How Does Remedial Massage Help Ease Lower Back Pain?

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Back pain can be the result of many factors and it is important to know when to seek medical attention as, when left untreated could lead to serious complications.

(A list of ‘red flags’ of serious potential harm to the spine will be detailed at the end of the article)

Fortunately, these cases are rare and most back pain will with time and attention (minimising repetitive strain, reducing impact on the body, adopting balanced exercise and lifestyle change) subside and allow the sufferer to return to normal activities.

Most of us will be aware that modern living; an increasingly sedentary lifestyle facilitated with long hours of commute and desk-bound work as well as the explosion in the use of hand-held gadgets is taking it’s toll on our bodies with the prevalence of reported back pain at significantly high levels and increasing.

Low back pain probably affects around one-third of the UK adult population each year.

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A global study reported in 2014 found “… lower back pain caused more disability than any other condition, affecting nearly 1 in 10 people and becoming more common with increasing age”.

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Acute and chronic episodes of low back pain, sometimes excruciating may not necessarily be indicative of potential injury to the spinal column (which can have devastating consequences of paralysis) but the physical and emotional toll of back pain cannot be under estimated by the sufferer and the economic cost to industry is substantial.

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Remedial Massage For Winged Scapula

 

What does a ‘winged scapula’ mean?

This condition refers to a shoulder blade which, rather than sitting flush against the ribcage is actually rotated forward, away from the midline of the spine with the lower angle (the pointed part) protruding. The shoulder blade (also known as the scapula) effectively ‘wings’ off the torso.

What are the causes of a ‘winged scapula’? (more…)

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Remedial Massage For Athletic Recovery

Despite there not being a substantial body of scientific evidence to support the use of massage in the active recovery period for athletes, massage has long been in use to aid recovery within sport.

The main effects are:-

  • To reduce fatigue from training to enable the individual to start back training or competition feeling refreshed.
  • To reduce muscle soreness from training or competition by reducing muscle tension and enhancing circulation.
  • Helping to prevent strains to soft tissue by identifying and treating soft tissue under tension which, if left untreated, may lead to an over use injury.

There is evidence of massage leading to improved mood and feelings of well-being which boost both psychological and physical relaxation.

Massage calms the nervous system and allows the body to self-heal. (more…)

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What It Means To Be Human

 

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Wheel of Emotion

 

There is some controversy over the number of human emotions we exhibit but they are generally held to be happiness, sadness, anger, fear and disgust.

And while it’s important to stay positive and not to feed our ‘negative’ emotions we need to acknowledge that they are part of our primal biology and have evolved for a reason, chiefly to keep us safe from harm, to protect us or to motivate us to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

What happens when we deny our emotions?

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Can Massage Help Improve Mental Wellbeing?

The Mental Health Foundation in England will this year launch their Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14th May 2017  with a focus away from mental ill-health to exploring how we can cultivate good mental health, recognising that many of us are simply in a surviving rather than thriving mode.

They refer to the fundamental need for people to be given the tools to develop resilience to cope with the inevitable disappointments and pain that life brings.

And, they claim “The good news is that resilience is not genetically inherited. It can be learned and strengthened (and shared)”. (more…)

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Sugar “The Seductive Enemy”

Sugar Free Farm is returning to TV screens this evening (Tuesday 10th January 2017) on ITV at 9pm for a second series which sees celebrities attempt to quit sugar in favour for hard labour on a farm. They will be rewarded with a wholesome meal.

The danger to health of high sugar diets will be explored along with the withdrawal effects of emitting refined sugars from our diet.

A bracing reality check for most of us Westerners who (unwittingly or not) consume quantities far far in excess of recommended levels.

Tune in!

 

 

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Any Amount of Exercise is Better Than None

An article on the BBC News website today highlights the results of an 18 year study into the effects of exercise on the development of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Good news for Weekend Warriors; those people who cram their exercise into a day or two over the weekend. Similar health benefits are conferred.

 

The full report can be accessed by following the link below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38560616

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Can food make you a better runner?

EATING, FOOD and RUNNING

The following short article provides some handy hints and thoughts for different groups of people at various levels of training.

Key topics covered include protein needs and how to achieve them, children in training and women’s nutritional needs throughout the menstrual cycle.

1. You are what you eat

Are you one of the two million people in the UK that goes out for a run at least once a week? Do you think about what you eat before you force yourself out of the door? Or what you drink when you get back in with that post-run glow?

Whether you enjoy a short jog around the park on a Saturday morning or are training for an event such as a 10k or marathon, could what you eat make a difference to your performance? (more…)

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The Yoga of Acceptance

This article explores the art of acceptance and letting go in our yoga practice rather than the notion of muscling through to achieve a particular pose.

The following quote I find especially insightful:

“Instead of putting your energy and efforts into getting somewhere, and following the mind’s tendency to always go further, you can now start practicing a much more advanced form of yoga – the yoga of acceptance and being present to how it is. You can start to feel the energetic presence of the pose, you can begin to observe the flow of energy through the body, you can begin to feel the emotional quality, or the spiritual significance of the pose. There is a whole world to discover in just being where you are…”

The full article can be read below.

www.ekhartyoga.com/blog/tension-versus-compression-in-yoga

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