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How Deep Tissue Massage Gets Rid Of Your Pain

Have you considered getting a deep tissue massage? It is one of the most intense therapeutic massages you can have, which stimulates the body and energizes you, offering instant relief for chronic muscle pain and other muscle dysfunctions. It is certainly not meant for recreational purposes, but is performed on those who are looking to heal from an injury or ailment.

Deep tissue massage is considered to be an effective treatment for the following muscle and health disorders…

  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle strain, spasms, or tension
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Whiplash and other Muscle injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow or Carpal tunnel

In this article, you will learn all you need to know about this highly effective muscle therapy. 

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a special massage therapy technique that focuses on the realignment and manipulation of the deeper layers of muscle and tissue.

It consists calculated strokes that are with the muscle grain or against it, performed slightly slower than other massage techniques, but with more pressure. So you will get a most intense massage experience, which offers instant relief from the pain and tension within specified areas.

The massage breaks down the pockets of tense tissues which cause inflammation or pain and prevent a full range of motion or proper blood circulation. All the pressure is focused on specific points, which releases much of the tension in the muscles, leading to a better range of motion and circulation.

What Problems Does Deep Tissue Massage Solve?

Deep tissue massage is very effective against any muscle related injuries, strains or sprains. It is recommended for sports injuries in particular.

It helps the muscles recover faster after suffering a blow, fall or other sorts of injuries. This makes it very popular with professional boxers, martial artists and other professional athletes.

Those who are suffering from chronic pain should also consider this massage. As said at the start, deep tissue massage is not meant for recreational purposes and is used to cure dysfunctions only. 

This massage relieves much of the pain that patients suffer post-surgery and helps restore full functionality to the affected or operated area. It offers instant relief to those suffering from chronic pain and helps increase the mobility of the muscles.

What Should You Do Before the Deep Tissue Massage?

Once you schedule a session of deep tissue massage with us, remember not to have too much food before your appointment. Don’t take too much water or other liquids just before the massage.

This is important as a lot of pressure is applied during this massage, so you could feel deeply uncomfortable if your stomach is full.

Be relaxed, and arrive on time. Unwind before the massage starts and give your body enough time to relax. Let the massage therapist do what’s needed to be done, to offer instant relief from the pain that you are feeling.

What Should You Do After the Deep Tissue Massage?

Following the massage, make sure to have lots of water so that your body can recover and all toxins are completely removed from the system. You might consider applying ice packs to certain inflamed areas, if the massage therapist says so.

Deep tissue massage is a wonderful experience and can offer instant relief from chronic muscle pain. Contact us to know more.

3 Apps To Get You In Great And Healthy Shape

When it comes to getting more healthy, often we are great at starting a routine, but then we seem to fall off of the wagon a couple of weeks and months later.

At the same time, we always are very good about checking our phones often and using all of the apps that are on it.

So what if we could combine the apps on your phone which you always carry around, with getting into better shape.

Today we are going to show you three amazing apps that you can download right now to get started with living a better, and healthier life all around.

WaterMinder

When it comes to drinking enough water, we are all guilty of not consuming enough daily.

What if there was an app to help you not only keep track of your water intake but remind you exactly when you need to fill up?

Well, there is, and its a fantastic app called WaterMinder.

The power in WaterMinder is that every time you take a drink of water, coffee, juice or more, you log the millilitres you just drank into the app.

Then it tells you how much more you have to drink to hit your daily goals which you set ahead of time.

What’s better is that you can set the frequency alerts to give you a gentle reminder throughout the day to drink another glass of water.

Once you start using the app, you will soon realize that you are drinking a lot less water than you should be.

C25K

For those of you that want to get themselves ready for the next 5k, there is no better app than C25K.

Better known as Couch to 5K, the app is an amazing interval running trainer which helps you get your body ready for the rigors 5K runs.

To train for such a long race, you need to get your body prepared to get up to this level.

And within eight weeks and only three times a day C25K gives you the ability to be your personal running trainer.

Its power is in the fact that you can set up your walking then running time, so you can walk two minutes, run one, then as you build up to then walk one minute, and run one minute, and so on to build up from there to more time running than walking.

