Injury and recovery
“1 step back 2 steps forward”
Damaged ligaments, muscles or recovery from skeletal injury can be assisted in the repair process by a variety of exercises and massage techniques. More often than not a quicker and stronger recovery can be achieved with the mobilising of the muscles and connective tissues to an active state strengthening the structure of the muscles, connective tissues and fibres.
“overload and stressed, don’t wait until it really hurts”
The stress we often place on the musculoskeletal system can lead to injury, be it through intensive exercise where we push the body to extremes or simply work our bodies too hard within our daily routines. Repetitive injuries that cause muscular pain and tension are very common today for example daily use of keyboard or seated at a motor vehicle for hours on end can lead to back pain and discomfort. Through massage the body’s natural systems and mechanics are regenerated, muscles and connective tissue are given assistance in the repair and strengthen process. Massage employed on a regular basis can help avoid such circumstances.
“the effective road to recovery”
Any time spent off work or out of sport through injury will require a carefully planned and progressive rehabilitation program. This program should always include soft tissue therapy to assist in:
- Muscle activation and conditioning (motor re-education)
- Flexibility and strengthening
- Correction of abnormal biomechanics
- Neuromuscular control (balance proprioception)
- Maintain build cardiovascular fitness
Pain and stress reduction management
“Just like your car needs a regular service or mot”
Quite simply through a mixture of soft and deep tissue massage techniques muscular pain and stress can be elevated. Massage helps relax the muscular and neuromuscular systems increasing blood supply flow, nutrients and oxygen all assisting in the relaxation and stimuli of energy around the body. A regular 45 minute massage works wonders in releasing tension and positioning the body to a state of calm and reinvigorating the body’s natural chemical and neurological systems.
“This one is a real pain in the ass”
Back pain is one of the most common ailments that affect adults in the UK.
A recent survey, reported that almost half the adult UK population (49%) report lower back pain lasting at least 24 hours at some time in the year. If you have experienced back injury of some description you know just how much pain and discomfort is suffered.
• It is estimated that four out of every five adults (80%) will experience back pain at some stage in their life
• Back pain peaks in adults from 35-55 years of age
• The NHS spends more than £1m every year on back pain-related costs
• 5 million working days were lost as a result of back pain in 2003-04
Well facts and figures are one thing but what about the physical and mental distress many back pain sufferers face every day. Normal things like carrying shopping, standing up at work, or gardening can turn into the most painful of tasks.
How to beat it
It is possible to combat the pain through a mixture of activities including massage therapy and exercise:
Massage will help stretch out muscular tension and assist diagnosis of neurological abnormalities and muscle weakness. Through exercise on a regular basis your chances of getting back pain are reduced, recovery from pain is accelerated letting you do all the things you enjoy! Exercise doesn’t have to be intensive, simply taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking or cycling to the shops rather than driving. However, taking up a new sport or active hobby can help reduce the chance of back pain. As the body starts to adapt it changes shape and strengthens as muscles, tendons and the skeletal system start to interact with one another. At releaf we have a special 6 pack back care plan for just £100, with treatments taken at any time of your choice.