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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.

Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage

Hugh Hayward – Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

All of us can relate to the sensation of a gut feeling, the tightness in the abdomen or nausea that we experience while on a first date, walking up to that life changing job interview or casually hanging from a cliff.

Situations like this are perfectly manageable when sparked on the odd occasion however, the reality is that we commonly deal with these sensations on a perpetual basis just enduring life itself, the pressure of the work place, peak-hour traffic, our relationships and our responsibilities.

While most of us don’t experience full fledged panic attacks or vomiting episodes brought on by stress, a general feeling of unease is societally acceptable. In fact if you are not a little stressed out, people will usually think you are not working hard enough or perhaps that you are high on drugs!

The clinical significance of this in Chinese medicine lies in the gut-brain mechanism. The enteric nervous system consists of neuron sheaths fixed throughout walls of our gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Measuring out to roughly nine meters from esophagus to anus, the enteric gut-brain contains a network of over 100 million neurons – more than in the peripheral nervous system or spinal cord. In addition, our GIT contains almost every hormone and neurotransmitter that innovates the brain such as, Serotonin, GABA, Nor epinephrine and Dopamine and dozens more naturally occurring endogenous opioids and feel-good chemical mediators. For instance, serotonin is actually found in abundance in the GIT. Over 95% of your bodies ‘natural ecstasy hormone’ is produced in the GIT and derived from the amino acid – tryptophan, found in foods that we consume. This particular neurotransmitter is responsible for regulating our memory, mood, cognition, sleep and appetite, among other crucial functions in the body.

So with this in mind, it is no wonder that when we are upset, we feel it in our stomach. In essence, you are what you eat. That gut feeling is not in your head, it is the result of a barrage of biological reactions occurring in response to acute or long term anxiety or stress. This intimate connection works both ways and while your environment can trigger gut sensations, your emotions can be a product of the environment in your GIT.

The Chinese have known this for a millennia. The ancient taoist practice of Chi Nei Tsang is a form of Chinese abdominal massage that deals with detoxification of the gut in purging toxic matter and energy built up in the lymphatic system, pancreas, liver and intestines. Pent up emotional stress is often stored in the abdomen, just as we store memories in our cognitive brain, the gut-brain stores sensations that are reactive to traumatic incidences and lifestyles.

Flash-backs or recurring incidences of Post Traumatic Stress disorder, shock, addiction or abusive relationships, as well as many mood imbalances which are not usually deemed to be of clinical significance, manifest as a predisposition to specific sensational reactions that begin in the gut and are then perceived by our cognitive minds. Akin to muscle memory, like the automated motion of catching a ball, the mind can also induce these reactions, as if we hold the posture of anxiety or aggression or addictive behavior before it even manifests.

Just as a physiotherapist rehabilitates injured limbs, using Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage, breathing exercises, acupuncture and dietary advice, we are able to rehabilitate the mind. This is very important for anyone with any mood disturbance such as anxiety, depression, nervousness, fearfulness or agitation as well as those with digestive complaints that can often be exacerbated by emotional triggers.

To make an appointment with Hugh to help with digestive and mood problems, call Brisbane Natural Health on 07 3367 0337 or click here.

 

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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.