Deep Tissue Massage

What questions should you be asking about exercise and back pain if you've hurt your back? Of all the aches, pains and injuries we suffer from back pain is the one that is clouded in the most mystery. Spoken of like a death sentence in newspapers, magazines, on the news and social media nothing could further from the truth. If you happen to have hurt your back what questions should you be asking about what to do?

It is not unusual to see people who have been informed that they have changes in a joint related to osteoarthritis. Two cases I have come across recently were handled completely differently. The first was informed that, yes there were signs of osteoarthritis but don’t worry you don’t need to stop running. The second was similarly told that there were signs of arthritis but that was about it. No other advice was given or suggestions made. Not surprisingly their point of view about the pain they were suffering was a bit different

As obvious as it may sound but getting your breathing correct is really important.

I’ve noted before that I place a big emphasis on breathing during the rehab process. I do this because of how we can influence the autonomic nervous system, basically how we control whether we are in rest and digest mode or fight/flight mode.

I was reminded yesterday of how big an impact it can have.

breathing

 

Everything is awesome

I have to admit that the tagline on the photo is a blatant steal from the Lego Movie. If you haven’t seen it, I have several times now, though not by choice, the main character sings this at the start of his day. Well before everything goes a bit Pete Tong and Bad Cop and President Business get in on the act. When back pain, or any other issue, appears on the seen it can seem a bit like this where one day it’s “Everything Is Awesome” and the next it’s like you’ve been struck with the evil Kragle and can’t move. It’s pretty hard to feel like everything is awesome at this point.

Is Sports Massage Painful?

sports massage   It’s the million dollar question if I got paid every time someone asked me “is sports massage painful?” I’d be very rich indeed. So is sports massage painful? How long is a piece of string? The answer is It can be, it doesn’t have to be and sometimes it’s unavoidable.

How to reduce knee pain when running

I recently posted about 3 approaches that are commonly used to reduce knee pain that don’t work, at least in the long term. But what can you do to reduce knee pain when running? The first step with any injury/pain is to reduce the amount of the activity that brings it on. In the case of acute injuries, tears, and sprains, this is pretty obvious and initially, this will likely be that the activity is reduced to zero. This won’t be zero activity just zero in terms of anything that is likely to stress the knee and surrounding structures whilst you go through rehab. As things improve it is ok to have knee pain when running so long as it isn't a lot. More on that later. What about more chronic pain or one that has come on slowly? Things like ITB syndrome, runners knee, PFP or similar problems. The first port of call is to reduce the activity, in this case running, to the point where there is no knee pain. To begin with this might still be zero but only for a very short period of time and only in the most severe cases. Outside of these, we need to find the combination of duration and intensity that can be done regularly that doesn’t make things worse.