Massage for Road Construction Workers

Massage for Road Construction Workers

Road construction season is finally here in Michigan. Wait? What? If we are honest, road construction seems like it happens all year round, but the cones, the orange vests, and the lane closures are always a huge part of Michigan summers. It can be so annoying to sit in our cars in a traffic jam on 496 or I-75 going up north because of road construction.

However, every time I am sitting in my nice air conditioned car I watch the workers. These men and women have a really hard job. They must know that all the drivers going by are annoyed by the delay. These are the same drivers that complain about the condition of Michigan roads. We can’t help it. It really is a no-win situation isn’t it?

Not only do road construction workers have to execute back breaking labor and deal with hot weather, but they have to worry about their safety while out on the highways as well. Sounds stressful, doesn’t it? I just want to reach out and rub their shoulders sometimes.

Do you Know and Love a Road Construction Worker?

Chances are, if you live in Michigan you know, and maybe even love, a road construction worker. I can’t think of a more prevalent job this time of year where massage therapy could really help with the physical and stressful aspects of their jobs than road workers. Here are just a few of the benefits of massage specifically for this line of work:

  • Greater energy and reduce fatigue
  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Reduce spasms and cramping
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
  • Reduces the effects of stress and promotes relaxation
  • Improves sleep

Do you know a road worker who could benefit from massage therapy?

If you know a road construction worker please share this article with them. If you are a road worker, thank you for all your hard work. Please share this article with your co-workers and encourage them to take care of their bodies just as well as they are taking care of our roads.

Schedule an appointment today online or call 517-898-2899.

We have many different services like 30, 60 or 90 minute massage, Infrared spa treatments, and Reflexology

Bring your sore, achy muscles in today and walk out feeling so much better!

Massage for Business Owners

Massage for Business Owners

Business owners understand the mental and physical load it takes to keep everything running smoothly. Early morning meetings, evening networking events, exhausting travel, and worry. It is great to be the boss, but it isn’t easy, and it isn’t for everyone.

You also have an obligation to your clients and employees to stay on top of your game. Often this means taking time out to take care yourself. Sure, you can hit the gym at 5 am, but what are you doing for a mental or emotional break?

Book an appointment today!

Massage helps Business Owners Balance it All

Work-Life Balance is a catch phrase thrown around a lot in the last few years. Let’s be honest though, owning a business is not a sure fire way to gain work-life balance. Actually, maintaining this balance on a daily basis is not even an achievable reality. You have busy days and not quite so busy days. The work and stress ebbs and flows in the life a business owner. When you find yourself in the throws of a really busy time, massage can help you keep going. When you power through a busy season and find yourself with some down time, a massage is a great to recharge.

Here is a list of times when a business owner could most benefit from a massage:

  • Before or after a big presentation
  • After coming home from traveling
  • At the close of a successful Quarter
  • At the close of a disappointing quarter
  • At the end of a week of pulling too many late nights
  • After bringing on a new client
  • After losing a great client
  • After a grand opening
  • After any big event

Workplace Wellness Starts with You, Business Owner!

You already know that as a business owner, you set the example for your employees. Your attitude and vision determines the company culture and drives innovation. That is a lot of responsibility. However, encouraging your employees to take their own responsibility for their health can go a long way to improving the health of your bottom line. Taking care of your own mental and physical health is a great first step. A second step is to create a company wellness program. On-site chair massage could be part of that plan. Introducing your employees to the benefits of massage can start them down the road to a lifetime of self-care and stress management. People will come running to the call of “FREE chair massage in the break room” much faster (and healthier) than they will to “Free cupcakes and pizza in the break room.”

Be the business owner who practices and promotes workplace wellness.

Related: Add Chair Massage to Your Company Wellness Program

Could you and your employees benefit from any of the following benefits of massage? Give All Body Kneads a call today and book an appointment. Serving the Greater Lansing and Mid-Michigan area.
517-898-2899 

Benefits of Massage

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue

Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
  • Ease medication dependence
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Lessen depression and anxiety
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling
  • Reduce spasms and cramping
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
  • Relieve migraine pain

Massage for Landscaping and Grounds Keeping Workers

Massage for Landscaping and Grounds Keeping Workers

Do you work in Landscaping or Grounds Keeping? Spring has finally sprung in Michigan and the sounds of buzzing lawn equipment can be heard all day long. The brigades of landscaping trucks are out roaming around and men and women are working hard to get our lawns and yards in shape. We have such a small window of seasonal opportunity here in the Midwest and landscapers and lawn maintenance workers work extra hard.