Fitlist

How can you improve your health and workouts if you are not even tracking your routines and what you are doing?

With the amazing Fitlist, you have a workout app, fitness tracker, and exercise journal all in one.

The app comes with nearly every activity under the sun, and you can track your routines with ease.

Log your reps, the amount of weight, and your sets within seconds.

And what’s more is that you can easily create routines that you can add to the daily calendar to allow you just to start working out right away without having to think about what exercises you are going to do.

Conclusion

When it comes to staying fit and staying healthy, we often need a little help.

And since you have your phone with you all of the time, why not use the amazing apps on your phone to get you to be the best you can be.

How To Combat Pain Between The Shoulder Blades

Experiencing persistent pain between your shoulder blades? Don’t worry – this is a common complaint and one that’s usually caused by lifestyle factors or poor posture rather than anything serious. It’s also known as interscapular pain, and it can either be a sharp, jabbing sensation or a dull, throbbing ache. The pain might also affect other parts of your back or arms, and it can feel different on different days.

It can be irritating if pain between the shoulder blades is stopping you doing what you love, affecting your daily life or causing you to lose sleep. If that’s the case, check out our quick and easy tips to ease the pain between your shoulder blades.

What causes pain between the shoulder blades?

Lifestyle factor such as repeatedly over-exerting the muscles, hunching over a computer all day or sleeping on a poor quality mattress are some of the most likely causes of this kind of pain.

However, in some cases, pain between your shoulder blades can be an indication of something a bit more serious. Go to the doctor if you’re also experiencing chest pain or vomiting, or if you’ve ever suffered a traumatic injury to the spine.

How to overcome pain between the shoulder blades

Luckily, there are a number of exercises and remedies you can use to try and alleviate this kind of pain. Here are four of our favourites.

  1. Stretch. Position yourself on all fours on the floor, alongside an object that’s around knee-high when you’re standing. Place your palm on the object, so that your arm bends at a 90-degree angle. You’ll then twist the shoulder joint, and push the shoulder downwards toward the other hand. Remember to exhale as you do so, and repeat up to eight times with each arm.
  2. Have a massage. Massage is a deeply relaxing practice and tension is released from the muscles as they are gently manipulated. A massage should be a regular part of your health and wellness routine.
  3. Try yoga. There are plenty of asanas (or poses) within yoga which can help you to effectively target pain between the shoulder blades. The cat/cow postures are some of the best. To do this, get on all fours and keep your back in a neutral position, tucking your tailbone under. As you inhale, round out your spine and put your chin to your chest. Hold for a few seconds for exhaling, arching your back as much as you can and looking up to the ceiling. Repeat 8-10 times daily.
  4. Improve your posture. How you sit on a day to day basis can have a major impact on your muscles. To ease the persistent pain between your shoulder blades, readjust your screen so you can sit up tall at your desk. Pretend you’re squeezing a tennis ball between your shoulder blades to keep the muscles engaged.
  5. Warm up your muscles. Baths and a hot water bottle will temporarily alleviate the pain as well as having a relaxing effect.

For more health tips, check out our blog. To find out more about our friendly team, check out our therapists page.

Stretch Before Exercise

Why You Absolutely Have To Stretch Before Every Workout

Have you ever been tempted to skip stretching before your daily work-out? You’re not the only one. We’re all busy these days, and sometimes just finding the time to commit to health-boosting exercises in the morning is hard enough, without setting aside an extra five minutes for stretching. Besides, running leads to a leaner body, lifting weights builds muscle. You can’t see the physical benefits from stretching, making it an oh-so-tempting step to skip.

But while it might seem like an added bonus, warming up is actually fundamental to the health of your muscles, as well as the quality of your workout. In fact, some experts believe that stretching is just as essential as exercise itself. Let’s take a look at why.

Why is stretching so important?

The simplest advantage that stretches before exercise offer is that they prepare your muscles for exercise by increasing the blood flow to the relevant muscles, simultaneously warming them up and lengthening them out. If they’re prepared, they’re more pliable and so you’re much less likely to get a cramp or suffer an injury while you’re working out. This is true in both a short and long-term sense.

