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15 contraindications to Massage

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What you need to know!

Massage therapy can help you in many ways, from treating musculoskeletal injuries, to helping you with your mental health. There are many massage styles available and you need to find what suits you best.

Although, massage therapy is good for you and it has many benefits, it can be contraindicated also. Your massage therapist will be able to advise you and you might need doctor consent to receive your massage.  

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3 Common hamstring injuries

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Best exercises to treat hamstring injuries

The Hamstring muscle group consists of three muscles which are located at the back of your thigh. The primary function of the hamstring is to bend your knee, but it also assists in moving your hip back. 

Hamstring injuries are one of the most common injuries in sports. Particularly in sports which require repetitive movement, fast acceleration and deceleration, and change in direction. This includes, but not limited to: football, rugby, basketball, running and cycling. One of the main reasons why hamstring muscles are prone to injuries is because it is a biarticular muscle, meaning it spans two joints, which are the bottom of your hip and the knee. 

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Massage Therapy and the role on treating musculoskeletal conditions

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33 conditions you didn’t know Remedial Massage can treat!

Many of us think about massage as something that is just for relaxing, a luxury, pampering or a treat. However, many studies have shown the important role of massage as an effective treatment for different musculoskeletal conditions.

After many years working as a soft tissue therapist, massage therapy is one of the most important elements I use in my practice to release muscle tightness, speed up recovery from injury and even to prevent them. Massage works not only in a physical level, it helps your mental health too.

Massage therapy has been used for centuries to help with back pain, to treat injuries and medical conditions that are muscle related. Most importantly, massage therapists works in collaboration with other professionals such as acupuncturist, osteopaths physiotherapists, sports therapist or chiropractors.

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How to improve mental & physical health with Massage

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Benefits of Massages for your Mental health

You may have received a massage gift card for your birthday, mother’s day or Christmas. Many people see massages as a luxury or as a treat, something you only “allow” once per year. Stiffness and pains in muscles and joints are one of the most common reasons people book in for a massage at the clinic.

However, you should know that having regular massages is important for your mental health also. Many people are not aware of how massage can help them at an emotional level. Having massages regularly have a positive influence in your physical and mental health.

Professional massage therapists are great listeners and they can help you to relax your body and mind too. That’s why massage is a good investment for your mind and body and you shouldn’t feel guilty to include massages in your budget and having them regularly. 

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The benefits of regular Massage – it’s not just about sore muscles

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The common perception of massage

Regular massage comes with a host of potential benefits, but many people only have massages sporadically.

It is one of those things we might consider if we are going on a holiday. Or possibly something that springs to mind when you start to feel pain and tension in a set of muscles.

But few people consider receiving treatments on a regular basis.

So we take a closer look at the benefits of factoring in a treatment on a regular basis.



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Understanding Massage – the difference between sports and deep tissue

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Looking beyond a feel-good massage

Understanding the difference between the various types of massage isn’t always easy. For many people, their first massage is at a hotel or spa. Above all, it’s just seen as a way to treat themselves and help to relax.

But there usually comes a time when you need the massage for something far more specific. Consequently, you’ll need to understand what makes each massage different.

Here, we look at how a sports massage and deep tissue massage differ. Many people think they are one of the same things. But they are not. There are some crucial differences.

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Understanding Massage

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Cycling Injuries

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Common Cycling Injuries

If you are a seasoned cyclist or just someone who just enjoys cycling to work, it doesn’t matter, there will be something of value in this blog for you.

The blog explains some of the most common muscle and joint injuries associated with cycling. Especially the type of injuries that aren’t related to crashes, collisions or falls. It will outline what to do when you have an injury, it will explain when you need to seek help, and it will help you with injury prevention.

There are potentially many different causes of injury.  It can be down to lack of experience or environmental hazards; it can also be down to rider errors, lack of self-care, overuse, or inadequate equipment.

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Osteopathy, helping cyclist.

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Cyclist and osteopathy

Cyclists, a lot of people use cycling as a means of exercise and not just a means of transport.

  • There are approximately 1.5 million cyclists over the age of 18 in Great Britain who cycle every day or nearly every day.
  • In 2014, 183,423 employees took part in the Government’s ‘Cycle to Work Scheme’. That was a new record.
  • According to the National Travel Survey, about 7% of the population aged 5+ cycled three or more times a week in 2016.
  • (Facts and figures from We Are Cycling UK)
  • This blog is going to discuss and address how osteopathy could help with cyclist injuries and performance. But first, let’s discuss how and why cyclists get injured:


Osteopathy Helping Cyclists

Osteopathy Helping Cyclists

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Common Shoulder Injuries

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Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are common and mostly caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. However, they can also occur due to everyday activities such gardening and hanging curtains.

How do you know you have shoulder injuries? The most obvious sign is pain. Just like any other injury, if you are experiencing pain in shoulder you should consider the fact that you may have a shoulder injury. While pain can be a hallmark of shoulder injury, there are instances where injury is present without pain, particularly in chronic cases. Other signs and symptoms of shoulder injury include, but not limited to:

  • Stiffness. Is your shoulder stiff? Can you rotate your arm in all the normal positions?
  • Laxity. Does it feel like your shoulder could pop out or slide out of the socket?
  • Weakness. Do you lack the strength in your shoulder to carry out your daily activities?
  • Persistent tingling or numbness in your upper limb


Common Shoulder Injuries

Common Shoulder Injuries

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What is Fibromyalgia (FM)?

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How can massage help with fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition. It can affect the whole body, especially causing pain to the muscles and skeleton.

It is often accompanied by other functional symptoms such as fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Although the cause is unknown, there is some agreement on three main factors that come together to trigger it. These are genetics, trauma (Physical or Emotional), and infections.

Researchers have come to believe that fibromyalgia results from repeated nerve stimulation. This causes the brain to have abnormally high levels of certain signalling chemicals (neurotransmitters).

This, coupled with the memory and increased sensitivity that the brain’s pain receptors can cause, lead to a higher and longer reaction to pain signals.

The main risk factors for fibromyalgia are female gender (more women than men are affected).

Having a family history of the condition or rheumatoid arthritis also pose a threat.



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