So do their backs, arms, and legs. If you’ve even done even one hour of yard work you can relate. Oh, the next day we pay for it don’t we? In fact, there are a lot of common injuries related to grounds keeping.

Most Common Landscaping Injuries

Muscle Soreness and Overexertion

The majority of minor (non-fatal) injuries among landscape workers are caused by overexertion. Excess stress on the body like lifting, digging, twisting, turning and carrying are all actions that landscape workers do frequently. These actions, if done incorrectly or just too repetitively, can cause injuries. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can cause a lot of pain. Ouch!

Regular massage therapy can help quite a bit with this type of pain. You are also more likely to have an accident, trip, or fall when you are tired or fatigued. Massage can help you avoid that as well. This goes for weekend warriors and home owners who try to tackle too much yard work at once.

For the people who work day in and day out in the landscaping business, regular massage can go a long way to counter-balancing the work you are putting your body through.

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Equipment Related Injuries

Grounds Keepers work with a lot of different types of equipment and tools. They have to know how to safely operate all of them. Even with proper training, accidents can happen. Tractors or mowers can roll over onto workers. Car accidents happen. Mowers, hedgers, trimmers, chainsaws–they all have the potential for causing great harm.

Injury By Nature

It sounds weird, but it is a thing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that about 60 percent of contact-related landscape worker deaths result from workers being hit by falling objects such as logs, trees or branches. Yell TIMBER and get out of the way!

Exposure to the Elements or Harmful Substances

Landscapers can come in contact with harmful chemicals and fertilizers. Also, being electrocuted is common when workers are digging or working with machinery and tools or when workers come into contact with overhead power lines. You also run the risk of overexposure to the sun and suffering from heatstroke.

Massage can’t prevent serious work-related injuries. However, if you or a co-worker undergo surgery for a landscaping accident (or any kind of surgery), often times massage can help with the post-operative recovery. Massage can reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling. It also releases endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.

Say Thank You to the People Who Keep Your Yard Looking Great!

Landscapers work hard so we don’t have to. Sure, you pay them for their work, but a really nice gesture would be to get him or her a gift certificate for a massage. You can be sure they will greatly appreciate it. Especially if they don’t think to do this for themselves. If they feel good they will be able to keep your yard looking good too!

Are you going to be working in your yard this weekend? Why not book a massage appointment for Monday? Trust us, you will be so glad you did!

Call today: 517-898-2899 

Are you self-employed or an employee? Your employment status will become very important as soon as you get inured on the job.

Massage for Teachers

Massage for Teachers

Can we all agree that massage for teachers is a great idea?

It’s that time of year again! Spring officially starts this week and if you live in the Mid-west, you know how much we all need the sunshine right now. As we are all breathing a breath of fresh air, teachers everywhere are gearing up for the home stretch. The last semester.

Kids are very squirrely right now and teachers might be feeling a bit nutty as well. Too many snow days and indoor recesses leaves everyone feeling cooped up. This is also a great time to start planning for the end of the school year gifts and appreciation. Nothing says, “I appreciate everything you have been through,” like a massage gift certificate.

The Benefits of Massage for Teachers

Teaching is a calling, not just a job. Like health care workers, it is very easy for teachers to forget about self-care while taking care of everyone else. There is no denying that today’s classrooms are stressful places. They are overcrowded, have less funding, and have higher teacher-to-student ratios than in the past.

Stress, if left untreated, can lead to neck and back pain, which can get worse with each passing year. If you are a teacher experiencing muscle tension (or you care about someone who is) it is time you looked into the benefits of massage therapy.

This also applies to principals, teacher aides, teacher assistants, professors, childcare providers or anyone else who is involved in the daily care and/or education of children.

Teachers spend a lot of time on their feet in addition to getting up and down a lot! If you teach small children there is a good chance you also spend a part of your day on the floor at their level.

Here are some great reasons for teachers to get a massage:

  • Eases tight muscles and tension (especially in the neck, shoulders, and lower back.)
  • Boosts immune system (schools are a breeding ground for germs!)
  • Promotes healthy sleep (you need it!)
  • Manages stress (who doesn’t have some stress these days?)
  • Improves circulation (all that up and down and running around!)

