Sara and Matt spent the weekend attending the incredible Little People UK 6th Annual Convention. This is now the fifth time we have attended and each year we are encouraged and moved by the kindness, determination and strength of spirit that everyone in the group displays.
Sara joined the panel of medical experts from around the country to answer questions and concerns raised by attendees. She also ran a workshop on managing spinal lordosis through specific exercises and, along with the rest of the medical panel, held clinics over the weekend to assist those with specific concerns.
Matt ran a mindfulness meditation session too.
The highlight was the Saturday evening banquet - great company entertainment and an inspiring awards ceremony.
Thanks to the LPUK team for your hard work, and to all the wonderful friends we have made.
Hotel was busy with sports teams too. Met some of the Bath Rugby Club Squad and Windies Cricket team staying at the Leicester Marriott Hotel.
Four Reasons to get a Great Sports Massage
1. To eliminate tension and pain
Sometimes tight muscles in one part of the body can cause problems elsewhere. A bad back, for example, one of the most common complaints, may be caused by having tight hamstrings. Releasing the hamstrings may allow the back to function more optimally (this oversimplification is for illustrative purposes).
Tight or tense muscles may be painful due to waste products such as lactic acid. A deep tissue massage will help circulate blood and fluid in the lymphatic system and thus clear toxins and impurities.
2. To relieve stiffness
Deep massage alleviates stiffness by warming and stretching tissues other than muscle fibres, such as fascial tissue (the connective tissue that wraps each muscle and each muscle fibre) which can become shortened or restricted through repetitive movements.
3. To prevent Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
DOMS is the discomfort and tightness you often feel after a particularly hard workout. It comes on hours or even days after you have pushed yourself beyond your normal levels of performance. A sports massage will help to ward off what is known as muscle fever before the tension and pain kicks in.
4. Because it feels great!
Evidence shows that the body releases mood-enhancing chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin during a massage, thus helping to induce a calm state of mind and reduce psychological stress/anxiety.
It is amazing how much commentary was generated in the press and social media when Michael Phelps took to the Olympic pool in Rio with a few cupping marks on his body. Some were espousing the benefits while others described it as pseudoscience.
Cupping is just one of the Eastern techniques we use at the clinic in our physiotherapy treatment sessions. While the number of research papers on the subject is still relatively small, the anecdotal evidence is pretty overwhelming and the science makes sense. Instead of placing positive pressure on the tissue using their hands to influence the blood flow while 'breaking down knots in muscles', the therapist uses cupping to produce negative pressure for a similar effect. If cupping is done on healthy trouble-free tissue, no bruise is produced, bruises only occur on tissue that needs attention - see Michael Phelps!
A few years back acupuncture was viewed with similar scepticism and was considered by some to be, at best, a decent placebo, at worst, the devil's work! One pivotal and carefully constructed study where subjects were given acupuncture while having a real time functional MRI showed acupuncture affecting the way pain is processed in the brain. We are pretty sure that cupping is another acupuncture-type technique that will become common place in a few years time.
If you have any concerns, aches or pains or just want some help to prevent injuries in the future, give us a call. We would be more than happy to help.
I just saw this image and had to post it on our site. This is a philosophy we fully believe in.
Hypnotherapist, mindfulness coach and co-owner of the clinic.