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Massage Therapy Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain

October 29, 2015

Massage Therapy Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain

Do you suffer from chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia? You’re not alone—in fact, scientists estimate that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans age 18 or older. Between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with this musculoskeletal condition are women, although men and children can also have this disorder.

With the help of massage therapy, however, fibromyalgia patients can enjoy significant relief.

“Massage can bring a lot of benefits to fibromyalgia patients in terms of alleviating the pain and discomfort associated with the condition,” says Salifou N. Bishop, a licensed clinical massage therapist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore who treats people with fibromyalgia.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a group of signs and symptoms that include chronic pain in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. It is one of a collection of chronic disorders that often go hand-in-hand. Chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, sleep disorders, and several other chronic conditions often accompany fibromyalgia.

How Does Massage Benefit Fibromyalgia Patients?

Many fibromyalgia patients are choosing massage therapy as a complementary treatment, and with good reason! The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that up to 91 percent of people with fibromyalgia use some form of complementary and alternative medicine, and up to 75 percent use massage therapy.

Research indicates that massage therapy can benefit fibromyalgia sufferers in the following ways:

  • Reduce pain
  • Improve health status
  • Improve quality of life
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Decrease depression
  • Increase sleep hours
  • Improve quality of sleep over time
  • Reduce tender points
  • Decrease urinary CRF-LI (a biochemical marker of stress-related symptoms)
  • Decrease use of analgesics
  • Decrease cortisol levels
  • Decrease stiffness
  • Decrease fatigue
  • Be effective in an integrative treatment plan

Additionally, massage releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers!

Best Types of Massage for Fibromyalgia Pain

The following forms of massage therapy have been found to be most beneficial for fibromyalgia patients:

  • Trigger point therapy: Targets painful spots located in bands of muscle fibers, something people with fibromyalgia have more of.
  • Swedish massage: Combines kneading, gliding/sliding, beating, and friction techniques to promote circulation to nutrition-deprived parts of the body.
  • Myofascial release: Involves applying gentle, sustaining pressure into connective tissue, therefore eliminating pain and restoring motion by elongating muscle fibers.
  • Hot stone massage: Places heated, smooth, flat stones on key points of the body to use them as massage tools.
  • Passive stretching: Exerts an external force on a limb to move it into a new position, thus loosening up stiff muscles and joints caused by fibromyalgia.
  • Sports massage: Alleviates stress and tension built up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity, reduces heart rate and blood pressure, increases circulation and lymph flow, improves flexibility, and can help relieve fibromyalgia pain.

Always be sure to consult your doctor prior to getting massage for fibromyalgia pain relief. Your physician can recommend the best type of massage based on the severity of your condition, that way you can get the most from it.

Once you receive the go-ahead, call Infinity Massage Chairs at 603-347-6006 to discuss your options! We can help you find the perfect massage chair to help you relieve fibromyalgia pain in the comfort of your own home. Plus, since it is typically recommended that fibromyalgia patients receive frequent massage therapy, having your own massage chair will provide you with convenient relief. Learn more about Infinity Massage Chairs today!

What is White Glove vs. Standard Delivery?

October 15, 2015

Are you ready to buy an Infinity Massage Chair, but wondering how the delivery works for such a large item? Not to worry, you have options. Infinity offers both standard and white glove shipping—so whether you can handle the assembly on your own or you need assistance, we’ve got what you need.

What Does Standard Delivery Include?

Standard curbside delivery is included for free with every Infinity purchase. With standard delivery, you won’t encounter unpleasant surprises like hidden fees. The price you see is the price you pay for your Infinity Massage Chair.

Standard curbside deliveries are booked through our preferred carrier. Typically, the carrier calls in advance to set up a delivery date and time frame with you. Standard massage chair delivery does not include assembly, and the driver will usually leave it “curbside,” or at the end of your driveway.

How Long Does Standard Delivery Take?

Standard curbside delivery generally takes about 5 to 8 business days. Please note, however, that delivery time may vary based on the item you purchased (e.g.: made-to-order), item availability, shipping location, and other extenuating circumstances.

What is White Glove Delivery?

If you feel more comfortable with a professional bringing your chair into your home and assembling it, you can request White Glove Delivery for a nominal fee.

White glove service eliminates any stress of moving and assembling your chair. It includes a two-person delivery team who will place your massage chair in the room of your choice. The delivery agents will even bring it up two flights of stairs. Most importantly, white glove service includes full assembly.

Once your massage chair has been unpacked and installed, the delivery team will remove any debris from your home and ensure your chair is functioning properly. With white glove delivery, you’ll be stress free and enjoying your shiny new massage chair before you know it!

