Thursday, August 5, 2010

I know it's been awhile since my last post, I'm still trying to figure this blogging stuff out. I would like to share some information on massage therapy and back pain. According to a study done in 2003 and published in the Annal of Internal Medicine, massage is a proven and cost effective treatment for back pain. Through controlled trials evaluating acupuncture, massage therapy and spinal adjustments, researchers concluded massage therapy was the only one to demonstrate a positive effect on back pain at the end of a 10 week treatment period and at the end of one year following treatment.

The best way to prevent back pain is:
1) Take frequent chair breaks
Our bodies were not designed to sit for five or more hours at a time. Taking a break every 20 to 30 minutes gives muscles a chance to release and relax.
2) Always , always, always lift correctly
first stretch your back and legs, begin close to the object, stand with your feet apart one foot slightly in front of the other for greater stability, bend your knees and squat, lift straight up without twisting/ bending torso, bring object close to body.
3) Quit Smoking
Nicotine blocks the transport of oxygen and important nutrients to the spine's discs.
4) Exercise you mid section (try yoga, pilates and swimming)
the health of the back depends on muscular endurance of the body's core muscles.
If you have any questions about the above please be sure to contact me!!
Now go out there and have a great weekend!!