The Psychological Benefits of Touch

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is often thought of as a way to relax and unwind – And it is! But did you know there is a vital psychological component to massage as well? Touch is one of the most important cues human beings need to be able to form relationships, cooperate with one another and be healthier, too.

Touch is often overlooked and under-appreciated in our society. Many people are spread out and they remain in their homes more than before, communicating via smartphones and computer screens, instead of having face to face conversations and being close to one another. There is an emphasis for people to have a wide berth of personal space and not touch anyone else. But science is proving that human beings need touch more than they think. In fact, it seems to be imperative to good emotional and physical well-being.

The sad conditions of Romania’s orphanages from the 1960’s to the 1980’s is an example of how bad things can get when babies and infants are not held. During those years, contraception became restricted, abortions were outlawed and childless couples were taxed, in hopes of boosting the population, but over one hundred thousand children ended up in understaffed state run institutions because they could not be cared for. There was one nurse to over 20 infants and as a result, these infants did not get touched often. The psychological effects were astounding. They were void of expression, could not form bonds with others, and had issues so severe that many of them remain in institutions as adults.

When infants are touched often, it increases oxytocin levels in the brain and also seems to activate growth, attachment and response. When infants are not touched, the results are usually disastrous. They do not perform well cognitively, they do not form relationships and they are oftentimes disturbed. But it’s not just infants. When adults who are otherwise of sound mind and body get put into isolation, they quickly unravel and become disoriented, agitated and prone to hallucinations. We need human contact to be mentally healthy.

Where does touch come into all of this? One might think, sure we need some friends but why the emphasis on touch, specifically? Because scientific studies have parsed out touch versus socialization and discovered touch may be more important to well-being than socializing, alone.

For instance, When 20 premature infants were transferred to a normal care nursery, they were given ten minutes of touch therapy and stimulation three times a day. Compared to the other babies, they gained 47% more weight per day and scored higher on alertness and motor coordination tests. They were tested at eight months and twelve months, as well, and the benefits were still apparent. [1]

Infants aren’t the only ones who benefit from touch. When adolescent HIV patients were given massage therapy with their treatment, they reported less anxiety and depression, but also had an increased white blood cell count and immune response, compared to the ones who did not receive massage. [2] Some studies suggest the simple act of hugging other people can boost our own immune response. [3] Because of this, touch is starting to gain traction in nurseries and with the elderly, who are less sick and depressed if they receive massage. In fact, some programs pair elderly people with orphaned babies, for cuddle sessions and care, to their mutual benefit.

Human beings are social creatures. We depend on one another and need close relationships more than many of us would like to admit. Even more so, we need intrapersonal touch. Perhaps not everyone has a circle of friends, family, and lovers to fill that need. Long days at work, relocations, and digital communication seem to be pulling us all away from the tighter, tribal circles we once had. But this doesn’t have to be the way we live. Reach out and touch the people around you, visit people who may be lonely, volunteer to cradle infants, or get a massage on a regular basis. Studies show it will make you happier, healthier, and smarter.

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The best 5 health advantages of consistent therapeutic massage

The best 5 health advantages of consistent therapeutic massage

Massage TherapyMаѕѕаgе Thеrару Consciousness Wееk.” The medical experts at Nаtіоnаl Unіvеrѕіtу оf Hеаlth Sсіеnсеѕ would like ѕоmеоnе tо bе аwаrе of thе best fіvе hеаlth аdvаntаgеѕ of uѕіng соnѕіѕtеnt massage treatment tо уоur wеll-bеіng аlѕо wеll being tесhnіԛuе.

Mаѕѕаgе trеаtmеnt from an аuthоrіzеd ѕресіаlіѕt can:

Reduced ѕtrеѕѕ

Thе continual results оf pressure mіght take emotional іn аddіtіоn to рhуѕісаl tоllѕ. Therapeutic massage might reduce stress and аlѕо situations related to іt, just like tеnѕіоn hеаdасhеѕ.

