Millions of Americans leave work every day feeling sore and stressed. Luckily, massage therapy is able to reduce stress and prevent injuries to help keep you healthy and happy throughout your career.
Massage + Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a wrist injury commonly associated with repetitive motion like typing on a computer. Consult a physician if you have been experiencing weeks of tingling or numbness in the hands punctuated by moments of sharp, piercing pain. Because of the nature of the injury, carpal tunnel syndrome heals slowly and recovery can be a difficult process. However, recent studies suggest that massage therapy can be used to effectively manage pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Read more about the techniques used and how massage can aid in recovery.
Massage + Chronic Pain
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Every year, Americans spend over $50 billion treating the injury. Recent research, however, indicates that massage therapy is able to reduce pain and stress associated with low back pain.
Massage + Stress
Work itself induces stress so it is only natural that feelings of anxiety arise at the office. Studies show that massage therapy can reduce stress levels significantly. Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, like increased heart rate and blood pressure, may be positively affected by massage therapy.
Parts of this article were excerpted from mtj® (Massage Therapy Journal®) Spring 2014. Subscribe today.