While the holiday season is a joyous time of year, it is also often one of the most stressful times. If you are feeling overwhelmed, receiving a massage has been proven to lower blood pressure, cortisol levels and improve psychological states. So take a well-deserved me moment and book a massage for stress relief at the Cafe of Life in Longmont.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), “Between July 2015 and July 2016, surveys indicate that roughly 43.8 – 57.6 million adult Americans had a massage at least once.” And 28% of those surveyed cited relaxation or stress reduction as their primary reason for receiving a massage. The information below is cited by the AMTA to support their position that massage therapy can be effective for stress relief.
Research Proves Massage is Effective for Stress Relief
- An article in the 2002 Journal of Advanced Nursing discussed how myofascial trigger point massage therapy resulted in a substantial decrease in heart rate, as well as both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
- Several separate papers on the effects of a chair massage showed that oxygen consumption, blood pressure and salivary cortisol levels were all lowered after just a 10-15 minute session.
- Improved emotional states in eight studies cited by the AMTA were measured by physiological responses, the Perceived Stress Scale, the POMS Depression Scale and the Anxiety State Scale.
During these hectic days it is even more important to take the time to take care of yourself- do not brush aside the toll stress can take on your health and well-being! While it is extremely challenging during these busy time of year to stick with your daily health routine, try not to overindulge on treats and keep exercising to keep your energy level up. Also, try not to overextend yourself- give yourself the gift of saying ‘no’ to some things. And before you reach your breaking point this holiday season, book a massage for the ultimate stress relief at the Cafe of Life in Longmont!
And if you are suffering from pain, soreness, stiffness, spasms or a specific injury– our massage therapist can help with that too!
It is not hard to diagnose sciatica because the symptoms are very specific and pronounced. Sciatica is characterized by pain in one buttock and/or leg that is often described as a searing sharp or radiating pain with restricted mobility in the affected leg. Sciatica is actually a symptom of an underlying condition that the professional staff at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can help treat and thereby relieve sciatica pain with alternative therapies.
Alternative Treatments for Relieving Sciatica Pain
- Massage: There are many benefits of massage therapy that can also help with sciatica such as muscle relaxation, increased circulation and endorphin release. Neuromuscular massage therapy, or trigger point myotherapy, applies consistent pressure to a muscle spasm area in order to release stored lactic acid and restart proper blood flow.
- Acupuncture: Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recognized by the National Institutes of Health as an effective method in decreasing back pain, including sciatica pain. Acupuncture uses extremely-thin needles inserted near the problem area to open blocked energy pathways and restore well-being.
- Chiropractic: Since the sciatic nerve runs along the spine, any misalignment or bulging disc can put pressure on it and cause shooting pain. Adjustments to put the spine back into proper alignment should stop any irritation to the nerve.
Did you know the sciatic nerve is the largest in the body? And it is comprised of nerve roots stemming from each level of the lower spinal column? Since this is such a massive and widespread nerve, it makes sense that it has the potential to cause debilitating pain- don’t let that happen to you! If you are experiencing any sciatica symptoms, such as intense leg pain, numbness or weakness, come to the expert chiropractor, massage therapist and acupuncturist at the Cafe of Life in Longmont for relief of sciatica pain.
Both massage and chiropractic care offer drug-free, hands-on treatment for many issues from abrupt injuries to chronic pain so people may be confused about which to choose. Depending on your symptoms, the professionals at the Cafe of Life in Longmont may suggest massage, chiropractic care or, most often, a combination of both therapies for the most effective treatment.
The Case for Massage
If you are dealing with muscular or ligament problems, then massage therapy will be most beneficial. Some examples of issues that improve with massage are pulled muscles, spasms and areas of persistent tension. Massage therapists manipulate the top layers of muscle consisting of soft tissue, helping to relieve pain and speed up healing. Other proven benefits of receiving massages are a reduction in anxiety, strengthening of the immune system and increase of blood flow to stimulate recovery from injuries.
Some of the types of massage offered at the Cafe of Life in Longmont include Swedish, deep-tissue, trigger point and cranial sacral therapy.
The Case for Chiropractic Care
Unlike massage therapists, chiropractors are licensed to manipulate the nervous and musculoskeletal systems by adjusting a patient’s spine and joints although they may also utilize massage techniques. A spinal adjustment is the most common approach for treating back or neck pain, as the hard tissue of the skeletal system responds best to this method. Other problems that improve with chiropractic care are tendinitis, headaches, ear infections and insomnia.
The lead chiropractor, Dr. Jess, at the Cafe of Life will conduct a thorough assessment of the patient’s overall health and may order blood work or x-rays to confirm her diagnosis, and then may also prescribe medication or herbal remedies in addition to performing rehabilitative treatment.
