The Newest Headlines Surrounding Massage Chairs and Human Touch

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

By Dr. Shawn Dill, Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Shawn Dill, Doctor of ChiropracticWhen we don’t feel well, we often gravitate towards the comfort and relaxation that warmth provides. Seeking out heat not only helps us feel better, it has also been shown to help relieve pain and provide healing benefits.

Whether we find pain relief through heating pads and wraps, hot baths, warm gel packs or heated massage–a feature that can be found in Human Touch® massage chairs or the Perfect Chair® Serenity®–using heat to alleviate pain and discomfort offers plentiful benefits for the body, especially if you suffer from chronic pain.

Immediately after an injury occurs, you should apply ice in order to minimize the swelling and inflammation that results from the leakage of blood from ruptured capillaries. By icing an injury, the constricted blood vessels keep from swelling and pain is minimized. Using heat at such a time can cause additional leakage of blood from the capillaries, thus causing additional swelling and pain.

However, for most chronic pain issues, heat is a much better solution for the body because it dilates the blood vessels in the muscles, which increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and throughout the body. This helps carry away waste in the muscles and promotes healing. In addition, heat therapy can help relieve tension in the muscles, which is a common problem in the lower back.

For those who suffer from stiffness or chronic joint pain such as fibromyalgia or gout, ice is often recommended for newly inflamed joints, but icing can cause stiffness in the local tissues, making heat a better solution, long term. Applying heat to stiff or chronically painful areas often works best early in the day in order to relax the muscles around the joints, while ice application at the end of the day can help minimize any inflammation that has occurred as a result of the day’s activities.

Sports injuries and pain that result from exercising can also be curbed through the use of heat. Recurring problem areas can be relaxed prior to exercise or strenuous activity by applying heat. This helps ensure that the muscles are relaxed. If you work out without stretching or when muscles are too tight, it makes them even more prone to repeated injury.

Heat therapy is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical form of pain relief that can be applied easily and inexpensively,

Perfect Chair Serenity with heated jade stone massage

The Perfect Chair® Serenity®

often in your own home. But it is important to use it properly. Heat should actually only be “warm,” and it should only be applied for no more than 20 minutes (unless directed otherwise by a healthcare practitioner). Heat therapy should not be painful or burn your skin. Though you may apply heat several times a day depending on your chronic pain condition, you should never sleep on a heating pad or other heating device. In addition, like many forms of non-invasive therapy, heat application often works best when combined with other types of treatment such as physical therapy, exercise and massage.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

By Dr. Stephen Ward
Doctor of Chiropractic

Having a child with a chronic illness puts unimaginable stress on a family. In my clinic, I make it a priority to provide parents with a peaceful and positive waiting room environment. I have a number of Human Touch massage chairs facing monitors that stream positive presentations with powerful affirmations or famous quotes which are geared towards the way people think and increase wellness.

While they wait, they not only enjoy the healing benefits of massage, but they also get words of wisdom to help re-frame their outlook. I’ve noticed that the mothers of my patients are usually the first to sit in the Human Touch massage chairs, allowing for a respite from the exhaustive efforts of caring for a sick child.

In my practice I see many children struck with muscular dystrophy, for instance, so I am able to see firsthand the positive and therapeutic impact these massage chairs have on kids that have difficulty sitting upright.

As far as the parents are concerned, their child’s disease process has a direct impact on the entire family. The mother of one of my Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients was struggling energetically, so I even loaned her one of my chairs for their home to provide additional support.

I personally use the chair almost every day for back pain relief and to unwind and apply the principals that I am utilizing in my clinic for my patients. Being a good doctor is more about providing treatment in the office, it’s also about serving as a model for health and wellbeing.

My practice is a physical one, providing wall adjustments to people of all different sizes, from 50 to 350 pounds. By the time I have completed my busy day I may have seen 35 patients and have done more than 100 wall adjustments. My Human Touch chair provides an immersion wellness experience and relief after hours of stress and strain on my own body. After practicing for 21 years, it makes a big difference in my own life and my ability to care for my patients.