Cooling down afterwards is just as important – some exercises, like weight training, can leave muscles contracted and feeling tight. Stretching them out not only releases tension but helps them to recover. Additionally, stretching can aid flexibility as it improves the range of motion your muscles can achieve. It’s likely you’ll relax and zone out as you stretch, meaning this practice has benefits for the brain, too.

Some easy stretches that can be done anywhere

Try out these simple stretches next time you exercise. They’re quick and straightforward so can be done anywhere, from the office to your backyard. 

  1. Hamstrings: sit on an even surface with both legs straight out in front of you. Trying not to round the back too much, hinge forwards from the hips and attempt to touch the toes. If you can’t, it’s not a problem – don’t strain or bounce backwards and forwards. Just lean forwards as far as you can and hold the position for 20 seconds. You should feel the burn in the back of your legs!
  2. Lower back: this one is great for office workers whose back muscles are used to staying in the same position all day. Sit on the floor, as tall as you can, legs out in front of you. Slowly turn your whole ribcage to the left, lifting upwards and around, twisting as much as you can. Repeat on the other side.
  3. Hips and quads: Kneel down so that both knees are bent and your skins are parallel touching the floor. Bring one leg forwards in front of you, place both hands on that knee, and gently push your hips forward into the stretch. Keep your chest facing forwards, and try to hold the stretch for 30 seconds.

What happens when you don’t stretch?

Nothing dramatic will happen the first time you don’t stretch. Or the second. But if skipping your stretches becomes a habit, it’s likely that you’ll start to experience niggling pains that don’t go away. These aches and pains can result from tight muscles, which are not as effective at coping with stress and exertion as stretched ones are, and if you’re not careful, serious injuries can arise as a result.

How long should my stretches be?

Stretching doesn’t need to be complicated, and a routine can be added into your regular warm-up. You should ideally hold each repetition of your stretch for 8-10 seconds, and try each stretch 2-3 times. A period of 10-15 minutes is ideal to stretch out your body and warm up before exercise. We think you’ll soon start noticing – and appreciating – the difference!

Guide To Lesser Back Pain Without The Drugs

Guide To Lesser Back Pain Without The Drugs

Tons of studies lately have come out detailing the risks of aspirin and ibuprofen which are typically prescribed to relieve back pain. But if you want to cut out harmful pharmaceuticals, how do you get rid of that nasty back pain that keeps you up at night?

Before we get to how to fix it though, we need to identify what’s wrong. According to Livestrong, around 95% of patients with back pain do not have an identifiable cause for their pain that can be diagnosed. This is concerning because it means if our doctors can’t identify why we have pain, it’s then hard to identify how we can tackle it. This has led to the common practice of recommending patients try the same old remedies, no matter the type of back pain they are experiencing.

This tends to work in most cases, but in the few that it doesn’t, it can become a costly process. Especially when words like “spinal curvatures” and “vertebrae fracture” just make the whole thing that much more confusing.

Instead here are some exercises, remedies, and programs that will help depending on what kind of relief you are looking for and what kind of pain you are experiencing:

1. Stretching

Recommended for: mild pain, need for immediate relief, and for those with an active lifestyle.

An obvious remedy at times, stretching is also one of the most forgotten ways to prevent and target back pain. With conflicting articles on the importance and need of stretching before exercising, we’re here to is mandatory.

Stretching BodyThe obvious reason is that because for most mild to medium back pains the cause is usually to do with a misalignment of your spine and stretching can help to get your vertebrae back into the right position. We see this as especially important for those with lower back pain, one of the most common diagnosis in North America. Lower back pain is a common symptom of our longest work days, the one’s where we sit at our desks for 9 hours and stare at a computer screen. This sedentary lifestyle can mean bad things for your back and can lead to pain over the long-term if we aren’t careful.

In Santa Monica the city introduced mandatory exercise programs where employees (especially in physical labour careers) have to stretch before they begin their day. This was in response to Japanese mandates, who have had this for much longer than anyone in North America. Participants of the program felt more limber and ready to take on their work, even after several hours at their desk that morning. Though the results of the program aren’t clear yet, these kind of programs can go a long way in eliminating lower back pain in workers across the country.

