Getting to know your body

Let’s talk about getting to know your own body and what’s right for you.
A lot of patients come to us and they are really out of touch with their bodies. I would like to explore the concept that signs and symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. When you get bloated, tired, have skin problems or anxiety, these symptoms are your body’s way of saying ‘I am out of balance and I need help’.

What we actually want to do is retrain you so that you can start listening and tuning in to your own body. And the first step is getting back to normal. So once we’ve actually resolved these symptoms and things are going well and you are feeling good again, you’ll start to notice when things go out of whack.

The trick is to really observe your body, instead of ignoring it. We are very stoic in Australia – you are taught if you have a symptom just ignore it. For example, if you have a sore tummy, someone might say to you, “oh you’ll be fine”. You probably think that these symptoms are minor and there’s nothing major going on. We are taught to just deal with it and ‘suck it up’. The problem is that when you do that, you really are ignoring your body’s language and you’re not really listening to the clues that it is out of balance and it needs help.

A good example would be when you have a cold or flu. Before you get a cold, there are these little warning signs that tell you that the immune system’s going down. You might feel tired, a little bit achy, might be having an off day but it’s not until the symptoms come that you think,” Oh I really didn’t feel that well the last few days”. Then you start getting a running nose and at that point you do something about it. You may try to get some more rest; you might take vitamin C or take a day off work.

Imagine if, when those early warning signs – when you started feeling achy and a little run down – you took vitamins and looked after yourself, the outcome would be that you may not even get the cold. Or perhaps you might not have it for as long or the severity may be minimalized. We really need to start tuning back in and listening to our bodies. So start observing, because when you do, you’ll know what’s going on and what’s happening to your body.

As you are going through the healing process and you start feeling better and better, remember what it feels like to feel good. And recall when you didn’t feel so good. If you do start feeling a bit off again, ask yourself what’s going on. Do I need to change my diet? Do I need to rest more? Do I need to check back with my practitioner in these early stages so that I can get on top of this and feel good again?

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

 

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!

Chiropractic For Neck Pain

Can chiropractic help with neck pain?

Yes! Our chiropractors help patients overcome neck pain every day. Chiropractic is clinically proven to be of help with neck pain. Besides us getting excellent results for our clients in this area, here is what researchers have found:

A randomised controlled trial involving 183 patients with neck pain compared chiropractic, physiotherapy and general practitioner (GP) care (counselling, education and drug therapy) over 52 weeks. The study found that chiropractic resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy or GP care. As well as this, it was found that the total cost of chiropractic over the other therapies was about one-third of the other interventions.

— Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), Cost effectiveness of physiotherapy, manual therapy, and general practitioner care for neck pain: economic evaluation alongside a randomised controlled trial, British Medical Journal

A study involving 272 participants evaluated the effectiveness of chiropractic vs. pain medications or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, 57% of those who received chiropractic care had a 75% reduction in pain, compared to 33% of the medication group. After 12 months, 53% of the drug-free groups reported at least a 75% reduction in pain, compared to just a 38% pain reduction from those on medication.

— Bronfort et al. (2012), Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report, Annals of Internal Medicine

 So how does it work?

Chiropractic works for neck pain by removing blockages in the cervical (neck) spine, which can lead to surrounding muscle tension and pain. When the joints are not moving freely, it can cause inflammation and tightness around the site. As well as moving the joints back into alignment, our chiropractors will help to release the surrounding muscles to help relieve pain in the area.

But, it’s not always about the neck. The shoulders and lower back can also play a role in neck pain, due to the resulting misalignment. Our chiropractors will look at the whole body and will also give you some basic stretches to do at home to help relieve the situation.

Will I need X-rays?

Our chiropractors will likely order X-rays to look at your spine. X-Rays allow our chiropractors to pick up any structural abnormalities, degradation or other issues that could be contributing to your neck pain. Getting a diagnosis for your pain is important, as we don’t want to just treat the symptoms.

How long will it take to get better?

Most patients begin to notice changes in their neck pain in the first couple of weeks of treatment. To correct the problem may however take several months, depending on the severity. Initially your body will need more treatment to respond, then as things stabilize, your treatments will become less frequent.

What about massage?

Massage can be an important factor in recovery for those with neck pain. We know that muscles and bones work together, so we offer all new chiropractic patients a complimentary 30 minute massage to evaluate the state of your muscles and recommend a course of treatment based on this.

You can make an appointment at our Brisbane clinic by calling 07 3367 0337 or using the online booking button below to make your own appointment online.

 

 

chiropractic and neck pain

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.