Injury prevention massage (IPM) therapy helps people by shifting awareness and balance to correct posture and movement. This is explained in the article of Jennifer Longmore for PositiveHealth.com. Massage therapists themselves in massage spas, as well as other residents of Monmouth County, Englishtown, Manalapan, Morganville, Old Bridge, Freehold, Howell, Millstone, Matawan, Aberdeen and Colts Neck can benefit from this therapeutic massage technique in Marlboro NJ.
According to Longmore, some 1.2 million of workers are afflicted with musculo-skeletal disorders, and about six workers resign from work daily due to repetitive strain injury or RSI. Also very common afflictions are neck pain, back pain, occupational overuse injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, and work related upper limb disorder. They are usually caused by high levels of stress, unusual demands on the body, improper posture, weight issues and lack of exercise. Even just two hours a day of repetitive movement with your hands can disrupt the system of your nerves, ligaments, tendons and muscles. The same goes for other body parts.
Watch out for symptoms such as any discomfort, soreness, tightness, stiffness, numbness, burning sensation, tingling, heaviness, clicking sounds, coldness, lack of coordination, clumsiness and lack of control. Usually, injury comes from forcing the back muscles, tendons and discs to always bear the constant flexion.
These are the conditions that injury prevention massage therapy attempts to resolve. Longmore says IPM gives important information on how the musculo-skeletal body works. It aims for body rebalancing and strengthening through muscle stretching, proper movement and posture retraining so as to avoid injury or its recurrence. Proper use of the body is taught in order to distribute the workload evenly. Instead of relegating the work to the upper spine, it is redistributed to the lower back, thighs and legs. Pressure on the diaphragm, spinal vertebrae, discs, muscles, tendons and nerve endings is reduced and tension is relieved. Posture is automatically improved.
Re-education of the body has a positive impact on the vestibular apparatus. These are the parts of the inner ear that enables the person to have balance, good motor skills and alertness. The result is restored equilibrium and natural poise. It also leads to higher cardiac output, improved respiration and better muscle tone.
One of the basic principles of injury prevention massage therapy is that proper movement can resolve issues of rigid and harmful postures, It is also deemed as a necessary factor for recovery from injury. According to Longmore, movement is often better than complete rest.
Longmore emphasizes that prevention is very important and is much easier than having to correct a damage that has already been done. After all, she points out, the body is a person’s most valuable tool for work and one should have enough foresight to protect it.
Once you begin to experience symptoms, though, Longmore recommends immediately getting appropriate treatment. She warns that any symptom means some damage has already been inflicted on your body. If you ignore it, even worse damage and injury may follow. She says there are no instant fixes but long term treatment can correct posture, movement and bad body habits in order to change your routine and enable healing to begin. With your re-educated body, you could hopefully be able to return to work with less pain and, eventually, without pain, as well as continue to and work without further injury.
Injury prevention massage therapy can enable massage therapists in your favorite massage spa to continue giving you reflexology massage therapy, Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy, sports massage therapy and pregnancy massage therapy in Marlboro NJ. It can also help you avoid many types of injury in your line of work and daily activities.
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