Brighton Bodyworks: Sports & Clinical Massage Therapy in Hassocks, UK Sports & Clinical Massage Therapy in Hassocks Sun, 07 Apr 2019 15:31:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Psoas muscle Fri, 26 Apr 2019 09:00:10 +0000 HOW CAN THE PSOAS BE INVOLVED IN LOW BACK PAIN?

–> I often have clients coming in telling me that they think their psoas is ‘tight’. It seems to get a lot more attention in general chat than other muscles yet few people really have much understanding of how this muscle works and implications of ‘tightness’ or ‘weakness’ to function and the clinical picture. So, here are a few more details about the psoas for you!

– The psoas attaches from your T12 vertebra all the way down to your L5 (that’s a lot, by the way), and then inserts on to the lesser trochanter of the femur
– This large attachment span means that a tight psoas can pull your lumbar spine in to extension (lumbar lordosis) and increase an anterior pelvic tillt (it is in fact the anterior lower fibers which cause an anterior tilt – the upper lateral fibers contribute to a posterior tilt)
– Increased lumbar lordosis and anterior pelvic tilt will put more pressure on the intervertebral discs
– The psoas is an antagonist to the Glute max, so, a tight psoas can inhibit the function of – turn ‘off’ – the glute max. If this happens, it will have a negative impact on force closure of the sacroiliac joint. We all need our GMax doing its bit! 
– The psoas is regarded as the ‘filet mignon’ – it is tender, and it can be reactive so needs to be treated with caution when releasing 
– Often the psoas is weak – due to extended periods sitting – and needs strengthening. Releasing a weak psoas may make symptoms worse
– The psoas is often referred to as the ‘iliopsoas’ because it conjoins with the iliacus muscle. Iliacus is short and strong and much more prone to tightness – it is often this muscle I will go after before the psoas

So, that’s it in a nutshell.. If you are experiencing back pain, hip or sacroiliac pain, or think your glutes are not firing, I’ll assess it. But it is only a part of the picture!

Lumbo-pelvic pain vs. pelvic girdle pain Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:00:58 +0000 Is it lumbo-pelvic pain or pelvic girdle pain (PGP)? 
One difference between the two: if you have lumbo-pelvic pain you will like lying on your back. If it’s PGP, you won’t.

Sacroiliac joint instability? Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:00:06 +0000 Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain can occur if the SIJ is not as stable as it should be; if it is ‘unlocking’. Could a contributing factor be that your sacrum is stuck in counternutation? If so, what might be driving that? 
It is important to identify the drivers so that once a correction is made, a strategy is put in place to maintain the change. 
A good therapist should encourage, educate and empower you. They won’t ‘fix’ you – it is a partnership!

The functional pelvis Sat, 13 Apr 2019 09:00:28 +0000 A functional pelvis is essential for almost every task!

–> A functional pelvis requires optimal function of the passive, active and control systems:

– FORM CLOSURE (bones, joints & ligaments)
– FORCE CLOSURE (muscles, fascia) 
– MOTOR CONTROL (neural patterning) 

If you have issues with pain, posture, strength, movement, pelvic floor function – it is important that treatment strategies consider all of these factors.

*Lee & Vleeming, 1998

The power of breath Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:00:38 +0000 These simple breathing exercises can be used to help calm yourself and encourage a switch from the sympathetic nervous system (fright or flight) to the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. 

Inhale through your right nostril – exhale through your left nostril – inhale left – exhale right…..

Plug your ears with your fingers. Hum on your exhale. Repeat.

Breathe in for four seconds
Hold for four seconds
Breathe out for four seconds
Hold for four seconds

A deep sigh is a sign that your parasympathetic nervous system is kicking in. Remember that levels of the stress hormone cortisol can take 3-4 hours to drop after a rise.

