Performance and sports massage

Anyone who is a fan of exercise should strongly consider massage therapy as part of an overall lifestyle choice. It is the perfect way to include stress relief in your exercise program. There are, however, other key benefits as well.

Some massage may not have immediate health effects. These deep tissue massages release fluids and tension within deep muscles. The effects are normally delayed, but the next day the general overall feeling is vastly improved. Other benefits include…

1. Improved circulation and general nutrition of muscles. This appears to be the most valuable fitness-related benefit. Massage is accompanied or followed by an increase interchange of substances between the blood and the tissue cells, which increases tissue metabolism. Massage maximizes the supply of nutrients and oxygen though increased blood flow, which helps the body rebuild itself.

2. Improved range of motion and muscle flexibility. This results in increased power and performance, which helps you work efficiently and with proper intensity to facilitate the body’s muscle-building response.

3. Helps shorten recovery time between workouts. Waste products such as lactic and carbonic acid build up in muscles after exercise. Increased circulation to these muscles helps to eliminate toxic debris and shorten recovery time.

4. Can help prevent over-training. Massage has a relaxing effect on the muscles, as well as a sedative effect on the nervous system. This can prevent over-training syndrome, which has a limiting effect on muscle building.

5. Helps prevent and even heal injuries. By stretching connective tissue, massage improves circulation to help prevent or break down adhesions. Massage also influences the excretion of certain fluids (nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur) necessary for tissue repair.

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Raw honey


Raw Honey is often referred to as “liquid gold” due to its highly therapeutic antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-aging and anticancer properties. Raw honey is not filtered, strained, or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit and provides far more benefits than regular honey as it is full of active enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are vital for keeping the body health and for preventing illness and disease.
Raw honey contains vitamins such as B-complex and Vitamin C as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Raw honey has the power to strengthen the immune system, promote digestive health, reduce throat irritation, stabilize blood pressure, calm nerves, relieve morning sickness, balance blood sugar, heal ulcers, purify the blood, fight off colds and flu, soothe sore throats and laryngitis, and flush the kidneys.

Raw honey is also great for digestion as it contains probiotics that help to keep the beneficial bacteria in the gut healthy and strong. Raw honey also functions as a expectorant and is known to benefit respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. Raw honey promotes restorative sleep and can aid in healing and rebuilding the body during the night.

Raw Honey is hygroscopic, which means it draws all the moisture out of germs which ultimately kills them. This is why raw honey is an excellent first aid cream and can be applied externally, like a natural neosporin, to cuts, abrasions, rashes, and sores to keep the wounds sterile and quicken the healing process.

Consider adding a teaspoon of raw honey to your lemon water and/or herbal tea everyday. It’s provides instant energy and great health benefits which can give you a much needed boost to your daily health routine.

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Turmeric Lemonade That Treats Depression Better Than Prozac! How To Prepare This?

Depression is a mood disorder characterised by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. Depression is common, and in its mildest form most people can lead a healthy and active life with the right treatment and support. On the more severe end, depression can be devastating and even life-threatening, so don’t go through it alone.

Signs and symptoms include:

Sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
Feelings of hopelessness
Feelings of guilt
Irritability, restlessness
Fatigue and decreased energy
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
Insomnia or excessive sleeping
Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

The good thing is nature bless us with great spices turmeric which can fight most types of diseases. It can help prevent the breakdown of cells into cancerous cells. It can be beneficial if you have Alzheimer’s. It can fight skin cancer, and lower your LDL cholesterol levels and do much more. Turmeric has been used for stomach disorders and pains, acidity, arthritis, diarrhea, liver disorders, jaundice and much more.

It wouldn’t be wrong to claim that it has magical powers

– It is loaded with antioxidants
– It has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits
– It has amazing benefits for your brain
– It helps in lowering the chances of developing heart disease
– It can help in fighting depression

How Turmeric fights depression?

There are several methods and drugs to fight depression with one of the most common drug in the market being Prozac. The sad thing is that these drugs have been known to cause severe side effects most notably: difficulty in breathing, suicidal effects and bleeding in the stomach.

