Archive for January 2011

Hip Pain Treatment in Ely, Cambs

Treatment for Hip Pain

I’ve noticed a bit of a trend since christmas at my practice in Ely, Cambs.  I have had an increase in the number of people attending with hip pain. We always start the session with a bit of detective work to get to the bottom of why the pain is occurring because, whilst massage is very therapeutic and can be enormously helpful in resolving muscular pain, if the patient then goes away and continues to do whatever caused the pain in the first place, then the pain will return.

It has been particularly cold this winter and this is certainly a factor to consider, cold muscles are more prone to injury. We also spend quite a lot more time in one position over the holiday period, dining with friends requires us to sit politely at a table for a lengthy period, leaning forward over the table – a damaging position for the lumbar spine. We probably spend more time sitting watching TV or just reading, with legs crossed which stresses the hip muscles. Another thing I have noticed that keeps coming up is pain when lying in bed.

Over  the holiday period we sleep longer, mostly on one side because we share a bed with a partner. Often we have different mattress preferences, so that at least one partner is not as comfortable as they would like to be. Quite often we also have an idiosyncratic sleeping position, so that night after night, for longer periods over the holiday period, we sleep in the same position on the same side of our body.

Deep, aching hip pain can be effectively resolved with some specific soft tissue release.  A good therapist will recognise the pain patterns you describe and will know which muscles are causing which pains and also why they are troubling you in the first place. He or she should then be able to send you away feeling more mobile and equipped with some stretches to continue with the repair work, some lifestyle information to help you avoid exacerbating the problem and an appointment card for the next treatment to continue the process of restoring full function to your hip muscles and to keep them in good condition.

Sciatica

Treament and stretches for sciatica pain

Even fit people suffer from low back pain. If you are a runner you may still have the muscular problems associated with the pain of sciatica, Especially if you run to counterbalance a fairly sedentary working life.

Many people consider they are doing everything right because they are at least exercising regularly but if I ask patients who come to my practice in Ely Cambs for massage whether they stretch regularly and effectively the response is usually a wry grin.

It’s great to put in place massage to help with the recovery of your muscles, at least monthly but more if time and money allows. Without stretching too you are doing yourself a disservice. The hip rotator muscles work very hard whilst you are pounding the streets,this can lead to problems with the piriformis and commonly the tensor fascia lata. tightness in both these muscles leads to deep hip pain. Trigger points in the piriformis are very common and problems with this muscle are very often associated with sciatic pain.

Even if you don’t run, using the legs uses these same muscles so walking a distance which is unusual for you and then returning to sitting for long periods can also cause sciatic pain. I would also add here that it is beneficial to keep your weight within a healthy range. Extra stresses and strains placed on muscles by carrying more load than they are meant to will eventually cause problems even when doing normal day to day activities.

A good set of stretches for runners can be found at www.runnersworld.co.uk/quicklinks/stretching

Massage treatment for shoulder pain in Ely Cambs

Shoulder Pain

During this season of viral infections, I have noticed an increase in the number of patients attending my massage practice in Ely, Cambs with radiating pain in the shoulder. This is often located behind the scapula and into the shoulder where it is felt as a constant, deep ache. The pain will often extend down the back of the arm to the elbow, occasionally even affecting the little finger. It is associated with the coughing attacks triggered by a virus and originates in the serratus posterior superior a muscle deep to the shoulder blade, involved in the mechanism of breathing. Lifting something with the arms stretched out to the front can cause an increase in the pain.

If you have the symptoms of shoulder pain described, massage can give you enormous relief, you may very well have a trigger point exacerbated by the repetitive act of coughing and deep soft tissue release can dissipate this trigger point.  See your massage therapist as soon as possible and you can find me at the Complementary Health Centre in Ely Cambs.