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Have you been taken prisoner by your own body? You work hard, too hard and you spend hours sweating it out in the gym, trying to maintain a perfect physique. You’re exacting and rather sharp with yourself, demanding gold medal performances in everything you do – from work to school lunch boxes. Maybe you’re a guy who works on-site, sore from carrying heavy loads day-in, day-out. Maybe you’re outside the square and living life, but stressed and tired, a bit frail for no reason at all. Very rarely do our bodies send up the help signal for zero – your … Continue reading
Sleep can escape us even when we’re exhausted. Some of us lie awake, staring at the ceiling, counting thousands of sheep while singing the latest radio tune in our heads, frustrated and counting down to the inevitable wake up alarm. Chances are, if you’re a person who suffers from sleeplessness on a semi-regular to regular basis, you’re packing a few serious back and neck issues contributing to the problem. But can massage really improve your sleep quality? The short answer? Yes. The long answer? Read on…
Do you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines? Do they often happen after a long day at work? Or perhaps when you wake up first thing in the morning? If you are living with the following symptoms, you may be suffering from a cerviogenic headache: – Dull pain around base of skull. – Pain into eye and temple region. – Pain begins on one side of the head, but can spread to both sides. – Pain begins gradually in the neck region and moves or spreads to head. – Pain occurs after holding sustained positions (e.g. Like sitting in front … Continue reading
Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel/foot pain. The Plantar Fascia is a flat band on connective tissue that connects the bones of your heel to your foot. It also provides support for your arch and has an important role in the biomechanics of the foot. As such it is a commonly injured area for people who are on their feet a lot of the time (athletes, nurses, tradies, retail etc.). Plantar Fasciitis can affect people at any age.
Plantar fasciitis, also known as heel pain or heel spur syndrome, refers to a clinical condition that causes pain in the heel of the foot. Sufferers typically report that the pain is worse first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting.
You may have been told that you ‘can’t’ get a massage when you’re pregnant. This is because of pressure points in your wrists and ankles that, when stimulated, can cause the uterus to start contracting, as well as other concerns such as the comfort of the mother. Ironically, with all that extra weight and stress on your hips and back, pregnancy is one of those times when you might need a massage more than ever!
Bad posture is more than just a matter of unsightly slouching. Long term posture issues can have debilitating effects and should be corrected as soon as possible. Repetition of bad habits like slouching, sitting incorrectly and allowing muscles to become inactive, can lead to postural dysfunction and imbalance. If these habits are continued for long enough, the spine and other joints can be pushed out of their normal alignment. Postural dysfunction and imbalance can cause many issues such as spinal dysfunction and joint degeneration.
The term ‘sciatica’ refers to pain that is felt along the nerve roots of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest single nerve in the human body, starting in the lower back and running through the buttocks and down the lower limbs. Sciatic pain may be felt in any of the areas. Sciatic pain has a variety of potential causes, including damage from a herniated disc, joint inflammation, spinal arthritis, or a locked facet joint. It can be the result of gradual wear and tear on the spine or an injury that occurs suddenly. Regardless of its cause, … Continue reading
The benefits that massage therapy can have on the circulatory system are well documented. Not only can a good massage improve circulation, can it can also help to mitigate the effects of high blood pressure (also known as hypertension.) Research has shown that regular massage as part of a holistic approach to managing high pressure can reduce stress levels, and over time lead to a reduction in blood pressure. High blood pressure is a serious health concern in Australia with more than 3.5 million Australians diagnosed with the condition, and many more undiagnosed. This makes addressing the condition through a … Continue reading
Neck Pain and Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Massage can be the perfect non-invasive partner to treat neck pain, and as an extremely painful and uncomfortable condition, the right massage can provide much needed relief to restore movement and ease pain. Neck pain can be caused by many things, but most often is a result of sleeping in a poor position for an extended period. This causes the vertebrae to become twisted or condensed, placing pressure on sensitive nerve endings. If you suffer from neck pain, our qualified massage therapists can apply a tailored plan to key pressure points around the neck … Continue reading