Archive for June 2011

Soft Tissue Release during Back Massage in Ely Cambs

Soft Tissue Release applied during your Massage

Soft tissue Release is an invaluable technique for stretching and releasing muscles.

It is inevitable that muscles sustain injury, even daily life will cause minute injuries to your muscles but these generally heal without you noticing them and without them causing any ongoing problem. If you regularly read my blog it is likely that you already look after yourself fairly well and keep fit and healthy.

Sometimes however, muscles sustain a more troublesome injury, overuse or repetitive tasks can be the culprit. The muscle quietly repairs itself with collagenous tissue, creates an area of protective¬† tension around the tissue and goes on working hard – probably without you even noticing. Now you have an irritated muscle which doesn’t work efficiently, you may notice niggles, weakness, tightness on occasion, favouring the other side, aching in the joint. You work through it until one day the injury gives way and you can’t use the muscle any more.

Soft Tissue Release can be enormously helpful in this situation, the muscle is shortened by the therapist, locked and then lengthen to stretch it back to it’s correct length. Collagenous tissue which builds up at the injury site is less conductive to the nerve impulses which activate muscle contraction. By breaking down these dense areas the muscle becomes receptive again. Muscles need to move freely for every other function to occur freely. Joints remain more mobile, the flow of blood and lymph is more effective, and nutrients and toxins can be moved into and out of the tissues more efficiently leading to a healthier body.

Soft Tissue Release also aids joint mobilisations for example during osteopathy, it restores muscle balance and helps the body to return to a neutral position. It is important to seek a qualified and reputable practitioner.

Ignoring Hamstring Stretches Leads to Low Back Pain

Runners Remember, Ignoring Your Post Run Stretching

Routine Will have an Impact on Lower Back Pain

Tight Hamstrings are a nuisance to us all. It’s not just runners who suffer from tight hamstrings. They are the set of muscles on the backs of your thighs, comprising the semi- tendinosus, semi-membranosus and the long and short head of the biceps femoris. They run rom the ischial tuberosity – your ‘sitting bone’ along the back of the femur to the bones of the lower leg just below the knee. Their job is the flexion and extension of the leg.

Sometimes genetics will determine that you have short hamstrings, sometimes the things you do will cause it. Either way you should do your best to keep them long, strong and felxible.

Tight hamstrings pull on the pelvis tilting it upwards and altering the whole mobility of the spine and giving you an unattractive pot belly! This not only looks unattractive but causes low back pain. Stretching legs out after running – and don’t ignore the quads either because this will lead to an imbalance – is an important part of your training.

Add to stretching a good deep soft tissue massage at least once a month and your will ward off low back pain. Keeping mobile if you have a sedentary job, a regular, if not daily, yoga routine and a visit to you remedial massage therapist wsill all make a huge difference to how your back feels. Your massage therapist will be able to give youlots of lifestyle and exercise advice and stretches which will keep you in good shape.