Muscle Aches

Backache and in particular lower backache are rife in our modern society. Thankfully we’re specialists in all kinds of bodywork therapy to free you from this pain. Below are a list of the most relevant treatments that Essential Feeling offer that will help to heal your general muscle aches.


Trigger points affecting neck massage

Back massage

Deep Tissue Massage


Hand Revival for carpal tunnel

Intensive muscle release for muscle pain



Swedish Massage


Muscle aches and lower backache

Dealing with general muscles aches, such as lower backache and painful skeletal muscle cramps, can be a headache. Repetitive behaviour may cause these types of pains. And often we can’t to control these triggers.

It’s impossible to not go to work because it a cause of general muscle aches, so we just keep doing it resulting in chronic muscle pain such as an ongoing backache. Likewise, we don’t stop exercise just because we have a specific painful muscle. We can’t let our garden grow out of control because we get a cramp in our back now can we? So we carry on.

Because we don’t sort out our general muscular aches and even a trip to see our general medical practitioner won’t provide that much relief because they can’t do much in terms of treatment for general muscle aches such as backache, even if those are aches and pains during pregnancy.

Your professional massage therapist is used to breaking down damaged muscles and leaving them in a suitable condition to re-heal.

How can massage help backache?

So, a trip to a highly qualified massage therapist can be the best thing to deal with general muscular aches and pains. Your massage therapist deals with the muscles themselves, manipulating your tissue so they loosen, resulting in fewer aches and fatigue.

A great massage can also deal with muscle cramps. Muscle stiffness is a common cause. If you exercised a few days or hours before, and now you’re feeling tight or get a niggle such as a lower backache, this overuse could be DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) if you are not used to doing exercise at that level.

Therefore, DOMS is a muscle injury and can often be the causes of muscle pain. A good massage often helps your body’s natural healing process and you’ll find your symptoms disappear.

How do tight muscles cause injury?

Muscle tension can lead to minor injury. Tightening pulls your joints closer together and causes joint damage.

Therefore this damage is because the joint and the muscles surrounding it are physiologically interconnected. Having a deep tissue massage can therefore ease joint and muscle pain.

If you’ve been overworking your muscles, they become tired. They’re just like any other area of our body. We call this muscle fatigue. It can be what you experience when you get, for example, a lower backache after standing for too long.

However, aches and pains are common, but sometimes generalised another health problem may cause muscle weakness such as fibromyalgia or infection.

Likewise, constant lower backache can be a sign of endometriosis in women.

If in doubt, get checked out by your doctor

If you’re in any way uncertain, always check with your doctor. If you’re sore and aching muscles accompany a fever, as this can be an indicator that there is some disease at play and therefore it will affect your general health.

Likewise, if you notice swelling or inflammation, this is more likely to be soft tissue damage, such as a tear to ligaments and or tendons, than tight muscles or an infection. You should seek the advice of your GP.

The role of age with backache and muscle aches

Age can also be a contributing part of general muscle aches. The young suffer from growing pains as their muscles struggle to adapt to their new found length. And the old have all kinds of muscle disorders and aches as they get older. This may be from muscles and fascia seizing up because they’re not being used enough, or by medications and other acute conditions related to our muscle health.


Another factor which affects our muscle health is anxiety and depression. You’ll notice on this site we have an entire section dedicated to bereavement. Because these mental disorders not only stop us from being as active as our body needs us to be, but the mental tension affects the way we hold our body. When we’re under stress, we will often sit with our shoulders hunched up. The effect is general muscle aches that, if left untreated, can lead to injuries and other more serious conditions.


When being pregnant leads to general muscle aches as a woman’s body adapts and expands to the changes that are happening. Your back may grow weak, resulting in excruciating lower backache. Your neck might be tight and your hips are a cause of pain as you get tight hip muscles as the weight of the baby bears down on you in your later pregnancy, usually your third trimester. Check out our pregnancy massage.

Modern living

As we can see, pretty much any part of our modern lives has the potential to affect our muscle health, resulting in pain and discomfort. Therefore, even dehydration can affect the general muscle aches that occur when we’re not looking after ourselves in the most healthy way possible.

Muscles are composed of sticky fibres which from the one structure. They need water to keep them lubricated and prevent them from sticking together. Think about oil in a car. We need to keep those parts moving to avoid muscle pain and stiffness.


For more information on how massage helps with these general muscle aches, watch the videos below. If you would like more information on the services we offer, which will help with these specific conditions, research more using the boxes above. And to book your online booking system is below.

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Christine Langan
17:08 15 Nov 21
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18:03 26 Oct 21
Been visiting Essential Feeling for a few years now. Charlton helped to rehab my shoulder post rotater cuff surgery but... in general I have deep tissue massages. I always leave feeling light and brand new. Highly more
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09:14 26 Oct 21
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18:35 28 Aug 21
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17:27 16 Jul 21
Following my liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, I had lymphatic drainage and deep tissue massages at Essential... Feelings. Charlie was very professional, made me feel relaxed and knowledgeable about what I need to help with healing after surgery. He was very helpful, flexible and a good communicator. I would recommend them for anyone requiring post surgery massages and will go back for other types of massages. Thank you Charlie and more
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19:09 12 Jul 21
I've had a few reflexology sessions with Karen so far this year, and a few sessions in my previous pregnancy. Also a... few massages. Both Karen and Charlton are very friendly and professional. Karen is very knowledgeable and give lots of helpful advice. The place is very cozy/clean and in current situation they are able to meet Covid restrictions. Even my husband went to get a massage. Highly more
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08:29 07 Jul 21
I have always wanted to try reflexology but usually opted for massage instead. However, now I've experienced two... reflexology sessions with Karen, I think I'm a convert! Both sessions have left me feeling calm, restored and well rested. I also had to change the time of my first session and Karen reponded really quickly and was happy to adjust it. I'm really happy with the service and am definitely going to be a new regular more
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Manpreet Kaur
15:23 14 Jun 21
I’ve always been skeptical of massages and whether I’m receiving one that’s beneficial for my body as well as worth the... money. I have to say I wish I could give more than 5 stars because Essential Feeling is hands down one of the best massage treatments I have received as well as worth the money. Being currently pregnant too, I was worried that I would be in more pain after the massage however Charlton ensured that my deep tissue massage was tailored to my needs as well as helped with any stiffness and back pain I was experiencing. Karen was also super helpful during my reflexology massage, ensuring that I was relaxed and bought a lot of the swelling in my feet down. My mother also had a deep tissue massage from Charlton who again tailored it to her needs as she has a bad lower back as well as a lovely reflexology massage from Karen. Me and my mum felt that both massage therapists are very professional and solely cater to the needs of the client. They are both also very knowledgeable in the massages they deliver as well as any issues a person has individually with their body. Absolutely wonderful service and wonderful massages! Will definitely be making a return!read more
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