Posts Tagged ‘low back pain’

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.


Massage during and after Pregnancy

Massage after Having a Baby

Massage can be very beneficial during and after pregnancy. It is generally accepted that it should be avoided during the first trimester and if the mother has a history of miscarriage but other than this there are many instances where massage can be positively beneficial during pregnancy.

The action of the hormone relaxin during pregnancy makes the tissues stretchier to ease the way for labour. The disadvantage is that relaxin can, by relaxing the ligaments, make the load on the muscles greater and the joints looser. This can increase the load on the muscles and can lead to muscle pain. In addition loosened joints – for example the pubic symphysis, can become excrutiatingly painful during the later stages of pregnancy.

Massage can ease discomfort and pain. It can reduces tightness in the legs caused by oedematous tissues and may help to reduce the nightime cramps which some women suffer.

It is perfectly possible to treat a heavily pregnant woman lying on her side and a low back massage can be wonderfully therapeutic to ladies  in the last weeks of pregnancy.

Painful hips, SPD and low back pain in pregnancy can all be eased with massage and post delivery it can help during the transition of the body to it’s pre – pregnancy condition.

Treating Chronic Low Back Pain With Remedial Massage

Treating Chronic Low Back Pain With Remedial Massage

This week I have seen a number of patients with chronic low back pain. The thing which they are most concerned with is whether their low back pain can be managed with massage and exercise.

If your low back pain has passed from the acute stage and into chronic it is more difficult but not  impossible to treat. We start with an assessment of your condition. Depending on the circumstances of your particular situation. Whether your GP has already referred you for an x-ray or MRI scan and what the results were. What type of work you do and whether you can make any adjustments to that. How much exercise you do and how it affects your condition.

Often patients are just confused as to what is the best course of action to take, they have lost faith in their body and its ability to perform the tasks they ask of it everyday.

As a remedial massage therapist in Ely, my task is to help you back to feeling confident that you can do most of the things you need to do on a daily basis. Progressing gradually through a course of detective work and putting in place a treatment plan for remedial massage treatment and then a system for managing your body and keeping it in working order, we will get you back on your feet again.  I believe massage is a wonderful therapy, your muscles make up a huge proportion of your body. They deserve to be looked after and if you look after them they will serve you well.

About Me

My name is Dawn Fisher and I am a qualified and fully insured Remedial massage therapist working at the Ely Complementary Health Centre where our main specialisms are Osteopathy, Acupuncture and Massage therapy.

I also have a treatment room in Littleport which is just outside Ely.

I am a professional member of both the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage. A governing body,which which has stringent rules on accepting members to their association, you can view their website by clicking on the logo located below,  under qualifications.

My own interests are based around sport and nutrition. I exercise on average 4 or 5 times a week, this will be a combination of high intensity intervals, running, dancing and cycling. I also enjoy hill walking, am a keen swimmer.

For me, it is important to maintain good nutrition and I put more energy than average into eating a healthy diet though, like everyone, I have days where this will crumble into an ambition, rather than a reality!

I believe a strong, healthy body will see me comfortably into old age, I don’t have the ‘may be run over by a bus tomorrow’ mentality.  I will be as keen to help you maintain a healthy body.

I am committed to updating my skills and knowledge constantly and my patients well being is always my primary motivation. To that end I have added to my original VTCT Swedish massage diploma with a Btec Diploma in sports and Remedial massage, from the highly regarded LSSM in Regents Park, London.

I hope you enjoy my site and find my posts helpful and informative.