As we age, our bodies can take on strain patterns, which are dependent upon our posture, our jobs and everyday repetitive actions. These strain patterns can run in lines throughout the body along connecting muscles and soft tissues, causing shortening in the muscles and therefore pulling the skeleton in one direction or another.

Shoulders can be pulled forwards, the neck can be locked forward, giving the appearance of a humped back. The pelvis can become tipped in any direction, depending on which muscles are pulling it out of a neutral position. One leg can appear longer than the other.

This all in turn can cause pain.

A postural assessment can determine in which direction the skeleton is being pulled, and a series of massage treatments can be planned accordingly to address this. Along with some regular stretching, the body should once again be able to move more comfortably and return to a more neutral position.