Maintain Mobility & Flexibility

How great would it be to maintain a supple and flexible body throughout our lives!!

It is refreshing to see more people taking up all kinds of exercise from dancing to running and strength and conditioning. Yoga and Pilates continue to gain in popularity as more people find the benefits of trying to maintain a flexible healthy body.

More people are also beginning to realise how effective manual therapy can be in regaining and maintaining joint specific and whole body suppleness and flexibility.

Certain muscles are prone to shortening as we go about our daily lives. Muscles and fascia can shorten and lose pliability from sport, exercise, occupation and the tissue loading experienced throughout our day to day activities.

Any prolonged and repeated posture such as sitting can cause tissues to shorten and result in a loss of flexibility and mobility. 

Manual therapy techniques can achieve increases in the ease and ranges of your movement that no amount of self stretching can achieve. I am not deriding self stretching, in fact I advocate self stretching to help maintain normal ranges of movement.  

If you want to increase your flexibility and ease of movement and try to regain that fluidity of movement you once had then speak to a suitably qualified therapist about how this may be achieved both as a stand alone approach or as part of your current health and fitness regime.

Contact me today to see how I can help improve your quality of movement.

Massage - Can it really help me?

Massage therapy

Massage therapy

Massage

 

The term massage encompasses a large and varied number of techniques and approaches. Massage in its simplest form entails any hands on techniques involving stroking, rubbing, lifting and squeezing of the tissues with or without a skin lubricant. More advanced forms of techniques practiced under the umbrella term of massage include techniques used by Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and even Acupuncturists. 

I believe the time is right for the massage bodies / authorities to distinguish between the various forms of massage so as to enable the public to know which type of massage practitioner to go to for treatment. A simple split may be Spa massage and Clinical massage?

Who can benefit from massage and what can it treat?

The answer to this question would fill a very long blog post so I will give a few random examples of who / what I have treated this week.

I have helped a lady recovering from a stroke, a more mature gent struggling with a thigh problem that was keeping him awake at night and 'more importantly' stopping him play golf, a G.P. with a painful neck, a talented teenage footballer desperate to play in a final this weekend, another mature gent still turning out to play veterans football and several neck and shoulder problems, some with related headaches and some with related nerve sensations down the arm.

As you can see 'Massage' can help with many types of soft tissue, joint and nerve pain. It may well take several sessions to get to the root of the problem and it may involves lifestyle changes by the client but don't underestimate the potential effectiveness of massage.