How many Indians are suffering from pain?

How many Indians are suffering from pain?

Pain can affect you in many ways.  An aching back can limit you from driving long distances, knee pain does not let you run for long, neck pain cannot let you carry heavy bags and so on. Be it mild or chronic, feeling of pain is extremely unpleasant. But did you know apart from your regular activities pain can also affect your efficiency at work?

In India Nearly 77 percent computer professionals report eye pain, headache,   pain/stiffness in shoulder, lower back, hand/wrist or fingers

Find some shocking pain statistics from Indian working Professional

 

Mental Stress Can Increase Your Physical Pain

Mental Stress Can Increase Your Physical Pain

 

Office work, illnesses, finance management and some routine issues such as traffic, bad roads, crowded trains, etc. 

We face stressful situation each day and unfortunately cannot avoid most of it from our life. We get disturbed mentally during stressful situation, but may not be really aware of what happens inside the body.

Recently a team of researchers from University in Israel reported that psychological stress can actually reduce our ability to cope with pain. For their study, the scientists selected a group of 29 men who were tested for their pain threshold. The participants were actually exposed to a gradually increasing heat stimulus and were asked to indicate at what point they felt pain. Now, to induce psychological stress the scientists made them answer some tricky questions which they could not answer. The efforts to think and answer made most of the participants get stressed out. The pain threshold was again tested after inducing psychological stress among the participants.

On analysing the results, the researchers found that men who experienced higher levels of psychological stress had a much lower ability to withstand pain, compared with men who had lower stress levels.

Our brain is actually capable of eliminating our pain perception. But when we are mentally stressed, the brain loses its ability to filter the pain signals and conversely the pain can be increased.

Points to be noted

People who are stressed out mentally cannot cope up very well with pain
You need to manage your stress to reduce suffering due to pain
7 Workplace Stressors That Are Secretly Impairing Your Health

7 Workplace Stressors That Are Secretly Impairing Your Health

 

A 2015 research paper released by experts from Harvard and Stanford Business Schools reveals that work-related stress can be fatal to health. Work-related stress is highlighted as a serious issue because the experts have found it is more dangerous than diabetes, or Alzheimer’s disease. The experts have drawn this conclusion as their research showed that job stress is associated with some health issues such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and decreased mental health.

Finding the stressor is the first step towards stress management. However, many times we fail to identify the real cause that leads to work-related stress. Through their study the researchers have exposed 7 work place stressors that could be secretly impairing your mental and physical health.

1. Work Demands

Numerous studies have reported that people who have a stressful job tend to suffer from several health issues such as pain, tiredness and sleep problems. Work-related stress and poor mental health together can also contribute to a range of physical illnesses including hypertension, diabetes and other cardiovascular conditions.

2. Job Insecurity

Due to fluctuating economic conditions many employees remain under constant pressure of losing jobs. Studies report that people who work with downsizing firms show more than two-fold increase in sickness leaves.

3. Lack of Health Insurance

Lack of health insurance increases financial burden on the employees. Many employees even report delaying their health screening due to lack of insurance. This increases number of cases that get diagnosed with chronic illnesses at an advanced stage.

4. Lay Offs

Loss of job can directly affect mental and physical health of employees. Many people suffer from excessive stress due to sudden financial burden. In addition, loss of social respect or identity that is associated with productive employment may also increase mental stress. One study found that people who lost their job were at double risk of experiencing depression. Furthermore, nearly 80 percent people who were laid off from their job reported to have poor health.

5. Long Working Hours and Shifts

Although the job offers describe work time of 8 to 9 hours, most of the employees end up working extra hours each day. Research suggests that too much work pressure can be hazardous to health. Studies suggest that long work hours are associated with self-reported hypertension among professionals who have a high demanding job.

 6. Inability to Balance Personal and Professional Life

This is one issue that most working professionals can relate to. With long working hours and increasing demands at work, many people spend very less time with their family.  Lack of social interaction, family time or even hobbies cause many people to have poor mental health. Scientists have found that work-family conflicts can lead to poorer mental health and increase risk of alcohol consumption among working professionals.

