Sitting at a desk all day doesn’t feel like hard work. Yet office work can take a hidden toll on the body. Back pain due to an uncomfortable or poorly-made chair and repetitive stress injury from hours of typing or writing are just two of the problems many desk workers face. And daily stress can have long-term physical and psychological ramifications. There are steps you can take to counter the negative physical impact of sitting at a desk all day long. Take short but regular walk breaks. Be sure that you have a comfortable chair, and that it is the right height for your desk. Drink plenty of water and maintain a regular exercise routine. And while one technique can’t be done daily, it should be incorporated into your regular routine: massage. Regular massage offers countless benefits for individuals glued to their desks all day. Of course we can’t list “countless” benefits in one short blog. So here is our countdown of the top ten reasons you should get regular massage if you work in an office or at a desk job.
Boosts the immune system
Massage therapy stimulates our natural immune system so the body is more capable of fighting off bacteria, viruses, and other invaders. And if you work in a crowded office during cold and flu season, your natural defense system needs all the help it can get!
Lowers blood pressure
Regular massage has been shown to help fight hypertension, or high blood pressure, an all-too-common problems for many Americans today.
Relieves muscle tension and back pain
Regular massage can help eliminate the knots, tightness, and pain in the shoulders and lower back that are an unfortunate side effect of having a job that requires sitting at a desk all day.
Prevents repetitive stress injury
Repetitive stress injuries such as carpel tunnel syndrome and tendonitis are especially problematic for office workers. Regular massage can help treat and prevent these types of injuries by stretching and exercising at-risk muscles and tendons.
Relieves and prevents headache
We often don’t realize how much tension we carry in our neck or how much we clench the jaw during a stressful day. Massage that targets tightness in the neck, shoulders, and jawline can help relieve tension headaches.
Improves quality of sleep
Both mental stress and physical discomfort can negatively impact your sleep patterns. By relaxing the muscles and relieving pain as noted above, and by reducing stress (see below), you should fall asleep faster and experience less sleep interruption.
Decreases depression and anxiety
If you have ever gotten a massage, you know that stimulating relaxation in the muscles makes you feel better, both mentally and physically. In fact, massage has been shown to help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.
One of the major benefits of massage is stress reduction. Massage works to combat stress by reducing the level of cortisol—known as the stress hormone—in the brain. And massage combats the physical manifestations of stress as well by relaxing tight, overwrought muscles.
Improves focus, clarity, and energy
With better sleep and less stress come greater energy and better focus. By relaxing both the mind and the body, regular massage enables you to cope with stress and tension better, creating a positive feedback loop for overall improved health.
The simple fact is, you can’t work effectively if you are tired, uncomfortable, and stressed out. The cumulative benefits of regular massage therapy will help you be more productive during the hours that you have to spend at your desk, so that you can enjoy more hours away from your desk doing the things you love to do! If you work long—or short—hours at a desk, whether at home or in the office, discover the benefits of regular massage for yourself. Schedule an appointment with a licensed massage therapist today.
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