Is It Just A Cold, Or Is It The Flu?
Learn about how massage therapy can help you keep healthy, and what you can do to protect yourself, and feel better, during one of the worst cold & flu seasons in years...
So, you are sitting at your desk working, and you get a little tickle in your throat. Then you feel a little chill, and as you reach for your sweater, you think "Oh no, am I coming down with something?" Is just a cold, or could it be the flu? Does it even matter what you call it?
Flu and cold symptoms are often very similar--sinus congestion, coughs, achiness--so what's the best way to tell the difference? Take your temperature--in addition to feeling miserable, the flu often begins with a fever.
While most people will just feel crummy for a few days, it is important to be aware of the differences between the two. Occasionally, symptoms can develop into more severe illnesses such as strep throat or pneumonia. Check out these guidelines from Mayo, and remember to wash your hands frequently!
How Massage Can Help You Stay Healthy
In addition to frequent hand washing, adequate sleep, and proper nutrition, massage therapy can help you maintain a strong immune system so you are not as susceptible to catching bugs when they do come around.
Massage doesn't just feel good--it really is good medicine. In addition to improving circulation, stimulating the lymph system, and increasing our "feel-good" neurotransmitters, massage therapy also improves immune function by increasing our body’s natural "killer T cells” and lymphocytes, which fight off viruses and protect us from infection and disease. Research shows that even a single session of Swedish Massage produces measurable biologic effects!
When Is It Not Okay To Get A Massage?
Massage therapists are also vulnerable to catching viruses and infections. If you feel like you are coming down with something, it may be best to just stay home and get some rest. Once the bug has passed, massage therapy is a great option for reducing fatigue and replenishing your immune system!