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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!

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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.

Should you have massage to help ease your muscle pain?

How much will massage ease your back pain? Do you have a stiff neck? Do you have hip ache?

Remedial massage may be of enormous benefit in treating all of these problems. Muscles store their grievances at what you ask them to do – we all perform very repetitive tasks with our bodies and then we expect them to function well for us without giving them any real attention.

You wouldn’t ask your car or bike to work without ever giving it a service would you? Think of a massage as essential maintenance. Your creaky back or stiff neck has probably been troubling you for months……..at myEly remedial massage practice I see people every day who have been tolerating muscle soreness for weeks or even months. With deep soft tissue massage – which I would like to add is not painful when done with skill- we can unwind all the muscle pain you have collected and improve functionality. We then set about keeping you that way!

I learned my skills at the The London School of Sports Massage and I am a member of the ISRM. They teach there a combination of Osteopathic soft tissue techniques, massage skills, connective tissue ,myofascial release techniques and postural analysis.

Graduates are highly skilled therapists with a thorough knowledge of how to work on musculoskeltal problems.

I have been working with a team of Osteopaths in Ely for a number of years.

If you are despairing, come and see me we may just be able to find an answer.


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.