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Chronic pain is a lifelong struggle for many people. Pain isn’t as understood as doctors would like, and injuries can be varied and make a physical impact on a myriad of places in the body—even ones outside of the original injury zone. And while there are many traditional and non-traditional options to help treat pain, for many people nothing seems to lessen the agony they experience. And some types of pain, such as back or leg, can make an impact even on simple mobility. But more research into the origins and outcomes of pain have led to some therapies that hold promise for making a positive impact on the quality of life.
Spinal cord stimulation is one such option; it’s used to treat nerve pain or damage and as a potential way to avoid surgery. It relies on electrode stimulation and the devices are implanted with minimally invasive procedures.
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Begin your new year improving aspects of your Health. If your struggling with motivation, consistency, this list is for you. It’s a practical approach that will help you eat better, exercise more effectively, and win the mental battle that allows you to improve your health.
1. THINK LESS
Lower back pain is a very common problem caused by the complex network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine.
Common sources of low back pain include:
The large nerve roots in the low back that go to the legs may be irritated
The smaller nerves that supply the low back may be irritated
The large paired lower back muscles (erector spinae) may be strained
The bones, ligaments or joints may be damaged
An intervertebral disc may be degenerating or buldging
30 to 60 year olds are more likely to experience back pain from the lumbar disc space this is known as a lumbar disc herniation or degenerative disc disease or from a back muscle strain or other soft tissue strain this can be treated with Deep tissue techniques, manual therapy and mobilisation
Older adults (over 60+) are more likely to suffer from pain related to joint degeneration where the disc cartilage becomes deteriotated overtime causing further friction of bone on bone (osteoarthritis) this can even lead to narrowing of the spinal cannal (spinal stenosis). Improving flexibility and weightloss prevents excessive weight overloading the joints improving posture and mobility.
Exercise for Lower Back Pain.
Exercise is a key element of almost any lower back pain treatment plan and must be taught by a health professional, sports injury specialist or physical therapist which will include components of aerobic conditioning, flexibility and stretching (yoga / pilates / core strengthening). The exercises are best done through a controlled, progressive program, with the goal of building toward a stronger and more stable spine.
Allowing enough rest is important allowing the injured tissue and even nerve roots to begin to heal, which in turn will help relieve lower back pain. However, more than a few days of rest can lead to a weakening of the muscles, and weak muscles have to struggle to adequately support the spine. Patients who do not regularly exercise to build strength and flexibility are more likely to experience recurrent or prolonged lower back pain, frequency and timing become important factors to consider whilst in the phase of injury rehabilitation.
Heat and Ice Packs. Heat and/or cold therapy helps relieve most types of low back pain by reducing inflammation. Often patients use ice, but some prefer heat. Both may be used alternately.
Kinesio Taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that facilitates the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to the muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It also provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tape is safe for all ages and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.
Kinesio Taping not only offers patients the support they are looking for, but it also helps with rehabilitating the affected condition. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas. Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. With the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
Kinesio Tape can be a valuable addition to a physical assessment-. It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia (Inter-connective tissue underneath the skin), muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases on an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.
Why do we get sore after a training session?
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) describes a phenomenon of muscle pain, muscle soreness or muscle stiffness that occurs in the day or two after exercise. This muscle soreness is most frequently felt when you begin a new exercise program, change your exercise routine, or dramatically increase the duration or intensity of your exercise routine.
Although it can be alarming for people new exercise, delayed onset muscle soreness is a normal response to unusual exertion. DOMS is part of an adaptation phases that leads to improvements in stamina and strength as your muscles recover, build and repair.
This muscle pain is not the same as the pain or fatigue you experience during exercise. Delayed soreness is also unlike the acute, sudden and sharp pain from sustaining an injury.
DOMS is generally at its worst within the first 2 days following a new, intense activity and slowly subsides over the next few days.
What Cause’s DOMS
DOMS is thought to be a result of microscopic tearing of the muscle fibers. The amount of tearing (and soreness) depends on how hard and how long you exercise and the type of exercise you are doing. Any movement you aren’t used to can lead to DOMS, but eccentric muscle contractions (a muscle contracting while it lengthens) seem to cause the most soreness. Examples of eccentric muscle contractions include going down stairs, running downhill, lowering weights and the downward motion of a Squat or Press Up. In addition to small muscle tears there can be associated swelling in a muscle, which may contribute to soreness.
Treatment of DOMS
Unfortunately there’s no one simple way to treat DOMS. There has been an ongoing debate about both the cause and treatment of DOMS. In the past it was thought that gentle stretching was one of the most effective ways to reduce exercise related muscle soreness, however recent studies have found this untrue.
Nothing is proven 100 percent effective; although some people have found the following advice helpful it’s best to try a few things to see what balance and routine works for you. Ultimately, the best advice for treating DOMS is to try and minimize or manage the affects initially. Some methods that can help include:
– Use a MYSPORTS INJURY high density foam Roller: Using a foam roller regularly as a part of a warm up and cool down will help towards reducing DOMS.
