Posture / Biomechanics
Relaxed muscles have better range of motion, and don't pull the skeletal
system out of alignment. Regular massage
reduces scar tissue and muscle tension, which would otherwise compromise posture. If muscles have the
habit of holding tension, and pull on bones and against opposing muscle
groups, it's like driving with the brakes on. A well-tuned nervous system
communicating with well-trained muscles allows an athlete to express speed and strength.
There are tiny muscles attached to each vertebra
that work together to maintain proper posture. Massage helps these muscles
work more efficiently and in harmony to support spine health, which in turn, keeps nerves firing properly.
tension in major muscle groups will affect biomechanics. Tension in the
glues and quads can cause hip or knee pain as the joints are pulled out
of alignment. This will slow runners or cyclists and increase the
risk of injury.
When scar tissue or adhesions are present in the trapezius and
pectoralis muscles, the tension can pull shoulders up and forward. This
would affect a golf swing, tennis serve, or swimming stroke. Trigger
points in the shoulders and neck are common. In addition to
improved posture, massaging these areas can relieve headaches, reduce
stress, boost the immune system, and help you attain your fitness and
If you work with a chiropractor, the best time to get a massage is soon after you are adjusted.
Imbalanced, tense muscles pull the spine out of alignment. After an
adjustment, nerve pathways are opened, and when you release muscle tension
during this period, you help your body retain balance. Your skeltal system will
hold the adjustment better, and your muscles will relax more deeply.