Chair Massage for Teachers

Massage gift certificated are amazing gifts. They are the gift of wellness. However, buying one for every teacher and administrator on your list can add up. A fantastic alternative is chair massage. Our experienced massage therapists can come to the school and offer shorter chair massages for many staff members. A perfect time for this could be a teacher luncheon or during conferences. Often times the school PTA / PTL will coordinate this and sponsor the event for the entire staff.

Can you think of a more deserving group of people than the teachers at your child’s school? Call today to schedule a chair massage event for your school. 517-898-2899

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Massage for Accountants

Massage for Accountants

Tax season is upon us. Some of us don’t think about our accountants until this time of year as we are gathering up all of documents and stuffing our receipts into shoe boxes. However, this time of year is extremely busy for accountants and auditors. They spend a lot of time hunched over computer keyboards, peering into glowing screens, tallying up numbers on calculators, making phone calls, and basically working hard so we can keep doing what we love to do.

This tax season, you could say “thank you” with a gift of massage. Our accountants keep us out of trouble and we can pay them back by helping with their “trouble” spots. Mainly, neck, shoulders, arms and lower back. Maybe headaches too, for those really difficult clients!

Purchase a Gift Certificate Today!

Related: Why Office Workers Need Massage Therapy

More than eight out of ten accountants are suffering from stress related problems, according to new research from the Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (CABA).

The Benefits of Massage for Accountants

Accountants, like most professionals who work at desk, spend long hours sitting–especially during tax season. This puts a lot of strain on the body. Coupled with higher stress and less sleep, and your body is NOT happy with you. We need our accountants to be sharp and focused. Massage is the answer!

Remind your accountant that he or she could benefit from taking care of themselves while they are also taking care of all of their clients. We all need this gentle reminder sometimes.

Massage can help with:

  • Upper body tension (neck, shoulders, jaw, face, head)
  • Lower back pain (from long hours of sitting)
  • Posture
  • Tension headaches
  • Poor sleep
  • Stress levels

Related: Massage Therapy and Healthy Sleep

According to AccountingWeb.com, additional ways finance professionals can combat work-related stress include:

  • Exercise daily (e.g., yoga, walking, running).
  • Enjoy time with friends or a significant other after work.
  • Engage in a hobby (e.g., gardening, reading).
  • Listen to music.
  • Take vacation time to recharge.

Work-Life Balance

No matter what your profession, it is really important to work on a healthy work-life balance. There will be times in our lives that are busier than others (like tax time), and we can maintain an out-of-balance work load for short periods of time. However, overall, week-to-week, month-to-month, our work-life balance should be, well, BALANCED. It is a lifestyle change that includes prioritizing different areas of your life and making a conscious effort to bring those areas into balance.

Massage can really help with this because it gives you time to relax, listen to your inner voice, reconnect with yourself, and let your subconscious start working on some of these things for you. Self-care is not just a popular buzzword right now–it is really important as statistics of cancer, stress related diseases, hearth attacks, anxiety and depression are running amok in our society. And dear accountants, we know how you love statistics. Just don’t let yourself be one by not taking care of yourself. We all need you to crunch those numbers and keep us honest.

Can’t you just feel your shoulders relaxing and the tension easing from your body already? Don’t you deserve a good night’s sleep?

Please share this article with your accountant, your colleagues, workaholics, and anyone else you think might benefit from a great massage. So, really, everyone! Thank you and be well!

Massage for Truck Drivers

Massage for Truck Drivers

Do you know a truck driver who could use a massage? Please share this article with them.

Most of us are familiar with the back ache and stiff legs that come from a long road trip. You get out, stretch your back, walk a bit, shake your legs out. It is uncomfortable, but eventually you get to your destination and all is well. Imagine that a never-ending road trip was your way of life.

Massage for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers and long-haul semi-drivers experience chronic back pain. There are a lot of health hazards that come from sitting in one position for long periods of time. These include:

  • Shortened leg muscles
  • Backaches
  • Neck strain
  • Shoulder discomfort 

Massage therapy can alleviate these symptoms and put you back in the driver’s seat!

Leg Pain and Truck Drivers

Another source of leg pain for truck drivers (and anyone who drives for long period of time) is door handles and other abrasive objects. Often times drivers get in the habit of resting their left leg against the door. If there is a handle or other object that sticks out from the door, it could irritate your leg over time. This can become such a habit that drivers don’t notice the pain until it is chronic. Sometimes a bruise or abrasion also occurs.

