A study published in 2009 in the International Journal of Neuroscience looked at the possible effects on anxiety, alertness and computational abilities after receiving a massage. The group consisted of 26 adults receiving massage and 24 adults in a control group. The massage group received 2 massages a week for 5 weeks, while the control group sat in a massage chair for the same duration. The study participants and control groups performed several evaluations and gave a salivary sample before and after the first and last massage sessions. What the researchers found was encouraging.

  1. Salivary cortisol levels decreased for the massage group, but not the control group.
    1. Cortisol is a hormone made in the adrenal glands that affect mood, motivation, and fear. It has many other functions in the body, many of which may be associated with workplace musculoskeletal disorders.
      1. Management of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats
      2. Helps to reduce inflammation
      3. Controls the sleep/wake cycle
      4. Regulates blood pressure
      5. Increase in Cortisol increases blood sugar
      6. Increases energy during stress
  2. Depression scores decreased for both groups, but job stress scores only decreased for the massage group.
  3. The speed and accuracy of mathematical computations were increased for the massage group. The control group outcome was unchanged.
  4. The overall mood state of both groups decreased, however only the massage group showed a decrease in anxiety levels.
  5. Brain function tests measured through EEG were different between the two groups.
    1. Frontal Delta power increase in both groups
      1. Frontal Delta Waves on EEG have been shown to indicate the level of psychological pain (depressive symptoms).
  6. Differences in Frontal Alpha and Beta power.
    1. The massage group showed a decrease in the frontal alpha and beta power on EEG
      1. Frontal alpha and beta power on EEG reflects an increase in alertness and creativity
    2. The control group showed an increase in frontal alpha and beta power on EEG.

BlueChip_OCM offers on-site employee massages as a wellness/first-aid benefit. Contact us today to start improving the health and productivity of your employees.

There are a few studies out there looking at the trend in the market value of a company and comparing that information to the organizations stock performance. One common finding: Companies that are the best to work for have several employee -friendly policies and perks and are very profitable. This allows them to recruit and retain top employees to their organizations.

The following is a link to the Glassdoor study from 2015 on the subject.

https://glassdoor.app.box.com/s/49y1ulkftvbpsbqjgeo1zh3lvijbb9uo

Our data from the industrial based massage program shows employees 100% satisfied with the care they receive along with an increase in morale after addition of the program. Contact us to help increase your employee morale and reduce your liability of musculoskeletal disorders.

In February of 2017 the American College of Physicians issued guidelines for the treatment of acute and sub-acute low back pain. They recommend trying non-drug related therapies first. The list includes massage, heat, acupuncture and spinal manipulation and mindful meditation.

This information supports the goal of BlueChipOCM Read more

The most recent Cochrane review of randomized control trials (RCT) involving relief of low back pain using massage was published in 2015. The review examined 25 RCT and found that massage was better than inactivity in the short term for pain relief. They also found that massage was better than active controls in the short and long term for pain relief. Read the full review at the link below.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001929.pub3/epdf
Read more

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the form of overexertion sprains and strains and repetitive trauma disorders continue to claim two of the top ten most common workplace injuries. It has become a huge cost to employers as the 2013 estimates for these conditions combined exceed $16 billion dollars. Employers are addressing these conditions by looking at ways to prevent the issue from happening, detect the issue early, and utilize an effective solution to manage the conditions.

Prevention is key and begins with an analysis of the workers environment. Typically this is referred to an ergonomist. These professionals analyze the workers environment to increase efficiency and decrease disorders arising from any undue stressors. Simply put, ergonomics fits the job to the person.

Educating employees on early detection of MSD is necessary to minimize impact on productivity and to increase the likelihood of quick resolution of the condition. When the symptoms of MSD are minimal and in the early stages conservative, first aid care can help speed the recovery process without the need for more costly interventions and can minimize productivity loss.

Read more

The Impact of Massage Therapy on Function in Pain Populations—A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials: Part I, Patients Experiencing Pain in the General Population

This review of literature regarding the effectiveness of massage therapy for treating pain was overall positive. They found that outcome for pain management using massage was better than sham, no treatment or active treatment. They also found that massage was beneficial for the treatment of anxiety. The authors conclusions based on the evidence in the studies reviewed suggest that massage therapy should be strongly recommended as a pain management option.

Follow the link to read the study.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4925170/

 

Raquel Baldelomar, Contributer, Forbes, April 1, 2016

Most people still view massages as a luxury item. They feel like they are spoiling themselves by booking a massage whether it’s a 30-minute massage, one-hour massage or a four-hour spa day. But some business leaders are starting to look at massage more as a necessity just like working out and eating healthy. Study after study keeps touting the benefits of massage. As a result, many executives are changing their mindset from thinking of massage as a nice treat to thinking of massage as an essential item in their routine that helps them perform at the top of their game. Here are five reasons why you should stop making excuses and book that massage today.