Anyone who exercises regularly can run the risk of muscle injury but even typical daily routines can causes repetitive injuries. The reason for your pain can be explained depending on the type of discomfort you have. This can easily be assessed by a health professional with certified musculoskeletal training and anatomy and physiology training such as a Sports Therapist, like me.
Once fully assessed by your treatment will usually be provided through structured rehabilitation and deep tissue Sports Massage. This will include proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretches guided by me and self-myofascial release (SMR) or foam rolling techniques you do at home. Both these methods involve deep tissue stretching or trigger pointing to the fascia. The fascia is the tissue that connects your bones, muscles and ligaments.
Sports massage is unlike the typical Swedish style massage which temporarily relaxes the muscle. It involves deep physical manipulation of the; muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue to realign and renew their functionality. I work with my clients to remove as much tension from the effected area as possible and induce the tissues back to their natural state. For new clients it can feel slightly intense at first. However within 24-48 hours you feel the dramatic effects of improved flexibility, better range of motion and increased circulation.
PNF uses assisted techniques increasing the range of motion, further than you can do alone, under the safety of a trained professional. I use the best techniques I was trained with to help injured clients fully recover and make their body stronger going forward. Your job then, is to do your homework!
SMR can feel like torture without correct techniques or even seem pointless when you can’t see the effect it’s having. However, would you leave the house without locking the doors? Could you not brush you teeth every day and just get a scale and polish every 6 months? No, they’re all preventative measures. Foam rolling is easy, it can be done at home and the effects can be felt instantly.
If you regularly use a muscle it will naturally build up tightness or if you’re doing the same daily movements, again the muscles can feel overused. Tightness reduces blood flow, limits flexibility and leads to a poor mobility. You feel stiff, its aches to get up in a morning or the stairs can feel impossible. It also has a knock on effect to the rest of your body. Your lymphatic system is your natural detox kit. To do it’s job properly lymphatic fluid runs through your body, picks up everything bad and recycles it or flushes it out. When fascia is tight it restricts the natural flow. All of the above techniques can be likened to squeezing a sponge and putting it back in water. What happens? It’s soaks everything up. Once released properly the natural flow and circulation comes back. Good lymphatic flow improves the immune function which helps to improve recovery time. Blood vessels open up (vasodilation) allowing a rush of oxygen rich blood to flow through. Where oxygen flows, energy flows.
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