Natural Ways to Treat Inflammation
How Do I Know I Have Inflammation?
Inflammation can cause several discomforts such as, lack of mobility, pain, puffiness, swelling, and stiffness. Probability is, if you have an injury or some sort of irritation, you are probably dealing with inflammation as well.
What Causes Inflammation?
Personally, inflammation causes several of my discomforts in my body, and it can have several different causes. Physical causes may include injuries, wounds, overused muscles, joint problems. Illnesses/ Diseases may also cause inflammation such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, and allergens. Diet may also cause inflammation- such as choosing to eat too many foods that promote inflammation and not a balanced diet.
How Can I Treat Inflammation?
Depending on your severity of inflammation and cause, you may want to consult a doctor. Physical exercise will help muscles heal and remove inflammation. Here are other alternatives that can be placed into your lifestyle to assist with inflammation.
- Epson Salt bath – Epson salt can promote healthy circulation in your blood and reduce swelling. It can also help with muscle strain and swelling. Epson salt is usually used in a hot bath, dissolved, and soaked in.
- Turmeric – Turmeric contains an anti-inflammatory agent inside of it that reduces swelling and irritation in the body. Turmeric can be taken in a form of herbal tea, pills, or even a lotion.
- Frankincense – Frankincense has anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic properties, and assists with pain. The most popular form to take it is in natural oils and applied directly over the inflamed muscle area of the body.
- Ginger – This natural root also carries anti inflammation and is the easiest to find in a local grocery store. Ginger can be applied either as a natural oil or slices of root. The most common use is using it in herbal tea and taken orally. Essential oils can be used inside of other beverages as well.
- Green leaves – Many dark green leaves also carry inflammatory properties as well. To maintain the strongest part of the properties, it is recommended to eat them raw, although they also are delicious prepared other ways.
- Salmon – Salmon carries a lot of healthy omega-3, and it also contains inflammatory benefits as well.
While these are just a few things you can use to assist your body drain the inflammation in your body, eating a well-balanced diet is also recommended. Don’t forget! We massage therapy is a GREAT addition to helping in treating inflammation. Therapeutic massage can help reduce inflammation, decrease pain, and increase range of motion.
Communication is Key
We massage therapists get a lot of questions, and we LOVE them! Honesty and trust is the key to a good relationship between massage therapist and client. This honesty is trust is gained through 2 way communication. Communication is key. If you have a question about your treatment plan, ask. If you have a question of what a particular muscle is doing, ask! You can never ask to many questions. I personally love when clients want to learn about what’s going on in their bodies.
Don’t Know What to Ask?
Asking the right question can be hard. If you feel your massage therapist spending a lot of time on one specific area, ask why. They will tell you what’s going on and how your muscle is responding. Another great question to ask is where they think you are in the treatment plan. Its always pays off to know your progress. My favorite question a client can ask me is about self-care! Ask them what more you can do to make your treatment more effective. They will give you stretches, exercises or possibly oils you can use.
What should you tell your massage therapist?
The first appointment is one of the most important ones! This is the time to tell your massage therapist what your body feels daily. What pains you feel, what movements are difficult, what medication you are taking, if it’s for pain management. The biggest one to tell your massage therapist is what other medical conditions you may have! This includes diabetes, cancer, bulging or herniated discs, or any thing else. This is crucial because some conditions will affect the way we have to massage. Even if its embarrassing, be honest! Trust me, we hear it all. We are here to help.
Don’t be Afraid
It’s okay to be nervous to ask your massage therapist to work on a specific area, but don’t let it stop you. Don’t be afraid to tell them if the current treatment plan isn’t quite working. You can also ask questions over the phone. If you have a specific concern, ask the receptionist. The receptionists can either answer if they know, or they will grab a massage therapist to answer the question for you. You can even ask what massage therapist will best fit your needs. There are no bad questions.
If you want the best results for your body, communication is key!
We would love to hear questions that you have, comment below!
Karlee Boston, LMT
Stats Behind Massage
Does it Work?
Massage is a wonderful and helpful tool for relaxation, pain management, and so much more! But, don’t take our word for it…here are some stats behind massage to show how amazing it truly is. These statistics are from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), through studies they they have done.