Massage therapy can help with this sort of leg pain.

Good posture, muscle tone, stretching and exercise are key to counter acting the affects of long-term truck driving. The last piece of the puzzle could include massage for truck drivers. There are so many benefits to massage, some of them are physical and some of them include managing stress and improving sleep.

Related: Massage and Sleep

Strategies for Massage for Truck Drivers

Regular massage will help alleviate the chronic issues associated with truck driving. Don’t wait until your back, neck or shoulders hurt so bad you are unable to work. It is important that you maintain your body just as you would your truck. If you have a regular route, a good practice would be to have a standing weekly, bi-weekly or monthly massage appointment that works with your schedule. It will also be something you can look forward to when you are on the road.

Many massage therapists have weekend and evening hours to accommodate employees’ schedules.

Related article: Massage for Factory Workers and Warehouse Employees

Need more convincing?

Can’t you just feel your back and shoulders relaxing already?

At All Body Kneads, we specialize in helping you feel your best so you can do your best.

Give us a call today at 517-898-2899 or schedule an appointment online.

You can also email for an appointment or with any questions at [email protected].

We’d also be happy to talk to your work place about at in-house wellness and chair massage program.

Feel better today!

Massage for Customer Service Representatives

Massage for Customer Service Representatives

It is no secret that Customer Service Representatives have a very hard job. Their job becomes even tougher during busy times of the year like the holidays and summer vacations.customer service representativesCustomer Service is one type of job where the emotional strain outweighs the physical demands on the body.  Even though retail customer service workers can be seen running around stores helping needy customers, it still doesn’t compare to the “emotional labor” involved. The same goes for call center workers other types of customer service reps.

Emotional labor is a term coined by Arlie Hochschild’s in her book The Managed Heart. It refers to the effort a person must put forth in order to exude an emotion that they are not necessarily feeling at the time. We have all experienced this from time time in our daily lives. Can you imagine having to do this every day while people are complaining to you? It’s exhausting just thinking about it.

Customer Service Representatives are suppose to seem happy all the time.

Being happy, helpful and smiley all the time at your job really just isn’t practical. We are only human after all. According to Jeff Toister, an author and trainer who is passionate about customer service, there are a few reasons that make customer service really hard:

#1. It does not come natural. Who would naturally be pleasant to someone who is yelling at them? Flight or Fight instincts kick in and we have to work really hard to overcome our natural tendencies to defend ourselves.

#2. Our perspectives are different. People perceive situations differently, as well at the importance of problems and issues. Something that might ruin one person’s day is just standard every day occurrences for someone else. Empathy plays a large role in being good at customer service.

#3. It’s sometimes hard to be friendly. It just is. The worse you feel, or tired, or stressed, or even hungry, the harder is to be friendly and cater to other peoples’ needs.

#4. Multitasking really isn’t a thing. People refer to multitasking all the time, but as humans, we aren’t good it at.  It’s true. Sorry. We can only process one conscious thought at a time. When we try to do too many things at once, which is often required for Customer Service Representatives, our brains want to shut down in protest.

#5. Directed Attention Fatigue. Have you ever heard of this term? You have most definitely experienced it even if you didn’t have a name for it. Chronic multitasking causes it by overusing the part of our brain that focuses attention. If you had to read that sentence twice, you might be suffering from it. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Getting distracted easily
  • Irritability
  • Impatience
  • Indecisiveness
  • Difficulty starting and finishing tasks

How Can Massage Help Customer Service Representatives?

Massage therapy is not just physical therapy. It provides emotional support and help as well. When we take time to slow down, focus on ourselves, relax, and rejuvenate, we feel better. The uplifting effects of a massage can last for days. Massage therapy also promotes better sleep and concentration–two more things that will help you with your customer service job.

Related: What are the more popular massage therapy services?

When we are emotionally (or physically) stressed we tend to hold tension in the body. Common areas are the neck, shoulders, and lower back.  Some people also grind or clench their jaw during the day or in their sleep. This can result in chronic or debilitation headaches.

If you work in customer service (or know someone who does) we encourage you to seek regular massage–especially during busy times of the year. You will be able to maintain a good attitude despite difficult customers. Your bosses, managers and the company will benefit from it and so will everyone around you.

Book a massage today and spend some time unwinding. You deserve it!

