Massage Benefits for Nurses

Nurses may suffer from back pain, neck pain, stress, anxiety and mental health issues on a daily basis. A relaxing massage could be just what the doctor ordered to rejuvenate, inspire and energize a hard-working nurse. National Nurses Day is a holiday to reflect on all the benefit we get from nurses and to appreciate all they do to keep our communities safe, happy and healthy. So do a nurse a favor and get her a relaxing massage at Massage on Mille Lacs.

Stressed Out

Demanding schedules, heavy workloads, lifting, paperwork, etc… Nurses are under more stress than ever before and work-related stress takes a physical and mental toll on every facet of nurse life. This isn’t just us saying it though, according to a 2016 study from a Midwestern Hospital, they found that “92%” of nurses had moderate, high or very high levels of work-related stress.”

Stress may lead to health issues, poor work performance and lack of focus in their personal lives. All of this can lead to the workplace burn-out for our dedicating nursing professionals.

Demand for Nurses and "Burnout"

Workplace burn-out is very different from stress. Stress occurs when an individual begins to feel over engaged, whereas burnout is a severe emotional and/or physical outcome as a result of stress.

· A survey conducted in 2017 by Kronos, Inc. discovered some of the following:

· 98% of nurses say that their career is physically and mentally demanding

· 93% stated at the end of the day, they are mentally and/or physically tired.

· 4 out of 5 nurses find it hard to balance mind, body and spirit

· 56% of nurses overall and 70% of night-shift say they have driven home drowsy

· 37% worry about making a mistake

These rates are astounding, but expected with 60% reporting excessive workloads, 42% missing breaks, 25% not getting enough sleep and 24% working 12-hour shifts (Kronos, 2017). As a final whopper, 63% of nurses, even when loving their profession, feel they are suffering from burn-out.

How can we help our nurses that we love and appreciate so much?

If our nurses suffer, then we do too! In order to help our nurses, first understand that they may be experiencing a large amount of stress physical, emotionally and mentally. Unresolved stress can have numerous adverse effects on our bodies.

Some options to help reduce and manage stress is to get regular physical activity, develop relaxation techniques, socialize with others, take time for hobbies, regularly schedule massage therapy appointments, attend biofeedback sessions, utilize essential oils and create space and time to purge stress from your mind. Learning to take time for yourself, reconnecting with yourself and unplugging from triggers of stress are crucial to a stress management plan.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a great option when reducing stress and is an excellent addition to any stress management plan, whether you formally developed one or just know you need to destress. Massage therapy is scheduled relaxation time. It allows your body to physically and mentally take a break to revitalize and re-energize. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) lists the following as benefits of massage therapy:

· Relieve Stress

· Relieve or reduce pain

· Reduce anxiety

· Relieve tension headaches

· Improve cardiovascular health

· Improve quality of life

Consider treating yourself, a loved one, a co-worker or a healthcare provider to the benefits of massage therapy. It could be the gift that keeps on giving in the case of our nurses.

For more information about massage therapy visit our website here or call (763) 219 - 0163


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