Therapeutic massage to heal and increase performance

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    Sep 20, 2008 4:35 AM GMT
    I strongly injured the sartorius muscle in my left leg some weeks ago. I couldnt "work it out" or strengthen it or anything. The soreness was causing me to greatly favor that leg and waddle when I walked.

    A chiropractor happened to stop in my PT's studio while I was there, With a few manipulations of my leg, she was able to identify the sartorius as the injured muscle. I went to her clinic up the street from my PT and had a treatment. The treatment immediately loosen that muscle and I was able to move my left leg much better. I had another couple of treatment by her.

    After her chiro. treatments, I then saw the therapeutic massage specialist in her clinic. This is where it really got good. He applied pressure to the nerves and muscles in the area like she did, but he also massaged the muscle. The pressure got the nerves to release the muscle so it could move freely again. But the massage stimulated the circulation to the muscle. That was last Friday. As the weekend, progressed the muscle became less and less sore.

    I had him massage my sartorius again on Monday....oh and by the way, I asked him to ckeck out my shoulders because they were giving my problems when doing presses. The muscles in the right were like a solid block when doing a bench press and the muscles in the left hurt when doing an incline press.

    He examined the right and found the problem down in the Rhombus muscle. It was contracted and wouldnt let the shoulder move. He rubbed that knot out. Then on left, he found the problem in the Serratus. He rubbed that knot out. I could feel the loosening immediately as I drove away. And when I went for my workout on Wednesday, both shoulders worked much better.

    After my Wednesday workout, I went to him for a full body massage. I figured the previous problems were large ones that I could notice, but there might be others that I wouldnt. He found a couple of small knots as he worked my body over. When I left, I could feel the relaxation in my entire body.

    Today, Friday, I can tell there are still problems with my shoulders that need attention from him and chiropractor.

    The moral of this long message is that one's workout can really be impacted and hampered by the tightening of the muscles as a result of working out These knots in the muscles really restrict the gains that can be made inspite of our hard efforts in the gym.

    So visiting a good massage therapist can be good investment in improving one's performance in the gym.
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    Sep 22, 2008 1:21 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidHey, Cas!

    Yes, I agree with you 100%. As a professionally trained massage therapist I have seen the benefits first hand not only on myself but for my clients as well. I should be more regular about seeing a massage therapist. I'd also like to see a chiropractor on a semi-regular basis.

    Skeletal muscles are encased in what's called fascia which gives the muscle it's shape. Over time, poor posture habits can lead to this fascia reforming to a less than ideal shape. The fascia becomes somewhat "frozen" in this newly less than ideal shape. Heavy exercise does not always correct the situation. In fact, it can make the problem worse. Deep tissue massage or sports related massage for those that are weight lifters is truly beneficial.

    Oh wow....I have never heard about fascia (I presume that is feminine singular, not neuter plural). I will do some googling about it. Thanks!
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    Sep 22, 2008 5:48 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidYou may at one point have found yourself cutting off the fat from a chicken breast and then played around with this sheath of tissue....

    I am sure I do not go around playing with chicken fascia... icon_eek.gif .... I think I am gonna be sick!

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    Sep 22, 2008 6:08 PM GMT
    Here we go...

    "When contraction persists, fascia will respond with the addition of new material. Fibroblasts secrete collagen and other proteins into the extracellular matrix where they bind to existing proteins, making the composition thicker and less extensible. Although this potentiates the tensile strength of the fascia, it can unfortunately restrict the very structures it aims to protect. The pathologies resulting from fascial restrictions range from a mild decrease in joint range of motion to severe fascial binding of muscles, nerves and blood vessels, as in compartment syndrome of the leg. However, if fascial contraction can be interrupted long enough, a reverse form of fascial remodeling occurs. The fascia will normalize its composition and tone and the extra material that was generated by prolonged contraction will be ingested by macrophages within the extracellular matrix."