Longissimus & Iliocostalis muscles: their role in low back and sacroiliac joint pain Tue, 09 Apr 2019 09:00:04 +0000 The longissimus muscle is a spinal extensor which attaches to the back of the sacrum and it will pick up the slack if your transversus abdominis (TVA) and multifidus are not pulling their weight! If overactive, longissimus can increase tension in the thoracolumbar fascia (TLF) and nutate the sacrum, potentially contributing to low back pain.  
Similarly iliocostalis – another spinal extensor – can pull the pelvis into anterior rotation (and the sacrum into counternutation) and contribute to sacroiliac joint (SIJ) instability.
Both muscles are important to consider in the context of low back and/or SIJ pain.

Considering hamstring strength Sun, 07 Apr 2019 12:01:11 +0000 WHEN IS A HAMSTRING TRULY ‘WEAK’? 
–> A weak hamstring that doesn’t respond to strength training could be related to the position of your pelvis: if the sacrum is stuck in counternutation, it will cause the sacrotuberous ligament to slacken and the hamstring to lose strength. In this case, if you passively nutate the sacrum it will in turn create more tension in the sacrotuberous ligament enabling the patient to generate more force. Hamstring ‘strength’ should return. 
As Dr Ida Rolf famously said, “where you think the problem is, it is not!”

Privacy Policy & GDPR Fri, 25 May 2018 12:07:19 +0000

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For the purposes of providing treatment, Amy Weinberger and Brighton Bodyworks may require detailed medical information. We will only collect what is relevant and necessary for your treatment. When you visit our practice, we will make notes which may include details concerning your medication, treatment and other issues affecting your health. This data is always held securely, is not shared with anyone not involved in your treatment, although for data storage purposes it may be handled by pre-vetted staff who have all signed an integrity and confidentiality agreement. To be able to process your personal data it is a condition of any treatment that you give your explicit consent to allow us to document and process your personal medical data. Contact details provided by you such as telephone numbers, email addresses, postal addresses may be used to remind you of future appointments and provide reports or other information concerning your treatment. As part of our obligations as primary healthcare practitioners there may be circumstances related to your treatment, on-going care or medical diagnosis that will require the sharing of your medical records with other healthcare practitioners e.g GPs, consultants, surgeons and/or medical insurance companies, or to other osteopaths if the ownership of this practice changes. Where this is required we will always inform you first unless we are under a legal obligation to comply.
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Treat your mum with a massage this Mother’s Day Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:21:50 +0000 For mums and mums-to-be – treat someone special to a massage this Mother’s Day!

For mums who rarely get a chance to sit down, who are always running around making sure everyone else is taken care of.. This is a chance to say thank you and treat them to some well-deserved relaxation and indulgence of their own.

Buy your Mother’s Day gift vouchers here

Whether your mum would like to let the stresses and strains to melt away with a soothing aromatherapy massage or the luxurious warmth of hot stones, we will make sure she feels nurtured and cared for from the moment she arrives for her treatment. Aches and pains are gently treated with a blend of targeted massage techniques and the highest quality 100% organic aromatherapy oils, the heated treatment couch warms tired muscles, and steamed warm towels help invigorate tired feet. Gently awaken at the end of the treatment with a soothing floral mist of rose water and orange blossom.


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Anterior scalenes & the link to neck pain and hand/arm neuropathy Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:40:35 +0000 250px-ScalenusIt is common to feel like there is a need to stretch these muscles. Sure it feels great, but what if they are already on a stretch? If these muscles are overstretched and locked in a long position, it can increase the activation of the strong extensor muscles at the back of the neck, causing pain and headaches, as well as exacerbating stretch tension across the neurovascular bundle. Do you feel your grip strength is poor? Try stretching your neck to the opposite side – this takes the stretch tension off the compressed neurovascular bundle, resulting in better circulation and nerve conduction – does your grip improve?
>>Just because it feels tight, doesn’t mean you need to stretch it.
Case Study Sample:
Active adult, age 29
Symptoms: neck tension on LEFT at TPs
C4-C6, no numbness
Signs: locked long left neck, locked short right neck in coronal plane
Testing: grip loss in both him and pinky with you OK testing on left hand only
Treatment: release of RIGHT side scalenes in coronal plane stretching resulted in return of grip power and motor control on thumb and pinky side of left grip.