Top 5 musculoskeletal problems that massage can easily resolve
- Monday, 22 March 2021
Here at Fulham Massage & Wellness, one of the most common request we get from our clients is to help them with musculoskeletal issues. This type of disorder affects joints and soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves and the most frequent symptoms are pain, stiffness and limited range of movement. Musculoskeletal disorders have several causes, some of them being age, occupation, activity level and lifestyle. They can also occur as a consequence of a direct trauma to the body due to weird movements or falls.
We would like to highlight the top 5 musculoskeletal problems we deal with and how professional massage can help with them:
- Neck pain
Neck pain is the most common problem that, unfortunately, our clients suffer from. It is mainly caused by a forward head posture as a consequence of the current lifestyle where looking down at mobiles, computer or other devices leads the head, which has quite a significant weight, to adopt this bad posture putting too much pressure on the neck. Another cause is cold weather or exposure to air conditioning, which both facilitate shrinking movements of the neck that, if persisting, lead to pain and tension. Our therapists are trained in relieving neck pain by using a wide range of techniques to soften tight muscles, untwist muscles kinks and release trigger points.
- Shoulder pain
Shoulder take a lot of stress during the course of our lifetime and as a result, they can become injured, inflamed and painful. It is not a chance that there are ancient myths like the one of Atlas, a giant who was carrying the whole weight of the world on his shoulders! Elevated or rounded shoulder positions, as a result of office based jobs for example, can create an imbalance in the upper part of the body which, if chronical, leads to serious pain and tension. A deep tissue massage, like the ones we offer in our Fulham clinic, has been proven to be extremely effective in restoring a correct body posture and musculoskeletal balance.
- Back pain
Back pain is usually not caused by an issue with the spine, but is most often caused by a muscle strains or sprains due to overuse or cumulative micro-injuries. Upper and middle back stiffness is related to tension in the neck and shoulders area, therefore these parts are commonly treated together to ensure the maximum benefits; lower back pain, instead, is connected to hip and pelvis imbalance often caused by poor posture. In this case too we treat the whole area as we aim to fix the problem permanently, rather than offering a temporary relief.
- Knee pain
Knee pain usually occurs due to sport injuries or as a side effect of aging. In the first case, high intensity physical activity may lead to a torn meniscus (the cartilage pad inside the knee joint), an area that tends not to heal very well on its own due to its poor blood supply. When the knee pain is a result of aging, the main cause is osteoarthritis, the type of arthritis that comes from wear and tear on the knee joint from everyday activities. Being a powerful blood circulation boost, massage is one of the most recommended therapies to fix this problem.
- Hip pain
“Hips don’t lie” is the title of a famous song and, unfortunately, the hips speak the truth also when they’re in pain! Usually, this type of pain is frequent among active or older people, or it can occur after childbirth due to the pressure put on the area. Bursitis (a type of arthritis), weakness in glutes, tightness in hip flexors are some of the reasons that can cause pain in the hips. A professional sport and remedial massage, like the ones we offer in our Fulham centre, can help soothe the pain and relieve the tension in the hip and pelvis area.
Massage therapy is effective to resolve musculoskeletal problems due to its physiological effects and overall benefits. It has been proven that massage therapy increases cellular exchange, allowing the blood circulation to flow better and to bring nutrients to the parts of the body which are mostly in need; it decreases the cortisol levels, which is key in lowering and managing stress (that often leads to bad postures and tension); it can breakdown and realign collagen fibres into a more functional orientation, which can result in an increase in performance and range of movement and a decrease in pain.
Furthermore, the most appreciated benefits of a professional massage for someone who suffer from a musculoskeletal disorder are a higher state of relaxation and well-being, increased flexibility and a quicker healing.
At Fulham Massage & Wellness we make sure that all our therapists are highly qualified and on top of all the most effective techniques when it comes to treat musculoskeletal issues. If you would like to know more details about this, or book your next treatment, our team will be more than happy to assist you.
We look forward to seeing you soon in our Fulham clinic!