Getting married? – We can help

14/6/13
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Do you know that a relaxation or remedial massage can help you prepare for your wedding day? Indeed, it can assist you, your family, and your hardworking bridesmaids to keep the emotions under control, the nervous system in check, the neck and shoulders relaxed. It can relieve the groom’s headaches caused by what could be one of the most taxing events in his life.

There is evidence that massage can decrease your stress levels. And do you know that it can also influence the release of hormones such as endorphin and serotonin to improve your state of wellbeing. Massage is ideal to help you avoid the last minute jitters and keep that nice excitement going until the wedding bells start ringing

Massage has many benefits. It is also an ideal treatment for anxiety, depression and many other conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Massage helps relieve muscular pain and discomfort in the back, neck and shoulders. We have experience in all facets of massage and we can deal individually with most people.

Evidence of massage benefits for low back pain

28/5/2013
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“In 2009 an Australian survey found that a staggering 80% of people with back problems and disability had an employment restriction. In 2001 a Queensland study found that direct health-care costs for back pain was one billion dollars a year, but indirect costs added a further eight billion dollars.”

It is probably worthwhile to have a look at the benefits of massage for this debilitating condition. 

“New, high quality trials show that massage gives some relief from back pain that has continued for many weeks or months – and the benefit may continue at least a year after the course of massage is over. There is a trend showing that the greatest benefit comes with massage from trained massage therapists who have many years of experience.”

Some evidence also suggests that “Massage is beneficial for patients with subacute and chronic non-specific low-back pain in terms of improving symptoms and function.” “Massage therapy may save money in health care provider visits, pain medication and cost of back care services.”

“Other studies were in unison concluding that massage therapy for subacute and chronic low back pain is comparable to spinal manipulative therapy. The evidence suggests that massage therapy achieves significant patient satisfaction and reduction in pain levels, both in the short and longer term, as well as potential benefit in acute on chronic low back pain”.

Hurrah! There is now evidence that we can help you!! – but we know that and many of you already know it too.

 

Excerpts from:  
Furlan AD, Brosseau L, Imamura M, Irvin E. Massage for low-back pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2002, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001929. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001929.
Wiesinger G F, Quittan M, Edenbichler G, Kaider A, Fialka V. Benefit and costs of passive modalities in back pain outpatients: a descriptive study. European Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 1997;7(6):182-6

Varicose veins and massage

11/5/2013

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Varicose veins mean veins that are dilated and tortuous with valves that do not function properly. They can stay in the same condition for many years or they can gradually deteriorate to what is called chronic venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency also means diseases such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and phlebitis. 

During pregnancy the pressure in the veins is increased mainly because of the partial blocking of the venous return when the fetus presses against the pelvis and can cause varicose veins. This situation should only be temporary until the baby is born. Hormones also play a role in the development of venous insufficiency during the times of puberty, pregnancy, menopause, as well as when taking birth control pills. Studies show that 41% of all women will suffer from abnormal leg veins by the time they are in the 50s. 

The warning signs that your legs need attention are: heavy and tired legs, swollen ankles, and small varicose veins. To keep your legs healthy and assist in preventing blood clots, it is important to have a good blood and lymph circulation. 

You can exercise regularly to improve leg strength and fluid circulation, control your weight and elevate your legs at the end of the day. You can also have regular massages to promote the blood and lymph circulation towards the heart and relieve the tension in the legs. In cases of varicose veins or with a history of blood clotting, the massage technique can be modified according to the degree of disease, and a lymphatic drainage massage can help remove excess fluid in the tissues. You can wear stylish support stockings, which are now fashionable and available in different colors and texture. We supply them at the clinic.

We do relaxation, remedial, sports and lymphatic drainage massage, and we also measure, fit and supply compression garments. We support you!

Massage can help improve your ability to learn

8/5/13

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Do you know why a study conducted by T.Field et al. from the Touch Institute concludes that a group of people who had massage showed increased speed and accuracy on math computations while the rest of the group did not change? Most likely because in the massage group, the anxiety levels were lower and the mood state was less depressed…

Beside a mental intelligence, we also have an emotional intelligence, which is the ability to recognize, manage and properly express emotions. Experts studying the effects of massage on brain power and function report that recipients receiving massage are more receptive and more communicative especially after a massage.

Another good reason why massage can improve learning is because while we hunch up over a computer, read, write or eat with a poor posture our neck, chest and shoulder muscles tighten.  Massage can decrease muscle tension, allow for better nerve conduction, improve blood and lymph circulation and decrease or remove headaches. Do you know that a poor posture is one of the most frequent causes for requiring a massage? 

Learning is a continuous life experience. Have massages more often; improve your posture, decrease pain, muscle tension and improve your ability to succeed, develop satisfying personal relationships and maintain a deep sense of well-being and happiness. 

Musculoskeletal therapy is our passion and massage our specialty. Give us a call 3264 6698

Massage and exercise

20/4/13

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Do you know that massage should be an integral part of all sports and exercise activities to prevent injury, prepare for sporting events, and assist in the recovery process? A massage can also help getting into an exercise routine or maintain physical peak and good conditioning of the nervous system.

