most of your workout. Not convinced? Research some of your favorite world-class athletes, and you're likely to see that a massage therapist is a key component of their strength and stamina routine.

Arthritis, Massage & Mobility

For Americans who suffer from arthritis, simply getting outside to enjoy fresh air is no easy task. Luckily, massage therapy may have the answer. A recent study found that massage therapy was able to reduce arthritis related pain. Research published by the Touch Research Institute shows that massage therapy can decrease pain and increase mobility in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Source: www.amtamassage.org

Statin side effects: Weigh the benefits and risks
By Mayo Clinic Staff

Doctors often prescribe statins for people with high cholesterol to lower their total cholesterol and reduce their risk of a heart attack or stroke. While statins are highly effective, they have been linked to muscle pain, digestive problems and mental fuzziness in some people and may rarely cause liver damage. ...

If you think you're experiencing side effects from statins, don't just stop taking the pills. Talk to your doctor ...

Muscle pain and damage— One of the most common complaints of people taking statins is muscle pain. You may feel this pain as a soreness, tiredness or weakness in your muscles. The pain can be a mild discomfort, or it can be severe enough to make your daily activities difficult. ... Up to 29 percent of the people who start taking statins report muscle pain and many discontinue statins because of it. ...

It's unclear what causes statin side effects, especially muscle pain. Statins work by slowing your body's production of cholesterol. Your body produces all the cholesterol it needs by digesting food and producing new cells on its own. When this natural production is slowed, your body begins to draw the cholesterol it needs from the food you eat, lowering your total cholesterol.

Statins may affect not only your liver's production of cholesterol but also several enzymes in muscle cells that are responsible for muscle growth. The effects of statins on these cells may be the cause of muscle aches.

Take it easy when exercising. Unaccustomed vigorous exercise might increase the risk of muscle injury in people taking statins. It's best to make changes in your exercise routine more gradually. Exercise causes muscle pain too, so it is sometimes difficult to know if the pain comes from the statin or the exercise in someone who just started an exercise program. ...

Source: www.mayoclinic.org

Benefits of regular massage:

  • Relieve stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help chronic neck pain
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Sleep better
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Manage low-back pain
  • Relieve tension headaches
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Promote relaxation

Source: www.amtamassage.org


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