Ask Chuck: Massage helps relieve workplace pain

By Charles Colson
Sept. 5, 2013 at 4:05 a.m.

Charles, my job is stressful both mentally and physically. Does that make sense? Do you have any great tips where massage will benefit me?

You know my answer is going to be "of course." It really doesn't matter the type of job we may have. Whatever you do will bring you some form of stress, which can manifest itself in workplace-induced pain.

For example, if you sit at a desk all day, you probably suffer from neck, shoulder or headache pain. Also, if you work in a factory or in construction, I bet you easily have ailments with back or joint pains.

Don't let any health professional tell you anything other than these pains are very real and happen quite often and can affect your life outside the workplace. This also can play an important role in loss of time at work.

According to Massage Today, there were studies performed in Canada that found that on-site massage therapy programs made a difference in combating the high incidence of musculoskeletal injuries.

Simply take this article to your boss, and I'm sure he will order massage therapy treatments for everyone, right? Yes, in a perfect world. Believe it or not, many companies are actually reviewing this for better job performance.

It still wouldn't hurt to take the boss this article, and maybe you can be lucky and speed the process up. I bet many employees would jump through hoops if they knew they were getting massage therapy on a regular basis.

Tell me who your CEO is, and I'll email him this vital information for you. These studies showed how well job performance improved from just allowing employees a 20-minute session once a week.

This seated massage session can easily be added as a simple thank you to all employees. So, I am very serious. If I can help make this happen for you, feel free to contact me. We'll be friends forever.

I work out regularly here in Victoria. I don't know what took place lately, but all of a sudden, my feet have become quite painful. I thought I was doing proper stretching since it seemed quite comfortable at the time of workout. I went to the doctor, and he said I had plantar fasciitis. Do massage therapists know what I have done wrong to cause this problem?

First of all, your doctor was right, and did he tell you what caused it? Let me explain. I realize that in so many cases stretching feels like the right thing to do when our muscles are tense. However, when it comes to the foot, stretching can cause a multitude of problems.

According to Massage Today, plantar fasciitis is caused by excessive stretching and overloading of the plantar fascia. This is the solid band of tissue at the heel of the foot. This area is never to be stretched. Believe me, this is surprising to me also but does make very good sense. Think about it for a minute. This is the part of the body that supports our full body weight. Let's see if there could be a rapid recovery solution.

We are talking about an example of a prime condition that involves what is called chronic reinjury. So therefore, devices and exercises in working this area could make the situation much worse. If you are not careful, you could actually reverse the healing process by tearing the plantar further.

So let's begin resting the foot. Next, treat the pain using a product called the ColdCure wrap, which is its trademark name. Now, to promote the healing process of the injury, apply a trademark product by the name of Best. For quick results, use Best each morning and at least two to three times daily.

Also, continue to use the ColdCure wrap often to protect your foot from further damage while you heal. Another great exercise to help your entire legs feel better is to at least once a day rest against the wall and put your legs straight up the wall for about 20-25 minutes.

This creates a perfect blood flow from your feet to your waist. Believe me, leg cramps will become minimal. This is excellent therapy at any age, male or female.

So can you feel a better night's sleep already? Sweet dreams.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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