Newsletter 1

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JM Remedial Therapy and Lymphoedema Treatment

Newsletter – Issue number 1

April 2, 2007


Points of interest:

  • From the desk
  • Why a newsletter
  • Report on lymphoedema seminar at The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane, 10th March 2007
  • Lymphoedema support group meeting calendar
  • The cold shoulder treatment


From the desk


It has been three months since the launch of my website, and it is time to produce the first issue of the newsletter.


The beginning of this year has seen us settling into new premises at 32 Main St, Samford. The massage room is situated at the back of the clinic and away from Main St noise. The entrance is on the side of the building and a ramp access is available for wheelchairs.




Some people may think that editing a newsletter is adding another deadline to a busy schedule – and would I do that? – Yes, of course I would because the purpose of this newsletter is to provide quality information about fitness, massage, remedial therapy and lymphoedema treatment.


I would be happy for you to ask the questions that may reside in your head and write an article on the topic of your choice, and I would also appreciate to receive your feedback on this first issue.




Report on the Lymphoedema Awareness Seminar held at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane on 10th March.


The seminar was well organized by the Lymphoedema Association of Queensland and all presenters were of a high caliber and included Professor Neil Piller from the Lymphoedema Assessment Clinic, Flinders University, SA – Dr Di Smith, GP, Primary Care and Lymphoedema Clinic, RBWH – Jan Douglass, Vodder Therapist – Katherine Warth, dietitian – Sandi Waddel, Kinesiotaping for lymphoedema. All participants had the opportunity to submit questions to the experts as the guest speakers formed a panel in the afternoon session. The seminar catered for everybody and was attended by people suffering from lymphoedema and from professionals involved in the treatment of lymphoedema.


Professor Piller explained lymphoedema very simply and with humour.


Dr Smith did not mince her words with her advice on the necessity to stay away from the sun harmful rays. The slip, slop, slap slogan is getting stronger as Australians have the higher rate of skin cancer in the world. Check it out on the site below:

Jan Douglass discussed the importance of the role of the lymphatic drainage massage in the treatment of lymphoedema. Jan is trained in the Vodder technique developed in 1933 by Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife Estride who worked as massage therapists in France. It was developed to assist the lymphatic system to offer relief to chronic conditions such as sinus congestion. Around 1970, other protocol of treatment such as exercise, benzopyrone, compression were added to the lymphatic drainage massage to become what is now called the Complex Lymphatic Therapy to manage lymphoedema. Jan talked about her successful professional experience and brought hope and acceptance to the participants.

Katherine Warth discussed the detrimental effect of the long chain of Fatty acids in the body and the benefits of having medium chain of Fatty acids in our diet. I was not very clear as to which foods contain the MCFA, and I have searched the net to find more information on this eluding chain of fat and this is what I found:

Sandi Waddell demonstrated a taping technique mainly for the purpose of promoting lymphatic flow.


I would urge anyone suffering from lymphoedema who is not yet part of the association to join in and get the support that you deserve. The Lymphoedema Association of Queensland website is:



Sharing friendship and information                           2007 meeting agenda





 July 11

 Feb 14

Aug 8

         Mar 14

Outing  Sept 12

April 11

 Oct 10

 May 9

 Nov 14

June 13

Luncheon  Dec 12



MEETING at Toowong Library Meeting Room, Toowong Village


10.00am – Noon – Second Wednesday of each month


Coordinator: Nerida  3269 1498



My grandmother started to walk 5 km a day when she was 60. She is 97 now and we don’t know where the heck she is.





The “cold shoulder treatment”


In the past a “frozen shoulder” was called a progressive degenerative process, as it was thought to occur in older people. This theory was abandoned because it rarely occurs in those under 40 or over 70 years of age.


Today, the cause of a “frozen shoulder” is still not clear and the term that describes this condition also varies. The current thinking is that there is a close association with frozen shoulder, referred neck pain, rotator cuff tears and impingement syndrome, and that a poor posture with rounded shoulders can also lead to this situation. It is also believed that trigger points in the rotator cuff muscles can cause a reduced range of motion leading to inflammation, poor circulation and muscle fiber adhesion.


Usually there is a gradual onset of pain, which may occur after a minor injury, inflammation is present and the person may not be able to lie on the affected side at night. The shoulder becomes progressively stiff over a couple of weeks and this situation can last for several months, sometimes up to two years.


A frozen shoulder can be improved by avoiding painful movements. When reaching bend the elbow in front of the body, and keep the palm of the hand facing the ceiling when trying to reach up or lower the arm. Check the posture when standing or sitting for a period of time. It is best to sit on the front part of the chair with the knees in a 90 degree angle and a pillow behind the back to keep it straight


For frozen shoulder, the aim of a massage treatment is to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation if present, maintain local circulation, and increase the range of movement. A lymphatic drainage massage to the area can do just that and a few techniques can also be used to reduce excessive tone and trigger points in the affected muscles without aggravating the condition. Massage also means a holistic approach and the muscles involved in compensating for this debilitating condition are treated, and the postural component taken into account. Specific exercises can also be prescribed to improve the range of motion of the shoulder.

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Our priority in answering the questions will be to our newsletter subscribers but we endeavour to answer all or as many questions as we possibly can. We reserve the right to publish some of them and assure our readers that we take great care not to identify anyone.

JM Remedial Therapy and Lymphoedema Treatment

Newsletter – Issue number 1

April 2, 2007



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