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Mobility & Flexibility...

Many individuals experience limited or reduced mobility or flexibility for a number of reasons. Whether it be from an underlying condition such as arthritis or because of the natural ageing process and lack of activity leading to stiffness and joint pain, a lack of mobility and an increased difficulty in performing daily activities from a loss of full range of motion can lead to both physical and mental anguish and frustration. Remedial massage helps to both relieve tight muscles and increase joint mobility and flexibility in a number of different ways.

 

One of the primary benefits of Remedial massage is improved circulation by stretching and decreasing the tension in the muscle tissue which leaves more room for the blood vessels to expand, thus increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients into the tissues and removal of waste products. This speeds up recovery time of any damaged tissue and optimizes functionality leading to better mobility. Additionally, increased blood flow levels and circulation aids those with lymphatic drainage problems or cold extremities leading to better overall performance and more freely moveable joints.

 

Over time, an individual may experience pinched nerves or large knots in their muscles. A knot typically occurs after performing a particular task for hours at a time on a regular basis (such as sitting at a desk). While knots are painful, the pinched nerve can become particularly excruciating and prevent many kinds of motions. For someone who is unable to turn their neck or have difficulty standing up straight based on the pain they feel, a massage can be all that is needed. A massage helps to work out the knot and soften the muscle, reducing the pain. This also helps ease the tension put on the nerves, allowing the pinched nerved to decompress and relieve the tension placed on it. Depending on the severity of the knot or nerve, it might take a few different sessions to fully remove the pain and tension, but after one session, patients should experience an almost immediate reduction in their pain levels and a boost in mobility.

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Flexibility is a huge improvement stemmed from massage therapy. While this doesn't make up completely for daily stretching, it should allow for a higher degree of flexibility in the days and weeks following a treatment. This greater flexibility makes it more comfortable to move about, particularly for those individuals suffering from stiffness-related mobility problems. Although flexibility may not prove extremely beneficial for those with arthritis and similar medical problems, and those who are naturally already hypermobile, a greater level of flexibility is what patients ultimately need when dealing with tightness in their body.

 

 One of our recommendations we give to our clients to assist with their health and wellbeing is to incorporate daily stretching into their routine. Not only does this help with mobility, if people stretched daily they would have so much more flexibility and make them more resilient to strain and injury.  Regular stretching helps to maintain and increase mobility which many people may feel is no longer possible, Like exercise, stretching takes work but the benefits can be noticed quickly and are absolutely worth it.

 

Written By: Doug Slessor, Taringa Senior Remedial Therapist

 

 

 

 


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Are You A Weekend Warrior?

We all know that person, the weekend warrior who’s tied to a desk all week then over the weekend they erupt in an explosion of energy and activity that usually sees them energised, and often sore, on the Monday. 


As you all know, there are many ways people reach their health goals, some cycle, some run, some do Crossfit, others do Yoga. Weekend Warriors have a tendency to consolidate their prescribed training periods and cram them into two days, but is this so bad?

A recent study from the University of Sydney studies the exercise patterns of 63,000 people and concluded that Weekend Warriors, “have a significantly lower risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease”, even though they didn’t meet the physical activity guidelines. The research has also found little difference in health outcomes between the weekend warriors and those who exercise regularly throughout the week. It seems anything is better than nothing, but what is the downside?

Berliner (2011) highlights the downside to the weekend warrior mentality, he tells us that weekend warriors are susceptible to overuse injury because they reserve little time to maintain their muscle strength and flexibility throughout the week. This often results in trigger point activation and muscles with active trigger points always result in a weakness of muscles and therefore a reduction in the full range of motion of the body leading to strains and overuse injuries.

This is where we come into play. Massage therapists can treat trigger points with direct pressure on the trigger points themselves, holding for 30 to 45 seconds while the tissues release. This release will help to bring the muscle back to normality and get you moving normal again. All of our Remedial Therapists at No More Knots are trained to release trigger points, so if you’re one of those weekend warriors types, drop by and see us so you can get back to moving how a weekend warrior should.

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Massage for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a concern that plagues many people. Some blame core instability and weakness others put it down to degeneration but what does the academic literature say and what does it say about the effects of remedial massage on treating the problem?

 
The International Journal of Neuroscience evaluated the effects of massage therapy versus relaxation for chronic low back pain. They wanted to find out if remedial massage was effective in reducing pain, depression, anxiety and stress hormones, as well as sleeplessness and for improving trunk range of motion associated with chronic low back pain.
 
The trial took twenty-four adults (12 women) with lower back pain. They were randomly assigned to a massage therapy or a progressive muscle relaxation group. The Sessions were 30 minutes long twice a week for five weeks, then on the first and last day of the 5-week study participants completed questionnaires, provided a urine sample and were assessed for range of motion.
 
By the end of the study, the massage therapy group, as compared to the relaxation group, reported experiencing less pain, depression, anxiety and improved sleep. They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance, and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher, thus highlighting the positive effects of massage therapy in reducing pain, stress hormones and symptoms associated with chronic low back pain.

Preyde (2001), performed a similar trial on 107 subjects. He concluded that the massage therapy group had improved function, less intense pain and a decrease in the quality of pain. Additionally, he found that at 1-month follow-up 63% of subjects in the comprehensive massage therapy group reported no pain as compared with 27% of the soft-tissue manipulation group, 14% of the remedial exercise group and 0% of the sham laser therapy group.

It’s obvious that patients with subacute low-back pain are shown to benefit from massage therapy, so why put up with it any longer? See your remedial massage therapist today at one of our No More Knots clinics!


Sources
1. Maria Hernandez-reif, Tiffany Field, Josh Krasnegor, and Hillary Theakston International Journal of Neuroscience. Vol. 106 , Iss. 3-4, 2001

2. Michele Preyde, CMAJ.  Vol. 162  no. 13  1815-1820, 2001

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