The AMTA reported that the primary reason that people get massages is for health and wellness:
- 43% of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2016-July 2017 received it for medical or health reasons such as pain management, soreness/stiffness/spasms, injury rehabilitation, or overall wellness, a slight decrease from 2016 data.
- 89% agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
- 29% of massage consumers had a massage for relaxation/stress reduction between July 2016-July 2017.
So if so many Americans receive massage for wellness vs relaxation, that must be a sign that it works…right? Need more stats, alright…let’s keep them coming!
A Regular Massage Keeps the Doctor Away
In July 2017, roughly fifty million American adults had discussed massage therapy with their doctors in the previous year. Massage is seen in the medical world as a real option for treatment of a variety of problems. The following diagram shows health care professionals referring patients to massage therapists.
So, What Can Massage Help With?
Massage, especially Therapeutic Massage, can help with SO many problems. The AMTA has done extensive research into this area. The following list is provided by the AMTA:
- Cancer-related fatigue
- Low back pain
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Reducing post-operative pain
- Boosting the body’s immune system functioning
- Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing headache frequency
- Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- Decreasing pain in cancer patients
And this list just scratches the surface! We can also include help with pregnancy, depresssion, anxiety, austism, sports performance, injury, car accident pain, and it goes on and on!
Need more proof? Then come in and try out a massage for yourself! With over 6 modalities offered to best fit your needs, you will walk away feeling better than you knew you could!
Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a light touch therapy that uses gentle pressure to relieve restrictions and promote healing to the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is comprised of the bones in the head, spine, face and mouth. It is also the fascia of the body and some of the more delicate membranes and fluids contained in the body. A wide range of application for craniosacral therapy exists because it can be applied to any part of the body and can be used on any age.
How Does it Work?
This type of therapy helps to enhance the body’s own healing abilities, which is called homeostasis. The craniosacral system acts as a hydraulic system, pumping cerebral spinal fluid from the sacrum all the way up to the brain. This hydraulic system feeds and nurtures our delicate nervous system. The therapist taps in and tests for restrictions along with “listening” through their hands for the craniosacral rhythm which encourages and enhances the function of the body. This helps promote healing and relaxation to anywhere on the body!
Craniosacral Therapy encourages your body to enter a REM cycle, similar to the REM cycle we experience as we sleep. The subconscious mind is able to release the tensions and pain that our conscious mind has chosen to ignore. This therapy is very noninvasive, and really just opens the door for your body to heal itself.
What are the Benefits?
Craniosacral Therapy has many benefits and a wide range of use. This modality can help to relieve stress, by allowing your body to relax and heal itself. Craniosacral can alleviate headache pain, concussion injury, and neurological stress. Have you suffered from a past physical or emotional trauma? Craniosacral therapy can help your body to process those emotions and tensions in such a way to relieve all pain.
Massage Helps Children with Autism
A Quick Look at Autism
Autism has a wide range of diagnoses. Experts now believe that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability triggered by complex neurodevelopment disorders – or abnormalities in brain structure and function. The structure appears to block, distort or disorganize sensory information, which is called Sensory Processing Disorder. For now, there is no known cure.
But… Massage Helps
There are many ways to help children with ASD to manage and control symptoms. Some therapies include speech therapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy. The common belief that children with ASD oppose touch, is false. Knowing and understanding how touch affects the child is the key. The Massage Therapist needs to go with the flow and the needs of the child.
How Does Massage Help?
Touch is the most important aspect of the treatment. Massage promotes relaxation in the body, which provides many perks. The relaxation will combat fatigue, anxiety, lowers blood pressure and heart rate. It also improves energy levels, sleep, creative ability and thinking processes. It also helps reduce their stress and calms muscle spasms. After a relaxing massage, children with ASD have shown more focus and are less high strung. A big important factor is patience. All of these great benefits take time, and sometimes big changes aren’t always shown in the beginning, so don’t give up!
Parents Can Massage too!
It’s not just the Massage Therapist that should be massaging, it should also be the parents. Massage Therapists can teach simple techniques to help the parents manage symptoms. This will help balance and manage day to day life. But it’s not just to help parents calm the child, it also creates a bond.
