Adjust Massage is one of the leading Nottingham massage practices in West Bridgford, Nottingham, we specialise in Sports massage, Deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, Indian head massage & Pregnancy massage.
We at Adjust Massage have just been offered an opportunity we couldn’t refuse: the chance to expand our business by opening a new clinic in Boost your Body’s personal training studio in Beeston.
Our new clinic will open for business on Saturday 4th of May but you don’t need to wait until then to book an appointment. You can either call us on 0115 9699926 or book online by selecting the Beeston clinic and your preferred time.
The new clinic is ideally located for our customers from the western suburbs of Nottingham such as Chilwell, Long Eaton, Stapleford, Bramcote and Wollaton. There is free parking nearby and the clinic is easily reachable by both bus and tram.
We at Adjust Massage are really looking forward to introducing our clients to this convenient new location, and we are excited about the expanded services we’re going to be offering. We hope to see you at our Beeston clinic soon!
Boost Your Body 167 High Road Beeston Nottingham NG9 5BA
Most of the modern-day population are living with some kind of muscular dysfunction. Years of performing the same actions such as sitting at a desk, driving, standing and using smartphones has had a massive impact on the level of dysfunction in our bodies. This happens because our bodies are held in the incorrect posture. For example, you might drop one hip when you stand, drive with one arm high up the steering wheel, or sit with your wallet in your back pocket. Or maybe you hang your neck forward to stare down at your phone. Sound familiar?
Over time, this eventually causes issues with the muscles, joints and our physical alignment, leaving us with pain and a limited range of movement. Dysfunction in one area of the body has a knock-on effect throughout the whole body, leading to issues in other areas.
Modern-Day Sedentary Lifestyles
A large proportion of jobs these days are sedentary, with many people spending 8-10 hours each day sitting at a desk or driving. The effects of such prolonged periods of sitting include poor posture, tension in the neck and shoulders, and lower back pain. It’s therefore not surprising that around 85% of our clients come to see us with some form of back pain!
When someone’s sitting all day there are a certain number of muscles in the body that are “stuck” in one position for many hours. It is unnatural for the human body to be in one static place for a long time. Think about where our design has evolved from - if you go back thousands of years, we were either chasing the big toothy monster for our dinner or it was chasing us! There was no modern technology there to do everything for us like there is today. In essence, thousands of years ago we moved more and the human body was designed to move.
Consequently, if we are sitting for hours and the only movement is the odd wiggle, gear change or mouse click, then certain areas of the body are just not moving enough. You must have heard the famous quote “use it or lose it”? Over months, years or even decades of sitting, your muscles will get used to being in this state.
What happens to the body when we sit all day?
The muscles at the front of the hips are constantly shortened - over time they will become short and tight
The muscles at the back of the hips are constantly lengthened - over time they will become long and weak
Tight hip flexors will pull down and forward on the pelvis
Your gluteal muscles (bum muscles) and hamstrings could switch off and then become weak
If we then consider that most sitting jobs involve extended periods at a computer or driving, both requiring you to keep your arms out in front of you, then this means that the chest and upper arm muscles are shortened and can be in constant contraction.
A tight chest will cause your shoulders to round
Rounded shoulders will cause the upper back to hunch forwards
The head will then tend to follow and sit forwards
Your back muscles, which are used for retracting the body / arms, will switch off and lengthen. Over time, they will lose some of their strength, affecting your posture
The back, neck and shoulders are generally where you will feel the pain and discomfort and this is when clients tend to come in for a sports massage to help reduce the pain. Massaging and treating the bit that hurts helps you to feel better in the short term, but really, we need to be looking at what the root cause behind the problem is: i.e. how prolonged sitting has caused tension in the hips/chest, leading to pain in the back, poor posture and muscle imbalances. The therapist needs to look beyond the site of pain at the whole body’s kinetics. In clinic, we would ask questions to gain a clear idea of how your day-to-day lifestyle is affecting your body. We would consider:
Your seating position at work, in the car and at home
Thoracic flexion, extension and rotation
By assessing your lifestyle, everyday activities and job, we can create an outline as to what the causes of the muscle dysfunction are, and work on getting you back into a more natural state. If we simply massage the bit that is in pain, then when you go back to, for example, prolonged sitting, the result will be the same issue occurring again and again.
What can you do to help?
You can really feel the benefits from some small, simple changes:
Assess and adjust your screen position, chair height and driving position
Get up and move around regularly
Do some regular exercise - yoga is one of our favorites
Stretch your pectorals, quadriceps and hip flexors regularly
Strengthen the muscles on the back of your body
Start with these ideas and you will have a great chance of ridding yourself of your office back pain.
As a runner, you know the familiar sting of post-workout fatigue, tight muscles and exercise-induced injury. These are common issues that all runners face, all of which can be alleviated with the help of a professional sports massage.
There’s a popular misconception that sports massage is only for the top-tier athletes of the sporting world, and that amateur exercisers can’t benefit from professional massage services. Although originally designed for sportspeople, sports massage has been found to have great benefits for individuals of all skill level and can alleviate a wide variety of tensions, injuries and postural issues!
Why do I need a sports massage?
Whatever your skill level, as a runner it is vital to keep your body on top form to optimise your performance and maximise your athletic potential. Sports massage can help in many key areas of performance, and here’s a quick rundown of why runners shouldn’t ignore its amazing benefits:
Shift Lactic Acid
Your body burns calories when performing any amount of exercise, which causes the production of lactic acid. When engaging in heavy calorie-burning activity such as running, your body reacts by producing larger amounts of lactic acid which causes the familiar burning sensation felt in muscles after a heavy workout. This in turn causes feelings of soreness and lethargy, affecting motivation and performance.
During a sports massage, your therapist works to shift built-up lactic acid out of the muscles, accelerating the recovery process and helping to combat feelings of burning and fatigue.
We are spending more of our daily lives seated and stationary than ever, whether it be hunched in front of our computer at the office or scrolling on our smartphones at home. This leads to dysfunction, with our bodies becoming stiff and tight following being in a lying and seated positions for prolonged periods. Sports massage helps to combat this by correcting the stiffness and dysfunction caused by 21st-century life, resetting the body to its optimum, healthy position and allowing you to reach your full running potential.
Deal with Injuries
Injuries are a runner's worst nightmare. They can put you out of action for days or even weeks and are a key factor in the loss of progress. By increasing circulation and stimulating natural tissue repair within the body, a sports massage simultaneously helps to prevent and heal injuries, significantly aiding your recovery. An Adjust customer has recently made some incredible progress combating a running injury with sports massage:
“I injured my lower back at the gym and was struggling to walk and sit down. After a sports massage from Clare, not only was I able to walk freely again and sit down - but a day later I was back to running 8 miles!”
Clare, Sports Massage Customer
Schedule your appointment with Adjust
Attentiveness to the body’s needs is a runner’s greatest asset, and a sports massage can help to relieve injury, beat post-workout fatigue and assist you in reaching your full potential. Visit our West Bridgford or Lady Bay clinic or give us a call to speak to one of our expert therapists and see how a sports massage can help to boost your performance and get you back on track.