Why stretching has very little effect on tight muscles

Hello! How are you? It feels like ages ago since I last wrote to you with my latest podcast! Hopefully you joined me for The Total Somatics FREE video series recently. It was great sharing so much with you and hearing from you all. The areas of Pain and Stress Relief, which I covered within the video series are so important for our long term health and wellbeing. Following the video series, I opened [...]

Why stretching is an inefficient way to release tight muscles.

Hello, how has your week been? I hope you are keeping well and have been enjoying my podcasts. This week I will be delving into why stretching is becoming more and more an outdated method to efficiently release tight, tense muscles. Neuromuscular science has made huge leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks to the various methods to scientifically measure the efficacy of techniques and practices. Within this episode, I discuss the science behind the [...]

How to reduce muscle tension without stretching

Hello, how are you keeping? As many of you are aware from life experiences and also heightening your awareness with Total Somatics' blogs and podcasts, stress and worry can create large amounts of muscle tension. I am sure you have encountered times when your mind starts ruminating on concerns and worries and within a short amount of time you become aware you are holding your body tense and tight. Did you know that your brain controls the program [...]

The Missing Link within the treatment of Back Pain

In this blog, I will be delving into the subject of back pain.  We will consider situations within my clinical practice and how you can take those lessons and apply them into your own situation. The buzz word! For many years I've heard the latest buzz word, from “weak” to “fragile”  to “activate” and the list goes on!  One buzz word and opinion which has been around for many years is to strengthen muscles to treat back pain.  If you are [...]

Is it Good to Stretch?

For many years people thought stretching was the solution for tight, tense muscles. However the tide is turning and researchers are now starting to realise that it actually creates more problems and injuries. In today’s blog we will consider why stretching is being considered an outdated technique. Injuries caused by Stretching For many years we heard ‘experts’ say to stretch before exercise. Then a few years ago the advice changed from stretching before exercise to slowing warming muscles through gentle movement. [...]