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Back pain relief for scoliosis through sports massage.


How can sports massage ease scoliosis pain? How else might a sports massage therapist provide scoliosis care and support? City Sports Massage shows you how the right sports massage therapist can help…

What is scoliosis?

The word scoliosis describes a lateral curvature of the spine. It is often the cause of back pain and muscular discomfort. Due to the structural imbalance that scoliosis creates, muscles can have a very difficult time keeping the body ‘straight’ – and so they can find themselves overworked – leading to back pain. We give a simple and easy to understand explanation as to why muscles are one of the causes of back pain in a previous post here.

Scoliosis is often combined with kyphosis – a forward arching of the spine over the shoulders (kyphoscoliosis). This leads to a feeling of being hunched over. This can be greatly compounded when working long hours at a desk, hunched over a computer. A curved spine can make it difficult to sit up straight, and shoulders will slump forward making chest muscles tight. A slumped posture can affect breathing, and over a period of time shallow and restricted breathing can make the upper body even tighter, which can cause a further increase in scoliosis pain.

A painful spine and aching shoulders can contribute to, and be exacerbated by work stress. Even mild scoliosis symptoms can feel like a prison of pain.

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Relieving scoliosis pain with sports massage

Does sports massage provide effective Scoliosis treatment?

Sports massage can be especially helpful for adults who have had scoliosis for many years, and wish to restore functionality and pain-free movement to the body.

Children, adolescents and anyone currently being treated for scoliosis might also be helped by sports massage, but it is important to remember that the remedial massage therapist will need to work in cooperation with any other specialists currently treating the patient. It is important that professionals seeking to help the patient are not working at cross purposes.

Scoliosis can be helped by sports massage as a good sports massage therapist can help to ease the restrictions that are binding the muscles together. By restoring movement, the tight muscles that were pressing on nerves become softer, and pain eases away!

It is important to go to an experienced sports and remedial massage therapist, especially if you have previously had surgery for scoliosis. At City Sports Massage we have many years of experience of providing scoliosis support through using sports massage and deep tissue massage to treat lumbar scoliosis, thoracic scoliosis and idiopathic scoliosis.

If you are an adult with scoliosis we can give you scoliosis exercises to begin to restore balance. The exercises can also help you maintain a pain free back for longer periods of time. Although we cannot reverse the body’s decision to direct bone growth in a certain direction, we can ease, and soften the muscles that subsequently cause back pain.

Why not take a look at our testimonials. We have a long history of helping make sports massage in London a safe and healthy bet for those with scoliosis. You can find a list of our sports massage locations in London right here.

Finally, we have noticed many of those suffering scoliosis pain are NOT aware that sports massage can help – so please ‘like’ and share this post – and let others know the good news!

Please note that this article is for general information purposes only. Diagnosis should be carried out by your Doctor, or a medical professional. City Sports Massage are not liable for the content of any external websites.

© Jon Gee 2013Jon Gee is the founder of City Sports Massage, a team of sports massage therapists based in London who combine deep-tissue massage therapy with stress-reduction and body-awareness techniques. Jon’s articles have been published in the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. He specialises in teaching postgraduate sports massage therapists advanced intuitive massage skills through the application of his mindfulness-based approach. Jon’s work teaching therapists enables them to teach their clients how to develop their own pain relieving, body awareness skills.
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