It's been an exciting winter so far, here in Michigan...19 degree days followed by 61 degree days. It not only wreaks havoc on our daily wardrobe choices, but also on our activity levels. Monday has us snuggled up with a cup of cocoa, reading a nice book and Tuesday has us outside on a ladder cleaning out gutters. It's easy in all our enthusiasm to overdo things, potentially getting ourselves a bit exhausted.
We all get that "Spring cleaning" bug and it's easy when the day is so sunny and warm to want to do it all at once, but we must remember that our bodies aren't used to that. It's very easy to develop injuries from overexertion while doing common activities like lifting, and pushing and pulling. These kinds of injuries, along with accidental slips, trips and falls can result in sprains, strains, hernias and lower back pain. Repetitive movements, spending long time periods reaching overhead, or bending at the waist can cause a variety of painful issues in the body.
Despite the groundhog's prediction a couple of days ago, the weather has again made a turn for the frosty. Temperatures began dropping, and the flurries started. As much as we would like to think we are past the worst of it, this is Michigan and unfortunately, it's likely that there is more to come.
The good news is that there is much you can do to ensure you are feeling great no matter what the cold wether throws at you! Keeping our bodies feeling good is essential for maintaining a healthy positive attitude as well.
Here are just a few great ways that massage helps to keep you in "tip-top" shape this winter:
Frequent massage is great for boosting your immune system and preventing common winter ailments like colds and the flu. When you receive the relaxing benefits of massage, you are actively creating a healthier, happier, and more productive you.
According to a recent study by Carnegie Mellon University, the body’s level of relaxation has a significant correlation with an improved i...