Call 517-898-2899 or book online.

Massage for Caregivers: Nurses, Doctors & Hospital Workers

Massage for Caregivers: Nurses, Doctors & Hospital Workers

Caregivers, such as nurses, doctors, and hospital workers, are often so busy caring for others they seldom think about taking care of themselves. This is precisely why giving the gift of massage to the caregiver in your life could be the best gift ever!

Massage administered to hospital patients is a fairly common practice.  Most hospitals have an in-patient massage program. According to research conducted in January 2017, 82 percent of hospital patients claimed massage therapy was the most helpful form of hospital therapy.

So, that helps the patients in hospitals, but what about the caregivers?

The Benefits of Massage for Caregivers and Hospital Workers

Massage offered to hospital staff usually consists of 10- to 20-minute chair massages on the hospital floor or unit. This is great for alleviating stress and tension. While this is an extremely beneficial service, many people who work long hours on their feet need more personal massage therapy. A longer, full body massage can target specific areas of tight muscles and pain.

The benefits of massage therapy for caregivers are twofold; the physical benefits and the mental benefits. Caregivers are wired to think of others and be concerned about their health and comfort. To have an hour or 90 minutes where they get to concentrate on themselves and receive care is invaluable. Not only will they experience the physical benefits of being able to do there jobs better, but they will have the mental capacity to keep caring for those that need them.caregivers

Nurses: On their feet for long hours and having to cope with ever-increasing patient loads, demanding schedules, paperwork, follow-up, and other responsibilities can exact a heavy toll on nurses. Work-related stress and related symptoms is often the result.

Many research studies have been conducted that demonstrate the effectiveness of massage therapy for chronic low back pain – a condition affecting millions of Americans, including nurses.

Researchers found that patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvements in both their pain and function.

Doctors: Like nurses, doctors work long hours and are on their feet most of the time. Emergency room doctors massage for caregiverswork in a high-paced, high-stress environment. Surgeons have to have a lot of stamina for long operations and follow-up consultations. Doctors experience mental stress and physical strain too. Doctors use fine motor skills all day, much like a computer worker.

  • Hunched shoulders
  • Stooped back
  • Cramped hands
  • Tired feet
  • Aching back

Physicians are very good at knowing what their patients need, however, they may not follow the same advice for themselves.

Remind a caregiver you know to take time for themselves. Go one step further and give the gift of massage and wellness to those who give us so much.

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Everyone needs to take time for themselves. However, we often forget how important it is in order to be the best versions of ourselves for others.

Purchase a gift certificate or book a massage today! Call All Body Kneads at 517-898-2899

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Massage for Retail Workers and Cashiers

Massage for Retail Workers and Cashiers

The holidays are upon us and for many people in the retail business, that means longer hours and an increase in work related stress. It is extremely important to take care of yourself all year round, but the holidays can induce extra issues.

Treat yourself this season to massage therapy and enjoy your work more with less back ache and shoulder twinges.

Note: Don’t ignore your body when new aches and pains develop. It is easy to brush these off and tell yourself, “I am just busier than normal. It will go away.” This can lead to chronic and debilitating pain if left untreated.

Retail workers spend a lot of time standing, lifting, stocking, stretching, carrying, and more. These types of activities are hard to endure for long periods of time day after day.

The Stats for Retail Workers

The NIOSH released a report in March 2010 that evaluated injuries and illnesses in the wholesale and retail trade industries. The study was the most comprehensive of its kind, and the results were surprising.

It is a common misconception that the retail industry is relatively safe. The report uncovered that the retail industry actually experiences a disproportionately high number of both injuries and fatalities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2006, approximately 820,500 injuries and 581 fatalities occurred among the 21 million retail workers in the United States.

Common Injuries in the Retail Industryretail worker injuries

Retail workers themselves often discount their own injuries, or don’t recognize the symptoms. Don’t let this be you!

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels, etc.).

The pain associated with these types of injuries include back pain, muscle pain, joint pain and more. If left untreated, these injuries may lead to disability.

Common MSDs include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle / Tendon strain
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Tension Neck Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Compression
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
  • Digital Neuritis
  • Trigger Finger / Thumb
  • DeQuervain’s Syndrome
  • Mechanical Back Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ruptured / Herniated Disc,
  • and many more.

The good news is that most of these types of injuries are preventable. Proper training, ergonomic workstations, and self-care can help you avoid these issues.

