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Did you know today is World Population Day?

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Today July 11th marks World Population Day. What dos this mean?

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

This year they are raising awareness on the issue of Adolescent Pregnancy.

UNFPA advocates for the welfare of young people by:

• Promoting the human rights of adolescents
• Preventing HIV infection
• Engaging young people in decisions that affect them
• Supporting age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education
• Creating safe spaces for adolescent girls
• Encouraging abandonment of harmful practices
• Encouraging leadership

UNFPA supports healthy families by:

• Training health workers to deliver quality family planning services
• Supplying contraceptives in emergency situations
• Ensuring youth-friendly reproductive health care
• Providing counselling and choices to women who want to avoid or delay pregnancy
• Educating men on the benefits of birth spacing

UNFPA supports maternal health by:

• Training midwives and health workers
• Preventing and treating obstetric fistula
• Supplying clean birthing kits following disasters
• Strengthening emergency obstetric care
• Ensuring reliable supplies of essential medicines and equipment
• Enabling birth spacing

Join the discussion on Twitterand Facebook  #worldpopday

http://www.unfpa.org/public/world-population-day

 

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1 Really Big Reason Why My Job Rocks!

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I recently had the magnificent honour of giving a young adult their first massage therapy treatment. I do not say this lighty! I always get a buzz when I am give someone their first ever massage treatment…I know their lives will never be the same again!  And it has nothing to do with me, it’s all to do with them and how great massage therapy is. Their experience of relaxation, resting, being pain free, being stress free is all theirs and helped by massage therapy. Look at it like “life before massage and life after”.

To allow a young person experience massage therapy is truly great. Life at this age has many challenges, some more serious than others. Competitiveness, heavy workloads, and excessive involvement in activities are among the factors stressing out our young people.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a report emphasizing that it is crucial for students, parents, and schools to understand the role of stress in young people’s lives. Teens and parents can visit www.aap.org/stress to download a personalized stress management plan.

This is a good blog piece on why teens need massage too… http://invigoratemassageandwellness.com/2013/08/21/3-ways-teenagers-can-benefit-from-massage/

Is Your Texting Creating an Ongoing Pain Condition?

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C’mon, it’s a cat texting!

By now, most massage therapists are aware of the infamous Texting Thumb—the hand, finger and thumb pain and stiffness that can result from overly enthusiastic texting, or typing on a hand-held phone that does everything for you.
New research shows that a second phone-related condition is making itself known: neck-and-shoulder pain directly related to texting.
“Most young adults  prefer texting over e-mail or phone calls, and ergonomics researchers are starting to wonder whether it’s putting the younger generation at risk for some overuse injuries once reserved for older adults who have spent years in front of a computers,” noted a press release from the department of Epidemiology at the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University (Philadelphia, USA), whose researchers conducted the study.

Judith Gold, an assistant professor in the department, recently presented preliminary research that suggested that among college students, the more they texted, the more pain they had in their neck and shoulders. “What we’ve seen so far is very similar to what we see with office workers who’ve spent most of their time at a computer,” said Gold, who directs the Ergonomics and Work Physiology Laboratory. “The way the body is positioned for texting—stationary shoulders and back with rapidly moving fingers—is similar to the position for typing on a computer.”
Current studies on computer use show office workers are prone to carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tendonitis. Massage and other bodywork techniques have been shown to lessen neck and shoulder pain and improve range of motion.

 

“Looking around our campus, you see every student on their cell phones, typing away,” Gold said. “It’s the age group that texts the most, so it’s important to know what the health effects may be to learn whether it will cause long term damage.”

What can you do?  This little info-graphic is brought to us by So King, the inventor of Candy Crush (I haven’t tried it yet and don’t want to!). It’s a mobile warm up designed for those addicted to the games but it still is relevant for texting.

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3 ways teens can benefit from massage

Adolescence is a unique stage of life. In between childhood and adulthood, teens go through massive changes on both a physiological and a psychological level. Naturally, this means that teens also have unique health and wellness issues. While nothing replaces regular doctor visits and an active lifestyle, massage therapy can be a valuable component of a teen’s health and wellness. Here are three different issues often occurring during adolescence that massage has been shown to help:

1. Poor body image and eating disorders.

According to a 2007 study of Irish children and adolescents, 1.2% may be at risk of developing anorexia nervosa, with 2% at risk of developing bulimia nervosa. That and the majority of them go untreated. Depression, social pressures regarding appearance, and participation in sports where leanness is valued, are all associated with the development of eating disorders. Needless to say, secondary school provides ample opportunity for all of these. It is important to note here that it is not only girls who are being affected. With the rise of boy bands and such, boys too are beginning to show on the stats.

Studies done at the Touch Research Institute (University of Miami School of Medicine) with women who struggle with either anorexia nervosa or bulimia showed that regular massage decreased anxiety levels, increased levels of the feel-good hormone dopamine, and reduced depression scores. Participants in the study also showed better scores on the Eating Disorder Inventory, indicating better body awareness. While counseling is obviously of paramount importance, massage therapy can be a powerful adjunct to other forms of treatment for eating disorders.

2. PMS and menstrual pain.

What’s worse than menstrual problems? Menstrual problems when you’re a teenager! Between the irregular cycles, the inexperience with managing symptoms, and the embarrassment about getting help, adolescence can be a rough time to have a uterus. Effective treatments like the pill can have negative social connotations and maybe lead to complications later.

Massage therapy has been shown to help with pain, anxiety, and feelings of depression related to PMS, as well as other symptoms like water retention. Girls can also benefit from learning self-massage techniques to use when experiencing menstrual cramps on a day-to-day basis.

3. Athletic injuries.

While secondary school athletes are injured at around the same rate as professional athletes, their growing bodies mean that they’re often injured in different ways. Since bones grow before muscles and tendons do, youth are more susceptible to muscle, tendon, and growth plate injuries. Sprains, strains, growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and heat-related illness are among the most common injuries among young athletes. Boys are most likely to experience athletic injuries while playing gaelic football, hurling, rugby and football, while football, basketball and camogie lead to the most injuries in girls.

Sports massage has a long history, and can be especially effective when dealing with repetitive motion injuries like tennis elbow and runner’s knee. Massage therapists are now found at every kind of sporting event, from the Olympics all the way down to your local 10K. Given that teen athletes can be more vulnerable to injury and overuse than their adult counterparts, it makes sense to offer them the same opportunities for healing and pain relief.

I have worked a lot with teens in the past. They have all loved massage. What a great way to introduce the importance of self care to a young person. It is something they will have for the rest of their lives. It is a shorter massage session (generally half hour) and the parent is required to be present in the room if teen is under 16.
Give me a shout if you have any questions or would like to book a session of Massage Therapy.

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