Newsletter 10

 JM Remedial Therapy &
Lymphoedema Clinic
5-7 Albany Forest Drive
Albany Creek Q. 4035
Ph: 07 3264 6698

Newsletter issue number 10

Points of interest

 

From the desk

I hope that you all had a lovely Easter break. For Ken and myself, it was action packed starting with a bike ride to the Festival of Sails at Redcliffe on Good Friday to see the departure of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race. On Saturday we visited  the Art Gallery to see the Hats Collection  by Stephen Jones and the contemporary Australian, Indigenous Australian, Asian, Pacific and international art at the Gallery of Modern Art with our good friends. In the evening we cruised the Brisbane river with music from Dead Riot (with my son and guitarist Eric), Isaac Graham (Sydney soloist), local bands Fushia and Manners. It was sold out and a wonderful time was had by all on board. I enjoyed the fresh air on the deck, as I left my earplugs at home. Sunday, we entertained the family at lunch time also enjoying the Easter egg hunt with the grandchildren. It was not until Monday that I could sit down, talk to my neighbour, fix the wireless problem on my laptop and do things for myself.

I have great news from the clinic. Lorna will be available from 14th april as RELAXATION MASSAGE THERAPIST. We are also celebrating the clinic's second anniversary with an introductory offer for relaxation massages with Lorna. To take advantage of this promotion, you can print this page and bring it with you to the clinic to redeem a $20.00 OFF the initial massage visit with Lorna. Lorna has been studying and working with massage for the last two years.  Her eagerness and proficiency in relaxation massage are quite exceptional.  At present, she is only recognized by the ARHG (Australian Regional Health Group) for rebates, so please call your health fund to enquire if it is a member of the group.

When you call the clinic, you now talk with Anita Fisher, our friendly receptionist, who commenced work in November 09. She enjoyes this role as she interacts with new and existing clients to handle their queries.

My goal is to develop a multifacets clinic where you can also find assistance in other issues related to your wellbeing, and I am looking for a naturopath to join us. Should you be interested, this is a permanent position, which has the potential to grow to full time position.

Looking forward to see you soon

Yours faithfully
Jeanine

To encourage you to take us up on our $20.00 off promotion for the initial relaxation massage with Lorna , I have gathered a few facts about stress and relaxation massage.

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What do we know about stress? 

 

It is interesting to note that stress symptoms can be associated with serious medical conditions and experts claim that 80 to 90% of diseases are stress-related. Stress has been defined as a physical, mental, or emotional response to events.

Physical stress
It occurs when the body as a whole starts to suffer as a result of a demanding or traumatic situation. The symptoms can manifest in a variety of ways and vary in their seriousness. The most common physical symptom is headache because stress causes people to tense the neck muscles, forehead and shoulders or compromise the posture, use muscles tensely in a repetitive manner. Long-term physical stress can lead to musculoskeletal dysfunctions such as pelvic misalignment and lower back pain, digestive problems including ulcers, insomnia, fatigue, blood pressur, even hair loss.

Emotional stress 
Emotional stress responses affect the mind and include anxiety, anger, depression, irritability, frustration, over-reaction to everyday problems, memory loss and a lack of concentration for any task. Anxiety is the fear of a perceived threat or danger, real or imagined. Anger is a strong emotion and the common response to frustration or social stress. It is often accompanied with the desire to do harm. The physiological effect of anger is to raise the heart rate and blood pressure. On the other hand, depression is a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and gloom, which can slow you down.

Mental stress 
Mental stress is evoked by assigned tasks such as public speaking, tasks which demand concentration and focus. Irrational fears (phobias),compulsive behaviors and eating disorders can also add to mental stress. Studies show that one in five Australians experiences mental health problems each year. Mental stress is still misunderstood and stigmatised meaning that many sufferers hide their symptoms and do not get the care they need.

 

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Facts about relaxation massage therapy

The  benefits of relaxation massages are incredibly powerful, particularly if they are performed on regular basis. These benefits are widely researched and acknowledged.

Relaxation massage is a drug-free, non-invasive approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. People suffering from tension headaches experience significant long-term improvements with massage.

