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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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Why Your Therapy Isn't Working

Why Your Therapy Isn't Working

Everyone has had injuries, and I would suggest that the majority of people have at least a minor problem with their body all the time...... 

When you’re in pain the obvious place to go is a Physio, massage therapist, osteopath or chiropractor, or a host of other options that are available. Obviously the success or failure depends largely on the skill of the therapist you see. Their skill is often correlated with higher prices however.

Generalising what those therapists are trying to achieve with their treatment is possibly not wise, but usually they’ll be trying to loosen tight muscles, mobilise joints that haven’t become dysfunctional or trigger a healing response in the affected area.

Leaving actual damaged muscle fibres or things such as stress fractures out of this for now, the majority of chronic injuries originate and then hang about because of a postural issue that has arisen at some point along the line.

To give you a real world example, a lorry driver is forced to sit for long periods, shortening his hip flexors. They will be pressing a heavy clutch and moving the gear stick, both tasks done on the left. This may create some sort of lateral or one sided tension in their body.  They will also be turning their head to the right a lot to check if it’s ok to pull out. This may create right sided neck pain. I wouldn’t be surprised to see symptoms of lower back pain, pain in right hip, knee and or ankle, and chronic right sided neck  pain and shoulder pain on the right.

So surely a good old massage or a crack at the Osteo’s will sort this out?

Well, maybe temporarily. But that lorry driver is going back into the lorry tomorrow where it all started some time before. The imbalances are being reinforced for more than any correction work is, so pain is almost sure to return.

So what is the answer?

In simple terms, it is strength, A quality often taken with a turned up nose, by the therapeutic community, perhaps because it is the domain of big armed, tight shirted, bro loving trainers. But that physique indicates a knowledge of how to make the human body strong (or irresponsible steroid use in some cases, there is a distinction).

So why so important for correcting pain?

Once that muscle is loosened, you’ve given it a change to return to it’s old length and stay there. But if you loosen it and nothing is there to hold it in place, it’s going back to where it was. Think of a tent. If you moved a peg closer to the tent in an effort to make it stand more upright, you need to put the opposite peg on the other side of the tent further away, creating equal tension on both sides.

So how would a practitioner do this?

The treatment will ideally be a combination of postural analysis, common sense mobilization, fascial work and massage that gives more length to the restricted side. Important to note here, is that the shortened/ restricted side may not be the side that is in pain. As part of the session and the homework the client should take home, there will be strength or stability exercises to build strength on the lengthened side. People with ride sided hip restrictions would usually go away from my sessions with a few exercises that focus on strengthening the left glute, as well as foam rolling and stretching from the right side.

If you have had a long standing injury, and you think your strength hasn’t been looked at as part of the issue, look for a trainer with knowledge of both therapy and strength.

Using the methodology I’ve just outlined I received this in an email recently from a client, and this was after just one session.

“I woke up the morning after the session without any pain in my back for the first time in 5 years.

Since then he has played gold pain free, is hitting the ball further and still walking pain free.

If you would like to see if I can help solve a long standing issue, I can treat you at home or in our facility just outside Larkhall in Bath. I can be contacted on 07830312844 or on coach.dan.cossins@gmail.com

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