Posts Tagged ‘deep soft tissue release’

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.

Hip Pain and Leg Pain in Runners

Hip Pain and Leg Pain in Runners

One of the most certain things  to halt your running progress is to develop pain in either the hips or legs. It may well be too late if you are reading this but prevention is much better than trying to cure it.

If you have already developed pain then resting for a few days will help. A sports massage will also be beneficial and you will get good advice on why you have the pain and what to do about it. Remedial Massage Therapists are highly trained and very knowledgeable individuals. Their knowledge of anatomy and physiology is very detailed and they will be able to do lots to help.

If you try to push on with your running then you will only make your injury worse.  The most sensible way to approach running if you are beginning or returning after a long break is to get some condition in  your legs and glutes first. Your gluteus maximus is your big ‘powerhouse’ muscle. It needs to be strong to power you forward so find  a reliable source of exercises or seek out a personal trainer to work on legs and butt before you even think of running or you will be setting yourself up for injury.

Start out with run/walks and don’t go too far. Just fifteen minutes each time for the first three weeks is plenty and increase by only 10% from then on each week. Stretch out after each run and get regular massage to keep your muscles in good shape. Address any small niggles as they appear, don’t  ‘run through’  a threatening niggle in the hope it will disappear. Keep relaxed, injuries can sometimes appear when we are holding ourselves tense without realising it, mentally check every so often that you are running loose and relaxed.

Hip pain can be due to tight hip rotators, this can often be resolved with Deep Soft Tissue Massage and some advice from your massage therapist on effective stretching and conditioning. Knee pain can be due to tracking problems or tightness in the Quads, pain along the shin bone may be shin splints, caused by too much running too soon and on hard surfaces – try starting out on a treadmill or grass. It may also be aggravated by overly tight calf muscles.

A good massage therapist will be able to identify what is causing your leg problems and to alleviate them whilst giving you advice on how to prevent the problem recurring. Don’t underestimate the power of massage. I successfully treat runners every week at my practice in Ely, Cambs.

Massage treatment for shoulder pain in Ely Cambs

Shoulder Pain

During this season of viral infections, I have noticed an increase in the number of patients attending my massage practice in Ely, Cambs with radiating pain in the shoulder. This is often located behind the scapula and into the shoulder where it is felt as a constant, deep ache. The pain will often extend down the back of the arm to the elbow, occasionally even affecting the little finger. It is associated with the coughing attacks triggered by a virus and originates in the serratus posterior superior a muscle deep to the shoulder blade, involved in the mechanism of breathing. Lifting something with the arms stretched out to the front can cause an increase in the pain.

If you have the symptoms of shoulder pain described, massage can give you enormous relief, you may very well have a trigger point exacerbated by the repetitive act of coughing and deep soft tissue release can dissipate this trigger point.  See your massage therapist as soon as possible and you can find me at the Complementary Health Centre in Ely Cambs.