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New location for DW Sports Massage in Hitchin

March 29, 2014
A new location for Dave Wheeler's sprots & remedial massage clinic: perfect for Hitchin & Letchworth, less than a mile from the station, with plenty of parking, and overlooking Purwell Meadow. The same great soft tissue therapy for aches & pains, injury, stress & medial conditions; a new great treatment room.

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Groin strain

March 22, 2014
Groin strains are tears in the muscles that run down the inner thigh. Remedial massage can help you to recover and to avoid future injury. Read more...

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What's in a name - remedial soft tissue therapy

Mel Cash is the father of sports massage. In this guest blog he explains why he's changing the name of sports massage to remedial soft tissue therapy.

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Who needs carbs anyway?

March 8, 2014
You know how the joke goes: a balanced diet is a cookie in both hands! This week, as the World Health Organisation issued new advice on halving our added sugar intake, nutrition is news again. Read here why carbs are essential to movement, and how many carbs you need to eat in order to fuel your body for exercise.

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Massage and asthma

March 1, 2014
If you suffer from asthma, remedial massage can help loosen your chest muscles to help your breathe more freely; it can help you with your posture to “open up” your chest for breathing; and it can help lower your stress levels and possibly reduce the triggers to an asthma attack

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Massage and relaxation (2)

February 22, 2014
Massage relaxes the bodies in a number of different ways. This post looks at how massage affects the peripheral nervous system to lower heart rate and blood pressure, and slows down the rate of breathing. It also answers the intractable question: "why does my stomach always rumble when I get a massage."

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ACL tears - skiing and football injuries

February 15, 2014
ACL damage is common in footballers, skiiers, rugby, squash and tennis players. Whether or not you need surgery to reconstruct the ligament, remedial massage therapy can help rehabilitiate the damaged muscles and tendons.

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Who cares about posture?

February 8, 2014
The musculoskeletal system - your bones, muscles and joints – are used for force transmission and force dissipation. Your posture will determine just how well that force is dissipated, and how susceptible you are to injury. 

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What's the difference between an osteopath, a physiotherapist and a remedial massage therapist?

February 1, 2014
My [INSERT MUSCLE NAME HERE] hurts. Should I see an osteopath, a physiotherapist or a sports massage therapist? Well, the answer is, it depends…

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Why you shouldn't get a massage (too soon before an event)

January 25, 2014

Unless you’re an elite athlete and are getting a sports massage as part of your daily training regime, don’t get a sports massage immediately before your event - here’s why.

 

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Good stretch, bad stretch (2) - stretching after sport

January 18, 2014
Find out how to stretch properly after you exercise to help avoid injury, to stay flexible and to avoid aching the next day!

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Massage & fibromyalgia

January 11, 2014
Fibromyalgia means pain, stiffness and fatigue. Whilst there’s no cure yet, massage has been shown to help improve the quality of life of Fibromyalgia sufferers.

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New year resolutions

January 4, 2014
In the New Year Resolution Top 40 last year, “Try a new hairstyle” came in one place ahead of “Get 6-pack abs.” “Learn to use Twitter” topped “Run a full or ½ marathon.” So what’s going on – have we lost our love affair with getting fit in the New Year?

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Massage & 21st century posture (2)

December 28, 2013
The muscles between your spine and your shoulder blades are continuously being "beaten" up. But where's the villain? In the 2nd of a 2-parter I look at the way we live our lives in the 21st Century, and how remedial massage can help.

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Massage and relaxation (1)

December 21, 2013
Research published by the International Journal of Neuroscience almost 20 years ago shows that massage relaxes, reduces stress levels and decreases anxiety. Something chemical happens in the body & brain during massage, but what?

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Dummies guide to massage therapists

December 14, 2013
BTEC, NVQ, ISRM, SMA, ITEC, VTCT, level 3, level 4, level 5, deep tissue, sports massage, remedial massage - how's an ordinary person supposed to know if the massage therapist they see on Google is any good or not?

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Good stretch, bad stretch (1) - stretching before sport

December 7, 2013
Not another sermon on stretching, surely? Find ways of stretching quickly and effectively to avoid injury before you exercise...

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Treatment of frozen shoulder

November 30, 2013
In clinical trials at Addenbrookes Hospital, 85% of sufferers of Frozen Shoulder showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in movement using the Niel-Asher Technique®. Dave Wheeler is a registered practitioner of the Niel-Asher Technique®.

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Why don't you do home visits?

November 23, 2013
FInd out why I only treat you in a clinic and don't do home visits...

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Runners injuries - calf strain

November 16, 2013
Strained your calf muscle? Find out how to treat it so that you can get out running again as soon as possible.

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Massage & 21st century posture (1)

November 9, 2013
Ever wondered why your upper shoulders and the back of your neck ache so much? When we spend our days hunched over a desk typing, texting, eating, reading, writing or driving, our 21st century posture can be a real pain in the neck. What's going on?

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