Who Provides White Glove Delivery?

Infinity Massage Chairs hires a third-party company to fulfill its white glove services. Our white glove company is reliable and professional, with agents located throughout the nation so we can get products to our customers in a timely manner.

How Long Does White Glove Delivery Take?

White glove delivery takes about 10 to 12 business days. The white glove agent will typically call you within 1 to 2 days of receiving your shipment to schedule your delivery.

What is a Remote Location?

Some Infinity Massage Chair customers may need to wait a little longer because they live in a “remote location.” Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you live in the middle of nowhere! This just refers to an area that is remote relative to the agent’s location and the majority of their customers. You may end up receiving your massage chair a bit later because the white glove agents often need to schedule special times to travel to particularly “remote” areas.

Regardless of the few extra days it may take to receive your Infinity Massage Chair via white glove service. you’ll be happy knowing your chair will be fully set up and taken care of.

When Will You Ship My Massage Chair?

Infinity typically processes and ships orders within 24 hours. If your order is submitted over the weekend, it will be processed on the following business day. Again, shipment time may vary pending unexpected situations.

How Can I Track My Shipment?

Our shipping department usually emails your tracking to you within 24 hours from when your massage chair has shipped. This will include a link to the carrier’s site, contact information, and your tracking number. You’ll be able to easily trace your shipment to have a more specific idea of when you’ll be receiving your massage chair.

Do you still have questions about your massage chair delivery and installation? Call our Infinity Massage Chair specialists today at 603-347-6006 to learn more! You can also browse our massage chairs at www.infinitymassagechairs.com.

What Kind of Massage is Best for Me?

October 1, 2015

What Kind of Massage is Best for Me?

We all have different needs when it comes to getting a massage, and there are many massage techniques to treat those needs. Before you lean back and let your massage chair do the work, here are some of the most common techniques and why you should use each one.

Swedish Massage

An increasing number of studies show the dangers of dealing with excess stress and anxiety. High levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can weaken the immune system and increase blood pressure. Massage combats the negative effects of stress by boosting serotonin (a feel-good relaxation hormone that regulates sleep) levels and lowering blood pressure and heart rate.

Go with a Swedish massage when you need a good chill sesh or a solid night’s sleep. The slow, rolling movements of Swedish massage works quickly to relax you. Try enjoying your Swedish massage toward the end of the day to maximize sleep results.

Deep Tissue Massage

If you have a desk job that keeps you sitting still for long periods, you probably experience daily muscle tightness. Those who have had past injuries leaving them with significant scar tissue in the muscles may also have tightness. Sitting in one position for 20 minutes causes your muscles to tighten and “mold.” A deep tissue massage, however, can effectively relieve severe muscle tension and improve your posture.

A deep tissue or myofascial massage targets the shoulders, hips, ankles, wrists, and mid-back. These areas tend to get tightest from typical overuse or seated inactivity. It also increases your mobility by breaking up adhesions and reducing scar tissue in stiff muscles, thus letting you get back to your normal lifestyle doing the activities you love.

Shiatsu Massage

We already know our muscles can hold painful tension, but what does that do to our nerves? Tight muscles also put pressure on the nerves and blood vessels, causing even more pain.

Shiatsu or trigger point massage therapy applies pressure to points of tension in the joints of your body. This technique sends a message to the area that is radiating pain to release the muscle. Because the Shiatsu method relieves tension by applying pressure to acupuncture points, it is best for those who can endure slight discomfort during the massage. Despite the firmness, however, your muscles will feel relaxed and you typically will not experience soreness afterwards.

Reflexology

Are you suffering from tension headaches? Perhaps you want to improve your digestion? Then consider a reflexology massage. Reflexology is a massage technique that focuses primarily on the feet. It is not, however, simply a foot massage. The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are “reflex” areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body.

For example:

  • Tips of the toes correlate to the head
  • Ball of the foot correlates to the heart and chest
  • Arch of the foot correlates to the liver, pancreas, and kidney
  • Heel correlates to the lower back and intestines

It is believed that the pressure sends signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress. People often get reflexology massages for conditions like:

  • Stress and stress-related conditions
  • Tension headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Sports injuries
  • Menstrual disorders, like premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Digestive problems, such as constipation
  • Back pain

Regardless of your reason for getting a massage, there is a technique for what you need. If you do have a pre-existing condition or injury, be sure to consult your physician prior to trying any form of massage. Once the doctor gives you the go ahead, remember than many Infinity Massage Chairs include combinations of these techniques so that you can enjoy the perfect massage! Call us today at 603-347-6006 to learn more.

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