With the Melbourne winter on it’s way we thought you might benefit from understanding how Remedial Massage can help with aches and pains associated with the colder months.
Most people have experienced increased pain and stiffness in winter, but why does this happen?
- Firstly cold causes the muscles to contract the same as most organic structures. If the muscles cool too much they will eventually start to “shiver” to produce extra heat. Shivering is an intense action for the muscles and can create tightness and knots over time similar to a muscle that is doing too much activity from sports.
- Secondly circulation is decreased in winter (due to the constriction of blood vessels), as the muscles receive less blood and as a result oxygen and hydration they need to work harder doing the same tasks they would in the warmer months.
- Lastly we tend to assume a hunched, protective posture in the cold weather including in sleep which can cause an increase in muscle tension in the upper back, neck and shoulders. This can cause wry neck which is a condition that causes neck pain and an inability to turn your neck through its full range of motion without pain.
The good news is that remedial massage can address all of these issues. At Melbourne Natural Therapies we use a combination of remedial massage and cupping to help the body increase blood flow to the muscles that are causing you the problem. Increasing the blood flow is the main way we can start to warm and relax the muscles. We also provide stretches and exercises to help you warmup and cool down more effectively pre and post exercise, minimising the risk of injury. Remedial massage can also reduce the healing time for any existing injuries to the muscle tissue, restoring the muscle to full function and preventing any further damage.
Regular remedial massage is not only a great way to prevent injury and muscle spasm during winter but can also be used to correct any postural or other issues that have already occurred and maximise the circulation to the body as a whole.
Melbourne Natural Therapies
Suite 14, 51-55 City Road Southbank
03 9645 9923