THE DAILY GRIND: DRIVING POSTURE AND MASSAGE THERAPY
Leena S. Guptha, Board Chair, National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Nov 9, 2014
Think about your average day. Do you sit for long periods of time at a desk or behind the wheel of car? It’s what I call the Daily Grind—and it often times affects us in ways we wouldn’t expect. When you really stop to think about it, it’s no surprise many of us often visit our massage therapists with back pain, discomfort, and dysfunction!
Believe it or not, there are actually many studies showing a relationship between sitting and back pain. In fact, truck and automobile driving have been implicated as high risk occupations for the development of low back pain. High rates of neck pain have also been observed among many vehicle drivers, even the average ones. Most of the evidence is related to the lumbar spine; however, in practice, massage therapists often see the neck and upper back affected by static posture, stress, and tension—consequences of our daily desk job, road trips, stress, and more (Guptha, 1989).
Many Americans have the common misconception that massage is just a luxurious way to relax. While that may be true for some, those that work that monotonous daily grind behind a desk or the wheel of car may be missing out on the real benefits. With as little as one regularly-scheduled massage per week, massage therapy can provide all of us with proven techniques to help ease our back and neck pain, reduce anxiety, increase circulation in tense muscles, and even relieve headache pain. Booking an appointment with your certified massage therapist on a regular basis empowers you, the client, to heal and rebalance both your mind and body. With the effects of improved circulation, reduced stress, eased back and neck pain, increased range of motion, among many other proven benefits, who could resist?
As time goes on, and our daily grind continues right on schedule, our limited physical activity comes with its own consequences. Poor posture, decreased circulation, and muscle tension are just a few of them—and often times it happens without us even realizing it. That’s why it’s important to take note of aches and pains when and where they happen. Most importantly, be sure to talk to your certified massage therapist about what you are experiencing. Massage therapy is about more than proven health benefits—it’s also a conversation to help you get the most out of your experience, both for the mind and body.
Are you unsure how to connect with a certified massage therapist? It’s simple! NCBTMB has a free, easy-to-use app right on our website that will help you connect with Board Certified massage therapists in your area. By typing in as little information as your zip code, you can instantly connect with Board Certified massage therapists looking for new clients just like you—and who know all about how to help ease your tensions in mind and body from that monotonous daily grind!
Why should you choose Board Certified? With the highest, voluntary credential in the massage therapy profession, Board Certified massage therapists must meet and attain higher levels of education and experience. They have mastered the knowledge and techniques—far beyond entry level—to ensure all clients, regardless of body type, location, or occupation, experience the proven benefits of massage therapy, such as:
- Promoting tissue regeneration,
- Easing stress,
- Boosting your immune system,
- Easing neck and back pain,
- Reliving headache pain,
- And much more!
Whether the goal of your visit is relaxation, rehabilitation, or rejuvenation, rest assured that when you choose Board Certified, you are a connecting with a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner who is committed to excellence in their chosen profession.
Connect with a Board Certified massage therapist today! It’s easy. It’s free. And it starts here: http://www.ncbtmb.org/tools/find-a-certified-massage-therapist.
Be sure to stop by again soon and share your experiences with us. We love hearing how massage therapy works for you!
PS.. A final note from us at Elements Massage South Carlsbad. All of our therapists are are California licensed and insured. Many have board certifications in various specialties. Make sure your next massage is with a licensed therapist. Many are not.