Monday, June 1, 2015

Day 2063 - Rocking Chairs

The health benefits of the rocking chair - who would have thunk it?


I was spending a lazy Sunday reading Body and Soul yesterday and came across an article about the health benefits of rocking chairs.

Now I love to stay up to date with the latest health buzz on food, exercise and positive psychology. but furniture?!



It turns out there has been some study done into the rock'n effects of the rocking chair.

According to the Body and Soul article (page 6) rocking can tap into the parasympathetic nervous system which is good for pain management.Rocking releases endorphins which relieves stress. It is relaxing, calming and has rejuvenation properties and there's science to back it up.

A study at the University of Rochester in the USA found that the rocking chair helps to ease anxiety and depression, can reduce the need for pain medication and improves balance.

The University of Texas has found that rocking chair therapy can be used to ease lower back pain, abdominal pain, bowel dysfunction and constipation after surgery.  Apparently it's because surgery causes stress to the body and rocking calms the response.

A study at the Baylor College of Medicine in the USA found that rocking chair therapy can help with vertigo and dizziness as well.  It's all part of "vestibular rehabilitation therapy".

A French study found that women who use a rocking chair during labour experience less pain.

A study done right here in Oz at the University of Queensland found that rocking chair "training" helped increase mobility and physical fitness for a group of elderly women aged 73-87.

Now this is all sounding pretty damn good from my Deep Fried point of view.  I don't own a rocking chair although I used to but sold it after I'd finished my last lot of breast feeding.

I seriously may have to score myself a rocking chair.  Especially since researchers at the University of Carolina in the USA proved that rocking chair therapy can help with chronic pain, including ... wait for it ... fibromyalgia!

It might be time to embrace my Deep Fried self and join the grannies on the front veranda! 

Anyone going to join me?  



Information source: Body and Soul Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, May 31 2015. 

31 comments :

  1. That's really interesting. I guess that's why it became the cliché for elderly...you'll have to let us know if it works...(science is astounding, in all forms, don't you think?)

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    1. I've got to get my hands on a rocker first ...

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  2. How interesting. I might need to invest in one. Not sure I'm game to put it on show on the veranda but perhaps the back room.

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  3. Very interesting! I guess that's why, when things are bad, we like to curl up and rock...or maybe that's just me! Ha!

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  4. Wow. That makes so much sense! I loooove rocking chairs. I'm just terrified the kids will get their fingers crushed under one. Maybe in a few years. #TeamIBOT

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    1. I agree with the finger crushing thing! Even the rocking horse used to freak me out.

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  5. Wow. That makes so much sense! I loooove rocking chairs. I'm just terrified the kids will get their fingers crushed under one. Maybe in a few years. #TeamIBOT

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  6. I love my rocking chair. I bought it when I was pregnant with my twins 15 - 16 years ago and having been rocking in it ever since!

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    1. I should never have sold mine. I sold it because the fabric no longer matched my house. Silly me ...

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  7. I completely understand that the movement of a rocking chair would be good for you as it's soothing. Well, as long as you don't have to make much effort to do the rocking. :-)

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    1. Perhaps an electric one then? Remote control even?

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  8. I love a good rock in my mate's rocking chair (so darn relaxing with a wine in hand), but who would have thought there would be so many benefits?! We all need to do a little more rocking it seems. x

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    1. Who would have thought there were so many studies into the humble rocking chair!

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  9. I grew up with a rocking chair in my bedroom .. It would help put me to sleep. I must buy one for one of my kids who sometimes needs to be claimed form a little #IBOT

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    1. A rocking chair in the bedroom sounds perfect

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  10. Who would have guessed? I'm keen to hear your thoughts on it. I'm sure we all agree you need to test this theory out for us. :)

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    1. You just want to see me on the front veranda with my knitting looking like a granny!

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  11. How funny you mention this because I was thinking of selling an idea rocking chair except it doesn't rock that well!

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  12. Ooh, my mum's wanting to get rid of a rocker. Might have to grab it!

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    1. My mum did get rid of hers! Insert sad face.
      But then again, I got rid of mine too so basically I'm the dufus ...

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  13. I need a rocking chair! It will go perfectly with nana rug!

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  14. LOL I still remember fighting with my siblings to claim the rocking chair at my grandma's house when we were kids ... would love one, or a swing chair, out on our pergola or in the backyard ...

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    1. A swing chair is a great idea. I'd imagine that would have similar benefits to the rocking chair wouldn't it?

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  15. I have always wanted a rocking chair. My parent's used to have one and I hope I can grab myself one one day!

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    1. Now you can claim it's good for your health! So you've got to buy one ...

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  16. I think the funniest substitute for a gaming chair I've ever used would probably be a rocking chair.

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