Thanks to Neuromuscular Update, every month you've been learning great techniques for relieving pain and improving your muscular and skeletal health.
Typically, each issue is focused on a single muscle, teaching you the symptoms it causes, how to assess its myofascial health and treat it so it functions better for the rest of your life.
In this issue, we’re going to put together the knowledge you've acquired to practice a self-care routine called the “Restful Legs Recipe”.
The Restful Legs Recipe
is something we all can benefit from due to our modern sedentary lifestyle. As Amber Davies
, Co-Author of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook
, pointed out at a Trigger Point Therapy Presentation in Louisville
this week, “Sitting has become an Olympic event.”
She explained that we “practice” sitting hunched over a desk, a computer or a steering wheel more hours per day than many Olympic athletes might practice their sport.
All this sitting leads to shortening of our hip, thigh and leg muscles, causing trigger points and all manner of muscular and joint problems. The Restful Legs Recipe
is a great solution to balance out all this sitting.
However, no one might benefit more from this recipe than those who suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome
. A case study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, November 2007
, showed that trigger point therapy and massage applied to a group of muscles in the buttocks and legs were able to relieve the symptoms of a woman with Restless Leg Syndrome to almost no symptoms
in 3 weeks of treatment. The treatments managed the symptoms, rather than cured the condition, as doctors still aren't sure of the exact cause of Restless Leg Syndrome. However, the relief experienced through trigger point and myofascial treatment was exciting.
You have already learned to evaluate and treat the same muscles in this case study in previous issues of Muscle News.
The three primary muscles/groups in the Restful Legs Recipe
1.) Gluteus Maximus (& Piriformis)
3.) Soleus (& Gastrocnemius)
Let’s review these muscles and look at how to put them together into one effective self-care routine for Restful Legs.
*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional. Please consult your physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.