One of the main questions I get asked is ‘what causes my pain’?
Pain can be categorised into:
Acute pain – this can be intense and short-lived. Acute pain may be an indication of an injury. When the injury heals the pain usually goes away. Chronic pain – this sensation lasts much longer than acute pain. Chronic pain can be mild or intense (severe).
There might be a number of factors that have contributed to the pain but there are four basic causes.
- Ischemia – tissues in the muscles are not getting proper supply of blood, usually caused by muscle spasm
- Trigger point – sensitive spots in the muscle caused by accumulation of toxins and waste product that irritate the nerves in the muscle, they are usually the result of prolong ischemia.
- Joint compression – the muscles that cross the joint and enable it to move are shortened and are compress the joint/s causing pain
- Postural distortion – this might be caused by tight shortened muscles. Muscles that maintain posture work in opposing groups, if one group is too tight it will over power its partner and result in poor posture
Massage can be a great way to help treat muscular pain. By smoothing out ‘knots’ it helps to lengthen muscles which in turn improves blood circulation and therefore improves muscle function
Half of the UK population suffers with back pain and for men and women aged between 30-50 this figure is around 80%. 1 in 5 people take time off work as a result of back pain making it second only to the common cold as a reason for taking time off work. The Trade Union Congress estimates that 4.9 million working days are lost each week due to back pain, isn’t it time you got your back checked?
During my VTCT Level 3 Sports Massage course I was fortunate to work with a wide range of sports people including runners, tennis players, cyclists, cricketers, footballers and a gymnast and I have been able to see first hand how sports impact the body in different ways.
It is important for any sports person to take care of their selves. Look at ways you can improve your health and fitness, how you can care for your body and most importantly acknowledge and resolve any injury. Injuring one area can have a huge knock on effect and you could end up causing yourself even more damage.
Whatever your age and whatever your sport, there are many benefits associated with sports massage:
* To boost individual endurance and performance
* To prevent the development of weak areas in the body
* To reduce stress on other muscle groups of the body
* To prevent injury
* To reduce pain
* To reduce swelling
* To reduce bruising
* To speed the healing process
* To allow the area to return to normal efficient functioning
Sports Massage – Prevent, Protect, Prepare, Perform. Call Kathryn on 0774 864 0257.