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Ab Stretching – The Back Rotators
Had a few clients at the clinic lately presenting wit this one. A pain or soreness in the sides of the Abs as a result of a strain in the rotator muscles, the Obliques or even the QL.
Usually a result of an awkward loaded reach sch as bending to pick up a child – or even picking up a baby whilst lying down.
Here’s a gentle stretch that we do for it. The video#’s not my work, but the site has done such a good job that I thought I’d link you across to it!
You may need to ease up on the strenuous training for a while too and/or have short course of massage.
Essential Oils – Peppermint
In sports therapy we are not quite as relaxing as they are over in the Aromatherapy department. But we do appreciate the benefits of essential oils. Mike uses a special blend of oils that produce a muscle relaxing, pain reducing, restorative effect.
Following on from last episode’s article on AllSpice, another ingredient in Mike’s ‘secret’ pain relieving combination is Peppermint.
Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically. Clinically speaking, peppermint oil is recommended for its anti-nausea benefits and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon because of its ability to reduce muscle spasms.
Not only is peppermint one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, other historical accounts date its use to ancient Chinese and Japanese folk medicine. It’s also mentioned in Greek mythology the nymph Mentha was transformed into an herb by Pluto who had fallen in love with her and wanted people to appreciate her for years to come.
The health benefits of peppermint oil as well as peppermint oil uses have been documented back to 1,000 BC and have been found in several Egyptian pyramids.
In future letters I will go through the others contents in Mike’s Sports Therapy Oil.
Valentine’s Day is Coming – Gift Ideas!
Why not treat your loved one, or both of you, to an invigorating deep tissue massage to help with all that new fitness that the new year is bringing you?
Don’t forget about our Gift Vouchers. You can buy any quantity you want and we can send then electronically if you prefer. See our prices page for ideas.
Also check out the Special Offers page here.