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Massage after a work out – the benefits!

Many of us have been there. We’ve pushed ourselves so hard in a training session that we’ve been sore for days after, struggling to walk up stairs or just get off the chair. Did you know that you could help your muscles recover faster if you had a massage after your training session?

Not only does a massage feel really good, there’s also scientific evidence that it assists in muscle recovery. In a 2012 study published in the Science Translational Medicine, Dr Mark Tarnopolsky and other researchers found that massage is beneficial to post-workout recovery. In his study, Dr Tarnopolsky performed muscle biopsies in the legs of young men before and after a hard workout, and then a third time after the men had been massaged.

The study found that massage therapy reduced the activity of a protein by the name NF-kB, hence reducing exercise-related inflammation. Tarnopolsky also found that having a massage increased the number of mitochondria, which is often referred to as the ‘powerhouse’ of the cells. Essentially this means that a massage after your workout can strengthen your muscle cells and reduce inflammation. Double win!

We at Fremantle Remedial Massage Clinic recommend having a Swedish massage with one of our talented massage therapists after your workout. A deep tissue massage can also be a great way to relieve muscle tension. However, be prepared that this can be quite a contrast to the relaxing massage you’re used to! In these therapy sessions we apply heavier pressure and focus on any particular issues or pains you might have – so you might experience soreness a couple of days after the session.

Just remember to specify what massage you’re after!

Are you suffering from text neck?

There’s no beating around the bush on how reliant we are on our smartphones these days, and there are no signs of it stopping. While these devices assist us in everyday life with googling, photographing and staying connected to the world, they are also causing some wear and tear on our health. Especially our necks.

What is it?

If you haven’t heard of it yet, ‘text neck’ is the term used to describe the pains we get from continuously tilting our heads to look down at our phones (or devices) for long periods of time. According to Dr. Kenneth L. Hansraj, and his study on the stress in the spine caused by the position of the head, people spend an average of two to four hours a day with their heads tilted forward, looking at a smartphone.

Dr Hansraj’s study found that when we angle our heads forward the weight on our necks increases. For instance, when your spine is in a neutral position it weighs around 4-5kg, but at a 60 degree angle the weight on the spine is 27kg. This continuous strain on our necks and spine can cause symptoms such as upper back, shoulder and neck pain, as well as chronic headaches and even an increased curvature of the spine.

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What can you do?

Are you suffering from these symptoms, or look at your phone a bit to frequently? Some of the things you can do to prevent text neck are to make sure to hold your phone at eye level as much as possible, do stretching exercises, and get a massage. Some neck stretching exercises include looking gently to the left over your left shoulder, and holding the position for five seconds. Then repeating on the right side. Another exercise that is believed to help text neck, and the slouching posture that it brings, is chin tucks. Chin tucks are done by sitting up straight and tucking in your chin – not to your chest, but back towards your spine, and hold for 3-5 seconds. Some find it helpful to put their fingers on their chin to have a ‘starting point’, before tucking in the chin.

If you’re suffering from text neck or other neck pains, a massage at Fremantle Remedial Massage Clinic can offer great relief. Our talented massage therapists can provide the best treatment for your specific neck pains and recommend many stretches and exercises for you to do on your own time.

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A massage a day keeps the headaches away!

Migraines and other types of headaches are painful and can at its worst ruin one’s day causing light sensitivity, dizziness and nausea. There are almost two million migraine sufferers in Australia, making it a predominant problem amongst the population. However, did you know that massage treatment could help decrease and stop the occurrence of migraine and headaches?

Recent studies by the Tehran University of Medical Science and the University of Miami School of Medicine, amongst others, have found that massage treatment can reduce the occurrence of migraine, as well as reduce the headache pain intensity of the patients. Since massage treatment relaxes muscles and improves blood flow, the pressure and tension held in the muscles in the neck and head will decrease.

Regular, ongoing massage treatment can help prevent and reduce the number of headaches and stress that comes with it. Book in for a session with one of Fremantle Remedial Massage Clinic’s talented massage therapists and specify your aches and pains to get the optimum treatment for your individual needs.

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What is Remedial Massage?

Before booking a massage session with one of the therapists at Fremantle Remedial Massage Clinic – you might wonder what remedial massage actually is. Did you for instance know that it is one of the most popular forms of massage therapy as it addresses the aches, pains and injuries many of us seem to fall prey to at some stage in our lives?

Remedial massage is a varied therapy and combines a number of different techniques such as massage, trigger points, myofascial release and lymphatic drainage techniques to work on damaged or sore muscles, soft tissue or joints.

How You Will be Assessed

First of all, the massage therapist you have choosen will ask you about your problem areas and discuss how long you have been affected. They will look and listen for clues in order to provide an effective treatment plan, looking for the original biomechanical dysfunction, and so healing the cause of the disorder, as well as the symptoms.

If you have an injury or painful point that needs work, don’t expect the therapist to only work on that body part – for instance if you have a sore thigh muscle, you may favour the other leg imperceptibly to avoid causing more pain to the original affected area, thus causing strain on the other leg. Also, you may be feeling pain in one part of the body that is “referred”, meaning that isn’t the part that is in fact injured. Remedial massage aims to correct chronic imbalances.

The techniques may be gentle or firm, deep or shallow, depending on your preference and what the issue requires.

What Can be Treated?

Remedial massage can help stimulate blood supply to damaged muscles and joints, which can help remove toxins that have built up. Massage is very relaxing and relieves stress and so is good for the nervous system.

Remedial massage can address issues such as:

  • Muscle tightness and pain
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Whiplash
  • Neck and back pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries

Remedial massage can holistically address the whole body to ease out tension, and repair damage to muscles, joints, tendons and soft tissue.

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