2. Water Therapy

Recommended for: medium – severe back pain, a longer relief program, and those who want to return to an active lifestyle.

One remedy on the rise is something called Water Therapy exercises which works to relieve lower back and neck pain through soothing exercises in the pool. It’s also said to strengthen muscles and can be particularly helpful for those whose back pain keeps them from being able to participate in land exercises and would like to build up the strength to get back to a healthy and fit state.

Water therapy is also used across many disabilities and has been proven to be a gentle way to regain your previous mobility. Some exercises include knee lifts, leg raises, and walking across the pool. These exercises can all be heightened in difficulty as well to provide an exercise program that is well-rounded and fit to match whatever level of pain you are experiencing.

How do you get involved with water therapy? Contact your local community centre or gym and see if they have a program for you. You’ll need an experienced trainer and a pool with a designated day for rehab and therapy.

3. Meditation

Recommended for: mild pain, immediate relief, long-term program, and low-cost seekers.

Meditation is one of the most common remedies for almost any type of pain but it’s specifically proven to help with those with back pain. Because a lot of what is attributed to pain is mental, calming your mind and body through things like yoga breathing and meditation can go a long way in coping and coming to terms with your pain.

MeditationThe idea behind meditation is that pain is attributed to our parietal lob in the brain and by training our brain and targeting our sensory phenomena we can essentially fool our brains into not feeling pain. To be clear, meditation does not eliminate pain, but it can help you manage and live with it. It’s even proven to work quite well with patients who were new to meditation and not necessarily experts in the art. Overall all the studies that Wake Forest University held on the subject, the subjects who performed mediation showed more than 40 percent reduction in pain compared to non-meditators.

Meditation is also a considerably less expensive option to its many alternatives, which is fitting as it’s said that it costs anywhere from $560 to $635 billion annually to treat back pain in America. That’s why finding something like meditation, which requires no support from a trainer or product, is ideal as a relief program for the cost adverse.

4. Posture Training

Recommended for: mild pain and prevention and long-term programs.

Bad posture is one of the most frequent causes of back pain and should explain why your mother nagged you for years to keep your shoulders up and head straight. The reason for this is because bad posture is essentially leaving your spine out of shape for long periods of time, whether sitting or standing. Having good posture leads to your entire spinal cord and lower back being balanced and aligned, and if practiced over a long period of time, can prevent most cases of back pain and spine misalignment.

Although you may be thinking back to the old princess movies with girls balancing books on their heads, there are some much simpler ways to improve your posture through a couple key exercises. One that might surprise you, but is incredibly effective, is imagery and visualization. A Health Report from Harvard Medical School recommends that you focus on thinking about a straight line when you feel you posture is misaligned. “Imagine that a strong cord attached to your breastbone is pulling your chest and rib cage upward,” says the Health Report.

They also recommend a couple different stretches that promote posture, such as squeezing your shoulder blades together, stretching you upper body flat on a wall, and crossing your arm across your chest to touch your elbow. All of these, and a simple attention to better posture, can all lead to back pain prevention and relief over the long term.

5. Chair Supports

Recommended for: mild – medium pain, long term relief, and those that work a desk job.

We all know that one person at the office with the expensive chair with the back supports, but does it really help their backs? According to Paul Cooke, M.D chairs that don’t actively work to support your spine make your muscles work that much harder and makes the inhabitant of the chair feel exhausted and fatigued by the end of the day. Because we end up spending anywhere from 40 to 60 hours a week in our office chairs and then return home to sit for hours on our couch, there isn’t much relief for our muscles or lower back.

There’s two ways to prevent and alleviate back pain through our seat types: sitting right and having the right chair. For the office, some things to look for when shopping are recline, adjustable seatbacks, and lower back support. Recline is great for when you don’t need to sit upright (i.e. reading a document or talking on the phone) because it gives some much needed relief and movement to your day. An adjustable seat means you can tailor the chair to your height and upper back, meaning you can properly support all parts of your back even if your over six feet tall. Most top-of-the-line chairs you can find will have some sort of lumbar back support, but make sure to test out the chair yourself to make sure it supports your lower back in the right and most comfortable way.

