Today I want to talk about something important. I see this far too often, though it is very preventable. Sports injuries. In particular, sports injuries that occur because of overly tight muscles that are continually neglected, until it is too late.

I can only assume that many people do this simply because they don't realize the impending danger, so let's change that and look at why this happens.

Why is a tight muscle so susceptible to injury during sports activities or a workout? Look at it this way: if a muscle is tight, it is basically stuck in a contracted state, even when you aren't using it. Whether it is 20% contracted or 40% contracted, even when you are not actively engaging the muscle, that muscle is holding onto a pattern that it has gotten locked into, and you are not getting the full use of it.

For one, a muscle like this is weaker than usual. If your muscle is already 20% contracted at all times, you are only getting to use 80% of its strength. A tight muscle is also a starving muscle. It is not getting the

Vertigo is the sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning, whirling, or moving and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating, and involuntary eye movements. It is a symptom of something disturbing your sense of balance, not a disease in itself. There can be many causes to vertigo, including but not limited to inner ear fluid, Meniere’s disease, cerebral hemorrhaging (bleeding in the back of the brain), multiple sclerosis, and head and neck injury. First off, if you are experiencing vertigo I recommend getting checked out thoroughly by a physician to determine the cause.

 This article is for those of you who have already been checked out and yet no cause could be determined. One of the causes overlooked for vertigo is tension in muscles in the neck area, especially in the case in which one side is significantly more tense than the other. When muscles in this area tense up, they pull at their attachments at the base of the skull, frequently causing tension headaches. Tight muscles also decrease circulation in their surrounding areas. The affect of having one side pulling at the base of the skull more than the other and a decrease in circulation can cause not only headaches, but vertigo as well. So, what do you do to fix this problem? You guessed it! Massage therapy, of course.

Visit a licensed massage therapist proficient in deep tissue work, preferably one with experience in medical massage and especially in treating this condition. For those of you in the Kingwood, TX area, I focus in deep tissue massage and medical massage and do, in fact, have experience in treating tension that causes vertigo, very successfully. I do set up treatment plans for those who come to me with issues that require personalized treatment options.

Neelou Saleh
Licensed Massage Therapist
Kingwood, TX