Bооѕt immune ѕуѕtеm performance

Health care study ѕіgnіfіеѕ that thеrареutіс mаѕѕаgе can really help іnсrеаѕе immune ѕуѕtеm ѕtrеngth by boosting the рhуѕісаl асtіvіtу dеgrее оf the bоdу’ѕ all-natural “killer T сеllѕ ,” which deal with viruses .

Imрrоvе рѕусhоlоgісаl health and wеll bеіng

Studу ѕuggеѕtѕ thаt indications оf ѕtrеѕѕ , раnіс together wіth depression ( almost аll correlated wіth psychological wеll-bеіng ) mіght be іnѕtаntlу іmрасtеd with thеrареutіс massage .

Tаkе care of the раіn

Suffering саn еаѕіlу nеgаtіvеlу affect a реrѕоn’ѕ vаluе of life and аlѕо іmреdе restoration from аіlmеnt or еvеn іnjurіеѕ. Mоѕt rесеnt dіѕсоvеrіеѕ еmрhаѕіzе thе role of mаѕѕаgіng іn раіn mаnаgеmеnt .

Enhаnсе рhуѕісаl fіtnеѕѕ

Exclusive and also recreational аthlеtеѕ similar wіll bеnеfіt frоm mаѕѕаgе thеrару-mаѕѕаgе hеlрѕ to reduce muѕсlе tіѕѕuе strain , dеvеlор еxеrсіѕе funсtіоnаlіtу and put оff injuries .

( ѕоurсе – American Thеrареutіс Massage Association )

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Back Pain and the Workplace

Even if your only job function is to sit and stare at a computer screen for eight hours a day, your back or neck may be paying the price. Often, problems stem from a variety of bad habits. Long stretches of immobility, frequent or repetitive movements (even typing), lifting and carrying heavy loads, and working while fatigued may all be contributing to your woes. Now’s the time to do something about it and to prevent further injury.

Standing desks are the latest rage because apparently sitting can kill you. But just using a standing desk isn’t going to do much ergonomic help if you’re standing incorrectly. Follow this checklist to make sure your standing posture is doing your body good:

  • Keep your head up and sitting directly over your shoulders
  • Position your shoulders directly in line with your pelvis
  • Tighten your core abdominal muscles
  • Tuck in your butt muscles
  • Keep your feet slightly apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other
  • Bend your knees slightly and never lock them

If you haven’t yet been able to talk your boss into shelling out the money for a standing desk, you’re likely to be sitting for the majority of your day. Just as there’s a proper way to stand, there are right and wrong ways to sit. And doing it the wrong way can do a number on your back. These quick tips will have you sitting pretty – and pretty comfortably – in no time:

  • Adjust your office chair, computer, and desk to ensure proper posture
  • Sit back in the chair to take advantage of the lumbar support
  • Keep your head and neck erect to prevent slouching
  • Adjust your seat and arm rest so that your working surface is level with your elbows
  • Keep your knees level with your hips (your legs should form a 90-degree angle to the floor); use a phone book or small box if your legs don’t quite reach the floor
  • Take frequent stretching or walking breaks

Of course, the right office chair will help you on your way to achieving the perfect sitting posture. Take a look at the ten best office chairs as determined by Gear Patrol (and feel free to forward the link to your boss or office manager).

Your job may require you to lift heavy objects all day, or at least when you need to refill the water cooler. Improper lifting techniques are a sure-fire way to injure your back. You’ve heard all the techniques before, but they’re worth recommitting to memory:

  • Give yourself a wide base of support: place your feet shoulder-width apart with one foot slightly ahead of the other
  • Squat to lift, bending at hips and knees only (don’t bend your back)
  • Maintain proper posture: Look straight ahead, keep your back straight, puff your chest out, and throw your shoulders back
  • Lift the load slowly by straightening your hips and knees (again: not your back)
  • Don’t twist your torso as you lift
  • Hold the load as close to your body as possible
  • Use your feet to change directions (don’t twist your upper body)
  • Never lift a heavy object above shoulder level

Back and neck pain are all-too-common problems. Adopt these techniques and you’ll be standing, sitting, and lifting your way to a much happier and healthier you.