I have also seen the benefits of the Human Touch chairs on seniors. It provides them with a convenient way to relieve stress and pain throughout their bodies, while still being able to do other things as they rejuvenate and get treatment.

The massage chairs are a great supplement to chiropractic care; each enhances the other’s impact. From my experience, those who have purchased a Human Touch massage chair are able to greatly reduce their need for consistent chiropractic care.

The chairs help reduce stress associated with severe muscle imbalance, which often means they are having muscle spasm throughout their body. When muscle stress is reduced, a person’s mobility improves. In the cases of seniors, adults and children, alike, increased mobility plays a key role in their overall quality of life.

People look at massage for rejuvenation and a luxury.  They think, “Wow, I’m going to get a massage, how exciting. “ It’s doing something for themselves that provides relief and enhances well being. It’s not always easy to set aside time in our busy lives for ourselves, but it’s worth a lot. Most people can and should find 15 minutes to treat themselves and feel better. The Human Touch massage chairs enable people to alleviate pain and escape stress, so they can feel better and enjoy more productive lives.

People often strive to achieve unattainable amounts of wealth – only to realize that once your health goes, money doesn’t buy you anything. Incorporating Human Touch into your routine promotes a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit, and maximizes overall health and wellness.

Tuesday, May 08th, 2012

The Perfect Chair® combines the very best of technology, aesthetics and ergonomics to deliver optimal wellness, comfort and relaxation

Human Touch Perfect Chair at Brookstone

Perfect Chair Zero-Gravity Recliner is Now Available at Brookstone

Long Beach, CA – May 8, 2012Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative health and lifestyle solutions, announced today that its popular Perfect Chair® Zero-Gravity Recliner is now available for sale at Brookstone, the specialty retailer well-known for its unique and high-quality technology and wellness products. Brookstone now offers this state-of-the-art relaxation recliner in its retail stores, catalog and on Brookstone.com.

“Beyond its design appeal and ergonomic comfort, the Perfect Chair is the ideal complement to consumers’ hectic lifestyles,” says Steven Schwartz, vice president, merchandising and product development. “More than just a sophisticated piece of furniture, this zero-gravity recliner allows our customers to experience an optimal state of relaxation. We encourage people to visit our Brookstone stores for a demonstration.”

Human Touch’s Perfect Chair® artfully blends the best of aesthetics, technology and wellness in a seating experience that transcends even the highest standards of comfort. Consistent with physician-recommended sitting posture, the chair’s fixed-form position ensures maximum ergonomic comfort at all recline angles to fit the body, while its sleek design complements any living or office space.

Renowned Naturopathic Physician Dr. James Rouse, N.D., who is a member of the Human Touch® Wellness Council and the official Perfect Chair® ambassador, adds, “Everyone wants to feel better and perform their best. By taking the mind and body into a zero-gravity state, the Perfect Chair gives individuals the physical and mental recharge they need to live every day to their fullest potential. Another key benefit of this chair is that it helps the mind and body relax, which sets the tone for a great night’s sleep.”

Key Perfect Chair® features and benefits

  • Zero-gravity ergonomics: Reclines to a neutral-posture position, which elevates the legs above the heart and balances the body’s weight. This position helps relieve muscle tension, soreness, fatigue, and inflammation due to over-exertion; it also promotes healthy muscle recovery after exercise
  • Electric recline system: With the simple adjustment of a lever, the electric recline system eases the body into zero-gravity, which physicians recommend as a healthy way to sit
  • Solid wood base: Using only 100 percent renewable, plantation-grown solid parawood, highly trained Human Touch® master woodworkers hand-carve and hand-finish the signature balanced curves
  • Rugged frame and rails: Its high-tensile-strength steel body frame is powder-coated with a durable and protective surface that ensures a long life free from rust and discoloration. The graceful, nickel-plated glide rail ensures smooth recline motion
  • Suits any style: Adorned with beautiful French triple-stitch patterns, the single-pad-set construction is a seamless blend of opulence, quality and old-world craftsmanship. Is available in a variety of colors in premium or bonded leather, or SōfSuede® upholstery

Please visit Brookstone.com for more information about the Perfect Chair® Zero-Gravity™ Recliner, or find a nearby Brookstone store to experience the Perfect Chair®.

