Headaches and Remedial Massage

Headaches and remedial massage

The most common headaches are vascular and muscle tension headaches.

The presence of throbbing or pounding pain is often the result of swelling and constricting blood vessels.

With muscle tension headaches, it is common to find a dull, constant ache due to the tense muscles.

The use of drugs is not always effective and can cause irritating side effects and sometime serious ones if not used correctly.

A fantastic and effective solution for headaches is remedial massage. It relieves pain by relaxing the tense muscles, causing them to place less pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that supply them. The German magazine “Vital”, after a survey conducted among experts of the health sector, came to the conclusion that remedial massage therapy can be more effective than analgesics or pain relieving medication.

 

Massage for headache relief

A fantastic and effective solution for headaches is remedial massage.

 

Remedial massage, used in conjunction with stretching and targeted exercises, minimizes the discomfort caused by headaches without side effects.

Scientists argue that trigger points massage – a technique in which localized finger pressure is done on the painful area on the body – could bring important benefits to people who suffer from headaches and migraines. A self-trigger points massage can be taught for use when the patient is not able to get to the clinic for a massage appointment.

To optimize your massage treatment, it is important to drink a glass of water before your massage session and keep your body hydrated for 24 hours immediately after the treatment. Water helps flush out the toxins that are released during your massage.

Norman Sossi – Adv. Diploma Remedial Massage, Italian Masters Degree in Physiotherapy, French Masters Degree in Osteopathy

 

Balinese Massage

Prepare yourself for a dynamic, sensory experience.

Balinese massage is ancient traditional form of deep remedial massage and is designed to work almost every muscle in the body. It can last from an hour to two hours, depending on the patient’s specific areas of concern. This technique combines the best holistic techniques from several different cultures, such as China and India, and emphasises the importance of bringing the body into balance.

Balinese massage promotes the flow of blood, oxygen and energy throughout the body via several techniques; the result is the relaxation of body and mind. The techniques used during the massage appointment include shiatsu acupressure movements, such as press-point and palm/finger pressure, and standard massage techniques like kneading, sliding, short and long exploration.

This massage goes deep into the muscle tissue. The acupressure helps to relax the muscles, stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself, and relieves pain and tension. The reflexology works on the feet, hands, ears and indirectly addresses organ problems away from the point of pressure.

The use of warm essential oils and strong scents helps to relieve stress, relax the muscles and soothe the mind. Different kinds of oils can be used for different problems. The therapist can decide which is the best oil to use after discussion with the patient and their particular issues.

The final result will be a release of deeply tense and knotted muscles. It is perfect on achy joints and muscle strains, and especially beneficial for sporting injuries.

Massage vs Myotherapy – What’s the difference?

A massage is a massage right? Anyone who gets massage regularly knows that this is definitely not the case! Massage therapist vary in their skills, expertise and techniques. Personal preferences and experience are part of the reason why there is variation, but a large part of it lies with the education that a massage practitioner can have.

A remedial massage therapist has studied massage, including hands on techniques, physiology and muscular anatomy. It is possible in Australia to get a certificate in massage in just 6 months. Of course, at Brisbane Natural Health we require our massage therapists to have a minimum of and Advanced Diploma in massage (usually 1 1/2 years in a reputable institution) to ensure they have the background training to help our patients. There are many fantastic massage therapists who get great results with patients.

Chronic or serious issues are often better dealt with by a Myotherapist / MST.

Musculoskeletal Therapy (MST), otherwise known as myotherapy, differs from Remedial Massage in that therapists are trained to critically evaluate and assess a presenting musculoskeletal condition, identify the causes and contributing factors, and develop a holistic management plan that will provide an effective result. As well as the hands on treatment you may also get an exercise prescription, be coached on postural awareness and have your condition explained to you in greater detail. Although there are some massage therapists which do these things it is usually self taught rather than learned in their studies. A Musculoskeletal therapist or myotherapist studies for 3 years to obtain a Bachelor degree in Health Science.

Both Remedial Massage therapists and Myotherapists can help you with tight muscles, pain and discomfort. If you have a specific or chronic condition, often seeing an Myotherapist first will help you gain a better insight to the cause of the issue and what you need to do to fix it. Myotherapists are often better at finding the cause of the issue and identifying if you need to be referred to other therapists. This is particularly helpful if you have a chronic condition that is slow to respond to treatment.

If a relaxation massage is what you’re after then a Remedial Massage Therapist is the way to go. We usually find even in our relaxation massage patients there is some tightness and knots to work out – so it ends up being a combination of both!

