A tremendous amount of low back and lower extremity pain originates from muscle overuse and dysfunction, so it makes sense to look at muscle structures as a potential cause, this is where Massage Therapy comes in.

Occupational activities and motions place a significant load on many low back muscles. The key stabilizing muscles of the low back that are frequently injured from overwork include the quadratus lumborum and the paraspinal lumbar extensors. These muscles are not designed for power lifting activities. They also respond poorly to being held in static positions for long periods.

Some low back pain can also be accompanied by radiating leg pain. In these situations a massage therapist will need to investigate further using various muscle tests as to whether this radiating pain is from disc herniation or nerve compression for example, Sciatica.

Deep Tissue MassageCompression of the sciatic nerve can be caused by tight gluteus muscles and can create the referring radiating leg pain. Massage Therapy is a fantastic way of treating this type of pain by using, amongst other techniques , Trigger Point Therapy.

Trigger Point Therapy is the application of localised pressure (comfortable pressure) to an area within the muscle that creates the pathway of the referral pain. Pressure is held here with good therapist/client communication until the radiating pain has reduced. Thorough loosening of the muscle in question and surrounding muscle groups is required (In this case the gluteal muscles and lumbar muscles). This technique can be used for any kind of muscular tension and possible nerve compression and is incredibly successful.

Along with thorough loosening of the muscles involved, massage is a great way to boost circulation, stretch the muscles actively and passively and create better muscular posture.

room hire in norwichThe relationship between client and therapist is very important in order to agree on a treatment plan for the injury and for general maintenance. Appropriate homework will be given so that you are being proactive, for example you are taught how to do certain stretches and to encourage a new daily routine at home. Your treatment plan will also involve each sessions goals, this is for both of you to see your improvement.

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