Hello and welcome to my blog for February.
So… are you hurting from your new fitness regime? What have you done about it so far? What are you going to do about it?
Why Massage is Great for Pain?
Whether you are experiencing DOMS, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or whether you are hurting because you are not giving your body enough time to recover after a workout, then massage could be just the ticket to get you back on the road to regular exercise again.
Massage improves circulation and releases serotonin, the feel-good hormone, into your bloodstream, as well as improving delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles.
There is also another reason that massage is so great for pain, and that is the Pain Gate Theory.
Pain Gate Theory
The pain gate theory asserts that non-painful input closes the nerve ‘gates’ to painful input, which prevents the pain sensation from travelling to the central nervous system.
Th pain gate theory describes how non-painful sensations can override and reduce painful sensations – think about when you bang your arm or leg on something, and it is very painful. Your initial reaction to it is to rub the area vigorously to reduce that bloom of pain… your brain then closes the ‘gate’ of pain, and it feels better. That, in a nutshell, is also why massage works so well to reduce pain in your muscles and other soft tissues.
Because of these reasons, it is not just DOMs and exercise related pain and injuries that massage works so well for, it is a valuable tool in aiding those living with chronic and acute conditions, such as CRPS and fibromyalgia, to name two examples.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from regular massage for these reasons, please do send them this blog and I will gift you both £5 off your next massage should they book in, and take, their first-time appointment*
Thank you for taking time to read my blog this week – if you have any questions about what massage could do for you, please do get in touch with me on [email protected]
Alternatively, you can go to my booking page on www.astralfitness.co.uk and book yourself an appointment, please do plan ahead though as appointments are going fast.
I also have a Facebook group to aid you with hints and tips with your fitness, head over to www.facebook.com/groups/masteringmobility and request to join!
See you soon,