These are a very important and unique part of the treatments that I offer. Even neck or shoulder problem will benefit from stretches involving the lower back/pelvis and hip area.
Our daily work/life can mean us carrying out repetitive moves. Sitting at a computer, driving or gardening are common examples to many and can lead to chronic problems if not looked after over time. The impact can be both physical and psychological.
The body is complex and muscles can compensate for each other. What this means is that one area tightens and the other stops working altogether. This then manifests itself as pain,tension and lack of movement. So, treating the area of pain is not necessarily the correct course of action.
Here are a series of assisted stretches that may be used at the end of sessions. Most of these stretches can be adapted for you to be able to do at home using a band. (Link fo Follow)
The Benefits of a Foam Roller
Every body’s Body needs one!
Our bodies are encased in 3D Myofascia which is far stronger than any muscle. The foam rollers main aim is to stretch the fascia slowly and under as little tension as possible. You are able to control how much you roll so as not to cause too much discomfort so the fascia relases effectively.
It also will help you recover more quickly as the roller can be used every day in between treatments. I can also tell whether you have been doing your rolling as the fascia will give much more the next time you have a treatment.
Typical areas of the body where the roller is most effective –
- Iliotibial Band (ITB)
- Thoracic (Middle) and Lumbar (Lower) spine
2kg Medicine Ball and small tennis/rubber ball – All of these help to release the tight muscles of the hips Gluteus maximus, medius and minor. All can be done in between treatments.
Rehab – If necessary a few exercises will be given to try and start getting certain muscles to start working again but normally your first session would include massage and stretches and then follow up treatments would involve some rehabilitation exercises.