It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and one can never be too mindful of the impact one faces due to stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Fortunately, there are many acts of self-care that can aid in reducing the toll of everyday stressors on your mental health, such as getting a massage!
Reduce stress and anxiety — During a massage, the body reduces its levels of a hormone called cortisol, which in high amounts can be responsible for the exacerbation of stress and anxiety levels. The release of this hormone also allows us to breathe easier, which is directly related to our ability to relax and operate in an emotionally healthier state. Furthermore, when stress levels are low, the body’s ability to heal itself is at its utmost potential.
Better Mood — Massages stimulate the release of serotonin and endorphins into the bloodstream, which are the hormones primarily responsible for elevating moods. Many studies have shown that massages can aid in combating depression in people experiencing chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia. Pain blockers, which can reduce chronic pain, are also components that can be released into the body via a massage.
Sleep better — Receiving massages causes your muscles to relax and release tension, which enables you to sleep better at night. Sleep quality often improves because of the release of serotonin, which is often a calming agent to help you relax.
Who knew that releasing physical tension could also help release mental tension?
As Earth Day draws near, we should keep in mind that April 22nd isn’t the only day we should take care of our planet — it’s every day! Here are some simple lifestyle swaps that can help you go green:
Use reusable shopping bags! — Approximately 100,000 sea turtles and other marine animals die each year because they are strangled by bags or mistake them for food. Though plastic bags may seem like an easy way to do simple errands and grocery shopping, a simple way to help prevent the negative environmental impacts is to use reusable bags for grocery shopping — stores such as Target, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s even give discounts for doing so!
Use reusable straws! — Even though they’re usually made of plastic, straws are too lightweight to be recycled, and end up either contaminating recycling loads or being disposed of as garbage. Instead of using a plastic straw, get a reusable straw — come in twice a week for a massage and get rewarded with your own stainless steel (and recyclable!) straw to help keep plastic out of our oceans.
Walk more! — As the weather gets warmer, it is becoming more and more tempting to leave the car keys hanging, close that Uber app, and walk to work. Conserve the earth’s fuel and use your own by getting in some exercise to start your day.
Skip bottled water! — According to Ban the Bottle, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles last year, but only recycled 38. Get a reusable water bottle to carry with you instead, so you can stay hydrated while you save the planet. Come on in twice a week and you can also win a reusable water bottle!
Change starts with simple actions, but most of all, it starts with YOU!
How Chiropractic Care Connects With America’s Favorite Pastime
Erle V. Painter is just as famous in the chiropractic world as Babe Ruth is in the sports world. For all thirteen years he was on the Yankees’ payroll, he was widely considered one of the most valuable men to the team despite not hitting a single home run. As the team chiropractor and trainer, Painter was responsible for the well-being and peak performance of the team, including Babe Ruth himself. But why was chiropractic care so important to the Yankees?
Increased flexibility and Range of Motion – Realignment of your bones and joints during an adjustment creates a foundation for better physical performance. A healthy spine helps ensure that your body’s movement at its peak efficiency.
Preventative Care – Chiropractic care undoes some of the impact your body undergoes while playing sports, decreasing your risk of injury. Strenuous workouts can overwork your muscles as they grow, causing tension to build up between your bones. Chiropractic adjustments help dissolve that tension and decrease the wear and tear on your body.
Decrease muscle soreness from intense workouts – Chiropractic care relieves soreness, stiffness and tension in the body that cause sore muscles.
Natural pain relief for joint pain – Regular adjustments can reduce inflammation and improve the affected joint and nervous system by realigning the spine.
Chiropractic care is a great way to keep one’s body in peak condition, as regular chiropractic adjustments have been proven to improve joint mobility, function, and overall health. Baseball players such as Babe Ruth relied on chiropractic care to improve muscle strength and long jump distance.
Many workplace innovations have been suggested and implemented to improve workplace ergonomics — ie. yoga balls, treadmills, and standing desks.
There has been a link between reducing sedentary time and improving physical, mental and metabolic health. Sitting for long hours has been linked to stress-related injuries, back and neck pain and so many other issues.
Burns more calories (not that many) — Choosing to stand instead of sitting for an afternoon of work has been shown to burn an additional 170 calories more than sitting does.
It may lower blood sugar levels and risk of heart disease — Sitting after your meals and remaining sedentary often causes spikes in blood pressure levels.
Reduce back and neck pain — Neck and back pain are the most common complaints of office workers, often caused by long hours in an uncomfortable position at one’s desk.
Improve mood and energy — Sitting and remaining sedentary for extended periods of time has been linked to increased risk of developing depression and anxiety. People who stand at their desks report less stress and fatigue than those who remain sedentary.
If you are going to implement a standing desk in your office, keep in mind that you should EASE into your transition; beginning with standing for thirty minutes a day and gradually increasing standing time. It is also important to note that certain tasks are better performed while seated, especially tasks that use fine motor skills.
But, if your company isn’t shelling out $ for the newest gadgets. Here are a few cost-effective ways to ease you out of your sedentary life:
Try to maintain a correct posture while standing
Use a floor mat below you to soften your stance
Try to avoid looking down at the computer screen by adding a lift for proper alignment for your line of vision
Wear comfortable shoes that limit the impact that standing has on your knees and back.
And MOST importantly, use some tips and tricks provided by our office because MaxWell wants you to GET UP OFF THAT CHAIR!
Cupid never misses, and neither should you. If you’re still looking for a last-minute gift for your beloved valentine, here are a few MaxWell Medical-approved gifts that are guaranteed to hit the spot:
Don’t mask your feelings!– Keep your significant other AND your relationship bright and glowing by gifting them collagen-soaked Korean sheet masks; the ultimate symbol of self-love and self-care.
Are you nuts for your sweetheart? – Nuts are a great source of proteins, antioxidants, nutrients and help you live longer. Show your partner you’ll always want them around by gifting them a delicious bag of trail mix.
Your love can’t be beet – Veggie Go’s vegan and gluten-free beet bites are tasty, strawberry-flavored gummies that are a great way to eat the veggies you don’t always want to taste. What can we say? Sometimes the best gifts are small and sweet.
Show them they’re your main squeeze– Stress balls help relieve stress, boost your blood circulation and are commonly used as a meditation tool. Drop by MaxWell and we’ll provide you with a heart-shaped stress ball to give your love.
Less is more unless it’s love… MaxWell Wants You to LOVE More!
Before you head out the door this summer be sure to grab your sunscreen, sunglasses and bottled water… and a roller ball or two!
Essential oils have been around for years and their benefits are widely known. Technically speaking, aromatic molecules of essential oils interact with sensors in your nasal cavity, lungs, pores, and more. Once engaged, these sensors emit signals to the rest of your body–including your limbic system.
Inhaling essential oils may be one of the fastest ways to create physiological or psychological benefits. Essential oils can also enter the skin directly and your skin is the largest organ in your body!
Our most popular roller blends are:
-Focus- which contains peppermint and lemon. It helps to keep you centered and clear.
-Chill Out- which contains lavender, stress away, and copaiba. It helps to relax and unwind.
-Relief- which contains copaiba, panaway, and peppermint. It is most beneficial as post-workout support.