Restoring pain free function
If you have physical pain in your joints, muscles, in your head, neck, shoulders or low back there is a good chance that clinical massage therapy can ease or completely relieve your symptoms
Low back pain
In order to understand what happens during remedial and deep tissue massage and why this treatment can have such a powerful effect, it’s helpful to understand how muscles work and how they can go wrong.
Muscles have a consistent degree of tone that is maintained by a normally functioning body. Tone is a degree of contraction that is healthy and enables us to maintain posture.
The body has an internal blueprint of what is normal and natural for its perfect function and health. This is key and is what therapists depend on when massaging someone with the aim of healing and reducing pain.
We also have to remember that the body is an adaptive mechanism and if any change is required in the body’s normal physiology due to external stimulus, it will do its best to adapt.
For example, the cervical neck muscles are designed to move our head, which, weighing 9-12 pounds, should be balanced on top of our spine. But, if you sit in front of a computer all day with your head in a forward position the muscles at the back of the neck have to hold nearly the full weight of the head.
Gradually your body adapts and more fibres are recruited for constant use at the back of your neck – in the cervical muscles. The tone in these muscles increases to allow for the constant stress put upon them.
However, there are consequences to adaptation – for every adaptation there is an accompanying loss of function.
The net result of the adaption is an increasingly over contracted muscle that is very sensitive to sometimes even the lightest pressure and often pain at the joint these tight muscles attach to.
Massage can help reverse this process and help muscles return to their normal tone. After treatment the muscles relationship with the muscles around it will change, meaning that imbalances between muscles which are causing stress on the bones they attach to will begin to let go. The resulting pain will also begin to reduce.