The Northern Institute of Massage is celebrating its 90th Anniversary this year. One of the ways they are marking this is by hosting a seminar with Professor Laurie Hartman, who is the most eminent Osteopath of his generation, and a former student of ‘The Northern’.
Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome) is a frustrating musculoskeletal condition experienced at some time or another by a large proportion of the active population. The term is a little misleading as it is also experienced by people other than runners.
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.
Here is some advice on how to keep these annual promises we make to ourselves. We can of course resolve to be fitter and healthier at any time and the following advice will be just as relevant.
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.
‘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.