Muscle Pain

Muscle pain and stiffness – the remedy

Muscle pain and stiffness -the remedy

So your muscles are feeling very sore, tight and stiff. You are getting lower back pain or hip pain and its’s limiting your mobility. You are no longer able to do your usual exercise and even walking makes you hurt. Your inclination is to avoid exercise because the muscle pain is so troublesome. you checked with your medical practitioner and you have been sent away with painkillers. You are frustrated and very sore and it’s affecting your whole life!

What can you do about this? A lot more than you may think. Immobility is actually your worst enemy. What you need to do is get moving again. A study by the engineering dept at the University of Michigan showed a 69% decrease in the strength of tendons and ligaments over a period of just 9 weeks of imposed immobility. What is more shocking is that it took even longer to recover the losses when mobility was restored. A prime case for use it or lose it!

What to do then, it’s a bit chicken or egg isn’t it? Too sore to exercise, so no exercise, so even more sore. Well first of all I advise you to undergo an intensive programme of Remedial Massage. A series of intensive massage treatments will alleviate the worst symptoms and make exercise less uncomfortable. Deep Soft Tissue Massage can make a huge difference to muscle pain, clients are often amazed at just how much better they feel and how quickly.

I would be looking for problem areas which are causing the most restriction to movement. I would also do some detective work to discover what it was that you have been doing that has led to the problems with your muscles in the first place and if we can’t remove those causes, I will give you some advice on managing things so that you are more comfortable for more of the time. I will also give you some simple exercises and stretches to incorporate into your life to get you on your way back to mobility.

Massage is amazing in its ability to help with muscle repair, if you want to be an agile, healthy 80 year old you need to be putting things in place before you no longer have a choice!

Muscle pain – immobility is not the best solution

Massage and movement recommended for muscle pain

If you have low back pain, stiff neck muscles,hip pain or shoulder pain then reducing movement is not going to make you feel better. How often do you wake up in the morning feeling stiff and sore? Muscle pain is often a lifestyle issue. Our bodies like to move, they don’t like to be fixed in a position for hours, for example at a desk, bent over gardening, or slumped in a chair watching TV.

For a healthy body you need to be well nourished, good quality food, not a slice of toast for breakfast but some scrambled eggs or porridge for example which will give your body slow burn energy and lift your blood sugar from its overnight low. A simple stretch routine on waking – the yoga ‘ Salute to the Sun ‘ routine covers all bases and will make you feel limber and energised. Build exercise into you day – every day! Walk when you can, do a little resistance work to keep you muscles strong and your balance and stamina high.

Get a massage. Massage helps to restore the muscles, shift toxins and above all it relaxes you. Come and have a monthly massageĀ  in Ely at my treatment Room in the Ely Complementary Health Centre.

Having massage is part of looking after your body, keeping it in good condition and free of muscle pain. Call and book today and see how it can work for you.