Video Game Soreness

Video Game Soreness

Are your video games so much fun they actually hurt? No, we don’t mean the kind of virtual pain you experience from getting attacked in Fortnite. Rather, that physical muscle pain that lingers long after you’ve stepped away from your console. Some video game packaging comes with a ‘Take a 10-15 minute break every hour when gaming!’ warning. This isn’t just a nice idea, but something that should be taken more seriously amongst gamers. When holding your body in the same position for long periods of time, you run the risk of a repetitive stress injury causing painful inflammation, soreness and, in more serious cases, muscle spasms. What are some of the most common gaming injuries? Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, neck strain, and back aches are common complaints our RMTs treat – all of which can be avoided with a few changes to your gaming routine. Read on for ways you can play more safely: Take Breaks This one is a no brainer. Take breaks when engaging in longer periods of play. We get it, when you’re deep in an Overwatch match it’s hard to focus on anything other than controlling points. Start setting a timer to go off after 45 minutes of play as a reminder. The pause button is there for a reason! Putting consistent pressure on your wrists is like signing yourself up for a carpal tunnel injury that you’ll spend lots of time and money correcting. Get up, move around, get your blood flowing and – most importantly, give your hands a break. Break now, thank us later. Stretch and Do Hand Exercises Make your...
Fix Your Netflix Posture!

Fix Your Netflix Posture!

Orange is the New Black. Ozark. Sharp Objects. The list goes on. We’re certainly no strangers to binge-watching our favourite shows. But what does that have to do with posture? Think back to your last binge session – lounging there as minutes turned into hours. Were you maintaining a healthy seated position? Growing up, you might have heard from your parents to sit up straight and keep your shoulders back – but having good posture is no less important to us as adults than it is to kids. In fact, posture can significantly impact your overall health. So, enjoying your favorite shows actually can have positive health effects as long as you’re seated properly. What is Good Posture and Why Is It Important? Put simply, posture is the position in which someone holds his or her body when sitting or standing. Our posture impacts how the force of gravity is distributed through the body. With good posture, stress gets properly distributed to the right muscles and ligaments for our bodies to work efficiently. The end result of this is decreased wear and tear on our bodies lowering the risk of injury. Further, your vital organs remain in proper position and your internal systems are then able to function as intended. Our bodies know a thing or two about efficiency! Benefits of Good Posture We’re certainly not judgemental of our clients who struggle with bad posture – we’re the first to understand that slouching isn’t something that’s done purposefully! Bayview Sheppard RMTs can help address the physical reasons behind poor posture, including inflexible muscles and low muscle strength, so together...
Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

The holidays: truly the most wonderful time of year filled with fun, festivity… and stress. We said it. Stress. While we can’t deny that there is plenty to look forward to there is also an added dose of stress during the holidays – hosting events, endless searching for the perfect gifts, and working overtime, to name a few. Does “I’m too busy for a massage” sound familiar? Slowing down and taking some time for yourself by relaxing during a hot stone massage will actually help you navigate this season with greater ease. As the name suggests, hot stone massage incorporates the use of warmed stones, which are placed on areas throughout your body. Consider the many benefits of a hot stone massage and you’ll see why it’s the perfect gift for yourself this holiday season. Stress Relief Hot stone massage will undoubtedly help you relax. Having hot stones massaged across the achiest parts of your body is a very calming sensation. With the weight of the holiday stress off your shoulders, you might even be able to tackle holidays challenges with greater energy than you would otherwise. Pausing to take a little ‘me’ time is actually the quickest way to accomplish more on that hovering to-do list of yours. Improved Sleep One of the best compliments our RMTs receive is when clients tell us that they are sleeping better after a Massage Therapy Treatment. We’re not surprised when we hear it: being in a more relaxed state helps promote sleep! You might be so relaxed that you’ll fall asleep on the table – we see it all the time....
5 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You To Know

5 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You To Know

Registered massage therapists encounter all kinds of different people, conditions and concerns. We value our clients’ diverse experiences and the learning opportunities they present. Your perspective is important to us. Here are five things that your massage therapist wants you to know: Your treatment is completely customizable Does “relaxing” spa music drive you crazy? Please let us know and we would be happy to stream your playlist through our Bluetooth speakers. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of communication between client and therapist. Help us customize your massage to suit your specific preferences and needs. For example, if you prefer a certain technique, please tell us. Our RMTs are very adaptable and love feedback. Please don’t call us “masseuses” We are registered massage therapists or RMTs. We have years of education and training including the study of anatomy, physiology and pathology. Much like a physician, our profession is regulated by a governing body known as the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). In order to maintain our registration with the CMTO, we participate in a continuing education program. We have legal responsibilities and professional standards to meet. Please call us by our hard-earned professional titles. Thank you, but you don’t have to re-make the massage table We set aside a specific amount of time in between appointments to clean our treatment rooms. After your massage, we remove the used linens from our massage tables. We spray and wipe our massage tables using a disinfectant solution and a dust-free cloth. Other hard surfaces that may accumulate germs such as door knobs and light switches are also wiped down. Lastly,...
DIY Muscle Relief for Texting and Gaming Overload

DIY Muscle Relief for Texting and Gaming Overload

Move over tennis elbow.  These days, texting and gaming hands may just be the more likely-to-complain-about leisure based strain.  “When a movement is done repetitively, such as pushing the same buttons for hours and hours, muscles and tendons can become tired and injured,” says Helen Milic, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and co-owner of Bayview Sheppard RMT, a successful professional multi-treatment massage therapy clinic celebrating its tenth anniversary. “We typically see an increase in gaming related issues post-holiday season, but texting is just so popular now that the risks of injury are ongoing,” explains Lisa Macchia, RMT, and Milic’s partner in the clinic. According to the business partners, tendonitis, a repetitive strain from overuse that can cause inflammation as the muscles and tendons rub against other tissue, is a common injury that can occur from gaming and texting overload.  Pain can onset gradually and is usually present when muscles are contracting and working, and goes away when muscles are at rest. “ People may notice cramping in their wrist, hands and fingers and may find it difficult to do other simple movements or tasks such as brushing their hair or even holding utensils to eat,” says Helen. Postural problems can be another result. Muscles in the neck, chest, shoulders, back and hips are all affected from sitting too long or being curled-up while holding a gaming paddle, laptop or smart phone.  “ All of these muscles become tired and stiff either because they are being tightened or stretched. They are in the same position for too long” says Lisa.   “When playing video games, this is further intensified, as the adrenaline...