Friday, August 21, 2015

Reducing Avoidable Pressure Injuries

Pressure Injury from Wheelchair - Academy Massage Therapy - Massage Therapist Winnipeg

Pressure injuries are areas of damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by constant pressure or friction. 

Other terms by which this condition is known are pressure sores, bed sores and decubitus ("lying down") ulcers. Pressure injuries can develop when your skin and soft tissue press against a hard surface for a prolonged period of time. Under this external pressure, the blood supply is cut off, limiting oxygen supply and decreasing nutrients to the cells. Lack of blood supply can cause the skin tissue in this area to become damaged. This may result in the formation of an ulcer. The most common positions for pressure injuries are the back of the head, shoulders and shoulder blades, spine, tailbone (sacrum), elbow, heel, buttocks, and hipbones.

A pressure injury can develop in as short as 30 minutes if there is high pressure in a small area. Increased pressure over short periods of time and slight pressure for longer periods has been shown to cause equal damage.

Pressure injuries affect people who have decreased mobility and are most common among the elderly since their skin generally is thinner and more delicate; however, these injuries can affect anyone at any age who may be confined to a bed or wheelchair. Another factor contributing to the intensity and duration of pressure is reduced activity; in today's lifestyle many occupations are sedentary, with long hours spent at the computer. Without frequent standing or repositioning, continued and prolonged sitting can result in the same condition as anyone confined to a bed or wheelchair.

The healing of pressure injury may take weeks or longer. If not properly addressed, they can lead to serious complications, including inflammation, bone and joint infections abscess, and even cancer. The good news is that pressure injuries are also highly preventable and, therefore, a strong focus on prevention should be the primary consideration. These preventative measures include regularly changing position at least once every one to two hours so that the pressure does not remain steady on one part of the body, good hygiene and proper skin care, a healthy diet complete with the right vitamins and nutrients, and weight management as obesity and even being underweight have been shown to be risk factors. As is smoking and not drinking a sufficient amount of water each day, which is vital in keeping the skin hydrated. Other ways to prevent the onset of pressure injuries include staying active with a healthy and sensible daily exercise regimen and following such simple tips as avoiding clothing that is too tight and restrictive. It is also important that you check your skin often to determine whether there may be the beginning signs of pressure sores, which are Stage 1 and the easiest and most effective to treat.

In short, the key to avoiding pressure injury is to avoid stress to the skin, through frequent movement or repositioning, nutrition, and sensible cleanliness habits.

Our trained and qualified therapists at Academy Massage can advise you on an appropriate physical program that will help improve and increase blood flow, build up muscle tissue, stimulate the appetite, and overall strengthen the body.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Benefits of Massage When Healing From An Injury

Benefits of Massage When Healing From An Injury - Academy Massage - Massage Therapist Winnipeg
Physical injuries can come upon us suddenly and may result from causes ranging from a serious accident or sporting mishap to a simple sprain or strain from a sudden incorrect movement. Whatever the cause, these injuries can affect each of us in a variety of ways, and may leave us with temporary discomfort or in chronic pain. Severity and symptoms may vary but generally each will require specific treatment, and most effectively a healing geared toward targeting the underlying cause of the injury. Many people upon suffering an injury seek quick relief from their physical distress by popping a pill for immediate - if temporary - relief. But there are other remedies to be considered that go directly to the root cause and do not come with the risk of side-effects often associated with prescribed or over-the-counter medications. One of the most effective and popular procedures is therapeutic massage. The benefits of massage are numerous and go beyond just relieving stiffness and soreness. While massage helps relieve pain in damaged muscles by sending anti-inflammation messages to muscle cells, it also aids in detoxification and stress relief, improved blood and lymph circulation, and even helps to prevent future injuries.

Physical rehabilitation for an injury can be a long, frustrating and even painful procedure. To that end, massage has been shown to be an important supplement to rehabilitation treatment in that it allows the injured area to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate. Deep tissue and trigger point massage breaks up the tissues in the muscle to speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process. Massage has even been proven effective in recovering from broken bones, providing relief from stiffness as well as restoring movement and providing relaxation, significantly decreasing or eliminating pain and settling anxiety.
Muscles that have been heavily strained through strenuous exercise or hard physical labour can -  with repeated use - lose their capacity to relax, causing chronically tight muscles and loss of flexibility. This can result in a predisposition to injuries, especially muscle pulls and tears and even decreased blood flow.

By committing to a continual massage program, you can hasten the recovery process after suffering an injury. As well, regular massage for maintenance allows the therapist to focus on key muscle groups and work specific tissues that can help maintain or improve your range of motion and muscle flexibility. Regular massage also allows a therapist the opportunity to locate your particular trouble spots, including those resulting from past injuries, and thus keep an eye on them so they do not develop further problems.

At Academy Massage our professional therapists specialize in the most effectively proven massage treatments, which include Sports InjuryMassage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Maintenance Sports Massage.  

Our therapists are dedicated to your health and physical well-being and invite you to call or visit our office to discuss our various massage techniques to decide what therapy is right for you and would be most effective to optimize your individual results.