Exercise and Massage

Professional athletes training programmes have cycles of increasing volume and intensity and then decreasing back down to aid repair and recovery. Our bodies can not be pushed continually, this is when it starts to break, combine this with massage to flush the system and they feel fresh for there next block of training. Massage is part of every professional athletes training program but we also work just as hard in our jobs/exercise/hobbies and life so why don’t more people take advantage of what massage has to offer. You get your hair cut which helps keep it in good condition, why not a massage for your muscles which help you get around?

We are all told that exercise is important for the body to stay mobile and strong and it is but sometimes our daily stresses make us feel less inclined to exercise as we feel tired and achy. During these times exercise can actually add to that stress and tip our nervous system into survival mode which can then affect our sleep, hormones and our systems can become sluggish which can lead to an increase in toxins in the body. How do you remedy this, one, you can decrease the volume and intensity of your exercise (yin yoga or yoga with twists for detox) or you can have a massage.

The effects of massage have that feel good factor exercise gives you without you having g to get a sweat on or put any effort in. I am not saying to ditch exercise but once a month having a massage to help re-charge the bodies systems, can stop the build up of toxins by helping our circulation and lymphatic system.

Just like a machine our response times can slow, things may miscommunicate and get cluttered. What do we do with a printer not wanting to print, we power down and reset it. Massage can do this for the body.

However just like exercise those first few sessions may make you feel a little heavy and sluggish as your systems needs time to adjust. Massage is more beneficial if you have one regularly. Maintainance is far easier if kept on top of than it is to ignore and then only attend to it when damaged.

Many of my clients say that there first few sessions were a little uncomfortable but then they soon quickly became really relaxing and really notice the difference when they have to delay an appointment (we have seen alot of this due to covid).

So if you find your self out of balance, not sleeping well finding exercise harder than usual maybe its time for a re-set.

A monthly massage that can re-charge your body is the best approach. Here at Pro-Am we have some great health scheme offers to help keep you committed to your health and well being. Get signed up before 20th December for a fresh start in 2022 and before our prices go up.

Special Offers for November/December. Why not give someone the gift of health.

Christmas Opening Hours

Saturday 24th Open 10am-2pm

Sunday 25th-Tuesday 27th Closed

Wednesday 28th-Friday 30th Open 9am-8pm

Saturday 31st Open 10am-2pm

Sunday 1st – Monday 2nd Closed

Tuesday 3rd Back to normal hours

We also have Christmas gift vouchers available £35 the receiver can use if for any service they want (1hr). That means they can use it for an injury, sports massage or just for relaxation.

We also have some super stocking fillers of reusable cold/hot pack £3 and exercise bands/kits starting from £3. If you want any pillows tape or foam rollers you need to order before 5th Dec.

 

 

Myths about tendons

As a Sports Therapist it is vital to keep up to date with the latest research and thanks to technology and the development of blogs and webinars it has become a lot easier to find out what is being studied and the results.

One blog I follow is by Dr Peter Malliaras (Tendinopathy Rehabilitation). I was lucky to go on one of his courses a few years ago but even now things are moving on. His latest post was updating his own most popular blog post 9 tendinopathy truths that you MUST know.

In short for those suffering with Tendonipathy, here are the truths

1) Tendinopathy does not improve with rest

2) Tendinopathy is not considered to have a classic inflammatory response, no need for anti-inflammatories.

3) Tendinopathy can be caused by many different risk factors, not just related to activity changes.

4) Exercise is the most evidence based treatment for Tendinopathy.

5) Modifying load is important in settling tendon pain.

6) Pathology on imaging is NOT equal to pain

7) Tendinopathy rarely improves long term with passive treatments such as massage, therapeutic ultrasound, injections, shock wave therapy etc.

8) Exercise needs to be individualised.

9) Tendinopathy responds slowly to exercise. You have to have patience.

Conclusion

There are no short cuts is recovering from Tendinopath, exercises have to be adjusted to pain and function and progressive loading applied to enable restoration. Seeking out a therapist to discuss and talk through your Tendinopathy is recommended. Usually only a few appointments are needed to explain and advance the rehabilitation process with continued minimal contact with the therapist to monitor and discuss progress (mainly via phone, email)

If you are a clinician for more in depth information on Tendinopathy I recommend you check out Tendinopathy Rehabilitation

 

Time Flies

Its coming up to the McCains Yorkshire Coast 10k Oct 12th 2014. Entries are now closed as it has reached it’s limit of 1600 which is fantastic! I will be there providing sports massage services pre and post the event. Its a great day out with music entertainment and the fun run is still open for entry.

I will also be attending a course in October “Myofascial Release Part 2” in Manchester. It was in 2006 that I completed part 1 and use the valuable skills learnt all the time. I’ve been looking to get on this course for a long time now and look forward to advancing my skills.

 

New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year!

January is looking very busy for Pro-Am, we have our next lot of Hull York Medical Students for our Sports Massage Module. We will be needing practice models in the first week of February, I will post nearer the time to take bookings.

Jenna will also be starting a new teaching post with Scarborough Sixth Form Students. Its an opportunity for any student interested in going into Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Sports Science etc. to get a taster of sports massage.

You can keep up to date with Pro-Am’s activities via facebook, twitter, and google plus. Our next monthly newsletter will be posted on 25th January, it will give advice on how to start exercise. This time of year many people like to get fit but many will get injuries trying to do too much too soon. You can sign up to our newsletter by filling out the form in the left hand side of the footer.