 7. UNFAIR MANAGEMENT

Recent research suggests that unfair treatment from the higher authorities is an important job stressor. Injustice at work can affect psychological health, and ultimately, even the physical health of employees.

The study sends an alarming signal to all those working professionals who are under constant work pressure and yet fail to take some productive measure for stress management. With the increasing demands and equal achievements at work, don’t let your health take a back seat.

Help yourself to de-stress through a massage therapy 

6 Top Questions You May Have About Four Fountains De-Stress Spa

6 Top Questions You May Have About Four Fountains De-Stress Spa

 

Many people have a misconception that spa is all about luxury and pampering. But, at Four Fountains De-Stress Spa we offer therapies that have therapeutic as well as scientific touch.

    1. Who Are We?

Four Fountains De-Stress Spa is India’s largest chain of scientific health spas. Our aim is to bring scientifically proven health benefits of spa therapies within reach of more and more Indians. The prices for therapies at our spa have been kept as moderate as possible so that more people can afford to make therapies a regular habit in their schedules to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    1. What Do We Offer?

Our spas provide scientific, holistic and personalized programmes for pain-relief, anxiety- relief, better sleep, fatigue reduction, de-toxification, immunity, skin whitening and age-reversal. Each programme is a 12 week combination of therapeutic massages, diet recommendations, exercise recommendations and health healthy lifestyle change recommendations. We believe in providing measureable benefits and so our spa doctor keeps a health record and also follows up with every guest.

Have a query related to spa therapy? Ask our spa doctor

    1. Where Are We Located?

Our spas are located in 6 cities across the country. Each spa is located at a convenient place. To date we have 30 operational spas and we are expanding successfully.

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    1. When Did We Begin?

The first spa was launched in 2007. We have progressed since then to open 30 spas all over India. Why did 3 IIT-IIM and S.P. Jain graduates give up their corporate careers to start Four Fountains De-Stress Spa? Click here to knowWhy Are We Doing This?

The main objective of Four Fountains De-Stress Spa is to offer a healthy and stress free life through affordable therapies to as many people as possible.

    1. How Do We Get It Done?

We offer a wide range of therapies that aim at relieving most of the problems related to stress. Various programmes offered at the spa include Pain-Relief, Anxiety-Relief, Anti-Fatigue, Immunity Booster, A.O. De-Toxification, Age Reversal and Skin Whitening. Each programme offers an appropriate spa therapy to manage a specific problem, diet recommendations, exercise regimens and other lifestyle changes. Each spa also has a spa doctor who can provide valuable tips for healthy lifestyle and fitness.

Why Do You Get Physically Tired When in Mental Stress?

Why Do You Get Physically Tired When in Mental Stress?

 

A new study performed by researchers of Indian-origin is all set to answer your questions. You might have experienced this often. When we do some mental activity such as studying or working on a report that needs a lot of concentration, we tend to feel extremely tired physically. And, this makes us wonder why do I feel tired when I was only stressed mentally?

Ranjana Mehta, assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Centre School of Public Health conducted a small study to analyse the co-relation between mental stress and physical fatigue.  The study found that when we get involved in mental and physical tasks at the same time, some specific areas, called prefrontal cortex (PFC) are activated in our brain.  This can causes our body to get tired or fatigued much sooner than if we had done only a physical work.

During this study the researchers simultaneously monitored the brain and muscle function. The findings suggested that when we do mental and physical work at the same time the oxygen supply to the brain gets divided, which may accelerate the development of physical fatigue.

If you notice, most of the time we do physical and mental work together using both the body as well as the brain. For e.g., travelling to attend an important meeting.  Considering this fact it is very likely for a working professional who faces physical as well mental stress each day to develop physical fatigue.

Why fatigue is hazardous to health? 

How to Avoid Shoulder Pain Caused by Wrong Bag

How to Avoid Shoulder Pain Caused by Wrong Bag

With modern dressing style we all are very conscious about our clothes, shoes, looks and the accessories. Most of the style Gurus suggest picking the right bag to go with the looks. And in our continuous efforts to be stylish and following the latest trends we sometimes end up carrying the wrong bags that unknowingly put us in lot of pain.