The key, however, is not just a focus on your office furniture. Make sure you take a look at the couches and chairs you have at home and make sure you aren’t spending too much of your day seated in chairs that aren’t supporting your spine in the right ways.

6. The Right Shoes

Recommended for: mild pain and prevention and long term relief.

According to David S. Wolf, DPM, you can think of your body as a kind of building with the feet being the foundation. If your foundation isn’t right and isn’t being supported in the right way, the whole building sitting atop it will be off kilter and even has the chance of falling apart completely. So when we think about back pain, we have to realize that if we aren’t supporting our feet in the right way that it can mean disastrous things for our spine health.

ShoesAs much as we don’t want to hear it, some of our favourite shoes can be the cause of that back pain we’re experiencing. Heels, flip flops, and Crocs are some of the biggest culprits which don’t provide the right kind of support and create extra stress and strain on our lower backs. Inserts and orthotics are the easiest way to take your shoes and make them more suited to back health, but investing in custom footwear is always a good idea. Even getting used to wearing running shoes on a daily basis, even if it might mean breaking away from your unique style, can mean great things for your back.

The first step is to visit your podiatrist and ask what the best option for you is today and to start work in improving your footwear or customizing a new pair specific to you.

7. Control Your Weight

Recommended for: mild – severe pain, long term program and immediate relief.

One of the most common causes of chronic back pain, especially in obesity-prone North America, is excessive weight gain. This is due to again extra weight causing misalignment in the spine, especially for those carrying a lot of weight in their mid-sections. Specifically for those in the weight range that can be classified as overweight or obese have been scientifically proven to have a higher risk of back pain. Beyond that, studies show that even losing just a few pounds can make a world of difference on your spinal alignment.

Healthy weight loss is key and going to your doctor to find the right work out plan for you is a wise decision. But if you’re looking for a place to start, ease yourself into cardio exercises or classes that won’t put too much strain on your back. Things like swimming or dancing can be low-intensity but high-reward as they won’t irritate your back but will help you shed a few pounds. If you plan on exercising with weights, make sure to have a trainer teach you how to properly lift so you don’t put any access strain on your lower back.

In all, visit your doctor first to try and identify what type of back pain you have. But if you’re like the majority of patients, the above are just a few exercises that will keep you feeling great and match whatever lifestyle you live.

Best Fruits And Vegetables To Cleanse Your Body

Did you know that toxins love your body? Your body is in a constant fight to get rid of the toxins from the moment you’re born; it’s hard because the harmful toxic substances in the body are very sticky and never let go so easily. The good news is, by having the right fruits and vegetables you can assist the body with the detoxing process. The fruits and vegetables listed here are tasty and can be very easily juiced or blended into tasty, fiber rich smoothies.

Here are the best fruits and vegetables to cleanse your body.

#1: Grapefruit

Grapefruits are not just great for cleansing the body, they help you lose weight as well. Grapefruits combine well with any veggie, such as garlic, kale or beets, to prepare a much tastier veggie drink. It is also great for the liver and helps reduce fat levels in the liver.

#2: Beets

Beets are the most powerful sources of fiber. Because of their high-sugar content, they are able to fight free radicals and are rich in manganese, Vitamin A and nitrates. Beets are very easy to digest; they purify the blood stream and cleanse the liver. Beets have a very strong flavor. You can grate them or blend them with other tasty veggies for a delightful green smoothie. Just don’t worry if your urine appears red or pink in color after having beets – it just goes to show that your body is cleansing itself.

#3: Garlic

Garlic is one of the most powerful natural cleansers that has been used throughout history for a variety of purposes – to fight parasitic infection and a variety chronic illnesses, to combat fatigue and to add taste and flavor to soups, juices and salads. Garlic is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that lowers blood pressure levels, de-clogs the arteries and lowers high cholesterol levels in the body.

#4: Spinach

Spinach is a rich source of iron; it is also one of the best natural cleansing agents. Spinach helps the balance the system and fights inflammation. Besides iron, spinach contains a lot of vitamin B, fiber and helps to flush out the toxins from the body.

