Massages: more options than you can shake a bamboo stick at Aches and pains driving you mad? Find out which massage treatment could do the trick for you. After a long and hard day’s work it’s not uncommon for people to crash on the sofa and shout, “I need a massage!” Whether we're on our feet all day or just sitting at a desk – we all have a problem we think a massage would solve just nicely.
So, I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is that you are being bombarded with lies constantly. Everything from so called scientific studies that prove a theory to opinions that become accepted as fact. The good news is that you are the final authority on your body. Remember to check in and do what seems 'right' for you rather than just what is trending or what some 'expert' says to do. Here is just one example of what I am talking about:
Why do I have muscle tension? How can I get this to go away? Can you just massage it out? How many sessions will it take to get that out? What exercises can I do? What foods should I eat? What oils would help out with this pain?
The idea of using pressure and friction on the human body for health and relaxation is not new. Massage was prevalant in the time of the Roman empire: if you went to the baths it would be common to have a body rub in addition to the hot and cold tubs. The Greeks as well had it, and before them the Egyptians and the Chinese, and the Indians. There are even some European cave paintings that suggest massage may date back thousands of years earlier. So the practices and the understanding of their benefits predate a lot of our modern medical science.
Many people always they say will try to be healthier, or try and get a workout in, or try to eat better, and the list of tries goes on and on.The thing is we can all try, but to be your best we must DO! At what point do you say you want to be your best? At what point do you make your well being be a priority? At what point do you want to be healthy every day of your life? At what point do you decide that you want to have the opportunity to live as long as you can?
Active people take hits. They get bumps, bruises, aches, and pains. Some are ER worthy in which case the patient will undergo physician’s care. Others are mere inconveniences that cause pain, swelling, discoloration, and irritation. Instances of pain are normal, chronic pain is not. There are solutions and preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the body’s reaction to active lifestyle occurrences.
In Myofascial Release Part 1 I reviewed in general the structure and function of the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles, which is the target structure of myofascial release. Now that we have a basic understanding of what the fascia is and what it does, let’s review some of the issues that myofascial release is meant to alleviate.