Yes, the bag that you flaunt everyday can make you suffer from unbearable neck, shoulder or back pain at the end of the day.  According to physiotherapists and chiropractors satchels and messenger bags worn by men on one shoulder is more of an unhealthy trend than style. As for women, most of them carry hand bags on one shoulder even it’s too heavy. Hefty bags carried for a long time on one shoulder can cause neck and shoulder pain.

With our daily needs at work it is not possible to travel without a bag. So, here are some practical tips you can follow that can lessen the burden on shoulders.

1. Pick a Smaller Bag

 

The style keeps changing and so we follow it blindly. Many young girls tend to carry big bags that sit under the arm just because it looks great with their attire or suits their body type. But don’t ignore that the weight you are carrying every day for no reason is putting excessive strain on your shoulder. Try to pick a smaller and light weight bag that accommodates things that you really need.

 2. Clean It Up

 

Try to check every pocket of your bag today. You might find your world in it. Books, music player, tablets, newspapers, coins, headphones, lotions, sanitizers, coupons, accessories, umbrella, etc. Do you really need to carry everything each day? Carry things that are really essential, and keep you bag very light. This will help you to avoid unnecessary pressure on your shoulders.

 3. Switch Sides If You Carry a Bag with Single Strap

 

Experts suggest that carrying a bag weighing more than 10 percent of your body weight on one side can give you shoulder, neck or back pain.  If you have to carry a bag with single strap, switch sides every few minutes or wear is diagonally to prevent pain and repetitive stress on one shoulder.

 4. Switch to Back Pack

 

Bag packs are not just for children. Wearing dual straps distributes the weight equally and puts lesser burden on the shoulders.  Use a back pack when carrying heavy things to prevent back pain. This is especially helpful when you have to carry a heavy laptop to work every day.

 5. Hold Your Bag Close To Your Body

 

Your posture while you hold the bag is very important. If your bag sways away from the body it is more likely to put pressure on the spinal muscles. Hold the bag closer to your body so as to prevent shoulder and neck pain.

 

Did you know Swedish Massage is a proven therapy that can reduce pain and show long lasting benefits?

Check how the Pain Relief Programme offered at Four Fountains De-Stress Spa can help you.

 

Friends Can Help You Manage Stress, Reveals Research

Friends Can Help You Manage Stress, Reveals Research

 

Difficult relationship, bad boss, loss of a loved one or money problems! There is one person who has always been there, knows all your secretes, weaknesses and has a healthy and de-stressing solution to every single problem in your life. Your best friend!

By now most of us know the secret to healthy living, a lifestyle with healthy food, regular exercise, enough sleep, and stress management. Researchers reveal that making friends is another surprising thing that can help you have a stress-free and healthy lifestyle. Several studies have revealed that making friends or being in company of friends can actually help you de-stress.

A study conducted by researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands among school children found that children who had no friends and were rejected by peers showed a high level of stress hormone cortisol. On the other hand, another study revealed that children who were with their best friend during stressful situation did not produce a high amount of cortisol as compared those who were not with their friends.  Studies also suggest that people who tend to socialise more show a low risk of having high blood pressure or cholesterol. This means friends can actually help us live longer.

Researchers therefore suggest that being in company of friends can counteract the stress most of us experience on a daily basis. Friends help us to lead a more joyful life. They can reduce the stress that affects us mentally and physically.  If they keep us healthy and even add years to our life, is it difficult to have a friend in our life?

So, go ahead, make friends and thank those who have always been there for you.

 

How Does Ayurvedic Massage Aid De-toxification?

How Does Ayurvedic Massage Aid De-toxification?

 

Most of us are constantly looking for novel ways of de-stressing and improving our health. Maintaining a good health is absolutely essential to manage the kind of stressful life we all are living today. Modern medical science is constantly in search of new medications and therapies that can fight against our bodily weaknesses such as fatigue, pain, infections, etc. However, in our struggle to find new effective means to improve health, are we forgetting our own Indian medicinal system that has been there for ages and has been proven to be very effective?
The classics have accepted Ayurvedic Massage, known as Abhyangam, as one among the dinacharyas (daily regimen) for healthy living. Our body is naturally capable of fighting the toxins or the free radicals generated in the body using antioxidant defense system. However, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, herbicides and diseased conditions can also spawn harmful free radicals. Therefore, Ayurvedic Massage is recommended for de-toxification of body. Here are 5 distinct mechanisms through which Ayurvedic Massage helps body de-toxification.

