How can I reduce knots in my shoulders (trapezius muscles)? I work at a computer most of the day, and have tight knots in my shoulders; specifically, in my trapezius muscles. How can I reduce the tension in these muscles, without having someone else massage them? Are there self-massage techniques I can use? What are the appropriate stretches?
Massage therapy has been shown to: Reduce your stress hormone levels by 30 percent. And increase serotonin and dopamine levels by 28 and 21 percent.
How Massage Therapy Can Help Relieve Stress
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A strained adductor muscle or tendon can be a tenacious, enduring injury, causing a persistent pain in the inner thigh. If a person feels pain high up near the groin, he or she has injured the tendon of one of the four primary adductor muscles: the gracilis, adductor longus, adductor brevis, or adductor Magnus. If the pain is toward the mid-thigh, the muscle fibers are injured. Pain in both places indicates damage to both tendon and muscle fibers.
Patients will describe referral patterns from myofascial trigger points in the tensor fascia lata muscle, as pain in the hip and down the front side of their thigh (Images 1A and 2).
Other symptoms include tenderness and pain, from the pressure of the patient’s own body weight, which prevents them from laying on the affected side. Patients can lay on their opposite side by placing a pillow between their knees. The pillow prevents the tensor fascia lata, and the other hip abductors on the painful side from being lengthened, which can activate trigger points. If both sides are too painful, the patient will sleep on their back with a pillow under their legs or in a reclining chair.
Massage can relieve neck pain if it’s done often by a professional therapist and for the correct length of time, according to new research.
One-hour sessions two or three times a week appear to be best, said study researcher Karen Sherman, a senior scientific investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.
Describing any situation as “a pain in the neck” is a sure way of letting people know how bad things are. For many people, that phrase can be taken literally. In fact, the U.S. National Institute of Health Statistics reports that 15% of Americans are troubled by neck pain.
Usually, the pain is caused by something simple, like hunching your shoulders over a keyboard or work surface. Posture can be another factor. Other causes include arthritis, whiplash, a pinched nerve, muscle strain, or degenerative disease. Whether it’s chronic or lasts only a short time, neck pain can be relieved by massage.