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Is Massage an Effective Treatment for Muscle Pain?

Is Massage an Effective  Treatment for Muscle Pain?

What is massage and is it really an effective in the treatment of muscle pain and spasm? Manual therapy in the form of massage and stretching of the musculature has been practised for hundreds of years. In his writings, the Greek physician Hippocrates stated ‘rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose or loosen a joint that is too rigid’.

Neither muscles which are over tight and inflexible or conversely, lack tone and are therefore too lax will work efficiently.Massage skilfully applied can have the effect of mildly increasing muscle tone. Massage will never be a replacement for exercise but it increases the blood flow to the muscles bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients via the arterial circulation. These are exchanged for waste products released from the muscles during massage which are then removed by the venous circulation.The very act of massaging the muscle causes the muscle to react which helps to improve the muscle tone at the same time.

Massage has been widely used in the treatment of muscle pain since the beginning of the last century and is still the most effective way to remove ‘trigger points’-areas of knotty fibres in the muscle which may cause extreme pain, referred pain or sometimes just a reduction in the working efficiency of the muscle.A skilful therapist will be able to elongate the contractured sarcomeres within the muscle helping to restore to normal length and function.

There are many massage techniques which can be used to release tired contracted muscles.The majority of these massage techniques should not be particularly painful. It is important for massage to be applied slowly. When I am working on my patients at my practice in Ely I use a pressure release technique to remove trigger points. It requires considerable manual skill. Identifying and treating trigger points requires a sensitive touch. The massage therapist has to be able to find the trigger point by palpation and apply pressure to it within the patients comfort zone, identifying the point at which it releases thus reducing the muscle pain.

Trigger points are very often implicated in muscle pain though most people will never have heard of them. If you are suffering from muscle pain it may well be that you have active trigger points, especially if you perform repetitive actions during the course of your day.If you live near to Ely it would be well worth coming in to have a course of treatment with me to alleviate your pain.Once your muscle pain has been treated with massage it is certainly beneficial to have regular massage. Massage is as important an adjunct to a healthy lifestyle as eating sensibly,exercising regularly, stretching your muscles, hydrating properly and getting plenty of sleep. A healthy body needs to relax and de-stress, touch has been shown to be beneficial,massage is soothing and relaxing, it increases blood flow flushes out toxins and smooths out the muscle fibres and it has been shown to reduce blood pressure for a significant number of hours afterwards. In brief it is good for you.

Sports massage for muscle pain

Sports massage for muscle pain

I wonder what brought you here today? My first guess would be muscle pain. You probably punched muscle pain, sports massage for muscle pain, back pain, neck and shoulder pain or something very similar into your search engine and this is where the thread  led you.
Great! Because help and information on why you have muscle pain and what to do about it is going to be here in my blog.
Primarily I practise Swedish massage combined with deep soft tissue work of the kind most people recognise as Sports massage. The best option I could recommend for your  muscle pain is for you to pay me a visit, but most of you will be reading this from somewhere much too far away to take that option. So I will be offering advice and information on what to do about your muscle pain here in my blog.
Many of my patients wouldn’t consider sports massage. The reasons are myriad. For a start most of them don’t play sport and sports massage is for athletes, right? Well, wrong really, sports massage has many techniques to release muscles and ease pain but you don’t necessarily have to specifically have a sports massage to benefit from those techniques.
One of the first things I will do with a new patient is to find out a bit about their lifestyle.  What kind of work they do, how they relax, whether they play sport  or exercise. Do they sleep well. Have they had any illness or stress. It helps me to decide on a treatment plan and which kind of massage treatment they might benefit best from. That is, whether it needs to be relaxing or deeper soft tissue work.

A sports massage can give beneficial results very quickly. Deep soft tissue work of the type used during sports massage can have a remarkable effect but it needs to be carefully applied. Sports massage is not for everyone, I like to establish treatment by degrees.  Warming the muscles up and seeking out the trouble spots as I work.

The body is a complex thing and pain is often referred away from the area where the problem is, for example: a dull nagging ache somewhere deep  in the shoulder joint where you just can’t get at it to give it a rub and along the medial border of your shoulder blade is actually coming from the back of your neck. A few sports massage techniques will soon sort that out.
But it’s not all about sports massage. There are lots of other things that can be done about your muscle pain. Keep following my blog. I will be looking at problems which I encounter often and giving advice, posting videos of stretches and simple exercises which will help you, in fact all sorts! So save a link and visit again soon.