Work a desk job? Here’s how massage therapy can help

Working a desk job can be stressful and, in some cases, painful. Sitting all day can take a significant toll on your body, causing chronic symptoms like exhaustion, insomnia, and pain in the lower back, neck, shoulders, and even legs. But luckily, there are things you can do to improve your physical health at work (and outside of it). One of these things is massage therapy - An incredibly beneficial form of self-care that's easy to incorporate into your lifestyle, providing many benefits beyond relaxation alone.

Are you interested in learning how massage therapy can improve your health and reduce painful symptoms? Take a break from the office grind and keep reading!

If you work a desk job, you might experience the following symptoms:

Several common health problems are associated with long hours spent sitting in front of a computer. Some of these include:

  • Chronic neck, shoulder, lower back, thigh, or knee pain.

  • Postural problems, causing strain or spasms in the neck or upper back.

  • Insomnia, which causes chronic fatigue.

  • Tension headaches caused by stress and tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back area.

  • Mental health issues like anxiety or depression (which often contribute to chronic pain).

Unfortunately, most office workers who deal with these symptoms take prescription medications to help them get by. These medications can have harmful side effects, while incredibly effective, long-term solutions for symptom management, such as massage therapy, yoga, and physiotherapy, are disregarded.

How can massage therapy help?

If you spend your days sitting in front of a computer, the chances are that you've experienced at least one (but likely many) of the symptoms listed above. Massage therapy is a naturally effective way to improve your physical and mental health and job satisfaction. Here's how:

  • Massage therapy can help with posture.
    If you regularly experience muscle and joint pain, chances are poor posture plays a big part in aggravating your symptoms. Poor posture is caused by a muscular imbalance in the core and back, which results in muscle tightness, joint stiffness, and chronic pain. Massage therapy goes to the root of the problem by relaxing tight muscles and promoting balance and stability.

  • Massage therapy can help with flexibility.
    Sedentary lifestyles cause our muscles and joints to tighten, restricting our range of motion and leading to more frequent injuries and pain. Regular massage therapy lengthens the muscle fibres, opens and lubricates the joints, and decreases swelling in the body. This increases and maintains flexibility and range of motion, meaning fewer injuries and symptoms of chronic pain.

  • Massage therapy can help with mental health.
    Some of the most significant problems experienced by today's office workers aren't physical - They're psychological. With poor job satisfaction, depression, and anxiety levels through the roof, people need more effective solutions to improve their mental health.

    Massage therapy has incredible effects on mental health as it increases serotonin and dopamine levels. This considerably improves mood and reduces anxiety and depression.

  • Massage therapy can help reduce headache and migraine occurrence and severity.
    As mentioned in the previous section, most office workers suffer from tension headaches and migraines caused by tightness in the upper back and neck muscles. Luckily, studies1 have shown that people suffering from frequent tension headaches often experience relief after just one or two massage therapy sessions.

  • Massage therapy can help with pain management.
    Massage improves local circulation and reduces tension in painful muscles, tendons, and joints. Plus, it increases our body's pain tolerance by impeding pain messages in nerve pathways to and from the brain and increasing healthy, mood-boosting, pain-killing hormone levels (such as dopamine and serotonin).

  • Massage therapy can help with sleep quality (and energy levels).
    Massage therapy naturally increases our serotonin levels. Serotonin is an essential component in the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps us function during the day, then sleep when the lights go out. That's why massage therapy is the perfect natural remedy for those struggling to get a good night's sleep - leaving us feeling more rested, less fatigued, and happier.

Massage therapy is a VITAL addition to your self-care routine...

And this is especially true if you spend most of your working life sitting behind a desk. Sitting all day puts a lot of pressure on your back muscles and shoulders - even if you have good posture.

Massage therapy offers abundant mental health benefits and can also help with physical health, posture, and flexibility - Making it the perfect solution for office workers whose overworked bodies need a little extra TLC.

...And with the BigToe app, it's easier than ever to get a massage!

If you work a desk job, you probably related to many - or all - of the common symptoms we just mentioned. Are you getting sick and tired of never feeling your best? We can help.

With Bigtoe, we bring the massage to you with our mobile massage3 program. This saves you valuable time and allows for a zero-fuss approach to massage therapy. Are you interested in learning more? Download the BigToe app3 to book your next massage session! 

Let's begin!