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

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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Easing Neck and Shoulder Pain

A daily complaint I hear in my treatment room is chronic pain between the shoulder blades which can lead to restriction and pain into the neck, among other problems. Good massage is helpful to ease muscles in spasm, treat painful trigger points which may be referring pain into remote areas of the body and promote the circulation of blood and fluid to flush the area of toxic substances. The key to addressing the source of chronic shoulder pain is to address the issue of chronic poor posture which puts a repetitive strain on the muscles of the back as they over work to restore alignment. Exercise classes which focus on body awareness and posture such as Yoga, Pilates and Body Balance are one way to get to know your body better and address imbalances. In the meantime…

The following link shows how application of Kinesiology Tape (K Tape) can help to prolong the effects of massage. K Tape can be applied in various ways for a different treatment outcome. The main purpose of taping the shoulder in this link is to lift the skin under the overlying taped area to facilitate circulation and thereby self-healing/maintenance of the tissue. Muscle in spasm which impedes blood flow through the area quickly becomes an unwanted cycle of spasm and pain. An additional benefit may be a proprioceptive reminder to hold the shoulder appropriately, thereby correcting posture.

Ask your Massage/Sports Therapist about K Taping. It has many uses and may be your missing link to training recovery.

 

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