Newsletter 3

Newsletter – Issue number 3

December 2, 2007



Points of interest




From the desk


Hello everybody and best wishes for the Festive Season.


Has not the year gone by so quickly? It is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner and that the end of the year rush has already started. On a less busy note, it is also time to get in touch with family and friends and also ourselves and escape the hustle and bustle. Why not indulge in a massage to relax body, mind, and spirit and feel brighter rather than stressed and hurried. You could also indulge your family and friends with a gift voucher for a massage. Gift vouchers are the ultimate gift for good cheer.


Just a few points to remember:

  • Both the Home Clinic and the Samford Clinic will close from 23rd December until 14th January 2008
    • On a not so bright note, the price for a massage will increase early next year to stay in step with inflation. < >Could you please advise at least 24 hours in advance should you need to cancel your appointment? – This simple procedure should leave sufficient time for someone else to have the opportunity to book for a massage. Jeanine

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      What is in a massage?


      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 a basic technique called "relaxation massage". Why relaxation would you say? It is because stress can be the root of many problems affecting any part of the body, and can be caused by:

      < >A combination of family devotion, work obligation, and social commitment

      Living with a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes which demands lifestyle adjustments Muscles involved in repeated movements for instance moving a mouse or looking at a computer screen or painting the home

      Muscles working overtime to compensate for structural imbalance

      Muscles compromised by a poor postureDeep tissue strokes and cross fibre techniques may increase the blood circulation to the area and separate the muscle fibres

      Ischemic compression is used to remove trigger points

      Myofascial release to decrease tension in the fascia covering the muscle and stretch it

      Lymphatic drainage massage to assist in removing excess fluid in the tissue

      Muscle energy technique aims to increase the range of movement in the jointsBack to the top




      Do you know that:


      < >An adult's blood vessel network can be approximately 100'000 miles longOn average, the body has 5 litres of blood continually traveling through itA normal and healthy blood pressure is around 120/80



      The threats can be real and often just perceived. In our modern daily life, how often do we dread phone calls, dread driving during peak hour, dread changing hats constantly from being a professional to being a housewife and a mother or a father? The effects of stress are cumulative and prolonged stress responses can keep the blood pressure raised. To top it up, we live through different phases in life, which are considered major stresses such as marriage, divorce, pregnancy, death of a loved one, moving house, changing job, and retirement for example.


      More and more evidence suggest that a regular massage can decrease the cortisol levels and increase the serotonin levels, which is found to be essential for relaxation, sleep and concentration, and lower the blood pressure. In fact, a study by Hernandez-Reif, T. Field et al., from the Touch Research Institute claims that massage therapy decreases diastolic blood pressure, anxiety and cortisol levels in adults with hypertension. (The diastolic blood pressure is the measure of blood pressure in the arteries occurring when the heart relaxes between beats). 

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      About Lymphoedema

      Journal of Lymphoedema, October 2006, vol. 1, no 1   



      Snippets from Journal of Lymphoedema, October 2006, vol. 1, no 1


      Influence of breathing on lymphatic drainage (debate)

      “As far as I am aware, there have been several studies (Browse et al, 1971; 1974) looking at exercise and deep breathing and their relationship with emptying of the lymphatic trunks into the venous system and enhancing emptying of the thoracic duct, so I feel that it has a positive effect on lymphatic drainage”.

      Gillian Craig, Chronic Oedema Specialist, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen



      Diagnosing breast cancer-related lymphoedema in the arm

                “Circumference measurement using a tape measure remains the gold standard for routine diagnosis and monitoring of arm swelling”.

      Anthony Stanton, Stephanie Modi,Russel Mellor, Rodney Levick, Peter, Mortimer



      Breast and trunk oedema after treatment for breast cancer


               Oedema of the breast and trunk is a common and often distressing problem for patients who have undergone breast cancer treatment.


      Breast and trunk cancer can occur with or without arm lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment and are often dismissed as common side-effects that will resolve. Breast and trunk oedema have a significant impact on quality of life and are associated with pain, reduce function, and tissue change and distortion.


                Management of breast and trunk oedema usually requires a combined treatment approach.

      Anne Williams, Cancer Nursing Research Fellow, Lymphoedema Practitioner, Napier University, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh



      < >Manual lymphatic drainage has been identified as central to the management of breast and trunk oedema. KinesiotapingSelf-care program ultimately can restore autonomy and self-control over the condition and includes:Skin care: oedematous area should be kept clean, dry, and moisturisedSelf massageCompression with an appropriate garment or bra properly fittedRegular exerciseDiaphragmatic breathingBack to the top


      The wirefree support bras catalogue should arrive early next year and will be available at the clinic. Check our website for details.

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      JM Remedial Therapy & Lymphoedema Treatment

      Newsletter – Issue number 3

      December 2, 2007


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