When we experience tight muscles, the first thing that springs to mind to ease the pain is generally to massage the area. This may help ease the tension but in reality you could potentially be unknowingly causing more damage, unwanted side-effects and overall you’re not getting to the root cause of the problem.  If you experience tight muscles on a regular basis, for example if you’re a regular gym-goer, you have a physically demanding job or simply lead quite an active lifestyle, you may even attend regular sessions of massage to help ease the muscles. Although this can feel soothing; the massage coupled with aromatherapy and having an hour or more to just relax with only your thoughts, it can be a very relaxing atmosphere – but it may not be the most effective way to treat tight muscles.

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How Massages Work For Tight Muscles

Whether it’s deep tissue, soft tissue or a sports massage, the act of massage actually works based on the premise that purposefully causing tears in your tissues, or micro-hemorrhaging the muscles, could help them to heal based on an increase in blood supply and forcing the body to react to what is essentially a stressful situation for those muscles. But digging your elbows into an already compromised area, or attempting to release a trapped nerve with massage, may ease your symptoms in the short-term but may do nothing for you long-term.

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Identify the Root Cause of Tight Muscles

The first step to finding a long-term solution for relief from tight muscles is to look at the cause. Do you regularly get tight muscles in your back or neck after a long day at work? Is it always after working out at the gym that you get tightness in a specific area? What you may actually need to identify is if there is a dysfunction with a muscle, joint or your posture that needs further investigation. If you regularly experience tightness after work, try taking a look and making yourself aware of your posture during a normal working day. Do you start off the day with good posture, but by the time the ‘4pm slump’ comes around you’re finding yourself more hunched or your posture is slipping? If you do have poor posture, you may be putting more pressure on certain muscles that just aren’t used to bearing more weight. Identifying where a dysfunction is occurring and taking steps to rectify the problem will be the most important step to fixing your problem without the need for massage.

The Hidden Dangers of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

When it comes to massage, there are many aspects to bear in mind next time you think about booking an appointment. For example, is the masseuse appropriately qualified to assess what kind of condition you’re experiencing? If a masseuse works on an area of complaint that you have without knowing the mechanics of your specific body, then you may be more susceptible to experiencing some of the less desirable side-effects of massage – for example muscle soreness, post-massage bruising, tissue damage or even nerve damage. The time commitment to attend regular appointments may be too much if you lead a busy lifestyle, considering on average massages usually last between 60-90 minutes.

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The cost of massages can also be very off-putting as a good masseuse can cost an arm and a leg to visit. When you consider what is actually being done to the muscles during a massage, even if you’ve seen a good masseuse and making positive changes, encouraging the body to heal where you’re suffering with tightness, if you don’t fix the root cause of the problem it’s only going to reoccur.

‘The Mayfair Method’ ~ A More Sophisticated Approach To Treating Tight Muscles

At The Mayfair Clinic we offer a more comprehensive approach to dealing with tight muscles. By taking you through an examination during your first appointment, we can identify where you specifically are struggling with certain areas of the body and identify what kind of problem you have. We have the ability to send you for x-ray imaging if you need it, to gain a more in-depth understanding of your spine, and we can then offer technology based treatments and rehabilitation to get you back on your feet. Our Spinal Impulse Adjusting technology offers a fast treatment method to give you immediate relief from tightness by using percussive vibration as a tool against muscle pain. Working on the muscles alone can prove counterproductive if you don’t have a full understanding of the ins and outs of what exactly you’re suffering with. Our treatment alongside our expertise and advice as to how you can improve your condition outside of the clinic, can provide lasting relief without needing to stretch the muscles, or damage them with micro-trauma like in many deep tissue massage techniques.

So if you’re thinking to go ahead and book that massage, we have something that you can do at home that may help you understand how vital it is to seek help from a professional if you’re suffering with regular bouts of muscle stiffness or tightness. When you go home, take a chicken breast and lie it on a worktop, let’s say that this chicken breast represents a muscle that you’ve been having some tightness with. Use your elbow to massage into the chicken breast and see the results for yourself. If you still want to go ahead and do that to your muscles by all means go ahead, but the tried and tested ‘Mayfair Method’ can help to relieve muscle tightness in the long-term and get to the root cause of the problem without causing further damage to your tissues or nerves.

To go ahead and book your first session with us, including an examination, x-ray imaging if we think it’s needed, a diagnosis and your first treatment, give our expert team a call on 0203 947 3222 or email us with details of your condition to info@themayfairclinic.com to find out exactly how we can help you. 

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