30
Apr 2015
"What are knots in muscles?"

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By Sebastian Urbanik

 

As massage therapists, this is the question we get asked the most frequently. And it's usually when we're massaging a client's shoulders, where small areas of muscle can feel hard, and 'crunchy' or 'stringy'.

So what causes this? Obviously the muscle fibres haven't literally tied themselves into the knots you'd get in a piece of string. What has happened, though, is that those muscle fibres have contracted (shortened) - as a result of physical acti  vity, or postural imbalance, or stress - and then stayed shortened. The place this happens most noticeably is in the shoulder and neck area, where permanent (chronic) muscle tension can so easily build up, but it can occur anywhere in the body.

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21
Apr 2015
Therapist Spotlight

Dealing with Tension Headache and Tight Shoulders: David and his Upper Crossed Syndrome

In my long career as a massage therapist, I have met a lot of patients who ask why their shoulders are tight, why their neck and head poke forward, and why they slouch. Then I explain to them that these are symptoms of 'Upper Crossed Syndrome' (UCS).

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21
Apr 2015
What's up with tight muscles?

Many of us have tight muscles and often they don't cause us pain. Touching our toes, making a circle with our arm or limbo dancing may not be something we need to do. If we aren't using those muscles and they aren't hurting why should we be concerned if they are shorter and harder?

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26
Mar 2015
Therapist Roles

We are your biggest supporters, here's how:

Spring is definitely here. More daylight hours and warmer days make it a great time for new beginnings – it's the perfect time to decide to get active and improve our health generally.

It's certainly a lot easier to keep our resolutions to than in the dark days of January. Even so, everyone needs extra support and encouragement to meet their health and fitness goals.

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26
Mar 2015
Therapist Spotlight - Anna Williams

Welcome to Spring!

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, most of us start to feel as if we're having new life breathed into us. It's a fantastic opportunity to leave the winter blues behind and focus that new energy into our health and wellbeing.

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26
Feb 2015
Calling all marathon runners!

Structural fitness for a strain and pain-free body

If you're training for the London Marathon, or if sport and fitness play a big part in your life, it's essential that you give your structural fitness the attention it deserves. Most ideas of fitness revolve around cardio-vascular capacity, muscle strength, speed, stamina - what our bodies can do, and how well. But a vital, and often overlooked, component is how our bodies are equipped to deal with these activities.

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21
Jan 2015
Massage & The Immune System

Did you know that you can kick start your immune system with a good massage? We all know massage feels good, but not everyone is aware of it's positive impact on the immune system. It can certainly help "bash the bugs" which is good news for this time of year. It's commonly known that massage reduces stress levels, but how does it really benefit your health?

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08
Jul 2014
Improve your golf with massage therapy

Golf is perhaps one of the most famous and challenging sports in the world. It is also one of the most popular hobbies, so regardless of whether your aim is to play golf to professional standard or you just play for leisure, you need to be physically fit in order to be good at it. Golf is definitely not as easy as it looks and if you do not have well-built muscles and a physically fit body then the possibility of hurting yourself is much greater. Massage therapy can help by developing your upper body and fueling your muscles to receive maximum nutrients; both of which help you to perform optimally and recover quickly.

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