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Hip Pain Treatment in Ely, Cambs

Treatment for Hip Pain

I’ve noticed a bit of a trend since christmas at my practice in Ely, Cambs.  I have had an increase in the number of people attending with hip pain. We always start the session with a bit of detective work to get to the bottom of why the pain is occurring because, whilst massage is very therapeutic and can be enormously helpful in resolving muscular pain, if the patient then goes away and continues to do whatever caused the pain in the first place, then the pain will return.

It has been particularly cold this winter and this is certainly a factor to consider, cold muscles are more prone to injury. We also spend quite a lot more time in one position over the holiday period, dining with friends requires us to sit politely at a table for a lengthy period, leaning forward over the table – a damaging position for the lumbar spine. We probably spend more time sitting watching TV or just reading, with legs crossed which stresses the hip muscles. Another thing I have noticed that keeps coming up is pain when lying in bed.

Over  the holiday period we sleep longer, mostly on one side because we share a bed with a partner. Often we have different mattress preferences, so that at least one partner is not as comfortable as they would like to be. Quite often we also have an idiosyncratic sleeping position, so that night after night, for longer periods over the holiday period, we sleep in the same position on the same side of our body.

Deep, aching hip pain can be effectively resolved with some specific soft tissue release.  A good therapist will recognise the pain patterns you describe and will know which muscles are causing which pains and also why they are troubling you in the first place. He or she should then be able to send you away feeling more mobile and equipped with some stretches to continue with the repair work, some lifestyle information to help you avoid exacerbating the problem and an appointment card for the next treatment to continue the process of restoring full function to your hip muscles and to keep them in good condition.

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.

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.