Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Kinesiology taping during pregnancy

Pregnancy can sometimes come with its own unique physical issues for a mum to be. I have been working with clients who have conditions ranging from Sciatica, Abdominal Separation (Diastasis Recti)  to  pelvic girdle pain (PGP) also known as symphysis pubis. Massage can help alleviate pain and discomfort caused by these conditions and kinesiology taping can play and important supporting  and pain relieving role  during pregnancy.

Here is an illustration of some of the taping methods used.
kinesiology tape for abdominal support during pregnancy

Kinesiology taping for lower back and pelvis support during pregnancy 

This client as Diastasis Recti and PGP so i have taped to support the abdominal muscles at the front of the body and to help stabilise the lower back and pelvis.

Here is some information based on the questions I am frequently asked .

Why use Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology tape is used in  rehabilitation and is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints. It is a stretchy tape and so does not restricting the body’s range of motion. The tape will not restrict the babies development when used correctly . I prefer to use Rocktape and I am a certified RocDoc.

Tell me about the tape and how to wear it ?
The tape  of 97% organic cotton and 3% nylon 6/12.
The adhesive is a hypo-allergenic acrylic based adhesive and contains no latex.
Rocktape contains no active chemicals or drugs.
The tape is sweat and water resistant so you can shower in it without worrying
Its wearable for up to 5-7 days depending on body part
If you dont like it you can peel it off
When RockTape is applied with more stretch it can be used to support areas where tissue has been strained, torn, weakened or lengthened..

How does the tape work for pregnancy and pain relief
A lot of pain felt when moving or contracting a muscle is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle. As tape decompresses this space there is less pressure on these nerve endings so is reduced or stopped completely at its source.
Having elastic tape stuck to your skin is also believed to stimulate receptors within the skin called Mechanoreceptors. These receptors play a part in our movement awareness (proprioception),  one of the helpful effects of applying RockTape is to improve our Proprioception, which can both decrease pain and improve the way we move.  The tape may act as a reminder to improve posture. Good posture during pregnancy can help with some of the problems caused by changes in the ligaments.

Diastasis Recti  will I always be like this?

Not if you follow the correct post natal recovery advice and kinesiology tape can help with restoring you abdominal alignment.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Self massage equipment

Massage Information as shown at my self-massage workshops

If you have a disability it often can mean suffering with muscular pain.  This is worsening as we get older . Massage and other physical therapies, yoga and Pilates can often help and may be used in addition to, or instead of pain killers.

If  massage therapy is to expansive an option or you have difficulty getting out and about I have found these simple inexpensive self massage tools helpful to relieve muscle pain and restore movement function. There are many example of how to use them on Youtube channels so have a look around.
Be careful, used incorrectly or for too long at anyone session they can cause harm. Get some professional advice n how to use them at home from a sport therapist or physiotherapist.

Find a remedial massage therapist at Sports Massage Association

Self massage equipment 

These simple massage tools will help you if you wake with tight muscles or when you cannot get to a massage therapist.  Using massage tools can allow you to relax the muscles and improve circulation.

Use these products when wearing one layer of clothing to protect the skin.  Use for no more than 5 minutes at a time.

Spiky Balls
Available in different sizes for different muscles. 
10cm blue ball is for use on the back,
8cm yellow ball for the arms and lower legs
6cm orange  ball for massaging the hands and feet.

Place between shoulder blades, under bottom muscles under feet, and roll back and forth, when you feel a tight spot push slowly and hold for a few seconds and the muscle may relax

 From £1.99

Foam rollering

Foam Rollers -  If you find these difficult to use for self massage, use two foam rollers to support the back.
Foam roller with a disability

The basic white foam rollers are all you need £9.95

Blackroll double ball roller, great for relaxing muscles in the arm to help with wrist pain and to relieve tired arm muscles from wheelchair work strain £15.00

Blackroll double ball

Massage chairs
Sit down and relax and let the electronic massage relax your back muscle.

We like the Homedics brand available on Amazon, look out for their special offers.   Use every day to keep aches and pain at bay.
back massage chair