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It's that time of year yet again, Back to school!

During this period of time we put our bodies through a large amount of both physical and mental stress allowing pressure to develop undetected. Over time this pressure translates into aches and pains all over the body.
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The next time you are walking along the street observe how many people carry bags, not only this how many people carry them incorrectly.

back-to-school-image-03By carrying bags incorrectly we are loading extra weight and pressure on specific muscle groups. These muscle groups become tighter and the opposing side become looser developing what’s known as a muscular skeletal imbalance.

Once a muscular skeletal imbalance sets in, the area with the imbalance reduces its function resulting in soreness and discomfort. Once the area reaches this level of tightness the fluidity of movement is massively reduced, if left this tension spreads to other muscles sometimes resulting in a point of no return.

Inside each and every muscle there are two fibres or filaments which slide over each other when the muscle contracts. If those fibres are placed under too much pressure (lifting something too heavy) or too much stretch (going beyond their normal range of movement) these fibres can become damaged. Once damaged the body repairs the broken area resulting in matted inflexible muscles, it’s at this point where massage comes in! Lifting and carrying bags replicates too much stretch and pressure in the muscles, something that massage helps to eliminate.

bafck-to-school-image-02Massage therapy looks at these areas of tightness and uses a variety of techniques and pressures to increase function and reduce tension. Once optimal function is achieved massage can help to keep the muscles in tip top shape and condition ensuring you stay at the top of the class!!

Deep tissue Sports massage helps eliminate muscle tension by going deep within the muscle itself. Once relaxed the therapist can then stretch these fibres out to increase the muscle range, restoring function. It’s this active localised approach which provides a formidable force against the development of muscle tension.

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