Types of Massage
There are several types of massages that can help ASD. Craniosacral, which is a more energetic massage with a series of holds. Therapeutic, focuses more on specific parts of the body, and Thai, which is a series of stretches. All this combined, compliment the treatments of western medicine. Massage is a great homeopathic tool to help give a natural way for managing symptoms.
If you have any questions or comments, we would LOVE to hear them! Comment below!
Our Back Story
Where it All Began
Nature’s Whisper Massage was founded in February 2012 by the mother/daughter team of Amanda Stinger and Rebecca Sanborn. Together they developed a business that for years has strived to fulfill the communities need of healing. Nature’s Whisper Massage had its modest start in the front room of their house, and since its growth, they have moved their business to Kaysville, Utah. And now here we are, but the business continues to grow each year, allowing us to better reach the community by adding new members to our massage therapy team. It’s true that our back story led us to where we are today.
The name Nature’s Whisper Massage comes from how therapeutic nature can be as a part of daily healing. Nature can help reduce stress, lower anxiety, and also improve blood pressure. We bring aspects of nature into our business through nature sounds and colors. We embrace our name in every way and the healing power of nature.
Amanda graduated from Broadview University in 2011 with her associates in Massage Therapy. She then worked as a massage therapist for four years before starting her own business with her mom, Rebecca. Amanda has professional experience with chiropractors, physical therapists, and other massage therapists. She saw a great need for deeper and more focused massage work. “Massage has the ability to heal the body, but it is nearly impossible to find a massage therapist that could find and actually fix and improve the problem.” Until now.
What We do Today
Our massages are more focused on the specific needs of the client. We work tirelessly to do all within our power to bring the body to better balance. Our therapists work each year on continuing their education in a variety of techniques to better be able to serve our clients. Our massage therapy team has the ability to find the areas of tension in the body, and to release them. We also work to educate our clients on self-care to promote long term change in the body. Our business is focused on helping our clients and even as our business continues to grow, we will always keep that focus.
Behind the Scenes
My name is Haley and I am a receptionist at Nature’s Whisper Massage. As a receptionist I see everything that goes on here, from folding sheets, setting tables, to clients falling asleep on the couch. There is always something going on here that makes the day exciting. Here is our business from a receptionist’s point of view…let’s take a look behind the scenes.
Start of the Day
I arrive at the crack of dawn, 8:30AM. Then, I start making the building all homey. I turn on the lights, the music, and sometimes the heat. Now that the building is awake, I get it smelling nice. We use essential oils in our diffusers which occupy each room. Each day has a new aroma and new benefit. From energy boost to zen to rejuvenation. But my favorite is the peaceful blend.
Keeping it Going
As each therapist finishes their massage, it is my responsibility to check out and reschedule each and every client. This is my opportunity to get to know our wonderful clients. Then after they leave, I proceed to change the sheets and prepare the room for the next client. While the therapists are busy healing our clients, I get to do laundry. So much laundry. I also keep everything stocked and organized, especially the candy bowl.
To Each Their Own
Each receptionist is given special tasks to keep the business functioning. I personally am responsible for sending out thank cards to our clients who continue to be loyal to us. I am also in charge of creating our signage for our monthly specials and tips, which you can check out on our Facebook page. This is my absolute favorite task. Our other receptionists are tasked with inventory, sending out birthday texts, and cleaning all the door knobs. Go cleanliness!
At the End of the Day…
I do everything in reverse. I make sure all the rooms are ready for the next day to come. Then, I encourage the therapists to finish their client notes. I turn off all the diffusers, towel caddy, music, and lastly the lights. The quiet and dark building then waits until the next day where it all begins again. And now you know Nature’s Whisper Massage’s need for us receptionists!
Why Drink Water…
Isn’t It Obvious…?
Why drink water? We all know that we should drink a lot of water. It is something we are taught from a very young age as we need water to live. It helps keep our organs functioning and our muscles hydrated. Sometimes we need to take water in more than normal. When you exercise or when it’s hot outside are two of the largest reasons that your body needs more water. Not many people know that after having a massage your body also needs extra water.
