Have you ever had a massage? Not the one you asked her for in an attempt to get physical, I’m talking a real massage.
A lot of us have had our shoulders rubbed because it is nice and relaxing; but is that really a massage? Did you know, an effective glute massage will relieve a lot of lower back pain symptoms felt by many?
Massage therapy by a qualified therapist is the manipulation of soft body tissues such as your muscles, connective tissues, tendons and ligaments. The main aim of effective massage treatment is to improve the health and well-being of an individual, but can have greater effects depending on the type of massage.
Types of massages range from holistic relaxing massage treatments such as Swedish Massage, Holistic Massage, Aroma Therapy or Indian Head Massage. Greater benefits can be achieved by having Deep Tissue or Sports Massages, which focus a lot more on human performance. The differences between these two categories is the concept of getting half the job done or the full job done. The first group of treatments only provide a circulation of blood through the body with a relaxing feeling of touch, whilst the second group focus on dealing with issues, and working towards making that body feel better than when it walked into the treatment room.
The human body is an intricate functioning system that requires its own maintenance. Just like servicing your car every year and passing your MOT, it needs to be up to the performance standard to be able to be road worthy. Our bodies require the same amount of attention. Our development as a species has evolved from hunter gatherer to a lot more sedentary dormant working life style, but we can all change that and enhance our maintenance. Due to this desk bound working style we begin to slouch forwards, rolling our shoulders forwards, ultimately tightening up our chests and relaxing our shoulder muscles. Rather than having an upright posture where we stand nice and tall, we are now in a position of kyphosis (see image below), unless we are made aware of our postural positioning. Massage therapy by a skilled and knowledgeable therapist will be able to provide top advice to their clients in how to correct this ongoing issue.
To ensure readers are made aware of what types of treatment should be conducted, it will be the relaxing of your pectorials (chest muscles), which requires a deep tissue massage with addressing points of tension found by the therapist. Outside of these massage sessions, you should be provided with corrective exercises. These can be exercises done with your own body weight, resistance bands or in the gym. The aim of these exercises are to retract the shoulder blades back into the shoulder girdle, tightening the rotator cuff muscles, strengthening upper, mid and lower traps, alongside activating the deep neck muscles that retract and keep the head in the upright neutral position.
How do you know that the treatment is working? One way is to have a look at how you are walking and sitting, potentially even getting rid of some of the back ache that can be felt when staying seated for extended periods of time. The better way is to actually evaluate your own performance, meaning assume the posture you normally carry by looking in a mirror and slouching forwards. Moving your head look left and then to your right and make note of the tension and range of movement in your neck. After doing so, correct your posture to where your therapist has taught you to be, then repeat the same movements. You should quickly notice that you are able to move your neck effortlessly.
This is only one example of many ways in which sports massage therapy can aid in our everyday lives. If you would like to know more or even get to know more from one of Eligible Bachelor’s Therapists, then feel free to contact us for more information.