At JM Remedial Therapy we use various massage techniques according to the objective of the treatment. We can relieve muscle tension and muscle soreness, increase muscle flexibility, and speed up recovery time. With massage, we can take care of chronic pain resulting in compensation from structural imbalance. We are prepared to take time to relieve the symptoms and also endeavour to determine and remove the contributing factors for recurrent pain. We are familiar with the musculoskeletal system and understand stresses athletes put on it.

 

 If you like a deep tissue massage, please ask for Serge our new massage therapist. Serge first did his training in Estonia (Russia) and again here in Queensland. You can also ask for Donna who is an excellent, strong remedial massage therapist with lots of experience.

 

 

About massage and remedial therapy

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16/02/2013

Although it seems pretty obvious what a massage consists of, it is not necessarily so to everyone, as there is a wide variety of massage techniques.

A remedial massage can begin with relaxation because stress is the root of many problems and can affect any part of the body. Stress can be caused by family devotion, work obligation, social commitments, and also living with a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes which demands lifestyle adjustments. Relaxation allows the body to prepare for deeper and more specific work to be carried out.

A remedial massage is the umbrella for many different techniques such as deep tissue massage, ischemic compression myofascial release, muscle energy technique, sports and exercise therapy, lymphatic drainage massage just to mention a few. The aim of these different techniques is specific: a cross fiber friction increases the blood circulation to the area and separate muscle fibers, ischemic compression removes trigger points, lymphatic drainage massage assists in removing excess fluid in the tissue and muscle energy technique aims to increase the range of movement in joints.

Over time you develop a relationship with your massage therapist who can determine your mood and tension in your body and adjust their technique to what is suitable for you today.

My massage always involves relaxation to overcome tissue resistance and to adhere to the principle of working from superficial to deep before carrying out specific remedial work on the area of complaint. I like to see you regularly at your convenience to help you maintain optimum physical, mental and spiritual health. 

Plantar fasciitis and massage

Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of the sole of the foot, namely the plantar fascia. The arch and the heel become very painful when inflamed and heel spurs may develop. As we age, the collagen in our feet also weakens. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis are more severe first thing in the morning or after a long rest, as the fascia contracts and tightens and subsides as the day progresses. 

We would use massage techniques such as deep transverse frictions and longitudinal stripping, which are very helpful to loosen the fascia and foot muscles, and promote tissue healing. We would massage the calf muscles, which are usually tight and shortened and may have trigger points. We stretch, knead and use different remedial techniques to restore their strength and flexibility. We also do some postural balancing to take care of pain and discomfort in other areas of the body that may consequently have been affected. We find that relaxing the back and thigh muscles is a very effective protocol of treatment for plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful for a long time so don’t put off to have treatment. Book yourself for a massage appointment – we can help. 

Massage for ageing people – are we not all :-) ?

 

8/11/12

A number of studies have shown that massage therapy can help in managing the effects of ageing and greatly assist in pain management. As we age, we naturally become less active and consequently our muscles become less responsive, our range of movement decreases, and our feet and legs can swell. Older people are more prone to having a fall.

Massage can improve this situation by increasing the blood circulation, removing excess fluid, and promoting normal joint lubrication hence decreasing joint stiffness. Massage can also improve stability with better muscle strength and coordination. It has been reported that massage therapy is the most effective therapy for fibromyalgia with patients reporting less pain, less stiffness and fatigue, and fewer nights of difficult sleeping.

Massage can also greatly boost energy levels and heighten mental awareness. Studies say that massage is useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients, as it can facilitate relaxation and communication and promote restful sleep. 

Improve your posture and your health with massage

 

29/10/12
 

Do you feel tired or experience lower back pain, stiff neck and shoulders, headaches, constipation, bladder problems? Has your agility decreased over the years?

Your body may have lost its alignment and your muscles may not be working as they were designed to. Do you know that poor posture may lead to inefficient movement, causing the muscles to do extra work? – For example, your head, which weighs about 8 kilograms, should be resting correctly on top of your neck and spine. Should your head be tilted forward, the muscles at the back of the neck have to work harder to hold your head up. This often is the situation when working in front of your computer. The same applies when you are standing and leaning over to one side for instance while holding a child on your hip, playing golf, nursing or working repetitively doing masonary, concreting and other heavy work.

The bottom line is that poor posture can lead to poor health, muscular stress, swelling, pain and fatigue. Do you know that poor posture is one of the most frequent causes for requiring our services? Massage can provide relief of pain and discomfort in the body; it helps adjusting body alignment, increases the lymph and blood circulation and decongests the system.

Massage for tension and chronic headaches

20/10/12

 

Tension headaches are usually due to muscle tightness, spasms, and painful trigger points in the scalp, neck, shoulders and rib cage. Repetitive activities such as reading, computer use, painting and even sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position can cause headaches. When headaches occur more than twice a week over a period of time, they are considered chronic and soon can develop into anxiety and depression. 
 
The good news is that massage can address your headaches naturally and efficiently without the use of analgesics. Just one massage can make a great difference; your headache can decrease or totally disappear. You may find that a massage can also eliminate other symptoms associated with tension headaches such as neck and shoulder pain, loss of appetite, nausea, feeling of imbalance and ringing in the ears. To obtain more lasting results, it is best to have regular massages. 
 

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