Archive for February 2011

Massage therapy for muscle pain in Ely Cambs

Massage therapy for muscle pain in Ely Cambs

Last week was a busy week at my massage practice in Ely Cambs.  I have had an interesting selection of clients, golfers, teachers, chefs, runners,commuters, office workers. They all had the same thing in common – they were suffering muscle pain and one way or another, they have made the wonderful discovery. Massage repairs!

To a man (or woman! as the case may be) they left me feeling much better, looser, more comfortable and with less muscular pain. The other thing they have in common is that they are returning for further massage therapy within the space of a month.

Regular massage, without doubt, helps to keep your muscles in good shape and it doesn’t matter whether you use them to run marathons or just to support your skeleton through your daily life, they will have hitches and glitches.

Sometimes new patients are surprised at just how much difference massage makes. They can tell me ‘I have suffered with this niggle for months’ and we will sort it out. One patient recently had been suffering from the most debilitating headaches for a considerable length of time. With just two treatments she was clear of them and is now a convert.

You may be looking for the panacea for your muscle pain, you may just have discovered it in  massage!

Preventing Lower Back Pain

Preventing Lower Back Back

Almost everyone is susceptible to low back pain and indeed, may well develop back pain at some stage in their life no matter how well they look after their body.

The wear and tear sustained by the spine by just going through the motions of everyday living is inevitable. Having said that, if you took to your bed for life in an effort to protect your body from wear and tear, you would actually cause it more damage because the body is designed to take impact. It’s built in shock absorbers are there to protect its structures. The bones and muscles actually become stronger when they are subjected to forces, so the activities you do in your daily life are likely to do more to protect your body than damage it.

This reminds me of the adage often used by people to excuse their actions ‘well you may well be run over by a bus tomorrow’. My counter to this is ’yes, but you still look before you step into the road, don’t you?’

Just because it is very likely that at some stage you will suffer low back pain it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take measures to protect yourself!

Exercise regularly and stretch often, daily stretching is valuable in keeping the body supple and flexible. Exercise keeps the muscles strong and supportive and maintains the integrity of the skeleton. Eat healthily and maintain a moderate weight for your height. Being overweight puts enormous strain on the body’s structures and eventually causes irreparable damage. Have regular massage. This will help to keep the muscles in good condition and ease out any stresses and strains before they become a problem. Observe how you perform your daily functions, we cannot make allowance for the genetic anomalies of our anatomy. What we can do however, is take care how we lift, sit, stand, carry loads for example and give our spine the best protection we can.

At my massage practice in Ely, Cambs I can give you more advice specific to you on caring for your back’s health.

Laptop neck and shoulder pain

Laptop neck and shoulder pain

Today I am hoisted by my own petard. I have been using my laptop whilst sitting on the couch and I have neck and shoulder pain. They hurt a lot. I have pain in my CD joint at the base of my neck and it runs down between my shoulder blades and across the top of my traps, together with a big headache.

So what have I done about it? I have moved to a table, but the chair height is wrong so I am still uncomfortable, I will address my workstation, its in a cold place and I don’t like working there. Most importantly, I got a colleague to give me a massage and booked myself up for next week too (and the week after that).

I know this stuff!  I advise people every working day, but I am human and I am busy.  Life has taken over and things have fallen off the bottom.  I have negelcted exercise, I have neglected stretching, I have  negelcted massage and I am very sore. We get sore because we don’t care for ourselves, getting a massage is caring for myself, it is as essential to keeping me going as getting the right nutrition.

Life is about keeping the balance and getting a massage is a key part of keeping that balance, it’s not a treat, its a necessity.

Hip Pain In Runners

Hip Pain in Runners

For runners there is always the threat of hip injury. Marathon season always brings in a rash of hobbling runners to see me for remedial massage treatment in ely cambs. Bursitis of the hip joint , Piriformis syndrome, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, inflamed Tensor Fascia Latae, Any of these will knock you off your training schedule.Massage can be very effective at getting you back and running again.

If your doctor has diagnosed bursitis then firstly you will need to ice the area and rest  Once the bursitis has abated massage therapy can really help. Physical therapy into the hip joint and through the muscles of the legs, hamstrings and IT bands can really make a difference when it comes to getting you back running.

If you step up your mileage too quickly then you risk suffering from IT Band syndrome, always increase your mileage slowly and have a weekly massage when you are preparing for a big race – it will help to repair any damage caused by your training schedule.

Runners are often amazed when they have not tried massage before that after just one treatment they are more mobile and with my good advice and therapy it IS possible to  get to the finish line!

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