3 Exercises To Get You Healthier This Year

Things get worse, health wise, for most of us as we cross the age of 30, especially in the absence of regular exercise. For sure it is impossible to reverse aging, but eating well and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day makes sure that you stay healthy and strong and don’t have to worry about obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 3 diabetes and other ailments that affect hundreds of millions of people in the developed world.

If you haven’t exercised for a long time, it’s time to get started now! Here are 3 exercises to get you healthier this year.

Squats

The squat is called as the “King of Exercise” and it is for good reason. Squats work out the thighs, glutes and core and are perfect bodyweight exercises – that makes you work against the weight of your own body. You can perform squats without dumbbells or barbells, but it would be more effective to perform squats with resistance such as dumbbells, barbells or a stability ball.

To get started with a squat, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and toes turned outwards. Lower yourself by bending at the knees and slightly at the hips, while keeping your back as straight as possible, as though you are sitting on an imaginary chair behind you. Raise yourself up and stand up straight. That’s one rep. Perform 3 sets of 12 reps.

Pushups

Pushups are the most powerful exercises ever designed. They build strength, stamina and power. Pushups are a perfect workout for the abs, shoulders, arms and the chest. We don’t have to go into detail about how pushups are performed – they are the most common exercises, so most of us will have done them at some point. Just make sure that your body forms a straight line and your hands are not more than shoulder width apart as you perform a pushup. Do 3 sets of 12 pushups.

Bicycle Crunches

Bicycle crunches are really easy to perform, but are very effective at working the abs, hips and obliques. To perform a bicycle crunch, lie with the back on the floor; place your hands behind your head and neck for better support. Now pull in the abs, bend the left knee towards the chest, crunch up and twist, touch the knee with your right elbow. Now without stopping, lower the left leg back to the floor and repeat the movement with the right knee and left elbow. Do this as often as you can without resting. Breathe steadily as you perform the bicycle crunch.

How Massage Can Help With Sciatica Pain

For those who have not yet experienced sciatica pain, count your blessings.

For those of you who have had to deal with mild or severe pain from your sciatica nerve, we know exactly how you feel.

Sciatica pain is not fun, and is not pleasant. Sciatica pain usually comes about with a problem in the lower back where compression occurs in the nerve, which sends pain down the leg.

The sciatica is the biggest nerve in your body, and begins in the lower back and goes down both of your legs.

Symptoms that you may experience include but are not limited to: tingling, numbness, and a pain which is shooting down the leg are all clear indicators that you have possible compression in your sciatica.

So how can massage therapy help when the pain is just too much? Going to see a trained registered massage therapist can help you as the goal in dealing with problems with the back is that a massage therapist can send much needed relief to that area by promoting circulation which will help with releasing the pressure the nerve maybe experiencing.

When you visit your massage therapist, they will work on the major muscle areas that are part of that area, such as: the piriformis, the hamstring muscles, and the glutes, among others.

Often times, muscle overuse by those who are active in running and cycling can cause a trigger point to develop in the piriformis muscles, which can then put pressure on the sciatic nerve, which then causes sciatica like symptoms.

For more serious issues where a disc is the cause of the problem, surgery maybe the only relief.

However, for most people it doesn’t get to that point, and massage therapy is the perfect relief as relaxing the piriformis muscles in most cases cause relief in a short time, and allow you to get back to your normal routine in no time.

When you have sciatica pain, it may seem that there is no relief in sight. Even though the pain is intense, seek treatment as soon as possible. What this will do is allow your massage therapist ample time to diagnose and relieve the tension around the area so you can start to get relief, and pressure off of the nerve as fast as possible.

 

Why You Should Consider Using A Stand Up Desk

We have all heard it many times before, everyone telling us that sitting is not good, especially for long periods of time.

But that seems to be the way the world is going, we sit all day at work, we sit in our cars or on the bus, we sit at home while watching tv on the couch, there doesn’t seem to be an escape from sitting. Or is there?

Health professionals all over the world, as well as study after study have shown that sitting for long periods of time can lead to really bad health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

So what can we do about it? Well, more and more people are discovering why standing up is and moving around is such a great thing. The quickest and best thing you can do for your health is look into getting a standup desk for your workplace.

