Old age is definitely no respecter of gender, race, size or even how rich or poor you are because no matter what your background, when old age comes a knocking it inevitably brings along the aches and pains that are associated with that age. Sure, some of us can fend it off for a while with diet and exercise, but almost all of us will experience the aches and pains sometime in our senior years. For the young ones who have a long way to go yet, they may know of these aches and pains from their grandparents and other members of the older generation. Some of these aches and pains include sore and tired shoulders, neck, arms, legs and back caused either by overuse or injury. Even former athletes suffer muscle and joint pain later in life because of overuse or injury. Some senior citizens can be so crippled by their aches and pains that the only relief they get is through regular massage. When I was growing up, I seemed like my grandmother was always in pain. I remember massaging her tired and sore shoulders and legs until my hands were tired from the continuous kneading and tapping. Looking at some of the gadgets that are available these days such as massage chairs, I can see how much owning an affordable massage chair prices Sydney at home would have benefited my grandmother and anyone who suffers from muscular and joint aches and pains.
Is massage good for health?
According to WebMD, besides helping us to relax, some of the health problems that may benefit from massage are: 1) persistent low back pain (reducing the need for painkillers by 36% and worked better than spinal modification or acupuncture); 2) headaches (reducing the amount of migraines and improving sleep); 3) osteoarthritis (improvements in stiffness, pain and function); 4) cancer (reducing side effects of cancer treatment or cancer symptoms, e.g. reducing swelling, pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and immune system function; 5) anxiety (lowers cortisol levels by as much as 50% and increases neurotransmitter levels which help reduce depression).
What exactly does massage involve?
According to Mayo Clinic, Massage involves using the hands and fingers to press, rub and manipulate the muscle, skin, ligaments and tendons. It may involve light stroking to deep pressure. Some massages can also be done using elbows, forearms and feet. The common types of massages are 1) Swedish massage which involves kneading, long strokes, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping is good for relaxation and is energizing; 2) deep massage which involves more forceful slow strokes to target deep layers of muscle and tissue is good for muscle that is damaged from injuries; 3) sports massage which is similar to the Swedish massage but is geared towards sports people to help prevent or treat sports injuries; 4) trigger point massage which focuses on tight muscle fibres that form from overuse or injuries.
Where can we get these massages?
Anyone who is trained to be a massage therapist or sports physiotherapist can perform these massages. However, not everyone can afford to see a massage therapist or sports physiotherapist on a regular basis, which is needed to reap the health benefits of massage. For those people, the same health benefits can be attained from using a massage chair on a regular basis. Massage chairs today are programmed to do any of the above type of massages. They can perform Shiatsu massages, knead, tap, knock or do a combination of these all at the touch of a button. Massage chairs are more affordable than seeing a massage therapist on a regular basis. The best part about owning a massage chair is that you can have a professional massage as often as you like in the comfort of your own home.
Unfortunately, it is just a matter of time before all of us are in the same boat as our elderly citizens and feeling the same muscular and joint aches and pains that they are experiencing every day. The difference is we can either live with the aches and pains or do something about it. Why not massage and soothe away those aches and pains in the comfort of your own home with your very own massage chair, which can be used as often and at any time you feel like being pampered?