Muscle Cramps are a common conversation amongst many sportspeople whether it be runners, cyclists, swimmers etc. It is estimated amidst several surveys and research that cramps can affect some 45-90 % of all athletes at some point in time. No matter what, no one really understand the full reason to why cramps occur!
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As the world changes and so do workplaces, many more of us spend time doing one activity more than anything else - sitting. Even the most active individuals sit more than they probably should, this could be in the car, on a bus, train, home, work etc. and if your job involves a computer, then there is a very high chance you spend more time in front of a screen than train in your favourite sport/s.
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It is estimated that 80% of human beings will experience some type of lower back pain in their life, which could be caused by numerous diverse biopsychosocial conditions.
Some countries state that back pain is one of the most common reasons people take a day off work, quite startling!
The good news is that in general this pain can be avoided with some good back education, practices, techniques and exercises.
Another piece of good news is that most back pain is caused by musculoskeletal conditions and be treated with Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Dry Needling.
Most of my clients will know that when I am treating them I stress the importance of hydration for your muscles, nerves, recovery and general well-being.The amount of water you require changes the older you get, hence as you move past the half-century mark, you should consider three main factors which can increase the chance to dehydation
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Using a foam roller massage for SMR (self-myofascial release) helps to break down thickening or scar tissue in the fascia.
Fascia is fibrous tissue that surrounds muscles, bones, and joints that gives your body structure and strength. Abnormal fascia can lead to chronic pain and reduced flexibility.
This article explains graphically some of the main releases you can achieve on a foam roller