Stretching and Flexibility Go Hand in Hand

Stretching before and after exercise, as well as on a regular basis during periods of inactivity will give you better posture, and fewer aches and pains.

Stretching increases blood flow and circulation to your muscles, but it also gives your brain a boost according to wellness experts, often leaving those who stretch feeling cheerier.

Periods of inactivity such as sitting are hard on your glutes and hip flexors, so standing up to stretch can keep them limber and less prone to injury when you do exercise.

You need a healthy, flexible back for nearly every type of activity, so giving your back a good stretch can prevent injury.

One of the best benefits of stretching is better balance. Especially for older people, stretching can bring your body back into balance which can help prevent falls.

If, after stretching, you are still feeling tight, sore, or your range of motion isn’t what it should be, come in for a good neuromuscular massage. Massage reduces pain and increases range of motion.


What Can Neuromuscular Massage Treat?

Excess tension in muscles causing pain.

Restricted blood flow which delays healing.

Restricted range of motion in the joints limiting activity.

Compression of structures upon nerves causing sharp pain.

Postural distortion caused by overuse of muscles on one side, and underuse on the other.

Referred pain where trigger points of high electrical activity sends pain to other areas of the body.

If You Run or Bike and Have Knee Pain …

If you have pain on the outside of your knee and you run or bike, you could have iliotibial band syndrome or IT Band Syndrom for short. It is caused by overuse and is common in athletes who run or bike long distances. Most of the time, it manifests as pain at the outside of the knee, but the problem could be anywhere along the IT Band which runs from the hip to the knee. Neuromuscular massage can get to the root of the problem, thereby relieving the pain.

Treat Shin Splints with Neuromuscular Massage

Shin splints is a catch-all term for pain in the lower leg. Shin splints often occur when you increase the amount of running or walking you’re doing by a measurable amount or if you’re trying to improve your time.  Shin splints can be caused by soft tissue injury to either the front of the shin or the back of the shin.  In some cases, because your calf muscle is so much stronger than the muscles that run along the front of your leg, there’s an imbalance that causes strain on the front, the shin.

Shin splints can also be caused from injury to a muscle underneath the big calf muscle. This is a more rare form of shin splints and the pain is often described as spreading from one area to another.

Neuromuscular massage techniques can help stretch and loosen the muscle and fascia causing the pain of shin splints.