There’s no touch like Human Touch®.

Human Touch® is the leading provider of high-quality, innovative lifestyle products, massage chairs, and experiences that deliver indispensable, life-changing benefits to an ever-growing number of consumers. Human Touch® has been making people feel better® for nearly 35 years by developing state-of-the-art massage products, which feature patented massage systems that replicate the hands and techniques used by massage professionals–helping to reduce pain and stress associated with today’s hectic lifestyles. Human Touch® products are available at back-care specialty stores and fine furniture stores across the country; through international retailers and distributors in more than 40 countries; and online at www.humantouch.com. Follow Human Touch® on Facebook and Twitter @HTFeelBetter.

About Brookstone

Brookstone is a multichannel lifestyle specialty retailer and product development company. Brookstone operates approximately 300 stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico. Typically located in high-traffic regional shopping malls and airports, the stores feature unique and innovative consumer products. Brookstone also operates an e-commerce business that includes the Brookstone catalog and Brookstone.com. Fans of Brookstone are encouraged to Like Brookstone on Facebook or follow the company on Twitter and Pinterest.

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Media Contacts:

Rachel Neppes
BERKMAN for Human Touch®
619-231-9977 x304 (office)
619-405-3917 (cell)
racheln@berkmanpr.com

Angela Leon
Airfoil Public Relations for Brookstone
248-304-1445
Leon@airfoilpr.com

Friday, May 04th, 2012

By Julie Chertow
Bodyworker and Essential Oils Educator

Many of us have heard that it’s important to drink a lot of water before and after a massage, but why?

Drinking plenty of water allows the body to stay hydrated and flushes toxins out of the body. As a massage therapist who has seen the effects of massage therapy on my clients throughout the years, I notice that those who drink a full glass of water after their session are able to maintain its positive effects longer.

This is because during a massage our lymphatic system is being manipulated to help release stored toxins. These toxins must go somewhere, so they get filtered through our liver and kidneys. In order to flush these organs, we must drink water to relinquish the toxins.

In addition, my clients who are hydrated before their massage session respond better to body work than those who are not because hydration helps loosen tight muscles. One way to visualize this is to think of a sponge, and the differences between a wet and dry sponge. A wet sponge will be a lot more pliable and easy to move than a dry, stiff sponge. The same is true about the body and muscles.

Drinking water before and after a massage will reduce soreness of the muscles that get moved and manipulated during a session.

So remember to drink lots of water, and cheers to your good health!

Friday, April 27th, 2012

By Jeff Galloway

Spring is in the air, and for many that means getting back on track with a fitness training regimen. One great way to get in shape is to train yourself to run a 5K.

Almost anyone can finish a 5K, and enjoy the experience. After having helped thousands who left the couch and finished with strength, I can say with confidence that almost anyone can do this. The training and the crossing of the finish line is often the beginning of a fitness career that improves the quality of life. In research for my book RUNNING UNTIL YOU’RE 100, I discovered that regular exercise has been statistically proven to increase lifespan.

Here is a proven program to come across the finish line in the upright position.

Walkers: Simply follow the schedule below. Walk slowly on all of the long ones.

Use A Short Stride: Whether walking or running, adjust your stride so that it is relaxed and well within a natural range of motion. It’s better to err on the side of having a short stride.

Long Run. As you push back the length of the long run/walk, every two weeks, you’ll extend endurance limits, improve mental concentration at the end of races, and enhance your physiological infrastructure. Longer long runs, for example, improve your cardiovascular plumbing system so that you can deliver blood better to the exercising muscles, and withdraw the waste more effectively. The endurance workout is the primary training component in a 5K program. There are more details about training, nutrition, motivation, etc.  in my book 5K/10K, which is available from www.JeffGalloway.com.

Pace Must Be Slow I’ve developed a simple test to determine your pace for the long run. Go to a track and run very slowly for two laps. Feel free to take some walk breaks before you start huffing and puffing. If you are not huffing and puffing at the end of the second lap, take your time, multiply by 2 and add two minutes. If you are huffing and puffing at the end, multiply by 2 and add 3 minutes. The result is the fastest per mile time you should be recording on your long runs–you can always go slower.

