Proper Nourishment for the Joints

Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain.Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. In one national survey, about one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Knee pain was the most common complaint, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any part of your body, from your ankles to your shoulders. As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common.

When you get an illness such as bronchitis or the flu, you may expect that you will be feeling better and functioning normally within a week or so. A chronic illness, such osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, is different. A chronic illness may never go away and can disrupt your lifestyle in many ways.

Massage therapy may help the body in many ways.  Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and improved function. It may also improve circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products. These circulatory effects of massage may have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema, an excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues, which may be reduced using manual lymph drainage. The proper attention to a joint area can help to improve the range of motion, reduce painful conditions, and restore its performance.

Proper exercise can help as well. Joint movement encourages lubrication of the joint. The ligaments, tendons and joint capsule are warmed from the movement, which helps to keep these tissues pliable. It’s important to avoid undue stress to your joints. Besides inviting injury, trying to do too much, too soon when working with a stressed, weakened or injured joint can prevent recovery. Be sure to stay within each joint’s limitations when exercising, stretching, or in normal activity. It’s better to go slowly than to risk injury.

Each day brings new challenges to your body’s functions—many that manifest as tensions, aches, pains, and limited ranges of motion. Making sure you get regular bodywork sessions can help your body to overcome many of these challenges and maintain a happier balance, as well as helping to head off some potential problems before they adversely affect you. So contribute to that freedom of movement by maintaining a regular massage schedule. Make your future a healthier one.

Injuries Affecting Joggers and Runners

Running is one of the most popular forms of sporting activity worldwide. Despite its many health benefits, there are some concerns over the incidence of injury, especially heel pain, shin pain and knee pain among runners and joggers. Here are the most common running injuries and how to prevent them:

BLISTERS

Up to 40% of marathon runners suffer from blisters. The heels, toes and balls of the feet are the most commonly affected areas. They are caused by prolonged friction that produces a shearing force in between the layers of skin. As the layers of skin separate they fill with blood or fluid. This results in a painful blister. Make sure you have properly fitted running shoes and break these in gradually. Never wear new running shoes for a race or a long run.

RUNNERS’ KNEE

Commonly known as runner’s knee, IlioTibial Band Friction Syndrome is so prevalent in runners. It affects up to 10% of all runners at some stage. Typically there is pain located on the outer side of the knee joint. This pain may radiate up the thigh or down the outer side of the shin and is exacerbated by running. Usually, the knee pain from Runner’s Knee is only present during activity and settles when the person rests. However, in some cases it can also be extremely uncomfortable going up or down stairs. Runner’s Knee is an overuse condition that is aggravated by excessive training. Make sure that you gradually increase your training load – there should be no sudden increases in workload as this can overload the tissues.

SHIN SPLINTS

Shin splints is a common term for pain in the shin region. One of the most common shin conditions that is labeled as shin splints is medial tibial stress syndrome. It is fairly common in runners. People suffering from medial tibial stress syndrome will feel shin pain on the inner side of the shin during exercise and also at rest. It is important to consult a sports doctor who can distinguish medial tibial stress syndrome from other causes of shin pain such as compartment syndrome and stress fracture. The amount of stress being placed on the shins can be minimized by wearing good quality, supportive running shoes with shock absorbing insoles. It is possible that some cases of medial tibial stress syndrome could be prevented by correcting problems such as flat feet (excessive pronation) with arch supports.

PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a fibrous sheath that runs most of the length of the sole of the foot, usually at the point where it attaches to the heel bone. It is a common cause of heel pain in runners. Inadequate footwear is often implicated in plantar fasciitis. Shoes should provide adequate support for the foot during running. Unsuitable footwear can increase strain of the plantar fascia and lead to the development of inflammation.

Should you have any of these conditions, we recommend that you seek professional care. Take adequate rest before continuing with training. You can also benefit from massages from qualified masseurs. Come to Thai Odyssey and leave your pain in our healing hands.

What is Thai Aroma Massage?

Focusing on the energy lines and acupressure points to stimulate the body’s self healing, Thai aroma massage will leave you feeling renewed and restored to your own body’s natural rhythm. Thai aroma massage is the aromatic and relaxing massage that uses special blended oils that helps the body to be refreshed and relaxed.  This gentle massage allows the healing properties of natural oils to penetrate into the skin which leaves both body and mind completely relaxed. Thai aroma therapy helps in:

  • Releasing tense muscles
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Improving joint movement
  • Lymphatic cleansing
  • Eliminating toxins
  • Inducing deep relaxation
  • Stimulating internal organs
  • Relieving tension & stress
  • Healing long term injuries
  • Assisting postural alignment
  • Calming the mind

There are over 300 essential oils which are the aromatic liquids extracted from flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs, plants and trees. The knowledge of how these essential oils affect the body as a cure and remedy is a science that has been lost to the modern world, but has always been practiced in Thailand, for hundreds of years.

Here’s a video on what you will experience during a relaxing Thai aroma massage.

http://youtu.be/5__r0Ydk4yA

How Music Helps the Body Relax

Stress is one of the most common problems that people face every day. Stress is defined as a specific response by the body to a stimulus like fear or pain that interferes with the normal, physiological equilibrium of an organism. Stress can wreck a person’s mood, cause muscle tension, and it’s been seen to contribute to high blood pressure and the formation of ulcers. Stress can be eliminated, or reduced, by people taking the time to relax after stressful events, the most common of which is working. However, relaxation can be a difficult thing for many people to achieve, particularly people who are chronically stressed.

One of the most common ways for people to relax and to reduce their stress is to listen to music. Stress is caused by a person’s reaction to a negative stimulus such as fear or pain, and stress can be undone by exposing a person to a positive stimulus. Music, particularly those composed with the idea of relaxation in mind, is keyed to be a positive stimulus. Stress usually begins in the brain and spreads to the body, and the stress relief from music follows the same pattern. The way this is done is that, when a person hears music or sounds they find pleasurable, the sound receptors in the ears activate a part of the brain called the nucleus accumbens. This is the part of the brain that releases the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is typically associated with elevated mood and pleasure.

Calming effects of music have been demonstrated in many research studies. Our body responds to music that has a slow and steady rhythm by reducing our heart rate, which decreases levels of stress. Our body also responds to soothing music by reducing the amount of cortisol, the major stress hormone, in our body. However, upbeat music such as techno can actually increase the level of cortisol, which makes us feel more aroused and stressed.

Here’s news that proves how music has been helping patients under treatment relax.