Find Relief from the Most Common Computer Injuries with Massage
Technology has affected virtually every area of our lives and as a result, a high percentage of the population spend the greater portion of their day seated at a computer. You would think that this would be a safe environment, free from the threat of injuries. Unfortunately, a new set of computer-related injuries has surfaced and there is really very little that can be done medically (or even surgically!) to alleviate the pain. Taking pain pills is not the solution as overuse of them can lead to other problems. Here are some of the most common computer injuries that can find much-needed relief with massage.
Back and Neck Pain
If you think that the pain you are experiencing isn’t an injury, think again! After sitting in one position hour after hour, day after day, your muscles and tendons tend to tighten and knot up. If something isn’t done to relax them and stretch them back into shape, permanent problems can develop. Massage performed by an experienced massage therapist can not only bring relief from pain, but can work those knots and kinks out before they become permanently formed that way.
The most effective type of massage for this type of pain and injury is something called Remedial Massage. Not only can remedial massage work the muscles and tendons back into shape, but it stimulates cells deep within tissue to help your body begin repairing itself.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
As the name implies, RSI results from repeated motions and overuse of the same muscles and tendons. This is most common in the hands when typing day after day. Years ago this syndrome was typically suffered by typists, receptionists and secretaries but today hundreds of millions of people worldwide sit at the computer at least 8 hours a day, typing away. Here again, professional massage therapy can stretch that overworked group of muscles and tendons, providing relief and yes, healing.
Myofascial Massage and Emmett Technique is a more holistic approach in that it seeks to regenerate the connection between fascial (connecting) tissue, muscles, tendons and bones. This is found to be the most effective form of massage for computer injuries related to continual repetitive motions that lock up muscles and tendons. The focus is on body patterns and how correct posturing and movement can prevent injuries and aid in healing if there is already a problem. Myofascial massage works all those physiological components back into place.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Anyone who has ever suffered from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome knows just how painful this condition is. It is the result of a pinched nerve somewhere in the wrist and quite common amongst those who work at a keyboard. There are several underlying physiological factors that can play a part in the onset of this malady, but according to the renowned Mayo Clinic in the United States, “patterns of hand use” is thought to be a strong possibility.
One thing to be aware of is that it takes more than an at home “Honey can you rub my back” because of the way in which fascia, tendons, muscles and bones all interconnect. It is becoming increasing clear to medical professionals and massage therapists that there is a real need to focus on the importance of these interconnected tissues. Rolfing & Anatomy Trains is the methodology a professional massage therapist needs to employ in order to re-establish a healthy connection. This seeks to alleviate pain and also prevent further injuries by developing healthier tissues that work in conjunction with each other. Just as all living beings are interconnected, so too are all elements within the body. Rolfing & Anatomy Trains seeks to heal through re-establishing an interconnected anatomy.
It is imperative to know how these all work together in order to massage in ways that won’t promote further injury. If you are suffering from any pain and discomfort due to computer injuries, find a knowledgeable and experienced massage therapist who uses Myofascial Release and Emmett Technique. This is one of those times a good back rub isn’t going to provide the lasting benefits you need, so take it seriously.