Skip to main content

How Massage Can Help Soothe Sore Muscles

Have you ever tried a massage after undertaking vigorous exercise? Yes, the feeling is undeniably good, and it even seems to ease the pain. For a long time, both health professionals and athletes knew that massage enhances blood flow, lessens muscle stiffness and relieves inflammation. However, the role of massage in soothing sore muscles has never been debunked until recently.

Rigorous workout causes your muscles fibres to tear which causes an immune reaction, inflammation, as the body tries to repair the damaged tissue. This inflammation is what brings about the pain and discomfort. To uncover the role of massage in healing sore muscles, researchers enlisted 11 young male volunteers. These men would work out to exhaustion and undergo incisions in their thighs for the doctors to obtain some tissue for examination.

First, the researchers conducted a biopsy of each of the subject’s legs while at rest. Then, the young men were subjected to a vigorous cycling workout for 70 minutes. For each man, they massaged one thigh for 10 minutes and left the other one to heal independently. The examiners then biopsied each thigh muscle immediately after the massage. After allowing the subjects to rest for two-and-a-half hours, a third biopsy was done to track the progress of the muscle repair.

The massaged thighs showed a decrease in the reduction of cytokines, compounds responsible for inflammation. Also, there were more mitochondria, cell organelles accountable for converting glucose into energy in the massaged thighs. From these discoveries, they indicated that massage helps muscles to adapt to the needs of increased exercise.

Dr Tarnopolsky of McMaster University in Ontario says that massage is a much better substitute for anti-inflammatory drugs. This is because they tend to reduce the pain and inflammation at the expense of healing the muscles. In fact, he pointed out that using drugs such as aspirin, Aleve or NSAIDs may be detrimental to your health in the long run.

While seeking a professional massage may seem like a costly undertaking compared to popping an aspirin, it is now proven to be the healthier and more effective option. A good massage after an overwhelming workout can only be compared to a double-edged sword; it alleviates pain and inflammation while still allowing muscles to heal and grow.

Furthermore, if visiting a salon for a massage regularly is too expensive, you can learn the technique and employ it yourself. The growth in the use of things like foam rollers means it’s easy to get the things you need for effective self-massage. Better yet, your spouse or other members of your family can learn how to massage. This will be a healthier and cost-effective way to soothe your aching muscles.

Botox – No Longer Just For Wrinkles

Botox is derived from a nerve relaxant called botulism, which gives it a number of effects on the body. Initial excitement about the substance occurred when the medical world discovered that injected into older skin, it would ease out wrinkles for a period of about six months. Since then, many more uses have been found for the substance, so many that it is on its way to becoming a beauty all-rounder.

You look in the mirror and see that your face looks tired, but without being able to pinpoint exactly what is wrong. The grooves at the corners of your eyes and mouth do not exactly enhance your features, but neither condition is serious enough to warrant drastic surgical treatment. No need to worry; this muscle relaxant can give your face a “mini-lift”.

Hire a trained practitioner to inject it into the offending areas and see the glow of youth return as those lines vanish. Try to organise treatments so that the effects coincide with the occasions when you want to look your best, like job interviews and special dates.

Teenage years are often cursed with acne, caused by over-active sebaceous glands. Acne is an unpleasant condition that can leave the skin scarred and pitted, possibly for life. Botox has an inhibiting effect upon the production of oil and sweat in the glands. A trained practitioner will know how to treat the skin with tiny amounts of the muscle relaxant to deprive spots and pimples of the culture that they thrive in.

The same treatment may help to maintain hairstyles, since excess sweat about the hairline can shorten the life of an eye-catching blow-dry. Many women avail of sweat-inhibiting underarm injections just in advance of a special occasion, like a wedding or party, so as not to ruin expensive formal wear.

If you wake up every morning with sore and aching jaws, there is a strong chance that you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. Tooth grinding or bruxism is a condition that, if not addressed, can loosen teeth and eventually cause them to fall out. Experts agree that daily tensions or stress can cause bruxism, and that migraines are also a manifestation of stress. Injections administered along the jaw line by a trained practitioner will relax the muscles involved in bruxism, while the treatment along the forehead and temples may reduce migraines. This relaxing of the facial muscles will break the cycle of tension that contributes to the resulting pain.

Botox is useful in peripheral beauty treatments, such as lip enhancement. Today, beauty without full lips is unthinkable and injections about the upper lip will relax the muscular tissue, resulting in that sought-after, gravity defying plumpness. Remember to always seek expert advice.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implant surgery is considered safe and risk free. A dental implant is a device to support replacement teeth and allows your teeth to work the way they should. Typically they are made of titanium, a material the body accepts with no risks involved. Your bone will lock the implant into place. If you are considering implants, then there are several steps you will have to take with your dentist to make sure they are right for you.

The surgery is a rapid and pain free process. The surgery itself consists of placing the dental implant into your teeth bone through a surgical process. As you heal the implant will gradually fuse with your jawbone. The healing can take anywhere between weeks and months. In between this time you will have to go for regular check-ups to make sure everything is fusing well together. When the implant ‘bonds‘, a connector is placed on top of the dental implant and then a crown onto that. It is a simple process to have done and will change the way you look and feel.

Benefits and Risks

Dental implants are the next best thing to real teeth and they are strong and stable. An implant replaces a broken or missing tooth so it looks like a tooth, feels like one and functions like one. They are a long term solution and they are built to last. Dental implants mean you can carry on enjoying life, keep your teeth in your mouth and not in a cup as with dentures. They also help you retain the shape of your face and allow you to speak and eat as easily as before. Implants are a thousand times better than dentures because dentures can slip when you eat or talk and implants will keep your other healthy teeth in place.

Risks are minimal and some of them could be injury or damage to surrounding teeth, infection, nerve damage which can cause pain and possible sinus problems. You may also experience some tingling or numbness in your lips, chin or gums. All of these problems which happen in rare cases can be easily treated and cause minor problems to the patient.

Overall dental implants are a safe solution and are almost a risk free procedure.