Can Yoga Help with My Pain?

Yoga has been popular for many years as a way to build up strength and flexibility. If you struggle with chronic back pain, you may also be able to benefit from such exercises. The potential benefits for your back pain come in three different forms:

  • Stronger Muscles: Many yoga exercises are aimed at strengthening important muscle groups in your core, which gives you a superior resilience to back pain.
  • Increased Flexibility: A lot of back injuries or back pain is caused by tightness in the muscles, which pull your spine into uncomfortable positions and leave you more vulnerable to getting injured. The stretches employed in yoga go a long way to solve this problem.
  • Reduced Stress: Stress aggravates many physical problems, and back pain is no exception. More stress means tighter muscles and reduced circulation of important nutrients in your back tissues. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress.

If you need more help managing your long-term back pain, contact your doctor and if they recommend receive routinely massages, contact our massage clinic in Tacoma.

How to Fix Your Posture while Working

How to Stop Hunching at Your Desk

Everyone knows that you’re not supposed to hunch forward on your desk chair, but most of us find ourselves falling back into the habit over and over again. It’s easy to see why, too. After all, not only does our computer posture encourage us to lean in, but our screens have the effect of being able to absorb our consciousness and take our minds off of what we’re doing with our bodies.

Fortunately, there are measures we can take to keep our minds on our backs while we work. Consider placing a pair of tennis balls behind your back while you sit at your computer, with one positioned on either side of the spine. Hold them in place between your back and your chair so that you are constantly conscious of the position of your back. Not only will this remind you of good ergonomics, but you can also lean back into the balls to massage your back muscles and foster good blood flow through your tissues.

For more tips on maintaining a healthy, strong back, talk to our Tacoma foot massage clinic.

Avoid Back Pain While Running

Running is a great way to get the regular exercise you need to stay healthy. It fosters good circulation while working out your core muscles, giving you a strong and healthy back. On the other hand, runners experience a repetitive stress on their spines, which can often result in lower back pain. If you enjoy a good run as part of your regular workout, consider the following tips to minimize the risk of getting injured:

  • Never forget to warm up before your runs.
  • Stretch out your hamstrings twice a day.
  • Look for exercises that tone your core muscles in your abs and lower back.
  • Always wear comfortable running shoes that give you the arch support you need.
  • Try to run only on rubber tracks, earth, or similarly yielding surfaces. Avoid hard surfaces, like cement.
  • If you have back problems, consider switching to bicycling for a while.
  • Keep track of any pain you develop, and how your run affects it. This information will be good to share with your doctor.
  • Regular massages from our Tacoma foot massage clinic can do wonders to keep your muscles loose and avoid pain after your run.

If the pain persists, please seek professional assistance. If the muscle soreness is minor, try getting our table massage at our Tacoma location.

Tips for Back-Friendly Weightlifting

Lifting weights can be a great way to strengthen your core and lower body, but also prevent back pain. If done improperly, lifting weights can injure your back and make matters much worse. If you’re planning on starting a weightlifting routine, consider the following safety tips:

  • Some exercises are particularly tough on your back. These include the clean-and-jerk, the deadlift, and squats. Don’t try these exercises unless you know that your back is up to the task.
  • Never lift weights without warming up and stretching the appropriate muscles first.
  • Be mindful of your limits; if you’re feeling too much pain while you lift, reduce the weight and increase your repetitions for a while.
  • If you want a workout that will go easy on your back, consider using training machines instead of free weights.
  • You can benefit from regular massages to keep your muscles loose and healthy. Contact our Tacoma foot massage clinic for more information.

Always consult with a professional trainer or doctor to see which exercises work with your body. After you have exercised and feel soreness or tension in your muscles, stop by Tacoma Sunshine Foot Relax to relieve those sore muscles.

Massage Away your Headaches!

Did you know that our Tacoma body massage clinic can help you overcome your headaches and muscle tension? It’s true! Many tension headaches, representing the most common variety of headaches, can be traced to muscular problems in your neck, shoulders, or back. By identifying problem muscles and applying simple back or scalp massage treatments, we can save you a lot of pain.

Tension headaches can come and go, often lasting anywhere between less than an hour to a full week. If you suffer from such headaches for more than fifteen days out of the month for three straight months, you might have chronic tension headaches. There could be any number of reasons for these, and they can be difficult to pin down, but Sunshine Foot Relax Tacoma can get you on your way to identifying your problems and making sure that you find the lasting relief that you deserve.

Visit our massage clinic at our Tacoma location today!

Herniated Discs

A herniated disk is a problem that occurs when the soft, rubbery disk between a pair of vertebrae swells up and becomes pinched by the bony edges of your spinal bones. This can cause a lot of pain, numbness, and weakness in the extremities, or there may not be any symptoms at all.

The causes of a herniated disk are not always clear, though there seems to be some factors that contribute to a higher risk. These include all of the following:

  • Smoking: People who regularly inhale nicotine and other smoke-related toxins are depriving their spine of valuable nutrients, which compromises its ability to repair itself and stay healthy.
  • Being Overweight: If you’re carrying extra weight, particularly weight in the gut area, you are putting extra strain on your lower back.
  • Too Much Sitting: The human spine does not like to sit down. If you find yourself sitting for lengthy periods of time, plan to take periodic breaks to stand up and stretch.
  • A Weak Core: It’s only by building up strong muscles in your abdominal and lower back regions that you can properly support the weight that rests on your spine.

Try performing regular core-strengthening exercises, and consider regular lower back massages from our Tacoma foot massage clinic to maintain good back health.