Over 70% of my caseload relates to back pain! As a former sufferer of LBP I have every sympathy for those of you who end up lying on the floorboards trying to ease the discomfort. It doesn’t have to be that way. Four to six treatments is usually enough to return you to full health.
Lower Back Pain (LBP) often caused by lifting heavy weights can be treated with a deep tissue massage. Slipped discs and other acute spinal injuries should first be seen by an osteopath or chiropractor, but the longer term recovery will benefit from massage.
Upper back pain which manifest as a tension in the neck or across the top of the shoulders , often a common complaint of those spending a long time at a computer, is usually relatively simple to treat and can be controlled with regular (once a month) treatments.
Frozen shoulders are a long term issue. By working on the rotator cuff muscles I can improve the amount of rotation in the shoulder. Due to a compensation effect other muscles in your back will have tightened up and by releasing these the overall levels of back ache and discomfort will reduce. Depending on where you are in the recovery cycle the short term aim may be as simple as to allow an undisturbed nights sleep with a longer term aim of returning you to glory on the golf course.
Tennis elbow and golfers elbow are both caused by inflammation of tendons at the elbow, they are not specific to the named sports. The inflammation can be dealt with in the short term with inflammatory drugs but for a long term solution I’d recommend sports massage to reduce the tension in the forearm muscles as well as subtle alterations in grip
Sciatica is a neural complaint often caused by tight gluteal muscles impinging on the sciatic nerve. The aim is to release the glutes with deep tissue massage and rehab the underlying issue (which is often related to posture) to prevent reoccurrence.
Carpal tunnel syndrome and RSI are often aggravated by typing, but can also occur during pregnancy. By relaxing the muscles of the forearm with a deep tissue massage the recovery process can be accelerated.
Iliotibial Band (ITB) syndrome (ITBS), hamstring tendinopathy and achillies tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis (runners heel, policeman’s heel) are all injuries associated with running. A series of treatments are often required with serious cases of hamstring tendinopathy, for example, requiring months rather than weeks of rehab. Rest, sports massage and the gentle introduction of exercise will help reduce the amount of time you can spend side lined.