  • Example: Time is 6:00 without huffing and puffing.  X 2 = 12:00.  Adding 2 minutes will give you a long run pace of no faster than 14 minutes per mile
  • Time is 6:00 but you are huffing and puffing at the end.  X 2 = 12:00. Adding 3 minutes will give you a long run pace of no faster than 15 minutes per mile.

Run-Walk-Run: This method has allowed hundreds of thousands of beginners to finish 5K races and longer distances. By inserting a walk break from the beginning of the workout, and continuing to walk according to a plan, there is no need to produce extra fatigue, pain, or injuries. During the first week it’s best to run for 5-10 seconds and walk for the rest of the minute. If all goes well, you could increase during the second week to 10-20 seconds of running, walking for the rest of the minute. On the third week, you could increase to 20-30 seconds of running while walking for the rest of the minute–if all is well. If you are huffing and puffing, experiencing aches and pains, or struggling in any way, drop back to more walking.  Even at the end of the training program you don’t need to run more than 30 seconds/walking for 30 seconds.  If you want to run more, this is your choice.

Long Run Strategy: The amount of running and walking is adjusted for the pace per mile. Beginning runners should stay with 10-20 seconds of running every minute for most of the long runs. Those who have been running for at least 3 months could use the following:

  • 18 min/mi–Run 10 sec/walk 50 sec
  • 17 min/mi–Run 15 sec/walk 45 sec
  • 16 min/mi–Run 20 sec/walk 40 sec
  • 15 min/mi–Run 30 sec/walk 45 sec
  • 14 min/mi–Run 30 sec/walk 30 sec
  • 13 min/mi–Run 1 min/walk 1 min
  • 12 min/mi–Run 2 min/walk 1 min
  • 11 min/mi–Run 2:30/walk 1 min
  • 10 min/mi–Run 3 min/walk 1 min
  • 9 min/mi–Run 4 min/walk 1 min

Maintenance Workouts: Usually, the long workout is done on weekends, and the two maintenance workouts are done on Tuesday and Thursday (or Monday and Wednesday when the long one is on Saturday). These two sessions start at 10 minutes, and increase by 3-4 additional minutes each week until the time for each is 30 minutes. The pace of these can be as slow or as fast as you want to go, as long as you are recovering well from the weekend long ones.

Rest Days: When you go farther than you have gone before, your muscles, tendons, joints, etc. need time to rebuild stronger. Take the day off from exercise the day before and after a long one. On the other non-running days, you can do any exercise that does not fatigue the calf muscle. So walking, swimming, cycling, elliptical, and rowing are fine. But stair machines, leg weight work, and step aerobics are not. Also take the time to reward yourself for your efforts.

Warm Down: After your workout, don’t stop. Jog slowly, using as many walk breaks as you wish for the next 10 minutes, and then walk for 3-5 minutes. Then, hit the Human Touch massage chair, which I personally love! You deserve a great massage for all of your hard work.

  • The Schedule (whether walking or running)
  • Week 1–Tues 10 min, Thurs 13 min, Saturday 1 mile
  • Week 2–Tues 16 min, Thurs 19 min, Saturday 1.5 mi
  • Week 3–Tues 19 min, Thurs 22 min, Saturday 25 min
  • Week 4–Tues 22 min, Thurs 25 min, Saturday 2 miles
  • Week 5–Tues 25 min, Thurs 28 min, Saturday 30 min
  • Week 6–Tues 28 min, Thurs 30 min, Saturday 2.5 mi
  • Week 7–Tues 30 min, Thurs 30 min, Saturday 30 min
  • Week 8–Tues 30 min, Thurs 30 min, Saturday 3 mi
  • Week 9–Tues 30 min, Thurs 30 min, Saturday 30 min
  • Week 10–Tues 30 min, Thurs 30 min, Saturday 3.5 mi
  • Week 11–Tues 30 min, Thurs 30 min, Saturday 30 min
  • Week 12–Tues 30 min, thurs 30 min, Saturday 5K RACE!

You Can Do IT, so put on those running shoes and start training!