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Neck and Shoulder Pain, remedial treatment

Are you suffering neck and shoulder pain? Did your GP tell you there is nothing underlying wrong?

Perhaps you are suffering from muscular spasm or tension and could be helped with Soft Tissue Release. Often spending your days working on a computer or driving long miles can create havoc in your neck and shoulders. The constant tension in the muscles which lift  the arms and support the head can lead to muscle pain headaches, even symptoms in you hands and fingers which can cause you to worry that there is something more troublesome going on. You have been to you GP and he is happy that there is nothing to worry about, but you are still in a lot of discomfort.

Remedial massage treatment may help when you have tried other routes and got no respite. Problems build up in muscles when we do the same  things with them day in day out. You wouldn’t expect your car to run without taking care of it, your body needs looking after too. I can advise on what may be causing the problems and what to do about that in order that you don’t keep on suffering the same problems. I can work on the muscles which are causing the pain- it isn’t always right where you feel the pain. Often I see clients who are putting pain relief gel where the pain is, when in fact the pain is being referred from a muscle problem nearby.

It doesn’t matter how long you have been suffering your pain, we can do some work with it.

New Year’s Resolution to get fit? Don’t forget massage

Keeping your muscles in good shape and avoiding injury

Most of us think about our fitness at this time of year. We determine to lose a few pounds and get back into shape. We may take up a sport again which we haven’t done in a while, maybe even just a few weeks. Take care! This is a prime time to pick up an injury. Having been relaxing for a couple of weeks you will have lost muscle tone. Jumping right back in there may just set you back further than you already are.

Before you go back to your chosen mode of exercise, do some functional conditioning. This means preparing the muscles which will be doing the work to cope with what you are going to ask them to do.  A remedial massage therapist can help here.  A postural analysis will help to reveal where you are weak and where you are overcompensating. Soft tissue release can help to alter the constrictions which may have led to injuries. Your therapist can advise you on exercises to strengthen weak muscles and will know which muscles are inhibiting the performance of those muscles. A stretching regime can be devised specific to your exercise regime. This will all help towards your fitness goals.

First step in your New Year’s fitness regime then? Get yourself  a Remedial massage and get your programme kick started!

Focus on your core for strength and stability

Exercising dynamically will help to stregthen your core at the same time

A lot of attention gets paid to the core muscles. As a Remedial Massage Therapist I spend a lot of time advising clients to strengthen their core in order to protect their spine. The main core muscles, the transverse abdominals, multifidus and the pelvic floor muscles stabilise the body whilst it performs movements. If the core is not strong then the global movement muscles have to work a lot harder and will try also to stabilise the body. This is where injuries can happen.

The difficulty in learning to strengthen the core is that if there is weakness  in those muscles, it becomes more difficult to isolate them and identify when they are actually being used.

I am even now surprised at how often during muscular testing firstly, glutes fail to fire correctly, then even more so, how few people are actually able to isolate their glutes. The glutes are the power house of the body, we need to know not only where they are on our body, but how to make use of them correctly. If we can’t find our glutes then we have little hope of knowing where our core muscles are.

Dynamic exercises like the lunge automatically make use of the core, it is impossible to balance without using your core muscles. The acid test though, comes whilst executing the lunge. With weak muscles it is difficult for the spine to remain erect. As the glutes, transverse abdominals and obliques become stronger and the hip flexors more elastic staying upright becomes easier. It is essential to keep the pelvis level and the foot and knee in alignment with the hip.

Get your personal trainer to teach your how to lunge in perfect alignment and your core muscles will be getting a dynamic workout. as they get stronger you will get better at identifying which muscle is which and you will become able to engage your core before performing a movement so that your exercise the muscle you want to work on effectively and protect your body whilst you are doing it.