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?
“Age, eh?” After turning 50 so many conversations start this way. Two simple words, so many meanings and the context ensures there is no doubt what is the reference. If you know what this refers to then you are part of a club that puts you on a level playing ground with others who have aches and pains that no longer disappear after a good night’s sleep.
If you love snow and ice then you’re no stranger to the aches and pains that can accompany winter sports. Each sport uses specific muscles that typically get sore at the beginning of the season. This soreness information can be used over the next few months to remind you what areas to stretch.