Best to Get a Massage and Chiropractic Care Together
People may wonder if they should either go to a masseuse or chiropractor but most often, getting these two therapies in conjunction is best! Tense muscles will pull joints out of alignment so receiving a massage will aid in prolonging the beneficial effects of an adjustment. And the reverse is also true, realigning the spine and other joints will help soft tissue to heal and stay relaxed.
If you would like to learn more about how a balance between massage and chiropractic care can restore your optimal health quickly, come in to the Cafe of Life in Longmont!
Did you start the new year with a juice cleanse to reboot your diet after the holidays? Another very effective way to revitalize your health is with a detox massage at the Cafe of Life in Longmont.
Our bodies are exposed to many sources of pollutants everyday in our environment, our food, our cleaning products and more. The accumulation of these harmful chemicals, particles and microorganisms are flushed out through our lymphatic system- but it is often overloaded! This detoxifying system starts with plasma from capillaries collecting toxins throughout the body. The lymph vessels absorb this plasma and bring it to the lymph nodes to be purified. Since detox massage assists this process, it is also called lymph drainage massage.
Benefits of Detox Massage
- Removes toxins from tissues through lymph nodes
- Reduces swelling all over the body, especially swollen joints and puffy eyes
- Improves chronic conditions like acne, arthritis and sinusitis
- Promotes healing of sprains, torn ligaments and scar tissue
- Strengthens immune system through stimulating white blood cell reproduction
- Reduces stress through deep relaxation
Detox massage is performed slowly- at the same rate as the peripheral lymph vessels contract (between six to 10 contractions a minute). The massage therapist also uses a light touch because many lymph capillaries are located right below the skin and can be manipulated easily. The massage starts with the nodes themselves in the neck and armpits, then will work outwards to send lymph fluid back towards the nodes.
Detox massage is a wonderful way to reset your health by removing toxins, reducing stress and boosting your immune system- make an appointment today at the Cafe of Life in Longmont!
Now that the holiday season is over, you may experience a post-festivities funk. Prioritizing your health and well-being are New Year’s resolutions we hope you make for yourself in 2017. If you are determined to avoid or beat the winter blues, the chiropractic care and massage therapy offered at the Cafe of Life in Longmont can help optimize your mood and health!
Top 3 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues
- Get Your Vitamin D- The best way to ensure you’re getting enough of this mood and immunity-enhancing vitamin is by spending 20-30 minutes in the sun everyday. But when we’re bundled up in the winter and not going outside much, then you can take a supplement or use a sun lamp instead.
- Exercise- The endorphins released when exercising give your mood an instant boost, and the long-term benefits of increased energy, decreased anxiety and better sleep are even more reasons to get moving. Aim for regular sessions that incorporate high-intensity exercise for short intervals.
- Eat Less Sugar- The spikes and crashes in your blood sugar level caused by consuming lots of sweets take a toll on your energy and mood. Eating more protein and plants will help you feel more stable and energized.
If you’re finding it harder and harder to raise your spirits or pull yourself out of a slump this winter, then you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. The most common symptoms of SAD are depression (peaking in December-February), increased irritability, decreased energy, oversleeping and craving carbohydrates. Be sure to see a doctor if you’ve lost interest in your regular activities, feel hopeless and your sleep patterns or appetite have changed.
If the short, cold days of winter having you feeling down, regular chiropractic adjustments and massages can help lift your outlook, raise your energy level and boost your immunity. Make an appointment today at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to chase away those winter blues!
As the weather warms up, many of us notice that our feet, ankles and legs start to swell. Swelling, or edema, that is more generalized may be a symptom of a serious health condition, such as heart, liver or kidney problems. However, the temporary condition of swollen feet or legs can be treated with the specialized massage therapy offered at the Cafe of Life in Longmont.
Many factors, such as pregnancy or just prolonged sitting, can impair the body’s ability to efficiently remove excess fluid and lead to painfully swollen legs or feet. A gentle form of massage called Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) or Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) can help fluids drain normally again and greatly reduce swelling. First, the affected limb is raised above the level of the heart for 10 to 15 minutes to allow gravity to assist in draining. Second, the massage starts nearer to the heart in order to open up the pathways for the excess fluid being retained in the lower parts of the body. Finally, the legs are massaged with specific rhythm and pressure following the direction of the lymphatic map.
Ways to Prevent Swollen Feet or Legs Between Massage Sessions
- Exercise- Proper blood circulation is key to stopping blood from pooling in your legs and feet. Swimming and inverted yoga postures are excellent choices!
