Sarah Key is often asked whether she can provide physiotherapy treatment for relief from muscular rigidity. As it happens, her self-help regime using the Back Block is ideal for this problem.
"This is a commonly asked question and easy to understand if you realize that, in most instances, muscles only become rigid if there is something else going on.
The main reason you develop muscular rigidity is postural strain from deviant or bad postures. Postural strain causes the muscles to get tired and sore from lactic acid build-up from working too hard for too long. This is far more common in the upper back and neck after, say, working at a computer for hours. The strain comes from holding your head up (remember it weighs 5kg) and reining it back from a poked-forward position.
The muscles across your shoulders (mainly the trapezius muscles) develop
a painful residual tension or muscular rigidity with hard, cordy
strands in the neck and across the shoulders as twangy as
piano wires. These cords are muscle fibres that have clumped together
from over-use and fatigue. This goes by the name of 'fibrositis'.
Fibrositis in the neck and
shoulders is often caused by how you’re sitting and working - and the
best solution for it is using the BackBlock under the upper back,
preferably every night. You can read all about this in the 'Thoracic spine' section of the the book, Body In Action (the UK version is Keep Your Joints Young) which deals with this part of the body and this very thing.
A similar postural strain can develop in the high lumbar area if you have a stooped-forward posture, rather than the ideal created by a proper lumbar lordosis (a hollowed-out lumbar area), which effortlessly stacks your heavy upper body squarely over your hips. A slumped or stooped posture tips you forward, in front of the line of gravity, and makes your spinal muscles at waist level work overtime to hold you upright. This too causes painful muscular rigidity across the back of the waist and high lumbar area.
It's no use pummelling the muscles with massage, electrotherapy or different types of muscle stretches to eradicate this tired, gnawing pain that your hands keep going to, to rub. Instead, you have to correct your underlying posture first – and yes, you can do this. You really can!
The solution is using the BackBlock every evening under both your upper and lower back, as demonstrated throughout my books. Use the BackBlock every day and in no time you will be amazed at the difference. Indeed, your Back Block will become your best friend.
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