The Most Common Skincare Myths

In the last few decades, achieving and maintaining healthy and age-defying skin is being chased by more and more people looking for the holy grail of skincare routines among common skincare myths. 

The market is flooded with products claiming to ‘erase wrinkles’, give you ‘glowing skin’, and shave years off your appearance with various oils, antioxidants, and other secret ingredients that take more time to pronounce than they do to apply. 

Amongst the bustling skincare market are a few myths that have stuck around despite being debunked and have the potential to do more harm to your skin than good. 

Here are some of the most common skincare myths. 

The harder you scrub, the better your skin 

Your skin isn’t into the rough treatment and your skincare routine should involve just the opposite. While exfoliation is great for removing dead skin cells, exfoliating with too much rigour can also irritate the skin and remove healthy layers along with the dead ones. 

Oily skin doesn’t need moisturiser 

Don’t confuse oily skin with well moisturised and hydrated skin. While you might be hesitant to put more moisture onto what you think is already moist skin, but water-based moisturisers don’t add extra oil to the skin and cause irritation. They actually help your skin retain its natural water. 

You can reduce the size of your pores 

There are some products on the market that may shrink your pores temporarily (not without potential side effects), but permanently changing the size of your pores isn’t possible yet. The size of your pores is entirely determined by your genetics, and several things contribute to enlarged pores such as UV damage, hormones, ageing, and the level of oils in your skin at any given time. You can hide them, but you can’t change them. 

Sunscreen is for summer 

UV skin damage can cause a world of hurt for your skin and your health, and yet, most people tend to only reach for the sunscreen on hot and sunny days. Overexposure to UV rays can kill skin cells both on the outer layers and deeper layers of the skin, result in premature aging, and cause other skin irritations that lead to skin cancer. Those UV rays are lurking all year round regardless of the season, making sunscreen your skin’s best friend for every day use. 

Hot water helps open pores to clear them out 

As much as we all love a hot shower, hot water isn’t great for our skin and it doesn’t open our pores to deep clean the impurities. Instead, it can strip away all your skin’s natural oils and defences which leave it open to inflammation, pimples, and redness due to the irritation. Your skin is much happier in lukewarm water where you can gently clean impurities instead of trying to melt them off. 

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Referred Pain

What is referred pain in a massage and what does it mean?

Referred Pain can be a very odd sensation – feeling pain in a completely different area to where your massage therapist is working on. 

The feeling of pain radiating through a region of the body instead of a local site is often known as ‘referred pain’, and it can tell your therapist a lot about what’s going on in the body during a massage. 

What are trigger points? 

If you’ve ever had trigger point therapy in a massage, you’ll know the exact moment your therapist finds the right trigger point – it’s usually when you get ready to spring off the table and out the window. 

Trigger points are also commonly referred to as ‘knots’. 

Trigger points are essentially areas in the muscle/body that have become hypertensive and stiffen to restrict movement and attempt to act as a defence against injury and overuse.
When this happens, the constriction on the muscle, blood, and oxygen to the area can send pain signals through the body’s network of nerves and present as referred pain in a different area. 

For example, someone experiencing chronic headaches may actually be referred pain from a trigger point in the shoulders or neck. 

Common trigger point symptoms 

Some of these trigger point symptoms may sound familiar: 

  • You feel a persistent dull aching sensation 
  • There is no clear triggering event for the pain 
  • You can feel the pain radiating and/or moving across a region of your body 
  • You have specific places on your body that are very sensitive to pressure 
  • The pain may subside or feel better with movement and exercise 
  • You may find some relief from the pain by applying heat 

Trigger point massage for referred pain 

Ever noticed that massage therapists have a unique talent in finding that exact spot where all your referred pain seems to stem from? Massage therapy for trigger points works by tracing your referred pain back to the source, then applying compression over a short period of time to release the muscle spasm/contraction of that trigger point. 

Typically, your therapist will hold that compression point (while you’re probably gripping onto the table for dear life) until they feel a change in the tissue. That change is generally the result of the build-up of toxins and tension being released from the area. 

Some causes of activating trigger points and referred pain 

Prevention is always the best cure, and there are a lot of avoidable everyday habits that could be causing referred pain such as: 

  • Lifting your shoulders due to anxiety or stress 
  • Constantly hunching forward and/or looking down at your device for long periods  
  • Awkward lifting 
  • Repetitive movements without breaks or stretching 
  • Poor sitting and standing posture 

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In addition to proper posture and exercise, regular massage can be a fantastic option to help your muscle repair process. Book today with any of our highly trained therapists at Ogden Massage for Pain Relief! 

Strengthen your back through your core

How to Strengthen Your Back Through Your Core

It’s a pain shared by 7.5% of the global population (approx. 577 million). Lower back pain (LBP). 

There are a lot of factors that play into an increasing amount of people suffering from LBP such as an aging population, lifestyle changes with each decade, different workplace environments, and increasing BMIs. 

But one LBP preventative that has stood the test of time is through core strengthening.

How the core affects the lower back 

Your core is made up of a large group of muscles that include your abs, obliques (the side of your torso), the muscles that run between your spine, your pelvic floor, hip flexors, and glutes. The core covers a lot more muscles than most people are aware of. 

All these muscle groups wrap around your abdomen and help support your entire body, so if they’re weak, your body relies more heavily on other ligaments and joints to stay supported. This imbalance can usually be linked to LBP and other muscle pains in general. 

