Remedial Massage Diploma

We’re proud to announce that Charlotte has recently received her Remedial Massage Diploma. This is the culmination of a year’s coursework, case studies, and many weekends travelling from Plymouth to Manchester for seminars, training and exams at The Northern Institute of Massage.

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New Clinic, New Couch

We’re always looking for ways to tweak and improve what we do at The Muscle Clinic, and have made a couple of big changes already this year.

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How Poor Posture Causes Neck and Shoulder Pain

We are all aware that poor posture can lead to neck and shoulder pain, but what are the processes involved?

The fact is we are designed to be hunter gatherers. In the natural state we would spend a good deal of the time standing, walking, running and generally moving about but in the modern world we spend much of our time sat at a desk, driving a car or slumped in front of the TV. Even if we don’t work at a desk, many of us have jobs that involve us looking down or maintaining the same bent over posture for hours on end (including masseurs I might add). Poor posture can also have a psychological root. Poor self esteem, anxiety and depression can result in this postural pattern. Negative emotions are expressed through flexion of the spine – the desire to curl up into a protective ball. Tall people who don’t wish to stand out from the crowd can also develop the slumped forward head posture. Maintaining the same posture causes unrelenting pressure on the same muscle groups and causes muscle fatigue. Naturally under these circumstances we slump forward, develop rounded shoulders and what is called a forward head posture.

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Evidence Based Practice

‘The conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence about the care of individual patients’
Sackett et al (1997)

Massage techniques have been developed and passed on as part of an oral tradition for millennia. But it is only in the last few decades that research, using sophisticated methods of scientific analysis, has been used to test this collective wisdom.

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