Researches conducted on turmeric and its uses found that the ingredient curcumin present in it is effective against major depressive disorder in the same way as fluoxetine (Prozac). But it doesn’t cause any side effects that come with the medication.

Turmeric Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients:

4 cups cold filtered or sparkling water
2 tablespoons freshly grated or powdered turmeric
4 tablespoons 100% maple syrup, honey or Stevia if you are avoiding sugar
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons or limes

Optional: add the juice of 1 blood orange

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into a small pitcher, stir and serve with a slice of lemon as a garnish.

Repost: NaturalNews

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How much sugar are you actually consuming?

​When you grab that soda or pick up a quickie meal at the store to reheat and eat later, most likely you’re thinking of convenience and not how much sugar is in what you just bought. But, if you stop to calculate it later, you may be shocked that almost every packaged product you buy is loaded with sugar. As reported by SaladPower, this sugar adds up to about 19.5 teaspoons a day!

In this hurry-up world, about 90 percent of what Americans spend on food goes to processed products with artificial fillers, fake fats and sugar. Incredibly, an astonishing 60 percent of the food Americans eat is ULTRA-processed, and these foods account for 90 percent of the added sugar consumption in the U.S.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to understand that decreasing sugar consumption is at the top of the list if you’re overweight, insulin resistant or struggle with any chronic disease. Sugar addiction happens due to intense cravings for sweet food. It’s triggered by the brain by sending signals to the receptors in our tongue that were not able to develop from the low-sugar diets of our ancestors.

Fighting these cravings may be difficult in the beginning, but once you cut down on added sugars and other net carbs (total carbs minus fiber), they WILL disappear. At that point, healthy eating becomes effortless. If you need help with this, a nutrition plan will guide you through learning to eat real, unprocessed foods, including fresh, organic vegetables, high-quality proteins and moderate fruits.

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Massage for Fibromyalgia


Massage therapy can improve chronic pain and fibromyalgia symptoms. Deep relaxation reduces stress, pain, and muscle tension.
The University Of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institute, has conducted various studies regarding the benefits of massage therapy. In a study geared to fibromyalgia patients, it was concluded that massage therapy provided the following benefits: increased serotonin level, decreased circulating stress hormones, decreased levels of substance P (basically a pain messenger), decreased tender point pain, improved sleep patterns, and improved overall sense of well-being. The principal investigators stated that massage therapy is a clinically significant complimentary treatment for fibromyalgia.

 

I have seen the impact massage therapy has on my fibromyalgia clients. They often enter the session feeling stiffness and discomfort, and leave feeling lighter and in less pain. I have also seen first hand the mood-elevating effect massage therapy has on a person who is feeling down.
Based on what I have experienced in my practice, I view therapeutic massage as a tool that can help people take ownership of their fibromyalgia in a positive, healing way. Regular sessions can help people reconnect with themselves, and facilitate a deep state of relaxation through which they can release some of their pain. During massage the breathing slows down, as does the heart rate. This leads to a state of deep relaxation, kind of a pre-sleep state. Once you have received several sessions, your body can become more conditioned to reproduce this state of deep relaxation.
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Sports massage and prevention to reduce injuries

