After being a Therapist and a Pilates instructor for a number of years, one thing I have noticed is our need and want to get better from injury or pain... quickly!
No one likes suffering with pain or injury and it’s natural to want to get rid of it as quick as possible but unfortunately there are not many types of Therapy that can “fix” us instantly with that pain or injury not returning.
In this article we are going to look at ways we can help boost and improve our Therapy.
Getting to the problem rather than treating the pain
As a Massage Therapist I get a lot of requests from clients to massage the painful parts they are experiencing. Whilst this approach is fine in most cases, it is more than likely not actually going to solve the underlying issue. For example you could have 10 people with similar back pain symptoms but once you fully investigate what the potential causes you may find 10 completely different potential causes of the pain.
There would be nothing wrong with massaging the painful area (if safe) as this would hopefully take the symptoms away from the client, in the long term if the underlying problem causing the back pain wasn’t corrected then its more than likely going to come back somewhere down the line.
What happens in-between sessions is key
In my studio I find that most types of injuries and pain are usually non traumatic (something that has been building up for a while). Usually the pain and/or injuries have been down to the body compensating in a number of ways to make up for underlying biomechanical issue. To help correct these issues the body needs corrective exercises, which need to be done regularly. The more regularly these are done the better chance the corrections will be remembered and this will help the body to function biomechanically better, helping reduce the pain/injury currently being felt.
Complementing the Therapy
There are many ways which we can improve the chances of our Therapy being activity. One of the main benefits clients to my studio find is attending Pilates classes. My Pilates classes are designed to ‘strengthen the weak muscles, lengthen the short muscles and mobilises the joint’s’. This method is effective because if we go back to the section above when I mention about corrective exercises, usually these compensations we are correcting are either down to a weakness, shortness, joint mobility or biomechanical issue... as Pilates covers a number of these it makes sense that they go hand in hand. The smaller the class, the better, as the class will be able to my tailored to the individual strengths, weaknesses, biomechanics compared to bigger generic classes.
It’s key to remember that Therapy is unlikely ever to be a quick fix. It will take time but by considering the above points it should help increase your chances of success.
Remember when having any Therapy always discuss a good strategy between your Therapist (ie the regularity of sessions, what to do in between, what not to do etc). This will give a clear picture and better understanding of what to work towards.
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About the author
I am a Manual Therapist covering a range of different disciplines including massage & Biomechanics. I also run small specialist Pilates classes around Corfe Mullen, Broadstone, Wareham, Wimborne & Poole. Instead of just purely rubbing the pain, I always look to see if I can find a potential cause (or causes of the pain) and then work on treating this.
Pilates Instructor & Therapist, helping you understand why we do what we do!