Emma Simpson | Functional Movement

Is ‘Functional Movement’ Just Another Trendy Term? (or should you be doing it?!)

We’ve only got one body — so why not treat it well in everything we do, including moving it?

When we walk, run, play sports, lift weights, or just sit in front of the computer (umm, all day, every day), we should be tuning in to how we use our muscles — for optimal functioning in healthy, efficient and pain-free movement.

CONSIDER THIS: if any part of your body is experiencing pain, it’s pretty likely that some element of your body’s functional movement system (which I refer to as myofascial slings) has been compromised.

This may manifest as:

  • weakness/decreased strength
  • muscle imbalance
  • poor functioning joint
  • decreased flexibility

And it doesn’t matter whether one or more of these show up in your ankles, hips, pelvis, knees, back, shoulders, neck or the classic “pain in the butt”…the whole body has been cleverly designed like a complex chain link system that works for you to move with biomechanical efficiency.

(At least that’s the idea!)

That’s why the term ‘functional movement’ – which I prefer to expand that to holistic and functional movement isn’t just a trendy exercise term du jour.

It’s a body movement concept that everyone needs in their everyday repertoire!

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Emma Simpson | Stretches for Chronic Pain

Best Stretches for Chronic Pain – 7 of Them!

I have my limitations… we all do!

I love that I can help people achieve pain-free routines, and sustain active healthy lives. When a client comes to see me, I consider it a sincere privilege to help them find relief and more simply – to move better.

Truthbomb: as a Structural Integrator & Myofascial Bodyworker, there’s only so much I can do.

There are only so many times I can treat each individual client each week. Not to mention that I can’t follow them around all the time in between appointments to make sure they’re minding their posture or lifting that big heavy object properly.

Pain management, especially for long-standing, chronic pain – is a joint venture between the patient and practitioner. When my clients do their homework, so to speak, their results are much more effective and long-lasting.

This is why I frequently assign clients take-home strengthening exercises and stretching routines. These exercises are intended to help them manage their discomfort in between appointments AND to minimize the likelihood of an injury recurring.

Some of the most common issues I treat as a specialised Bodyworker:

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Emma Simpson | No Pain No Gain Concept is Complete Crap!

Why the No Pain, No Gain Concept is Complete Crap!

My client was in to see me recently and told me about some knee pain she experienced in her last run.

While she was running, she felt a sharp twinge toward the outside of her knee. The twinge turned into a burn and by the time she saw me — a stabbing pain.

“Did you stop?” I asked her.

“No way. I’m training for a marathon, so I can’t. No pain, no gain, right?” she said.

I hated to differ with her, but no… wrong. All wrong.

We’ve been conditioned to think we need to push through pain in order to be successful – in so many areas of our life and of our health.

And while it’s normal to experience some strain and discomfort during exercise or even in our day-to-day life, pain should never be ignored.

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Emma Simpson | Sciatica

Sciatica: How to Get Rid of The Pain in Your Butt

Carol came to see me after returning from her most recent vacation. While she looked lovely and tanned, she was also in a great deal of pain.

She and her husband had gone on a road trip and the long hours spent sitting in the car had wreaked havoc on her back.

When I asked her about the pain, she described it as being “a sharp pain that starts at the top of her butt and goes right down her leg”.

I knew what it was right away – and it’s quite literally a pain in the butt.

SCIATICA.

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What are triggers points and myofascial pain syndrome?

Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

TRIGGER POINTS (TrP’s) are actually very common and can occur within any muscle of the body. Patients of mine who have trigger points often report persistent, chronic pain that results in a decreased range of motion of that particular muscle.

The most common muscles affected are in the head and neck area, which can lead to symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, ringing in the ear(s), and even eye pain.

 

“The daily clinical experience of thousands of massage therapists, physical therapists, and physicians strongly indicates that most of our common aches and pains — and many other puzzling physical complaints are actually caused by trigger points, or small contraction knots, in the muscles of the body.”
~ Clair Davies

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Emma Simpson| Intraoral TMJ Massage

Intraoral TMJ Massage Therapy: You’re going to do WHAT in my mouth?!

When you think of massage therapy, you think neck and shoulder pain alleviation, right? Well, there’s so much more to it than that!

You might even be shocked to learn that many Massage Therapists are trained in massaging and doing manual manipulations inside the mouth.

Umm, what? And more importantly, WHY?!

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