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It is estimated that four out of every five adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, and this is likely to happen more often between the ages of 35 and 65 which could be the result of their particular occupation. Back pain can be anything from a twinge lasting for a couple of days to a condition which can last for months or even years.

Perhaps surprisingly, back pain is the second most common reason that people go to see their doctors, and according to www.backpainexpert.co.uk there are some seven million visits to the GP every year which costs the NHS around £500 million! In many of these cases the GP will refer the patient to the hospital physiotherapy department and may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medicine. In many instances, simply resting, along with the medication, can make a very big difference indeed, but more and more people are looking for alternative treatments such as acupuncture, or massage from an osteopath.

Back pain can affect everybody, but it is more common in sports people and also among instrument players who may sit or stand in one position for long periods while performing. In the case of sports people, if back pain is not successfully treated it can produce stiffness and vulnerability that will affect their function, stability, and performance.

It is vital that athletes and people in professions such as dancing warm up properly before taking part in an event or performance, and also use a stretch routine and cool down properly afterwards. They put a pressure on certain groups of muscles, depending upon their activity, which results in repetitive strain. Even an actor who is required to stand still in one position for a long period can suffer back pain because of lack of movement to support posture. Such people are liable to suffer from mechanical back issues, and can also get a trapped nerve, tensions, and general myofascial pain syndromes.

When seeking treatment from a massage therapist, it is important to tell them exactly how any injury occurred and the positions that you get into when you are playing your sport or whatever other activity is involved. It is also important to tell them the position that you sleep in, and any other activities that you undertake, in addition to any activity that you do in order to prepare for your sport.

Myofascial release is a form of massage and uses pressure – very often quite hard. The therapist works by using not only his thinking, but his feeling of what is going on underneath the skin. There are different forms of myofascial release, and the Ming Method, Graston Technique, Melt Method, Active Release Technique, and Rolfing, are all proprietary varieties of myofascial release. It has some of the qualities of massage, but instead of kneading the muscles or stroking them back and forth, the therapist presses into them with the intention of breaking up adhesions, or "knots", in the muscle and fascia with the intention of getting them to "release" and thus ease the pain.

The therapists at Acubody in Holborn use myofascial release in order to break up knots and adhesions in the muscles and fascia in order to relieve pain. It can even be a useful therapy for people who have tight muscles as a result of sitting hunched over a computer all day.

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