– Active Recovery: This strategy does have support in the research. Performing easy low-impact aerobic exercise increasing blood flow and is linked with diminished muscle soreness. After an intense workout or competition, use this technique as a part of your cool down.
– Rest and Recover: If you simply wait it out, soreness will go away in 3 to 7 days with no special treatment.
– Sports Massage: Research has found that sports massage may help reduce reported muscle soreness and reduce swelling, although it had no effects on muscle function.
– Use of Ice Baths: Although no clear evidence proves they are effective, many pro athletes use them and claim they work to reduce soreness.
– R.I.C.E: The standard method of treating acute injuries, if your soreness is particularly painful.
– Stretching: Although research doesn’t find stretching alone reduces muscle pain of soreness, many people find it simply feels good.
– Yoga: There is growing support that performing Yoga may reduce DOMS.
– Listen to your body: Avoid any vigorous activity or exercise that increases pain.
Allow the soreness to subside thoroughly before performing any vigorous exercise.
– Warm Up correctly: Some research supports that a warm-up performed immediately prior to unaccustomed eccentric exercise produces small reductions in DOMS.
Prehab is better than Rehab!
While you may not be able to prevent muscle soreness entirely, you may reduce the intensity and duration of muscles soreness if you follow a few exercise recommendations.
– Progress Slowly: The most important prevention method is to gradually increase your exercise time and intensity.
-Warm Up: Ensure you war up thoroughly before activity and cool down completely afterward with a active recovery.
– Use a Personal Trainer if you aren’t sure how to start a workout program that is safe and effective.
Certain muscle pain or soreness can be a sign of a more serious injury. If your muscle soreness does not get better within a week consult your physician.
“The factor that probably boosted Paula Radcliffe’s performance more than any other is her ability to regenerate. Her regular massages were to give extra maintenance to the whole body. Above all it’s to give Paula’s muscles and tendons the best chance to recover from the heavy workloads she puts them through”
Reference Source- The training secrets of Paula Radcliffe article written by Orlando Pizzolato in TN40 July 2003.
There’s no doubt that training for a marathon is a very vigorous and hard regime. This training is often the hardest runners will ever train with the marathon being their ultimate goal. Bearing this in mind overuse injuries are very frequent and happen all too often. Helping to avoid these injuries will not only aid and speed up muscle recovery, but improve nutritious blood flow and also aid mental preparation leading up to the event.
Here are some further benefits of sports massage to distance runners:
Regular sports massage increases the health of the muscle tissue, encourages blood circulation, allowing fresh oxygen and nutrients to flow increasing muscle recovery. The lymphatic system depends on movement in order to function, unlike the circulatory system, which relies on your heart in order to pump blood through the body. Because your muscles are tight and contracted they can’t get the blood flow they need. The motions used during a massage will not only relax that tension but will then encourage the flow of both blood and lymphatic fluid, moving toxins out of your body and bringing fresh blood flow to your muscles so that they can repair and recover.
Following previous and old injuries you will have a buildup of scar tissue, regular sports massage helps breakup this tight and inflexible tissue. The breakdown of this tissue positively affects the efficiency, performance and recovery of your muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Promoting the release of endorphins sports massage naturally acts as a natural painkiller. This natural affect further helps calm anxiety, maintaining a positive attitude, improving mental toughness and reducing the delayed onset of muscle soreness creating by a vigorous training program.
Regular sport massages will definitely help to keep your body in shape as you prepare for any running event. As well as aiding recovery from any training session, sports massage will help with your performance if used prior to an event. For maximum results having a sports massage 2-3 days prior to any event will aid performance and efficiency of your whole body.
Benefits of Sports / Deep Tissue massage:
Muscles consists of more than 60% of the body mass, making up the largest part of our bodies. They are responsible for all movement of the human body. As we Exercise it muscles breakdown leading to wear and tear, fatigue, overuse, and repetitive injury.
Muscles can be subject to irritability known as a Trigger Point, which is essentially an involuntary muscle contraction of only a small portion of the muscle, creating pain and dysfunction within the muscle. Trigger Points can occur all over the body at points where a nerve enters a muscle. Trigger Points result in muscles which have been traumatized by accidents, sports, occupational stress, and overuse.
Trigger Points have been studied and shown to be the most common cause of musculoskeletal pain up to 75% of the time by clinical pain consultants. Trigger Points cause the muscle to remain tight, which weakens the muscle and puts stress on the points where the muscles attach to the bones as well. This often leads to pain in nearby joints.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Trigger Point therapy can reduce pain, increase movement, and allows the muscles to lengthen and become stronger again. To treat Trigger Points, heavy pressure must be applied to the Trigger Point. Light pressure is not effective for treating Trigger Points, and in fact may increase spasms as the muscle tries to protect itself, leading to increased and more constant pain. In contrast, moderate to heavy pressure applied to a Trigger Point causes the pain to initially increase, but then as the muscle relaxes the pain will fade
HOW DOES APPLYING PRESSURE MAKE TRIGGER POINTS GO AWAY?