​An athlete’s peak performance may be dependent upon the proper use and application of sports massage. More than a treatment for injuries, sports massage produces overwhelming benefits for athletes physically, physiologically, and psychologically.
Sports massage is designed to prepare the athlete for their best performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling and tension. During physical activity—especially strenuous—muscle tension builds up in the body’s soft tissues. Due to overextension or overuse, minor injuries and lesions occur in these tissues that can cause a great deal of pain and poor athletic performance. Sports massage helps alleviate pain and prevent such injuries that greatly affect flexibility, mobility, response time, and overall performance in athletic events.
One of the most common setbacks for athletes is delayed-onset muscle soreness, more commonly known as DOMS. This refers to muscle pain that typically develops several hours postexercise and consists of predominantly eccentric muscle actions—especially if the exercise in unfamiliar. Although DOMS is likely a symptom eccentric-exercise-induced muscle damage, it does not necessarily affect muscle damage. Recent studies have concluded that sports massage may help reduce and prevent the often-painful and debilitating effects of DOMS in athletes.
An Australian study involving 5 healthy men and women who performed a variety of new exercises, has concluded that massage played a key role in easing DOMS. “Massage was effective in alleviating DOMS by approximately 30% and reducing swelling.” Massage can reduce this though the improved blood and lymphatic system circulation that assists in the removal of metabolites and other toxins.
Heavily exercised muscles may also lose their capacity to relax. This causes chronically tight muscles, and loss of flexibility. Lack of flexibility is often linked to muscle soreness, and predisposes athletes to injuries– especially muscle pulls and tears. Blood flow through tight muscles is poor (ischemia), which also causes pain.  A regular routine of massage therapy is very effective in combating these effects of heavy exercised muscles.
“Muscular strain is a common sports-related injury with the potential to chronically impair performance when sound principles of injury recognition, immediate treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention are ignored.” When preventive techniques such as sports massage are applied, according to Glen A Halvorson, MD, severe muscular strain may be avoided.
Sports massage should be applied before and after athletic events, with many “maintenance” sessions in-between meets or competitions. Pre-event sports massage is focuses on warming-up the major muscles to be used and improves tissue pliability. It also helps get the athlete in a good mental state for competition and prepares them to reach their athletic performance potential.  Post-event sports massage is given following an athletic event and is mainly focused upon recovery. This type of sports massage is geared toward reducing muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with vigorous exercise.
Integrated into a weekly training regimen, athletes may avoid DOMS, relax and revitalize muscles, and feel calmer and more focused before and after events.
Zainuddin, Zainal et al. Effects of Massage on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness, Swelling, and Recovery of Muscle Function. Journal of Athletic Training. 2005 Jul-Sep; 40(3): 174-180.
Halvorson, Glen A. MD. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Western Journal of Medicine. 1986 June; 144(6): 734–735.
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​Massage vs. Medication: Relieving Pain Alternative

Chronic pain may be a reality for many individuals due to varying circumstances, such as diseases or health complications, underlying illnesses, accidents and more. Whatever the condition, chronic pain can severely impair a person’s ability to live life independently and on a day-to-day basis.

Dealing with pain may make it difficult for person to do to everyday tasks, such as getting dressed, cooking and eating, maintain hygiene and more.

Medication management can be an important part of coping with pain. However, as with all prescription and over the counter medications, unwanted side effects may be experienced. Perhaps one of the most dangerous aspects about using medication to manage pain is the tolerance that is built and the potential for depending or addiction to the drug that is taken. Prescription medications should always be taken with discretion under the supervision of a doctor, who is qualified to monitor use and potential side effects.

Finding Alternative Pain Relief

In some situations, it may be appropriate to explore possible alternative forms of pain relief to help manage symptoms before resorting to medication. Alternative forms of pain relief typically involve little to no risk or side effects and can help restore function and balance to the body In a more holistic manner.

Many forms of alternative pain relief exist, and it may be beneficial to explore a form of pain relief that is most appropriate for you.

Massage Therapy

One form of pain relief that can easily be integrated into a person’s life is massage therapy. Massage therapy involves work on the soft tissues of the body, which includes connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. The purpose of massage therapy is to promote physical and emotional health and well-being through muscle balancing and bodywork.

Massage therapy can be helpful in decreasing stress and any related symptoms, including:

– Insomnia
– Headaches
– Tension
– Muscle fatigue
– Joint pain

Your Experience at Your First Massage

You may initially experience some discomfort during your massage appointment, particularly as a therapist works through deeper muscle layers or areas or the body that are more painful. You may experience soreness after your massage appointment, but this typically improves one to two days after the massage.

Talk with your practitioner about the recommended amount of therapy that may be helpful for managing or relieving your pain. Your massage therapist may be able to recommend a care plan that can help you recover and effectively manage any pain you are experiencing.

Now is the time to stop masking the pain and identify the source of the problem to eliminate the symptoms naturally.

To learn more about massage therapy / bodywork or to schedule a session feel free to contact us at 813-695-2338 / Chris@ImpactWellness.com

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