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Month: February 2018

Massage Therapy ‘for those who work with computers and tablets every day’

massageThere’s no doubt that technology has been a huge boon for many people. But, there are downsides to technology as well, particularly for those who work with devices such as computers and tablets every day. Repetitive use injuries and other conditions that lead to chronic pain are increasingly common and cause a variety of symptoms that can take a toll.

Common workplace problems that massage therapy can help relieve
Carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome are two issues that people in an office setting may face and with these conditions come a variety of symptoms that massage therapy can help relieve pain being but one. “Pain, fatigue, weakness, and stiffness in the affected areas are the most common symptoms of these injuries,”
Along with overuse, poor posture being the cause of painful conditions affecting the neck, shoulders and back. For example, a forward head posture can lead to neck pain as the person unconsciously reaches forward with the head to better see the screen. Additionally, improper posture can sometimes be the result of other conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes, improper posture occurs because the body is trying to find a comfortable position.

How Massage Can Help?

Massage therapy is proving beneficial in helping clients with chronic pain find relief and some of these conditions are no different. Massage therapy can help reduce postural imbalances, nerve entrapment, inflammation in the tissues, and trigger points and their referrals. In addition, massage therapy can address the symptoms caused by nerve compression if the nerve compression is due to improper posture.
For example, massage therapy being beneficial for clients who may have a hemipelvis imbalance that might cause back discomfort and pain, or those whose forward head posture is contributing to neck and upper back pain. A shortening of the anterior musculature in the abdomen and chest that causes back pain can also benefit from massage, as can shortened pronators of the forearms that might be causing forearm, wrist and hand pain.

Massage May Reduce Symptoms of Depression

One definition of depression can be found in the dictionary as a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.

Not all people with depressive illnesses will have the same symptoms. The National Institute of Mental Health states, “The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.

Symptoms include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

Depression can be an expensive and devastating condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control,”Depression can adversely affect the course and outcome of common chronic conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Depression also can result in increased work absenteeism, short-term disability, and decreased productivity.

The CDC has found that depression affects 1 in 10 adults in the US.  Those that are most affected are: “persons 45-64 years of age, women, blacks, Hispanics, non-Hispanic persons of other races or multiple races, persons with less than a high school education, those previously married, individuals unable to work or unemployed, and persons without health insurance coverage.

The CDC also recommends “collaborative care, an approach that involves the collaboration of primary care providers, mental health specialists and other providers to improve disease management for adults with major depression on the basis of strong evidence of effectiveness in improving short-term depression outcomes.

Research indicates that massage can:

– Improve mood

– Reduce depression:

  • in those with chronic pain
  • in those with chronic pain over time
  • in hospice patients
  • in children with cancer
  • in pregnant women
  • associated with lower back pain
  • in those with tension-type headaches
  • in children and adolescent psychiatric patients
  • in women with breast cancer
  • in people with chronic disease
  • in adolescent mothers
  • in those with chronic fatigue syndrome
  • in those with high blood pressure
  • in those with fibroblast
  • in adults with multiple sclerosis

– Reduce trait anxiety and depression with a course of treatment providing benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy.

Massage for Elderly Clients

While massage methods are not qualitatively different for a younger person than for someone over age 70, there are some important considerations to keep in mind. For example, an elderly person has less muscle tissue than a younger individual. Muscle is replaced by fat and more connective tissue as a person ages. The connective tissue is not as flexible as that of a younger person; bones are thinner and more easily broken, and skin is thinner and more easily bruised, all factors requiring adjustments in positioning, pressure, and massage strokes when treating an elderly client with osteoarthritis.

 

Approaching the elderly client with compassion and caring will go a long way toward creating a successful practice with that client base. Elderly individuals may be depressed, a side effect of medications, or the result of chemical imbalances or situational factors. Spending time talking to an elderly client can, in some cases, significantly ease some of the social isolation elderly individuals may feel after the death of spouses, friends, and loved ones. Massage for the elderly can be effective in easing loneliness and depression caused by situational factors, and can lessen dependence on certain medications.

Diminished cognitive function may also be present in an elderly client, in the case, for example, of Alzheimer’s disease or other complications. Massage may decrease the tendency toward wandering and anxiety in those with Alzheimer’s, but consent from a relative is necessary if the individual is unable to consent to treatment.

Extending your massage practice to the elderly is a mutually beneficial way to grow your practice.  Your local care facility may allow you have a chair massage day. Do you have a practice that serves the elderly?  Share your experiences in the comments below.