 

1. Fights Against Free Radicals

 

Ayurvedic Massage is known to nullify the free radicals with the help of the antioxidant thiol present in the body. This reduces the oxidative damage caused to the body by the harmful free radicals that are either produced through biological process or enter the body from external factors such as pollution, smoke, chemicals etc.

 

2. Increases Antioxidants in Body

 

Ayurvedic Massage is performed using long, flowing strokes. These typical traditional massage strokes improve blood circulation and restore the oxidant and antioxidant imbalance.

 

3. Stimulates the Lymphatic System

 

Lymphatic system works like a sewage system in the body. The lymph nodes trap toxins and ensure that these are removed from the body. Ayurvedic Massage stimulates the lymphatic system and helps to expel toxins or harmful free radicals from the body. Since lymphatic system is involved in maintaining immunity of body, Ayurvedic Massage can effectively boost immunity. Try Ayurvedic Massage if you have been falling sick often 

 

4. Expels Excess Toxins From the Body

 

Stress, fatigue or too much exertion of body increases the production of lactic acid that may leave you tired. Ayurvedic Massage removes lactic acid and other waste materials from body.

If you have been feeling tired and falling sick due to increased stress and pollution, you can try Ayurvedic Massage in Mumbai. Visit Four Fountains Spa in Andheri (West) or other locations closest to you.

The Story of My Stress-Free Life

The Story of My Stress-Free Life

 

Rushing to office in the mornings, travelling through crowded and polluted roads, skipping meals, sacrificing sleep, and everything else possible to balance work and family life! Who would know this better than a working professional living in a busy metro like Bangalore? Being in my mid-thirties and having a very high demanding job in IT sector, I can very much relate to the situation.

After spending about 10 to 12 hours of my waking time in office, I hardly used to find any “Me” time to relax. Increased work pressure and an attempt to balance professional and personal life, eventually started taking toll on my health. I started suffering from slight back pain. My hectic lifestyle became a major contributor to increased physical and mental stress in my life. As you read on, you may realize that this sounds a lot like your own story.

I realized that initial symptoms of my backache and body stiffness could actually be my body’s signals to alert me of upcoming health problems. To take control of the health condition I included regular 20 minutes of brisk walk in my routine. However, I was looking for some more alternative therapies to cure my backache.

Various natural therapies have recently gained tremendous importance in treatment of pain. I decided to go for a massage therapy to manage my backache. After taking regular Back Massage at Four Fountain De-stress Spa I got relief from my backache and my body felt relaxed and rejuvenated.

I would recommend those of you suffering from similar problems to try Back Massage  at Four Fountains De-Stress Spa at least once to feel the difference. I am sure you would understand the benefit it can bring to your body and mind. The spa has great facilities, trained staff and the services do not dig a big hole in your pocket too! Why is Four Fountains De-Stress Spa so affordable? Overall, I loved the experience and so I am writing this. A conscious change in lifestyle is must for managing stress and healthy living.

“I benefited from taking regular Back Massage at Four Fountains De-Stress Spa to cure my backache. My body felt relaxed and rejuvenated”
– Sonal Sarthi, Bangalore

Sonal is the winner of Best Story of the Week. If you too have an interesting story, come forward and share here  the Story of your Stress-Free life and stand a chance to win FREE massage at Four Fountains De-Stress Spa.

5 Keys to Safer Food Recommended By World Health Organization (WHO)

5 Keys to Safer Food Recommended By World Health Organization (WHO)

On the occasion of World Health Day celebrated worldwide on 7th April 2015, World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted the issue of food safety globally under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe”. Here are five keys to safer food given by WHO that may save you from foodborne diseases.

 

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 References: 

  1. Food-Borne Diseases. CD Alert. Monthly Newsletter of National Centre for Disease Control, Directorate General of Health Services, Government of India. December 2009 Vol. 13 : No. 4.
  2. The Five Keys to Safer Food Programme.http://www.who.int/foodsafety/consumer/5keys/en/