Saturday 11 January 2015

Why Remedial Massage is so effective

The human body’s ability to protect itself can often slow the recovery process and may even cause further issues post-healing. Muscles and soft tissue that becomes dysfunctional or damaged through injury, over work or through strains are often supported and aided by other structures. Our bodies do not always know when to tell other muscle structures to stop supporting the original injury. Therefore pain and loss of movement may continue long after the original injury has healed.

Quite often when a client presents a condition to be treated, it can be further complicated by a number of previous injuries and issues, such as; scar tissue, adhesions and stress.

This is one of the great principals of remedial massage. Although the initial injury may be straight forward, but the presenting condition is often more complex and may be the result of a combination of other issues.

Case Studies

I see examples of this principal regularly with my clients.

Client A came to Flix for treatment on the recommendation of his physiotherapist after back surgery. He was concerned that the surgery hadn’t worked because he was still experiencing sciatica and that he may have to learn to live with the condition. The consultation and muscle tests revealed that it was likely that his sciatica was caused by the prolonged recovery post-surgery and his sciatica was caused by the shortening of his quadriceps, which in turn caused a muscle in the pelvis to impinge on the sciatic nerve. We consequently agreed a treatment plan to treat the quadriceps and piriformis and for him carry some simple exercise. Now Client A is pain free and the sciatica is gone.

Client B was into muscle development and body building. He was experiencing shoulder and neck pain, which he logically thought was caused by “over doing” weights in the gym. Therefore he wanted to know if he should ease off, modify his routine or would regular massage resolve the problem. During the consultation it was revealed that the cause of the problem was nothing to do with his time in the gym, but was caused by a very simple lifestyle issue. When relaxing at home, he would sit on a sofa watching TV or playing on a games consol. Sofas are well known for causing back problems for several reasons:

These three factors will contribute to back pain, and depending on your seating position will determine if you will be affected by lower or upper back pain, or a combination of both. With Client B, it was upper back pain that was the outcome of his poor posture. The results of the consultation and postural analysis enabled us to devise a treatment plan to resolve his shoulder and neck pain.

Remedial Massage Principal

The symptoms of a problem do not always point to the cause, and it may be due to a number of issues. Sometimes musculoskeletal problems build up over years before they result in pain. The body’s own healing mechanisms can often contribute to the condition and “mask” some of the underlying causes.

The remedial massage therapist has a number of techniques and tests that they can use identify the underlying cause and its contributing factors. The condition can be treated with a combination of traditional and advanced massage techniques to provide a long term outcome.

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