Wellbeing Naturally Newsletter
Interesting and Helpful Snippets.
I am in this photo somewhere!
This was the final two days before the exam in December. For those of you who may not know, I have been on a year long Advanced Clinical Massage Course down in Brighton with a company called Jing. Jing believe that the American system of teaching massage to a Degree level far exceeds the massage education we receive here.
The course has been designed to look more deeply at anatomy, pathologies, treatments and the ongoing scientific evidence for massage. This course has also taught Trigger Point work, Myofascial Release and Advanced Stretching – all of which have been invaluable to me in understanding and relieving pain.
The course has been truly informative, I can’t really believe just how excited I can get over muscles and related pains!
It’s been a good year but I am looking forward to the end – I will not miss the early mornings and long journeys to Brighton. However, the learning process is unending, as early next year I am booked to take a course on Orthopaedic Assessment. A course designed to get the experienced practitioner up to speed on examining posture and its impact on your pain. Exciting!
On top of my clinical work and the courses I have been sifting through the internet (no small task believe me!), journal articles and peer reviewed massage books to glean a better understanding as to how muscle pain is obtained, and how it can be remedied.
Below are a couple of short pieces that will be of benefit to anybody who sitsdown or ever feels like stretching – yes thats all of you!
For more information or to make an appointment to help with your aches, pains or injuries, phone me on 07795552910 or email me at email@example.com
Is your Chair Dangerous?
If you have minor back pain it could be that sitting in a chair for many hours has something to do with it.
An article written by Paul Ingraham, suggests that chairs are really torture devices. We begin with a little stiffness, this may lead to irritation and further into pain.
The problem with chairs is that we sit in them for too long. We are immobile, siting in the same position for hours at a time and a trip around the office is not exercise enough. Light stretching may help, but is not enough stimulation for the muscles after several hours of sitting.
Paul Ingraham is an enthusiast of ‘mobility’ and this means considered movement. Stretching when you get out of a chair is great, but to maximize the benefits you must do it again and again. For every hour of sitting consider doing five minutes of well chosen exercises. Touch your toes, circle your hips, lift your legs – move! He suggests getting on your feet for one minute in every twenty.
Try not to sit in the same chair for too long, maybe try without a chair for a time and don’t look up to your computer screen, head tipping back is definitely not good!
Look after yourself
Should you Stretch a Painful Muscle?
New research is beginning to suggest that the customary view on stretching, that it will relieve pain, is actually far from the truth. Your muscles may be sore from over work or strained, further stretching will make this more uncomfortable. Your body will protect itself and trying to stretch a sore muscle will invite a protective response from your nervous system.
There is no point in taking a muscle into a painful extension, your body will tense up and try
to prohibit it. You will fight against yourself.
Stretching, if it feels important to do, should always be gentle, slow and within your pain threshold. Try some gentle body movement. Explore your movement and enjo
y finding what your body can do. Move slowly. If you find something painful or uncomfortable, stop slowly and go back to just below the point of pain. Pretty soon you will be moving beyond it, pain free.
Could this be freedom?