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Avoiding Muscular and Low Back Injury

Avoiding Muscular and Low Back Injury

One of the most important things I believe, in keeping yourself fit and healthy is to actually try and avoid muscular injury in the first place. If you are a sportsperson or even just wanting to lead a fairly active life, you should be doing your utmost to avoid getting injured in the first place. This is because rehabilitating an injury is so much harder than avoiding oneĀ  and an injured muscle is much more likely to get injured again in the future.

How then do you prevent injury? Well, firstly prepare. If you are taking up a new sport or going back to one you enjoy after a break. Even doing a weekend of heavy gardening. Spend some time getting into shape – or better still, make sure you are always in good shape. A fit body will perform better at all tasks.

Keep your core muscles strong, keep your legs strong and flexible, make sure your glutes work properly – your massage therapist can help you with all these things. A good remedial massage therapist can tell you if your glutes fire properly and what to do if they don’t. Your glutes are the powerhouse of your body. Your stability and strength in movement come from your glutes, it is important that they work properly. I have encountered people actually exercising their glutes but it being a complete waste of time because only their hamstrings were doing the work – and this is not rare! Lots of you don’t actually use your glutes to power you.

Having remedial massage will help to identify where your problems are, it can uncover things which you didn’t even know were a problem and things which are going to cause you mobility issues as you get older. A remedial massage therapist can offer advice on strengthening and stretching, which exercises to do and which muscles are weak. The bonus is you will also get trouble spots ironed out and you will feel very good afterwards. Deep soft tissue massage of the type offered by remedial massage therapists will help to ease out muscular pain and tension and leave you feeling like you have a new body.

How to Ease Lower Back Muscle Pain with Deep Soft Tissue Massage

How to Ease Lower Back Pain with Deep Soft Tissue Massage

Deep Soft Tissue Massage is a phrase that gets bandied about quite a bit these days, along with trigger point release. So what does it actually mean and will it help your ease your lower back pain?

What deep soft tissue therapy is, is really just a gradual process of relaxing tense, tight, overworked muscle fibres using different types of massage techniques to encourage the muscles to ‘open up’ and allow work on the deeper muscles. The massage therapist will use more pressure than would be used for say a Swedish massage but the techniques can often be similar. If the massage hurts you then you should tell the therapist to ease off! A good therapist knows that they should always work within your tolerance levels – but it is up to you to help establish where those levels lie. Generally it is posible to gauge to some degree when you are working too strongly, but not always and working too deeply just causes the muscle to resist which is not productive.

Irritated muscles gather ‘ trigger points ‘ which you will recognise as knotty areas in your muscles, they develop in specific places which your therapist will know. They also cause specific symptoms so working to ease them out of the muscles is very beneficial. A muscle with trigger points is a muscle which is not firing on all cylinders! Deep soft tissue work applied during remedial massage will help to remove these little nuisances and get the muscle back to prime working condition.

Lower back pain can come from trigger points in a number of muscles, here in my practice in Ely, Cambs I help people get over episodes of lower back pain by identifying where their problems are, treating the cause and giving advice on how to avoid a recurrence of the problem. Lower back pain need not be a permanent feature of your life.