It increases blood circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. It stimulates the lymph flow, which removes toxins and improves the body's natural defenses. It has been shown to increase the cells fighting cancer in breast cancer patients.

It calms the mind and body, as it helps release feel good hormones such as serotonin and endorphin. They are also the natural body's natural painkiller, reducing pain and stiffness, which proves extremely beneficial in patients with chronic illness including fibromyalgia, which displays physical, emotional and mental symptoms.

Massage therapy is the most frequently used therapy for muscoskeletal problems, as it reduces spasms and cramping and increases joint range of movement and flexibility. It prepares the body for strenuous workouts, reduces subsequent muscle pain and improves recovery time.

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Tension headaches

Tension headaches may have several origins but as the name implies they often are due to muscular tension with spasms and trigger points particularly in the muscles of the scalp, neck and the thorax. They can be caused by poor posture or pelvic misalignment and sometimes by toxicity in the body. When they occur more than twice a week over a period of time, the condition is considered chronic. Stress, depression and anxiety, as well as a prolonged contraction resulting from repetitive activities such as typing, reading, use of computer or painting a ceiling may be the culprit.

A massage can decrease or remove your headaches without the use of analgesics by eliminating the trigger points and muscle spasms. Deep kneading and compression can restore the blood and lymph circulation within the tissues and improve the nerve supply to muscles and organs. Soft tissue stretching can be performed to increase muscular flexibility and pliability. A lymphatic drainage massage can eliminate toxins and symptoms associated with tension headaches such as loss of appetite, nausea, and feeling of imbalance. Sometimes lifestyle changes may be needed to insure long lasting results in chronic headaches.

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GOOD NEWS ABOUT VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY

You can now treat varicose ulcers successfully at home

We already know that it is possible to fight effectively against the mechanisms leading up to the formation of an ulcer by means of compression therapy and treat an ulcer with slightly elastic, multi-layer bandaging. This is however time consuming.

A new combination of understocking combined with a proven and highly successful calf-length traditional class 2 compression stocking is now available. It has special benefits in patients with relatively small ulcers and good ankle mobility. It also reduces the cost of the treatment all up.

You need to make an initial appointment to have your measurements taken and also one to be fitted. We order the ulcer kit for you and should this item become popular, we will stock it. Once we have your details , you can just reorder your garments providing no size changes have occur.  

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Snippets about compression stockings to prevent post-thrombotic syndrome

Based on trials, current guidelines suggest the use of compression stockings with a pressure of 30-40mmHg at the ankle for 2 years following the diagnosis of DVT to prevent post-thrombotic syndrome.

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Lymphoedema case study

Lucy (this is an assumed name) attended the clinic two years prior to the treatment seeking advise regarding swelling in the left leg  following a complete hysterectomy. The swelling was apparent but still minimal. Lucy had permanent employment and financial commitments. She felt she could not take the time off to address her lymphoedema.

Lucy returned to our clinic two years later with gross swelling of her left lower leg. We measured both legs, trunkating them every 10cm, to calculate the difference in diameter from the left and right legs. We started the bandaging treatment to the left leg from toes to the upper thigh for 10 days and we took the measurements for a custom-made compression garment and continued to bandage for the next 8 days until we received it. By then the difference between the legs was reduced by half.

Lucy left and traveled overseas for the next month and half. During that time, she experienced some trouble with her garment and had to self-bandage her leg. Unfortunately, on her return the measurements showed a significant increase in swelling.

Bandaging was re-initiated and pursued for 18 days (10 until measurements and 8 until arrival of the compression garment). By then the difference had decrease to what you can see on the photos below.

Should anyone notice swelling in an area of the body, particularly following cancer surgery i.e. mastectomy or hysterectomy, please do not let the time fix the problem. Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that cannot be cured but it can be managed. Life with lymphoedema does not have to be a drag, it just goes on with an active and vigilant management program.


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JM Remedial Therapy &
Lymphoedema Clinic
5-7 Albany Forest Drive
Albany Creek Q. 4035
Ph: 07 3264 6698

Newsletter issue number 10
 

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