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We can help you determine if you might be overtraining

You can’t flip open a magazine or turn on the television without seeing or hearing someone going on and on about the multitude of benefits from getting regular exercise. No doubt each of those messages will be accompanied by recommendations of what to do, how long to do it for, and what results you might see as a result. And so we piece these recommendations together and suddenly find ourselves working out hard every day, sometimes multiple workouts in the same day. But is that much exercise a good thing?

 

In short, it depends. Many athletes engage in multiple workouts every day. For the non-athlete, however, doing that much without the proper coaching can do more harm than good. The term we use to describe exercising too much is “overtraining”. It is likely that almost every athlete and most health-conscious exercisers have experienced this to some degree, even without realizing it. If ignored, overtraining can set you back and even lead to injury.

 

We recognize overtraining by noting certain symptoms that tend to cluster together. For example, lack of energy, being easily fatigued, and feeling irritable are strong indicators of overtraining. Other reliable gauges are a lack of motivation to exercise, frequent sickness, prolonged muscle soreness, and lack of progress. These symptoms, especially when experienced together, make a convincing argument that you are overtraining.

 

There are an array of remedies for overtraining, and most are quite simple and economical. Rest, taking a few days off for an extended recovery period, is often the most effective intervention. Take the time to analyze your nutrition and hydration to make sure it is sufficient for the activities you are engaging in. Meet with a certified personal trainer to examine your exercise program so that it can be made more efficient and specifically tailored to your goals. Have session with a licensed massage therapist to help with muscle soreness and fatigue. Try a Pilates, yoga, or a spin class if these are not in your usual routine.

 

If after reading this article you are questioning whether you might be overtraining, please consult any member of the staff here at Worcester Fitness. We can help you determine if you might be overtraining and can recommend an appropriate intervention to get you back on track. As they say in medicine, “the dose makes the poison.” This is as true of exercise as it is with everything else. Be vigilant, work hard, play hard, and never be afraid to reach out and ask a professional for advice.

Back Pain Action Plan

By Christopher Jones, Worcester Fitness Massage Therapist

Low back pain is one of the most common pain complaints in the United States, with about 80% of people having at least one incident of back pain in their lifetime. Globally, back pain causes more disability than 291 other health problems. In one study conducted in a joint effort between Australian and US-based researchers, 20 years of data from 187 countries showed that just over one-third of work-related disability was related to low back pain. That is a lot of missed work, missed play, and missed opportunities every day. So how did we get to a point where back pain is so common?

Let’s start with a quick look at the back. The back is a strong, supportive structure made up of the bones of the spinal column (24 vertebrae, sacrum, coccyx,) the shock-absorbing discs between the vertebrae, and all of the muscles and connective tissue responsible for movement and stability of the spine. Housed within the protective confines of the spine is the spinal cord, and between the vertebrae are the nerves that extend out to all parts of the body. When the back is strong and healthy, all of these structures work harmoniously to let us work, play, and live our lives. When back pain is experienced, however, it can make it difficult to engage in even the most basic of activities.

Back pain can have many causes, including degenerative joint disease (also called osteoarthritis), disc degeneration, bulging disc or disc herniation, spondylolisthesis (one vertebrae slips forward), spinal stenosis (narrowing of the canal inside the spinal cord), tumors, and infection. Please note that these conditions can be present and produce no pain symptoms whatsoever. Unfortunately, the most common type of back pain is what is called “non-specific low back pain” where there is no apparent cause for the pain. Other factors that can contribute to back pain include prolonged periods of inactivity, poor lifting techniques, high-impact sports and activities, excessive sitting, and previous back injury. A growing body or current research also points to many psychological factors (anxiety, depression, job satisfaction) as contributing to back pain.

The good news to all this is that the best preventative strategy and treatment method for back pain is to keep moving! Regular physical activity, even something as simple as walking, has been shown to be the most effective tool to prevent and recover from episodes of back pain (especially non-specific low back pain). The best evidence for back pain management shows the effectiveness of a positive outlook on recovery, engaging in as many normal daily activities as possible, maintaining an active lifestyle, and the strategic short-term use of medication when needed. Interventions like heat, physical therapy, massage therapy, yoga, and psychotherapy have also been shown to be effective additions for the treatment and prevention of back pain.

Here at Worcester Fitness, we have a team of professionals ready to help with the prevention and treatment of back pain. Whether you are looking to improve your fitness with one of our experienced trainers, looking for pain relief from our expert massage therapists, or are wanting see if yoga or one of our pool exercise classes is a good fit for you, our team is ready to answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Back pain, despite the numbers, does not have to be something that “just happens” or keeps you from enjoying the things you love to do. With the right steps, and some expert guidance, you can get back on track!

Massage Therapy and Oncology

Oncology Massage

By Dani Eagan, Massage Therapist
Worcester Fitness • Email Dani 

Over 1.5 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone. Chances are cancer has effected you or someone you love.
Oncology Massage is tailored and unique to every individual based on many factors including but not limited to their treatment and their symptoms.

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Over 1.5 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone.

1.5 Million New Cases

A trained Oncology Massage Therapist will complete an assessment to your individual treatment plan. This will include a full health history including your cancer history, treatments and symptoms. We will also discuss any and all goals you may have. Session goals as well as long term treatment goals. Goals can consist of anything from scar tissue and increased range of motion to something as simple as relaxation and general pain relief. Goals can be changed at anytime. Even with goals and constant treatment limitations and modifications may be life long. A part of this process is finding your new normal and to going from there. Due to contraindications and treatments you want to make sure that you are seeing an Oncology Certified Massage Therapist.

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We will also discuss any and all goals you may have. Session goals as well as long term treatment goals.

Oncology Massage

The majority of Oncology Massage is meant to be comfort oriented focusing on relaxation and pain relief. the other side of that may be more therapeutic and include techniques that can help with your rehabilitation. Regardless of what stage you are in Oncology Massage has proven to increase quality of life and your over all wellbeing.
A 2014 study showed that 100% of patients who received a 1 hour relaxation massage 3 times a week for 7 weeks experienced: Stress reduction, Increased comfort, relaxation and quality of life. As well as Decreased fatigue and nausea.

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There are many forms of cancer. Oncology Massage helps with Physical, Psychological and emotional relief, not only for patients but caregivers as well.

Relief

Oncology Massage has been proven to provide help with many ailments, including but not limited to: Anxiety, depression, Pain, Nausea, fatigue, healing, peripheral neuropathy, immune system support, symptom relief, as well as physical, psychological and emotional side effects from the cancer as well as the treatments.
There are many forms of cancer. Oncology Massage helps with Physical, Psychological and emotional relief, not only for patients but caregivers as well.