How Can Massage Help Retail Injuries?

Two non-evasive and holistic ways to treat MSDs is include mental relaxation and massage for pain. Both of these can improve overall health, mental energy and muscle pain.

All Body Kneads recommends regular massage and mental relaxation techniques for all retail workers BEFORE you develop any symptoms or pain. Prevention is the best way to combat MSDs.

Massage therapy can:

  • Be more effective for chronic back pain than standard therapiesMassage for Retail workers
  • Promote relaxation and alleviate the perception of pain
  • Reduce headaches
  • Stimulate the brain to produce endorphins
  • Promote better sleep

Physicians and other health care providers are increasingly recommending massage therapy to their patients as a supplement to conventional health care.

Need more convincing?

Can’t you just feel your muscles relaxing, your breath deepening, and a calm setting over your mind?

At All Body Kneads, we specialize in helping you feel your best so you can do your best.

Give us a call today at 517-898-2899 or schedule an appointment online.

You can also email for an appointment or with any questions at [email protected].

We’d also be happy to talk to your work place about at in-house wellness and chair massage program.

Feel better today!

Massage for Food Service Workers

Massage for Food Service Workers

Restaurant work may be one of the most common jobs across the country but that does not mean it is easy. It is no secret that the food service industry is very demanding.

Kitchen staff, bartenders, wait staff, hosts and hostesses, and all the other people who make up the food industry work extremely hard to make sure the rest of us eat well and have an enjoyable experience.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the restaurant and food service industry sees nearly 200,000 injuries per year, resulting in approximately 9,000 days away from work by injured employees.

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The Sprains and Strains of Food Service

Food service workers are almost always on their feet. They rarely sit down and work under hectic and strained situations. Many food service workers are attracted to the industry because of the fast-paced and exciting environment. However, this is also what leads to work place injury.massage for food service

Wait staff and bussers are at a particularly high risk for back, neck, and shoulder strains due to assuming awkward postures while serving customers or clearing tables. Heavy trays, walking all day, and bending and leaning puts undue strain on arms, elbows, and so forth. Proper technique for carrying heavy or awkward items is crucial to avoiding injury, whether in the kitchen or on the floor of the restaurant.

Even with proper technique, your body will feel it over time. Especially after long shifts, double shifts, busy weekends, large parities and events, and other times when you are working especially hard.

The most common injuries to restaurant and food service workers include:Foot Massage Therapy

  • sprains and strains
  • lifting and carrying injuries, including back injuries, joint damage, and other musculoskeletal injuries
  • slips and falls
  • repetitive stress injuries for food servers, busboys, meat cutters, and bartenders
  • motor vehicle accidents for delivery drivers and caterers
  • burns
  • cuts and lacerations

Not to mention that your feet hurt all the time!

 

The Mental Toll of Food Service Workfood service

Besides the physically demanding aspect of food service, there is also the mental strain to consider. Hungry people can be difficult to deal with. Picky eaters can be hard to please. Intoxicated people are often unreasonable. Early mornings and late nights can create poor sleep cycles.

Customers who have never worked in the food service industry may not always have empathy or understanding for what restaurant workers are going through to deliver hot food on time. If you have never had to rely on tips to support yourself, you may not understand what you have to do in order to receive fair tips. It’s not easy.

Working in fast paced environments can also make it difficult to wind down and relax once your shift is over.

The Benefits of Massage for Food Service Workers

Food service workers across the industry can benefit greatly from massage. It is a physically demanding, hectic, and mentally challenging career path. It is isn’t for everyone, but those who thrive in this environment need to take care of themselves so they can enjoy a long career.

Massage can help in the following ways:

  • Ease sore muscles and joints
  • Reduce back, shoulder, and neck pain
  • Provide a relaxing environment to unwind
  • Promote better sleep
  • Reduce pain from repetitive motion injuries
  • Help with carpal tunnel syndrome and other similar types of injuries
  • Promote faster healing after slips and falls

Check out the many types of massage that are available.

Need more convincing?

Can’t you just feel your muscles relaxing, your breath deepening, and a calm setting over your mind?

At All Body Kneads, we specialize in helping you feel your best so you can do your best.

Give us a call today at 517-898-2899 or schedule an appointment online.

You can also email for an appointment or with any questions at [email protected].

We’d also be happy to talk to your work place about at in-house wellness and chair massage program.

Feel better today!