Seven Ways to Mess Up Your Back

There’s a reason that lower back pain is one of the most common chronic conditions affecting Americans. More than 80% of us have it at least once in our life. More women suffer from chronic back pain than men. Older-age adults are more susceptible to back pain than younger adults or children.

The bones and muscles in your back work hard to keep you upright and serve as pivot points for everything from running to grabbing the pen you’ve dropped on the floor. Turns out there are some very common ways to mess your back up. Knowing these helps be proactive to avoid the pain before it’s too late, or, at least, recognize a possible cause of back pain if (and when) you get it.

1. Don’t take your eyes and fingers off your smartphone–ever. Today’s always-connected lifestyle is creating new problems with more aches and pains in shoulders, necks and backs. Look around. See anyone else hunching over thumb-scrolling for many minutes at a time? The research is growing about the impact all the poor posture created by mobile device use is having on all of us.

The solution: Limit the time you spend on any hand-held electronic device to no more than 15 minutes without a break. Sit up straight and don’t hunch over when you’re texting. Keep your elbows at a 90 degree angle.Watch the screen time on your laptop or desktop computer, too. Take breaks at least every 45 minutes for at least 2 minutes per break. Continue reading “Seven Ways to Mess Up Your Back”

Making RICE for Sprains, Aches & Pains

peas_kneesR.I.C.E. is an acronym referring to a method for handling sprains, strains, or other soft tissue injuries. The elements of RICE – Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate – are mostly common sense, but there are some specific tips that help make each of these more effective.  We commonly recommend RICE treatments along with a massage therapy treatment for aftercare, preventative therapy, and to speed healing and recovery after an injury.   Here’s the scoop…

R (Rest): Chill out, especially the first 24-48 hours after an injury. Rest the body part and give the muscle tissues a chance to begin healing. You might think that “walking it off” makes sense, but it doesn’t.  Many injuries result from micro or macro tears in muscle and fascial tissues, or inflammation of joints, tendons, and ligaments.  ALL of those body parts benefit from a little time to recover before they’re put to use again.

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Top 5 Reasons to get a Couple’s Massage

couplesIt’s time to share your secret with your spouse, partner or significant other.  YOU get real benefits from massage–like relief from aches and pain, and an hour of relaxation and stress-relief.  So why not give that gift to your spouse, partner, BFF or significant other?There are real and tangible benefits to SHARING that experience.  Here are five reasons you will want to book a couple’s massage at SVMTG:

  1. Helps you reconnect. Most couples have trouble finding time to be alone without worrying about what they need to get done, or what they didn’t do, that day.  During a massage session, you’re instinctually driven to let go of the past, not think about the future and turn your attention to the present. Fully engaged in an activity together can help you reconnect and, with a little effort, bring this level of mindfulness to the relationship.
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It’s About How You SIT

howtositHow you sit when you’re working is something 100% in your control.  Poor sitting posture can result in lower back injuries and contribute to the poor positioning of other parts of the body, such as the arms, wrists, and legs.  You can make some small changes that can have a big impact on your posture and in turn reduce chronic pain in your arms, fingers, lower back and legs.

There are three main factors that influence your sitting posture: vision, reach, and postural support.

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