To make an appointment with a Remedial Massage Therapist or Myotherapist at Brisbane Natural Health, call us on 07 3367 0337 now!

Why you shouldn’t skimp on stretching

Stretching – that activity that we know we should no but generally don’t, leaves you feeling nice and warmed up and ready to take on the world… but why is stretching important, and does it really matter if you decide to skimp on it? In this article our Musculoskeletal Therapist Emma shares her wisdom on stretching.

Range of motion

Generally speaking, the range of motion is dictated by two factors: your joints and muscles. Muscle provides passive and active tension to joints, with neuroreceptive qualities to it, dependent on its contractile state. Movement is also dependent on the amount of range of motion a synovial joint has (synovial being a joint that has a capsule filled with synovial fluid).

Muscle tension decreases range of motion

So from this we have one major factor that we can control: muscle tension. Muscle tension can result from a variety of things; anything from your day-to-day activities – work, exertional exercise, walking, even sitting down and watching television has some factor in which muscles create tension, and which muscles are switching off and not doing their job.

Without even working your muscles can become tense from your body’s amazing ability to adapt and overcome situations. This can include scar tissue, neurological impairment, or certain postures (think desk work, five days a week situations).

Stretching helps the muscles and the joints

Stretching generally focuses on the muscular length between the joints where it originates, and where it attaches. When you stretch, your muscle increases in length due to muscle: brain communication through certain receptors. As well as stretching muscles, actively stretching allows your joints to increase in space, allowing less compression between bones. This reduces deterioration of joint structures, ultimately allowing your ligaments and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding your muscles, bones, joints, blood vessels etc) to release. Regular stretching can therefore prevent pain and discomfort that arises from both muscular tension and joint pain.

Stretching calms the mind

Active stretching, the kind that puts you through your entire range of motion – holding and releasing several times, can also induce a meditative state, where you are able to enjoy the full benefit of your feel good endorphins! Combining stretching with some deep breathing exercises will help you to be able to stretch longer with the added benefit of relaxation.

Stretching for people who ‘can’t stretch’

Are you particularly tense and feels like you just can’t reach that happy point of no pain and/or length when stretching? Getting some passive stretches from a Musculoskeletal or Remedial Massage Therapist can greatly reduce the restrictive feeling of active stretching as they work with your own body dynamics, rather than against them. It feels fantastic to stretch like this since you’re immediately relaxing into it and allowing your body to naturally move in ways that would otherwise be limited from the psychological barriers in place to reduce injury.

So to recap, you shouldn’t skimp on stretching because…

  • It lengthens muscles to relieve tightness
  • It helps to increase space in the joints, which can prevent pain and discomfort
  • It helps to prevent injury
  • It increases range of motion, to help you move more freely

So now that you know, try not to skimp on stretching. It really is an important part of keeping your body healthy and mobile through the years. Happy stretching, everyone!

Want your own tailored stretching program? Make an appointment with a musculoskeletal or remedial massage therapist by calling 07 3367 0337 and we will help you on the way to recovery. 

Hot Stone Massage

Massage using hot stones has been used for hundreds of years to help relieve tension and pain. The heat generated by the massage stones is not only relaxing but also helps to reduce muscular tension and break up those knots using heat and pressure.

stone massage

Hot stone massage is one of the most relaxing styles of massage available. During your treatment, hot stones will be placed on your body, and they will also be used by your therapist to massage the muscles. It’s the perfect treatment to warm you up during those cold winter months!

Hot stone massage can also be great for releasing very tight muscles and trigger points, the heat helping to dissipate hard knots and tightness.

At Brisbane Natural Health you can get a one hour treatment, which covers whole body excluding hands, feet and face. A one and a half hour massage gives you luxurious whole body experience, including your hands, feet and face if desired.

Call us on 07 3367 0337 to book your appointment or a hot stone massage at Brisbane Natural Health!

A single massage helps in the treament of chronic pain

A controlled study has proven that massage is an effective treatment for patients with chronic pain. In the study involving 101 patients, those that received massage had significantly less pain both after the treatment and one hour following the treatment. Patients who received massage also had reduced levels of anxiety and reported feeling calmer.

These results prove the massage is a very useful treatment in helping to manage pain.

Our massage therapists help chronic pain sufferers lead more active lives with reduced pain. Call 07 3367 0337 for an appointment today.

Seers et al 2008, A randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a single session of nurse administered massage for short term relief of chronic non-malignant pain, BMC Nursing.