First of all when you use a stand up instead of sit, you are able to access things that otherwise you would have made an excuse not to get up for, such as going to get some water, going to speak to a coworker instead of emailing them, or even going across the room to get some papers.

Now you have no excuse to get up and go, because, well…you are already up!

Next, and probably the biggest reason why you need to start using a stand up desk is health. And that should be priority #1 on your list of whys.

Its know that sitting for just 20 minutes straight increases your chances of heart disease, so by standing up, you reduce your risks.

You don’t have to be reminded is probably another reason why working standing up is such a good reason. A lot of people now are using many different devices that go on the hand to track movement, and give you a subtle vibration or alert if you have been sitting for too long, or you haven’t moved around enough.

Well now, that won’t be a problem, as you are always up and able to move around even in the small area around where your stand up desk is placed.

Another great reason is that you always have a choice to sit down. You see if you have a regular desk, then trying to work while standing up cannot happen as you don’t have the right equipment necessary.

But the opposite is true, if you have a stand up desk, then you can at anytime, put it into a sitting desk and sit and go about your work as normal.

As you can see, there are endless reasons why you need to look into standing up while working, from health to convenience.

What are you waiting for? Your heart is telling you to.

How To Know If You Should Put Hot Or Cold On An Injury

Should you put hot or cold on an injury? This is a question that medical professionals have grappled with for centuries. Most have come to the conclusion that you should use cold for a fresh injury and use heat to relieve the muscle pain due to the injury. Basically, you should never put hot on an injury if there is an inflammation – this will only make the inflammation a lot worse. We expand on these points in this article, so read on for a more detailed analysis.

When Should You Put Cold on an Injury?

Cold is applied to an injury in the form of ice packs. Ice packs are very effective at treating acute injuries as they reduce the inflammation of the damaged tissues considerably. Following an injury, the tissues are likely to be swollen, red and painful. Inflammation of tissues is the body’s way of dealing with an acute injury. Putting cold on an acute injury would bring down the pain due to the inflammation considerably.

When you put cold on an injury, it reduces the bleeding, swelling and the inflammation. It brings down the severity of the muscle pain and reduces the spasms due to the injury. Applying cold numbs the area most affected by the injury and lowers the pain due to the swelling. It prevents the gathering of the excess tissue fluid and hence reduces the stiffness of the affected region.

However, there are times when you should not put cold on an injury. You shouldn’t place ice packs on the injury when you are already shivering from the cold. You shouldn’t place the ice packs in on the neck or the back as they would result in severe muscle spasms which would aggravate the neck pain or back pain.

Cold should not be applied to an acute injury if there is an open wound, burns or blisters on the skin, a nerve has been damaged or when the entire affected area feels numb.

When Should You Put Hot on an Injury?

Let’s begin with when you should NOT put hot on an injury. You should avoid applying heat to an injury if there is an inflammation, as that would make the inflammation even worse and the pain would become unbearable. Never apply heat to an injury when you’re running a high fever and your body temperature is high.

You should not put heat on an injury when the room temperature is already very high and you are sweating. Applying heat to an injury during a hot day in the summer is never a bright idea. Neither is applying heat to the injury after you’ve just exerted yourself physically.

So when should you put hot on an injury? To understand this, it is important to know what heat does. Application of heat helps to alleviate the severity of the muscle pain and stress caused due to an injury.

It calms the nerves and makes the muscle pain easier to tolerate. That’s why heat is usually applied to those suffering from back pain, shoulder ache and neck pain. This works best during the winter, or when it’s cold outside.

Applying heat causes the blood vessels to dilate and stimulates the flow of blood to the affected region. It helps to reduce the muscle stiffness and, soothes the nerves and reduces muscle pain considerably.

Heat should be applied using heat pads, heat lamps or hot water bottles. The best time to apply it is when the muscle pain due to the acute injury is still fresh, not more than two days old. Care should be taken not to apply too much heat as the last thing you want are skin burns, that will make the pain worse and even unbearable.

Conclusion

Hope this article decides the debate on whether you should put hot or cold for an injury. The rule of thumb be followed is, put cold for an injury, and hot for the muscle pain due to the injury.