MYOFASCIAL RELEASE FOR CHRONIC PAIN…

Myofascial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended for pain relief, increasing your range of motion and balancing the body.

There are now lots of articles online, raving about pain relief using this technique, and many more on how you can treat yourself.

In America, sufferers are doing ‘self-myofascial release (foam rolling)’ using a lacrosse ball and foam to roll out trigger points. They say, ‘it can help reduce muscle soreness, increase mobility, and prevent problems created by tightness and poor tissue quality like plantar fascists, sciatica, and more.”

It is a scientific fact that all muscles and their fibrous coating and connective tissue that joins muscles to bones, the fascia, are a source of pain if the functionality is changed by an accident or normal wear and tear/degeneration. Muscles may develop Myofascial ‘tender spots’ or ‘Trigger Points’. These Trigger Points are not only painful where they are found, but may also send pain away from that spot, to what is called Referred pain.

All the body’s 600 plus muscles have an area in the muscle that is tender to pressure. There are YouTube videos, showing you how to lie on your foam roller to release your tight spine. This technique is gaining popularity every day and has become very popular among athletes and serious fitness enthusiasts. I’ve had a number of treatments and there is no question that it does release the taut muscles which then release pain, but the relief did not last long enough for me. I wasn’t expecting miracles to happen but I was hoping for longer pain relief.

According to the F Word UK Style London’s Fitness elite are flexing their fascia. At Triyoga, myofascial release specialist Suzanne Waterworth uses her feet to feel out kinks in the layers of your fascia, followed by a hands-on resistance stretch, during which she actively reconditions the fascia. ‘Resistance stretching is similar to when you yawn and stretch in the morning,’ she surmises. ‘You tense your muscles first and move through that tension, engaging the fascia and not just pulling on it.’

For something more active, there’s the RX class at Equinox: a self-myofascial massage prehabilitation on the gym floor designed to eliminate pain, improve posture and enhance performance. At Moving Stretch at Breathe London’s Covent Garden studio, meanwhile, you can also work the fascia via resistance stretch movements, which surprisingly is harder work than it sounds. And if you’re a Pilates fan, sign up to the Melt Method — a workshop being held in October in Camden that applies fascial science to your Pilates mat.

The National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists is a good place to start to find a qualified therapist and a good book on the subject is ‘Myofascial Release: Your Guide to Myofascial Release with a Tennis Ball’ by Merl Buchreich. and the UK site Myofascial Release UK has lots of information on it.

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WATSU THERAPY FOR PAIN RELIEF IN FIBROMYALGIA AND LOW BACK PAIN…

Watsu massage is an underwater massage that takes place in warm, waist-deep water. The weightlessness that the buoyancy of the water gives you, can be accompanied by a trained practitioner, known as watsuers, who will guide you into deep stretches in the pool of warm water.

A watsuer uses his or her own body to enhance the series of stretches that are being performed on the client, by bracing certain positions or wrapping the client’s body around his or her own.

It was developed by Harold Dull back in 1980, and since that time its popularity has grown. Dull, who had studied Zen Shiatsu in Japan, brought the principles of his Asian education back to North America where he was a massage therapist. He coined the idea of using the buoyancy of water to stretch his patient’s bodies, improving the flow of their vital energy throughout their bodies. Its name comes from a combination of the words ‘water’ and ‘shiatsu’.

The first time I ever heard of Watsu was in 2002 when we were preparing the very first issue of Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine.

It is also an excellent form of physical therapy for people with physical disabilities, such as arthritis, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida or paralysis. It is also a great form of physical therapy for children, adults and seniors alike. While for many people it takes just one Watsu session to become a believer, it may not be the right kind of massage therapy for everyone. That’s because it requires an enormous amount of trust because, after all, you are putting yourself literally in the hands of another person for a full hour and you are both in the water.

Some of the benefits reported from Watsu include:

  • Decreased muscle tension
  • Increased mobility and flexibility
  • Decreased pain
  • Decreased muscle spasms and spasticity
  • Decreased stress
  • Better sleep

Watsu has been found to be beneficial for a number of different health challenges, including:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • RSD/CRPS
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Strokes
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

 

FIBRO BLOGGER DIRECTORY…

The Fibro Blogger Directory is a directory of people who blog about Fibromyalgia. Set up by Fibro sufferer Lee Good who says ‘Blogging is a powerful tool and by connecting we can be a stronger voice’.

The aim of the directory is to –

  • Connect fibro bloggers
  • Help raise awareness of Fibromyalgia
  • Provide information to the world wide web and other media about fibro bloggers
  • Offer Directory members support

They promote your sites on Tumblr which has an image from your blog and a link back to your blog for Tumblr visitors to see.
They also promote on Twitter where you can instantly connect to what’s happening in fibro land, as well as follow friends, experts, and get breaking news on fibro and chronic pain.

They have a busy Facebook page which features different bloggers daily.

Fibro Friday is a chance for you to join and help spread Fibromyalgia Awareness. Fibro Friday is a weekly link up by and for people with Fibromyalgia — A place to share and help others understand more about fibromyalgia.

There is also a store where you can buy Fibro books on Amazon 

Head down and join the list of Fibro bloggers and make some great friends in the process. Lee Good works extremely hard to help raise awareness of Fibromyalgia and to connect other fibro sufferers to join the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR ‘ASPIRE’ (Support for people with spinal cord injury)…

My cousin, Hilary Hebdon, is swimming the Aspire Channel Swim to raise funds for ‘Aspire‘,  the amazing charity which supports people with spinal cord injuries to help them live a full and independent life.

Every eight hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. It can happen to anyone at any time. Without warning, someone’s life changes completely. Aspire exists to provide essential support, equipment, and advice to people with spinal cord injuries in the UK and Ireland.

Hilary’s story – “I’m taking on the Aspire Channel Swim 2017, swimming the distance of the Channel over 12 weeks to raise money for Aspire. Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a Spinal Cord Injury and Aspire provides the essential equipment, advice, housing and grants that spinal cord injured people need to live their lives independently. This is a big challenge, but the more I raise, the more of a difference I’ll make, so please be generous!”

To donate simply head over to this link on the Just Giving website.  If you feel you can also take on the challenge to swim the distance of the English Channel (22 miles) in your local pool over 12 weeks and help raise money for Aspire. Join the challenge on your own, in a team, or with your class or colleagues and take on the 22 miles in your local pool, in your own time – or even in your lunch time! then head over to www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk to find out more about the 2017 challenge and to sign up.

Date: 11th September to 4th December