For many adults, most of a typical work week is spent sitting at a desk hunched over a computer. While many professions require considerable time spent on these devices, it unfortunately means that proper posture often goes out of the window.
Sore muscles can lead to neck, shoulder, head and back pain, which may affect your overall quality of work. Instead of focusing on the correct seated posture, most workers attempt to find the most comfortable position to sit in for eight hours.
What are the perks of at-home back massages?
Instead of saving up money to visit a massage clinic every few months, you can invest in a back massager that allows you to reap the benefits from your very own home. Not only that, but engaging in weekly or bi-weekly massages will help soothe sore, tired muscles and loosen knots, which will promote better productivity at the office.
In fact, a study from 2011 that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that even though back pain is one of the most common workplace injuries, massages helped participants both feel and function better in comparison to those who did not receive the treatment.
“We found the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments,” lead author Dr. Dan Cherkin lead said in a statement.
Sitting for a prolonged period of time also leads to muscle imbalance, which can cause pain and tension. Often, people sit with their shoulders hunched forward at the computer, causing the chest muscles to become overly tight while the back muscles lose the strength needed to keep the shoulders back in proper posture. Additionally, the back muscles may tighten as they try to pull the shoulders into the correct alignment. Massaging your back muscles will help reduce this tension, allowing the shoulders to move back naturally, which will encourage the chest muscles to ease up.
Working through trigger points and knots in both your upper and lower back will transfer your focus during your work day from the pain in this body part to the tasks at hand. In addition to helping you feel better, at-home massages can also lead to improved sleep, which allows you to be more alert during the day.