Everyone these days knows the enormous benefits exercise can bring to ones well being, and those who do exercise know that to become or build on ones peak fitness level we have to routinely push our bodies to their physical limits. But knowing your actual physical limit is the important but extremely difficult task.

We all know that feeling of tired aching bodies, heavy legs and or arms. The pain and stiffness that can arise even a day or two later. (DOMS) It can possibly even be that sharp pain from that time when we knew we obviously pushed that little too far.

It happens just as you were starting to get those results too, but now the very thought of getting back out there hurts. The motivation just isn’t the same and the idea of pushing it out until tomorrow sounds much more appealing.

Isn’t it is so annoying.

Isn’t exercise meant to be good for you?

Unfortunately this feeling often puts us of the very next session, even when we know that if we just can get through this pain it will get better.

Part of this is that heavily exercised muscles may lose their capacity to relax, causing chronically tight (hypertonic) muscles, and loss of flexibility. Lack of flexibility is often linked to muscle soreness, and predisposes you to injuries, especially muscle pulls and tears. Blood flow through tight muscles is poor (ischemia), which also causes pain.

Through use of maintenance massage, your therapist helps the body recover from the stresses of strenuous exercise and facilitates the rebuilding phase of conditioning. The physiological benefits of massage include improved blood and lymph circulation and muscle and general relaxation.

Routinely combining massage with exercise leads to removal of waste products and better cell nutrition, normalization and greater elasticity of tissues, deactivation of trigger points, and faster healing of injuries.

Overall, this means relief from soreness and stiffness, and better flexibility.

By telling your therapist of your activates and aims you can tailor your treatment. Don’t let muscles soreness stop you. The more we move the more moveable we become.

If you would like more information or would like to book an nutritional appointment at Neurohealth – please call the clinic on 9905 9099 or email us admin@neurohealthchiro.com.au or fill in the contact form from our website www.neurohealthchiro.com.au

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This article is written by Steve Marcic, Massage Therapist – Neurohealth Chiropractic