Exercises to strengthen your back and core

Planks & side planks
If you’ve ever taken part in personal training or group training before, planks are usually a staple part of a circuit workout.
By supporting your body horizontally from your elbows and toes whilst tucking your pelvis in, your front core muscles (and hip stability during a side plank) activate and strengthen to support your back. 

Abdominal crunches
When people think of ab exercises, they typically think of crunches – and for good reason. Abdominal crunches engage your front abdomen and actively work to strengthen those muscles responsible for a stable core so your body isn’t relying too heavily on other areas that could cause lower back pain. 

Passive core strengthening
You don’t have to be dressed in your workout best to improve your core strength. There are plenty of daily opportunities outside of exercise regimes to practice good core strengthening such as focusing on the way you bend, lift, and sit during a day.

Office work – If your job is desk-bound, set a timer to take regular breaks where you can walk, move, and stretch to avoid muscle atrophy. 

Posture – Be mindful of your posture when you’re standing, sitting, and moving. Engage your core muscles wherever you can to take some of the load off your back, hips, and legs. 

Lifting – Always remember to lift at the knees instead of the waist where you can and take a few seconds to adjust your posture, engage your core, and plan out your movement so you get the best out of your body without causing back pain. 

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In addition to proper exercise, regular massage can be a fantastic option to help your muscle repair process. Book today with any of our highly trained therapists at Ogden Massage for Pain Relief! 

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Foods That Help Muscle Repair

We make food choices every day that can give us both mental and physical fulfilment whether it be for weight loss, muscle repair & gain, or even that cheat meal we look forward to when we need a little something more. 

Just as we fuel our bodies for the energy and sustenance that we need to kick goals, there are certain types of food that can help fuel muscle recovery and reduce inflammation caused by injury, a physical job, or when you’ve been working hard at the gym. 

Manuka honey 

Delicious, nutritious, and provided by one of nature’s hardest workers. Different to regular honey varieties, manuka honey is mostly produced from the nectar of the manuka bush. Manuka honey is rich in anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals that assist with muscle recovery and reducing inflammation caused by exercise. It’s also delicious and can be prepared in lots of different ways!

Seeds and nuts 

Different seeds and nuts such as walnuts, almonds, chia seeds and linseed are all filled with omega-3 fatty acids and proteins that help you rebuild muscle lost due to injury and reduce inflammation to speed up your recovery time. They’re great as a snack, garnish, or part of a good fat and protein-rich meal. 

Fiber from fruits & vegetables 

If we’re tired, sore, or injured, we tend to move around less and become more immobile which can result in unwanted weight gain and muscle atrophy that will slow down your recovery. Foods full of good fibre generally come from the fruit and vegetable category which help keep you fuller for longer and keep the weight off while you’re recovering. The natural vitamin C, zinc and magnesium that comes from these foods are also essential to muscle recovery, making them an easy choice! 

Greek yoghurt 

Greek yoghurt is a great source of protein, calcium, magnesium and potassium which all contribute to healthy muscle growth and repair. It is also packed with beneficial probiotics which improve gut health and have been shown in studies to assist in minimizing muscle damage. 

Lean meats 

Lean meats such as fish, chicken, turkey and sirloin are rich in essential protein that your body uses to build new muscle cells. Injuries and weight-based exercises can damage tissue your body will then rebuild. The protein found in lean meats helps to fuel your muscle rebuilding while you’re recovering. 

All the above foods work best when they’re part of a regular, healthy diet designed to give your body what it needs to thrive! 

Massage for Muscle Repair

In addition to proper diet, regular massage can be a fantastic option to help your muscle repair process. Book today with any of our highly trained therapists at Ogden Massage for Pain Relief! 

How the Weather Can Change Your Mood

Are you someone who dreads the icy winds of winter and relishes in the sunshine? Or maybe someone who adores the cold and hides away from the heat? Can the weather change your mood? 

Whichever season you may prefer, the weather can affect your mood more than you realize, making you more or less likely to do things like help others, be social, or even get a date! 

What happens to your mood in the heat?

Warmer, sunny days are often associated with positive experiences such as socializing, weather-dependent outings like a visit to the beach, and the ability to get more things done outdoors giving a sense of achievement and fulfilment. 

But, studies show that rising temperatures and hotter days can actually cause some people to become more aggressive. These studies have found that incidents of aggression such as violent crimes, riots, and even road rage increases during hotter days, and even more so on humid days. 

What happens to your mood in the cold?

SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is a very real thing experienced by hundreds of thousands of people. SAD is a disorder linked with changes in seasons that causes people to experience symptoms of depression in the colder months leading to a decline in mood, motivation, energy levels and general wellbeing. It is thought to happen when there is less of the hormone melatonin (absorbed by sunlight on the skin) and less vitamin D which produces the ‘happy hormone’, serotonin. 

SAD can cause people to: 

  • Lose interest in their usual activities 
  • Sleep more due to a lack of energy 
  • Feel slow, sluggish and agitated 
  • Impede on concentration levels 
  • Experience depressive thoughts 

Although not everyone’s mood in the cold is caused by SAD, there are other factors linked to less positive moods during the cold such as reduced motivation to get outside, socialize, exercise and seek out positive experiences.

A happy medium 

Mild winters and summers that offer some reprieve from extreme heat tend to be the preference for most people. Temperate conditions generally offer more opportunities to get outdoors, explore, engage in physical activity and make the most of the daylight. 

Whatever your weather personality, it’s a great idea to keep mindful and aware of your shifting moods that may be linked to the seasons and get a jump on how you let it affect you.

Change your mood 

A regular massage can also do wonders for your mood, of course. Book one today with any of our highly trained therapists!