When pressure is applied to the Trigger Point, the chemical/pressure cycle is interrupted, which helps to stop the contraction and the pain in the muscle. Additionally, the muscle is heated and kneaded during treatment, which helps to increase circulation and to remove the metabolic waste products. Another effect is that muscle fibers become lengthened and stretched which decreases the pressure component of the pain cycle.
MYSPORTS INJURY offers a personalised treatment service striving to offer exceptional customer experience and quality of care. They go that extra mile to accommodate client needs of care offering both home Visit services and corporate business appointments.
MYSPORTS INJURY provides specialist care supporting individual athletes, maintaining high standards of performance in competition and training which is key in helping achieve their goals. When you’re muscles become tired and under excess load / strain; this is where injuries occur and sports massage / deep tissue massage can especially can help enhance speed of recovery and improve the healing process.
RAY HO Clinical sports injury specialist, understands functional rehabilitation from the early ages of competing track & field athletics from the age of 15 . Ray suffered many forms of soft tissue type injuries ranging from Calf tightness, hamstring strains to biomechanical imbalances and Achilles Tendononitis injuries which had a significant impact on his Triple Jumping career following a 6-12 month of sports rehabilitation.
Understanding the treatment techniques and methods used during his rehabilitation were fundamental part of his rehabilitation which motivated him to help and inspire others through the treatment process; no matter how long or short the recovery was. Ray is a graduate from Teesside University: Sports Therapy and accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists; the governing body of all Sports Therapists within the U.K. Ray is a fully insured member of the society and a regional representative of the Sports Therapy Association with competency in treating a wide range of injuries safely and within his scope of practice.
Ray has experience both at amateur to professional levels treating various different athletes from golf to rugby to semi-professional Football, Understanding Neurological type disorders working at Blackburn Royal Hospital and Multiple sclerosis centres. Ray specialises in treating sports injuries with competency in Sports Massage, Soft tissue release and Medical Acupuncture.
As a competitive athlete Calf Tightness was one of the common type of injuries affecting athletic performance. When your training this puts excessive stress and delayed the onset of muscle soreness in the muscles, your calves become very tired and fatigued very quickly leading to cramping, tightening, or even a calf strain.
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Acupuncture is viewed as a holistic, complementary and alternative medicine that stands outside of the Western scientific tradition. According to Vickers and Zollman (1999) acupuncture can be partly explained through a physiological model.
Acupuncture is known to stimulate A delta fibres (sensory nerve finer which carry cold pressure and pain signals) entering the spinal cord. These mediate segmental inhibition of pain impulses carried in the slower, unmyelinated C fibres (slower pain fibers) and, through connections in the midbrain, enhance descending inhibition of C fibre.
Acupuncture is also known to stimulate release of endogenous opioids and other neurotransmitters such as serotonin. This is likely to be another mechanism for acupuncture’s effects, such as in acute pain and in substance misuse (1999, 974).
ACUPUNCTURE FOR LOWER BACK PAINS:
With regard to lower back pain, acupuncture is generally found to be effective compared to routine care, and as such it has been approved by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a treatment option on the NHS.
Dry needling is used for the assessment and treatment of myofacial pain syndromes and dysfunction due to myofacial trigger points / tension areas / muscle spasm / increased tonicity’ (Waumsley 2015).
Dry needling it focuses on the trigger point as a point of tension or tenderness, or elsewhere described as ‘dry knots’ (JOSPT 2013) within the muscle that needs to be released. JOSPT (2013) and Kietrys et al. (2013) have suggested that it is an effective way of treating muscle pain; in particular, the insertion of a needle into the trigger point has been associated with a ‘twitch’, which may be a sign the treatment is helpful.
WHAT RESEARCH IS OUT THERE TO SHOW ITS EFFECTIVENESS?
A Cochrane review of 35 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) involving 2861 patients (Furlan et al. 2005) on the effectiveness of acupuncture and dry needling.
With respect to acute and chronic lower back pain, found that there was evidence to suggest that acupuncture was more effective for chronic lower back pain than no treatment
A Cochrane review of 26 RCTs involving 4093 women (Pennick and Liddle 2013) concluded that acupuncture was effective in reducing evening pelvic and lumbo-pelvic pain. Cheshire et al. (2013) conducted a study of 61 patients in the Beating Back Pain service, which combines acupuncture, self-management exercises.
A patient data meta-analysis of 17,922 patients by Vickers et al. (2012) found that acupuncture is effective for chronic pain (in this case neck and back pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache and shoulder pain)
Some studies have found acupuncture very effective for treating knee osteoarthritis (reductions in pain, stiffness and function) .
Acupuncture has in most trials been viewed as effective for migraine and tension-type headaches (TTHs) compared to conventional treatments, with fewer side effects. NICE guidelines have approved acupuncture for both of these conditions.