Skating can be a leisurely activity yet still leave you with muscle aches. Most skaters use the muscles on the back and outside of their hips and legs. The gluteal muscles are heavily involved as well. Combine this with a slightly forward posture and the resulting back ache is no surprise.
Wading through knee-high snow, dragging your feet in wet slush or bracing yourself on icy sidewalks are unavoidable winter workouts. Your muscles and joints are working hard to lift, pull and brace as you walk through snow and avoid falls.
Your shoulders are important. They stand alone in their role and shouldn’t be asked to do double duty. They are not earrings! Every time we anticipate or worry about something or breathe using our upper chest and neck muscles, our shoulders are creeping up to where they don’t belong.
Your massage therapist is not making idle conversation when they ask “What does your pain feel like?”. The type of pain felt can be used to deepen assessment and ultimately create a treatment that is focused on the possible cause, not just the symptoms.
“No pain, no gain, right?” Is one of the most frequent statements made by massage therapy clients in reference to the amount of pressure they like during a massage. Yet, they often come in with pain and there is no sign of gain. How much pressure is the right amount?