- Stay Hydrated- It’s important to drink enough water year-round, but especially vital in the summer to help detox and keep our tissues supple.
- Avoid Too Much Salt or Caffeine- Both of these lead to water retention, so consume in moderation.
A properly functioning circulatory system is critical for optimal health, so if you are experiencing painful swelling or any other symptom of poor circulation, make an appointment today for a massage and/or chiropractic evaluation. Dr. Jess and the massage practitioners at Cafe of Life in Longmont have specialized training to help increase blood circulation and relieve the discomfort caused by swollen feet or legs.
With the multitude of critical messages traveling along an expectant mother’s spine to her growing baby, there may not be a more beneficial time to receive chiropractic care. Dr. Jessica Thompson at the Cafe of Life in Longmont is experienced in providing prenatal care throughout every stage of pregnancy. From making spinal adjustments early on to allow adequate room for growth to relieving lower back and pelvic pain as the belly grows and even helping to position the baby as the delivery date nears, regular chiropractic visits aid in creating a healthy and comfortable pregnancy.
A woman’s body undergoes immense changes during the 40 weeks of a pregnancy, and it is common for the spine to become misaligned. As the growing baby increases pressure on the mother’s spine, her center of gravity shifts and partial dislocations, or subluxations, often result. A chiropractor specializing in prenatal care, like Dr. Thompson, can make adjustments to help improve an expectant mother’s posture and balance thereby reducing the stress on her uterus and supporting ligaments.
Specialized Prenatal Chiropractic Techniques
- Gentle spinal adjustments relieve any pressure being put on nerves from misaligned bones
- Massage and soft tissue work reduce muscle aches and stress on the spine
- Therapeutic exercises and stretches keep musculature strong to maintain correct posture
- Nutritional counseling to keep energy levels optimal
For more tips on how to prevent backache between chiropractic visits, click here for an excellent article from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Expectant mothers often overcompensate for their protruding abdomen, causing the pelvis to be out of line which can limit space for the developing baby and put the baby in a distorted position. Chiropractors help prevent intrauterine constraint and assist in optimal fetal positioning, which reduces the chance of having a breeched baby or needing a cesarean delivery . A mispositioned pelvis can also increase pressure on the vena cava, the main route that blood travels back to the heart from the legs, resulting in not only swollen ankles but also an increased risk of preeclampsia in the last trimester.
Chiropractic care not only alleviates the uncomfortable symptoms that arise from the biomechanical changes during pregnancy but it also can shorten labor times and reduce pain during delivery! Don’t wait until you are worried about a serious prenatal condition or experiencing a high level of pain, but make an appointment today at the Cafe of Life to increase your chance of experiencing a safe and easier birth.
Do you realize the toll that unrelenting stress can take on your health? The workplace tends to be a hotbed of pressure which can lead to a myriad of health issues. Even if an employee manages to be AT work, poor health can make them less productive, less engaged, therefore not actually DOING work. Did you know that massage may increase employee health and productivity?
Be ahead of the curve in keeping your staff happy, healthy, and productive. When thinking in terms of workplace wellness programs, remember that an employee’s health is multifaceted and the moving parts are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Café of Life Chiropractic and Massage Studio in Longmont offers a very compelling approach—massage.
Studies have shown that taking breaks at work is associated with fewer physical symptoms—like headaches, eyestrain, neck and shoulder pain, as well as lower back pain—but also led to increased job satisfaction, and a reduction in stress levels.
Integrate massage in your office to increase employee health and productivity today. Café of Life makes it so easy!
From the Café of Life Longmont’s Care Coordinator, Megan:
My name is Megan, I am the Wellness Coordinator at The Cafe of Life
Chiropractic and Massage Studio located in Longmont at 202 Main St.
As part of our service to the community, we offer to businesses in
Longmont free 15-minute chair massages. We come for a 3-4 hour time
span during business hours and bring everything, even the zen music!
No tipping is allowed. This is a way to help boost morale and can also
help your business diversify its current wellness program or, if you
do not have a wellness program in place, we consider our service as a
great way to begin.
Please call or email Megan for booking details.
Café of Life of Longmont is pleased to introduce our new public service massage discount! This will be a 20% discount on massages only. It will include all current or veterans of any armed force’s branch, as well as police, firefighters, EMT’s, teachers and any government officials. We want to thank all the men and women who do so much for our community! Whether it be teaching our children, serving our country, protecting our streets, or dealing with the day to day running of the government and city, we appreciate all that you do! Please bring any form of ID that will confirm your employment. From all of us at the Café of Life, thank you for all you do!