Self-Massage: An Inexpensive Solution

Self-Massage: an inexpensive solution

Massage Therapy is a great way to alleviate tense and sore muscles. However very few people can afford the luxury of visiting a massage therapist every week.

The good news is that in most cases a professional massage isn’t always a necessary first step. Self-massage is a popular method of massage and involves the use of your hands to manipulate your own muscles by applying pressure to certain spots.

When done correctly, self-massage provides the benefits of reducing pain, inflammation and swelling, it can improve immune function, reduce anxiety and assist in the promotion of a more active lifestyle.

All you need is a good quality Emu Oil, ten fingers and a little knowledge on the following techniques.

Self-Massage: an inexpensive solution

Self-Massage for Headaches

Headaches are by far the most common ailment and can be caused by stress or posture. Luckily there is an easy way to alleviate the pain through self-massage.

Simply:

  1. Apply a small amount of Emu oil to your fingers.
  2. Lower your shoulders and straighten your neck and back.
  3. Place the pointer and middle fingers of each hand on the base of the back of your skull, fingertips touching.
  4. Apply gentle pressure and slide your fingers outwards following the point where your neck and skull meet, or downwards towards the base of the neck.
  5. Continue to do this for 5 minutes, focusing on the areas of the neck that feel the most tense and painful.

 

Self-Massage: an inexpensive solution

Self-Massage for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is also a common form of muscle pain, mostly due to our modern sedentary lifestyles or more serious workplace or recreational strains and injuries.

Simply:

  1. Sit on the floor, cross your legs and straighten your back.
  2. Apply a small amount of Emu oil to your fingers.
  3. Place your thumbs on the flat triangular bone at the bottom of your spine.
  4. Move your thumbs gently up and down a few inches each way, focusing further attention on areas that feel the most tense and painful.

 


Self-Massage: an inexpensive solution

Self-Massage for Wrist and Hand Pain

Most jobs involve using your hands repeatedly, whether it be at a computer clicking a mouse or packing boxes, this can take a toll on your muscles.

Simply:

  1. Apply a small amount of Emu Oil to your fingers
  2. Place your thumb from one hand over the wrist of another.
  3. Gently apply a small amount of pressure in a circular motion up and down the wrist.
  4. Next, move your thumb up to the hand to the meaty tissue that connects your thumb to the rest of your fingers.
  5. Gently apply a small amount of pressure in a circular motion.
  6. Apply the above to the other hand and wrist.


Safety

While self-massage is a great way to alleviate pain and stress without breaking the bank, it is important to be in tune with your own body. If you experience acute or major pain, or if self-massage fails to alleviate any pain after a few sessions, you should stop all self-massage immediately and see a medical professional. It is also important to not engage in self-massage if you currently suffer from fractures, burns, bleeding disorders, deep vein thrombosis, severe osteoporosis, severe thrombocytopenia or cancer.

The 3 most common types of Dermatitis to watch out for

The 3 most common types of Dermatitis to watch out for

Dermatitis is a term used by dermatologists to describe a common form of skin irritation. Dermatitis comes in many forms and usually causes itchiness, discomfort, dry skin, redness and a rash. In more severe cases Dermatitis may cause the skin to blister, become painful and flake off.

While Dermatitis isn’t contagious or life threatening, it is important to identify and control the symptoms as it can leave you self-conscious, uncomfortable and in pain.

The three most common types of Dermatitis to look out for are:

The 3 most common types of Dermatitis to watch out for

Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common skin condition that mainly effects areas of your scalp. It can cause itching, scaly red patches and dandruff. On occasion, Seborrheic Dermatitis can affect other areas of your body such as your face, nose, ears, eyelids and eyebrows.

The most common symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis are:

– Dandruff – tiny flakes of skin from your scalp, hair, facial hair or eyebrows.
– Redness
– Itchy Skin

While Seborrheic Dermatitis can sometimes disappear on its own, this can be accelerated with proper treatment such as:

– Deeply cleansing your hair and scalp with special shampoos and conditioners
– Massaging Emu oil into the effected areas daily.

The 3 most common types of Dermatitis to watch out for

Atopic Dermatitis, commonly known as Eczema is by far one of the most common and well-known skin conditions. It is more common amongst children but can flare up at any age.

The most common symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis can vary from person to person but the general symptoms include:

– Itchy skin – especially at night
– Dry skin
– Red patches, particularly on the hands, feet and the joints.
– Raised bumps
– Thickened flaky skin

While there is no cure for Atopic Dermatitis, it is still possible to apply treatment in order to prevent sporadic flare ups. This can be done by:

– Moisturizing your skin with emu oil and/or prescription ointments and lotions.
– Avoiding triggers such as excessive sweating, certain soaps and detergents that can cause irritation, dust and pollen
– Identify potential food allergies

The 3 most common types of Dermatitis to watch out for

Contact Dermatitis is a red itchy rash that occurs when direct contact is made between your body and a substance that you are allergic to. Many substances can cause allergic reactions such as certain cosmetics, fragrances from perfume or cleaning products, certain types of metals, or plants and animals.

After contact has been made with an allergen, a Contact Dermatitis symptom can develop within minutes to hours of exposure and can last for multiple weeks. The main types of Contact Dermatitis Symptoms to look out for are:

– Redness and a rash
– Dry itchy skin
– Swelling
– Blisters, sometimes oozing.

If you develop a rash that does not disappear within three weeks, grows over time or is painful, it is important to see a medical professional, otherwise it is possible to prevent or reduce the effects of Contact Dermatitis by:

– Avoiding known allergens
– Wearing protective clothing such as long pants and gloves
– Wash your hands and skin regularly with a hypoallergenic soap
– Apply emu oil gently to the affected area