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How Massage Fits Into Long Term Rehab

Late August/September update- Mobile Treatment

July Newsletter

July monthly update - Mobile Massage and injury treatment

Just like that we are almost in July! This was meant to go out in the beginning of June... however technology decided to let me down on that one so here is a bit of a mashup so do bare with.

It has been busy for me being back to normal but light is at the end of the tunnel. Whilst having a bit of down time with how I was having to work during COVID lockdown I've managed to complete my new training on the cervical spine and the jaw (really handy for tension headaches)....

Since getting accredited in this I've already used this 8 or 9 times with some great feedback!

Just a reminder for those of you I have not seen recently, my referral offer is back on for June and now July, so if anybody knows someone who has mentioned an injury or pain the past few months feel free to pass this email onto them. They will thank you in the long run, plus it gets you both a great discount as well P.S Going to be prizes for the top referrers

Now onto a topic from just a few days ago with a new client and that is Massage and pain!

How Painful Should Massage Be?

Why do some massages hurt?

Everyone’s body type is different so we all respond differently to a massage treatment. It is unlikely that you will feel pain after a relaxing treatment such as Swedish massage. Often, regular massage clients don’t experience any negative effects after their treatment, whilst an irregular receiver that wants to use massage to help muscle pain, injury or chronic issue may experience a lot of discomfort.

No pain no gain?

The common belief that you have to experience pain to receive a positive massage outcome is a myth. In fact, usually “less is more” would be a more accurate statement to describe how much pressure should be experienced during a massage treatment.

There’s rarely any justification for extremely painful massage, unless it clearly produces a better result than gentler treatment.

It’s hard for patients to tell the difference between nasty pain that might be a necessary part of therapy, and ugly pain that is just abusive. Not everything that hurts is therapeutic, but not every therapeutic procedure is painless! How can we tell if an intense massage technique is therapeutic or not?

Here you can read more about what sort of pain is considered therapeutic during a massage treatment.

So there you go a little bit more information on massage and the pain you might feel!

If you'd like any more information feel free to drop me a message. That's it from me for this time,

I look forward to seeing you soon!


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Back Belts stop yourself from getting injured… or do they?


No one lifts more than powerlifters, so those big belts you see them wear must help fend off back injury right?

Well umm no actually, it has been found that these belts can actually increase, that’s right increase back injury.

‘But I lift heavy objects at my work not in the gym, surely that helps’ ….. no again, it has been found they have little to no preventative use in the work place.

The way they really work is they provide a sensory input and make you feel more secure and stable. This encourages the idea that your back needs to be stabilised, backs are actually sturdy and non-fragile and need no help in being stabilised.

You can now go and leave your back belts at home or in the shop!

If you have any back pain or just aches and niggles, give me a call and book in today to help you get back on track to being Fully Fit!

Siewe J, Rudat J, Röllinghoff M, et al. Injuries and overuse syndromes in powerlifting. Int J Sports Med. 2011 Sep;32(9):703–11. PubMed #21590644.

Steffens D, Maher CG, Pereira LS, et al. Prevention of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Jan:1–10. PubMed #26752509. Back belts “do not appear to prevent LBP.”


The Best thing you can do for back pain!

bad back pain

the best thing for a bad back

Well 20 or so years ago the advice given for back pain was to rest/lie down, but research has now done a U turn and has shown that inactivity doesn’t help back pain but in fact makes it worse!!

Therefore the best thing you can do is keep moving. Researchers have so far not concluded that there is any type of exercise that is better so the best thing to do is pick an activity you like and keep doing it. Anything from Pilates through to swimming and general back stretches.

Keep moving to get your back to Fully Fit!

If you want more help with your own back pain, call me today and book a session in and remember you can sign up to my updates below and get £5 off your next treatment session!!

Below is just some further information on exercise and back pain

Searle, A., Spink, M., Ho, A., & Chuter, V. (2015). Exercise interventions for the treatment of chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Clinical rehabilitation, 29(12), 1155-1167.

Natour, J., Cazotti, L. D. A., Ribeiro, L. H., Baptista, A. S., & Jones, A. (2015). Pilates improves pain, function and quality of life in patients with chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical rehabilitation, 29(1), 59-68.

Daenen, L., Varkey, E., Kellmann, M., & Nijs, J. (2015). Exercise, not to exercise, or how to exercise in patients with chronic pain? Applying science to practice. The Clinical journal of pain, 31(2), 108-114.

Murphy, S., Blake, C., Power, C. K., & Fullen, B. M. (2014). Outcomes of a group education/exercise intervention in a population of patients with non-specific low back pain: a 3-year review. Irish Journal of Medical Science (1971-), 183(3), 341-350.

Cohen, S. P. (2015, February). Epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of neck pain. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Vol. 90, No. 2, pp. 284-299). Elsevier.

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