Water After Massage
When a massage therapist starts going deep into those muscles they start releasing bad toxins from your muscles that end up in the blood stream. This is great for the muscles as it helps them heal faster to get these toxins out. But, then where do those toxins go after they are in the blood stream? They go into the organs like the kidneys, liver, pancreas etc. If you drink a lot of water after having a massage it helps those toxins flush from the body and organs faster, leading to a quicker recovery and a better result from your massage.
We learn that it is important to listen to our doctor on important matters when it comes to our body, we should also make sure we are listening to our massage therapist when they tell us to drink a lot of water. They have learned how it benefits from your massage and how it helps your body to recover. Most clinics or spas will offer you complimentary water at the end of your massage to help ensure that those toxins are being flushed out. So, listen to your therapist and be sure to drink a lot of water after you have a massage.
You Are Only Hurting Yourself…
Take it From Someone Who Does it too..
I am someone who every day does things to my muscles that make my therapist co-workers cringe. My muscles are stretched too far. I stretch them in ways that are not normal to the body. I do a lot of hanging from various apparatuses from the ceiling whether it be silks, hoops, or hammocks. Plus, I also do some contortion work. Now you may not do these things, but you can still be doing things during the day that are hurting your body or muscles. Let’s talk about how you could be hurting yourself, and things that can help.
How are we Hurting Ourselves Each Day?
I’m so glad you asked! The number one thing I’ve noticed is bad posture. This trains the muscles to sit in a way that they were not made to sit. It causes more tension on other muscles because they are overcompensating for your chosen posture. So, make sure that when you are sitting in a long meeting or at the computer studying; to sit up straight and roll those shoulders back.
Another way is just normal gym work out. The stuff I mentioned above is extreme. But, you can take your body to those extremes at the gym as well, by lifting weights or running on a treadmill. You need to make sure your form is proper and that you are doing only what your body can handle. The causes of soreness are from your muscles being pushed to their limits (sometimes even being damaged by going past your body’s limit). By starting slow, your body and muscles will rebuild themselves to be stronger and adapt to the new limits you are setting for them.
Again, these are only a couple of the more major ways people are hurting their muscles every day. Any activity we do each day will affect our body and muscles. We need to take special care on our part so that it does not effect our body’s in a negative way.
Stop the Hurt with Massage
When you massage a muscle, it is going to release lactic acid build up that is there and one of the reasons for your sore muscles. By massaging the muscles, it is going to release that lactic acid and help the stiffness and soreness. It also helps bring blood flow to the muscles which will help them heal from the minor tears and rips that they have experienced from either bad posture, working out, etc.
Depression & Massage
What is Depression?
In one of our last blogs we talked about anxiety, and how it felt. Now, let’s do the same with depression. It’s important to be able to identify the signs in yourself if you are worried about it. The range varies from person to person. But, it is a sadness so deep that you feel like you are in a hole. You don’t have an appetite, you can’t get out of bed, not that you don’t want to, but physically your body and mind won’t let you. It has been described as not feeling like yourself, or as you WANT to feel. You want to isolate yourself and feel like no one cares. There are many medical treatments that can help this and one great way, may surprise you…therapeutic massage. Let’s get into how these are related…depression & massage.
How it Works
It goes back to the body chemicals, same as we discussed with anxiety. Massaging the body muscles help release serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals help stabilize the body and mind. By releasing these chemicals, they can work together to help boost your mood, and drain those toxic chemicals from your system. Studies have shown that massage also helps depression by reducing pain. If you are not at your full potential because of any kind of pain, especially chronic pain, this can also cause depression. So, by getting a massage and starting the healing process is a great way to start getting back to normal; and can give a person a sense of self worth again. Massage therapists are also great listeners. Sometimes just talking to a willing ear helps as well.
Don’t Suffer Alone
If you are suffering from depression, whether it is clinical, situational, or seasonal depression, don’t go through it alone. Do some good to your body and a massage. Get those muscles and your body feeling better. Talk your therapist’ s ear off, even cry, if you need to. Just please don’t go through it alone. Find the healing for your body & mind, inside and out.