We’ve already discussed this topic, but because back pain affects about 8 out of 10 people, I reckon it’s worth another visit.
One of the best preventative measures for back pain is to exercise regularly and keep your back and abdominal muscles strong.
Here’s a few pointers:
Always stretch before any strenuous physical activity. In fact it’s a… continue reading »
Soft tissues around the spine play an important role in the health of the back. A large, complex group of muscles work together to support the trunk and hold the body erect. They also allow the trunk to move, bending and twisting in all directions.
Three types of back muscles that help spinal function are… continue reading »
Pregnancy changes a woman’s life.
It’s a time of joy, because giving birth to new creation blesses most women with an immense sense of purpose and fulfillment. To me, the birth of a child is another miracle of God. Nevertheless, while most women enjoy the bright side of being pregnant, mere men must acknowledge that every… continue reading »
What are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are areas in a muscle that are sore and react to direct pressure, and are there to tell us that all is not well in that area.
There are two types of trigger points that include Active Trigger Points that cause muscular pain and cause “referred pain” to another area of… continue reading »
I have seen so many instances of poor posture lately, so I want to touch on the subject again… because in Massage we often deal with the ill-effects and consequences of bad posture.
When dealing with patients, as Therapists,we need to view the body as a whole. Our perspective should be modified to incorporate a complete… continue reading »
It’s a real pain in the bum.
I’m not referring to your nagging wife or lazy husband. This is all about pain in that muscle tucked in behind the Glutes… the Piriformis, and someone in the world of the wise has named it the Piriformis syndrome.
The Piriformis Syndrome effects countless numbers of people daily, and doctors… continue reading »
Gluteal pain is a common component of many low back pain disorders.
The Gluteal group of muscles consists of three muscles: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus. “Gluteus” is from the Greek and means rump. “Maximus” is the largest of the muscles and “Minimus” the smallest. The role of the Gluteus Maximus is different from… continue reading »
The Psoas (pronounced “so as”) is the only muscle to connect the lumbar spine to the legs.
The Psoas is perhaps the single most involved muscle, and it is the cause of most grief in the low back, neck, shoulders and especially the hip joint. Often, the patient will complain of feeling sore in the groin.
A… continue reading »
A pulled back muscle can be really painful, and if you’ve ever been afflicted, you’ll know what I mean. There are a number of symptoms that clue you in on whether you might have strained a muscle in your back. Identifying these symptoms and obtaining the appropriate treatment is important. … continue reading »
Back pain is one of the most common complaints treated by remedial massage therapists, and other health professionals.
The causes of back pain are many and varied, so treatments vary widely from massage to surgery.
Back pain could be caused simply by muscle imbalances or by more complex issues related to disc and vertebral, spinal cord, facet… continue reading »