To get professional help improving your range of motion in Denver visit Peace of Mind Massage on Old South Pearl Street in Platt Park close by to Washington Park, Cherry Creek, Capital Hill, Englewood, Glendale, and central to all of Denver, Colorado.
Are you concerned about your limited range of motion? If you aren’t, you should be. Limited range of motion can lead to repetitive motion injuries such as frozen shoulder, carpel tunnel syndrome, and other painful conditions. We put our bodies through repetitive strain in our regular daily activities. This often results in decreased range of motion in the shoulders, knees, hips, neck, spine and even the jaw. What can cause a decrease in range of motion vary from playing sports, to sitting in one position all day on the job, to just not stretching your muscles and joints over too long a period of time. Stretching is an important habit you need to get into in order to maintain health range of motion in all your joints and muscles.
Don’t have time to stretch? At Peace of Mind Massage in Denver we hear that excuse a lot when we ask our clients about stretching for increased range of motion. Make time to stretch every day, just 15-20 minutes in the morning or at night before bed, and you’ll be amazed at the difference. You’ll also be amazed to find how many more aches and pains you didn’t even know about that are going on in your body. You can only become aware of what’s really happening in your body when you actually take the time to listen to it.
A major benefit of Massage Therapy is increased range of motion. Even with a relaxation swedish massage range of motion is improved just by the increase in oxygen rich blood flow to your muscles. A Massage Therapist with advanced training in Sports Massage, Therapeutic Stretching, and Active Isolated Release Stretching can do a completely focused massage on really improving your range of motion and also teach you self massage and stretching techniques for you to use at home.
What is Active Isolated Release Stretching? In addition to lengthening muscle fibers and loosening joints to improve range of motion, strengthening weak muscle is just as important. Muscles and joints can be hyper mobile. When this is the case muscle tone is usually compromised. Finding a balance between loose and strong is the goal for healthy range of motion. Active Isolated Release Stretching involves using resistance to retrain muscles, the Massage Therapist will be providing the resistance against a motion the client does, focusing in on a specific weak muscle.
You certainly don’t have to be an athlete to be in need of Massage Therapy for improved range of motion. It is beneficial for senior citizens to fight against stiffness that comes with old age. Arthritis in the joints can be managed or prevented with Massage Therapy. Young people should be thinking about maintaining healthy range of motion too. The younger one begins stretching on a regular basis, the healthier they’ll be into old age. Musicians are also high risk for repetitive motion injuries because of the repetitive strain playing an instrument puts on the body. Most everyone has a routine. Be it driving to and from work every day, spending hours on the computer every day, sleeping on the same side of your body every night, or chewing your dinner on the same side of your mouth sub consciously, you’re putting repetitive strain on your body whether you realize it or not. Range of motion becomes compromised by repetitive strain IF you do not oppose those repetitive movements with stretching your body in all the various directions it can go to.
If you were to look at the anatomical body of a fit person while it goes through yoga poses, you would see just how far your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints can stretch. The body operating at it’s full potential for range of motion is an incredible sight. The less extra weight one carries also helps in increased range of motion. Exercise and stretching must go hand in hand though, because if you’re lifting weights, running, or doing any strenuous work out with OUT stretching, you’re only decreasing your range of motion. The more tension you build in your muscles with weight training, and the more pressure you put on your joints with cardiovascular work outs, the more you should be stretching to avoid tension build up which results in pain. When you’re in pain, you won’t want to work out. That is the viscous cycle.
At Peace of Mind Massage in Denver, Colorado, we not only offer Massage Therapy to improve your range of motion, but we offer therapeutic stretching and stretching exercises to maintain a healthy range of motion. Doing Massage Therapy is a repetitive strain in itself. We are always learning more stretching techniques through maintaining healthy range of motion in our own bodies.
If you are looking for professional help in improving your range of motion, book a Sports Massage with us. Sports Massage is an umbrella term for Therapeutic Stretching, Active Isolated Release Stretching, and other modalities such as Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy that we will integrate together to improve your range of motion.
Written by Nicole Davis, LMT, NCTMB, owner
Peace of Mind Massage, INC.
1249 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO, 80210