WHAT IS REMEDIAL MASSAGE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

WHAT IS REMEDIAL MASSAGE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Remedial massage therapy is an effective and natural way to reduce stress, improve posture, and promote relaxation. It is a holistic approach to health and wellness that can help improve flexibility, reduce pain, and restore balance in the body. This type of massage therapy can also provide relief from common ailments such as headaches, neck pain, and back pain.

Benefits of Remedial Massage Therapy

WHAT IS A FROZEN SHOULDER?

Remedial massage therapy is an effective and natural way to manage pain and even mental health issues. It offers many benefits, including:

  • Improved circulation
  • Increased flexibility
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Reduced inflammation

This type of massage therapy can also help to reduce muscle tension, improve range of motion, stimulate the lymphatic system for detoxification purposes, and provide relief from headaches or migraines.

Remedial massage therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions such as lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica pain, sports injuries and more. It is also beneficial for those suffering from depression or anxiety as it helps to relax the body and mind while promoting a sense of well-being.

Different Massage Techniques used in Remedial Treatment

Massage therapy is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to help people relax and heal. Remedial massage is a type of massage that uses a variety of techniques to target specific areas of the body, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. The goal of remedial massage is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the patient by reducing stress, tension and pain. There are many different techniques used in remedial massage, such as:

Swedish massage

Swedish Massage therapy is a popular and effective form of massage that has been around for centuries. It works by applying rhythmic pressure and stretching to the muscles, joints and ligaments to relax them.

Swedish Massage therapy helps to improve posture, increase circulation, reduce stress levels, improve the range of motion in your body, improve the ability for proper sleep and help prevent injuries. Furthermore, it has been known to bring physical and emotional relaxation making it a great choice for those seeking stress relief from their stressful lives.

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is an innovative and effective form of massage therapy that focuses on specific areas of the body to provide relief from physical and emotional stress. It is the practice of using slow, targeted strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and tissue, promoting healing and restoring balance.

In comparison to other forms of massage, deep tissue massage works deeply on tendons, ligaments, planes and fascia (connective tissues). It helps in releasing toxins built up in the body so relaxation can be achieved.

Trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy is a type of massage technique that focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers in the body. These trigger points can lead to pain and can be found in almost any muscle group. It is most commonly used to relieve back and neck pain, but it has also been known to help alleviate other areas of tension in the body as well.

This form of therapy combines stretching, pressure, and massage to help release the tension that has built up in specific areas, providing instant relief and improved mobility.

Sports massage

Sports massage is a popular form of therapy that uses a range of manipulation techniques to improve muscle function and flexibility. By targeting muscle fibers and joints, sports massage can reduce pain, improve range of motion, help speed recovery from an injury or surgery, increase muscle strength/endurance, and improve an athlete’s overall performance.

Sports massage is not only beneficial for athletes – it can be beneficial for anyone who engages in regular physical activity. Not only does sports massage help to relieve pain and tension but it also sends signals to the body that relaxes the nervous system, which helps to reduce stress levels.

Each technique has its own set of benefits and can be used to target specific areas or issues within the body. By combining various techniques together during a single treatment session, it is possible to achieve optimal results for each individual patient’s needs.

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If you’re looking for a good remedial massage therapist near you, then you’ve come to the right place. At Allied Health Centre, there are many qualified professionals who can provide the healing and relaxation that comes with a good massage. But it’s important to find the one that’s right for you – someone who will listen to your individual needs and provide the best possible care.

If you have any concerns about whether remedial massage is right for you, it’s important to speak to your GP or the therapist before starting.

Ready for your consultation? Book an appointment at Allied Health Center today – we also provide acupuncture, Osteopathy,  and Dietitian advice.

WHAT IS A FROZEN SHOULDER?

WHAT IS A FROZEN SHOULDER?

Frozen Shoulder is a condition where the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful, making it difficult to move the arm. It can be caused by an injury or long-term wear and tear, but is most commonly seen in people between 40 and 60 years of age.

It is characterized by pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder joint. Treatment for frozen shoulder typically involves physical therapy, medications to reduce inflammation and pain, and occasionally surgery to release adhesions or scar tissue that has built up around the joint capsule.

Signs and Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

WHAT IS A FROZEN SHOULDER?

Frozen shoulder syndrome, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It can be caused by an injury or a medical condition like diabetes.

The most common signs and symptoms of frozen shoulder syndrome are

  • Pain when moving the arm,
  • Limited range of motion in the affected joint,
  • Stiffness in the shoulder area
  • In some cases, there may be swelling or tenderness around the joint as well.

If you experience any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, it is important to seek medical attention to diagnose and treat your condition.

Treatment Options for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for those suffering from this condition. These range from physical therapy and exercises to medications and even surgery in some cases. We will explore the various treatment options available for frozen shoulder syndrome and discuss which approach may be best suited for you.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a treatment option that can help reduce pain and stiffness of the shoulder joint. It can also improve range of motion and help patients regain their ability to perform everyday tasks. Physical therapy may be an effective way to treat this condition because it uses both physical and occupational therapies to focus on strengthening muscles, improving alignment, and enhancing mobility.

Some methods used in physical therapy include ultrasound, heat packs, ice packs, massage techniques such as trigger point release or muscle energy techniques (MEP), as well as other modalities such as electrotherapy or cold laser. While physical therapy does not provide a permanent cure for frozen shoulder, it can help reduce pain and improve mobility.

Rheumatology

Exercise-based rehabilitation is often recommended when people have rheumatoid arthritis. It may be used as a part of gentle exercise therapy to help decrease the symptoms of pain, stiffness, swelling and fatigue. However, joint replacement is sometimes required for severe cases that do not improve with physical therapy in order to regain lost function and mobility.

Surgery

Surgery is an option in severe cases where the joint has lost too much motion or has developed osteoarthritis. This procedure offers great potential for restoring range of motion and function.

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At Allied Health Center, we’ll begin with an in-depth consultation to discuss previous injuries or other factors that might have contributed (or continue to contribute) to your shoulder pain. This, along with an examination of the affected area, allows us to deliver tailored treatment that targets your specific condition. Osteopathy and myotherapy are our recommended treatment techniques for this condition, although acupuncture can help relieve stiffness and tension as well.

Ready for your consultation? Book an appointment at Allied Health Center today – we also provide acupunctureOsteopathy,  and Dietitian advice.

HOW A NATUROPATH CAN HELP YOU WITH GUT HEALTH

HOW A NATUROPATH CAN HELP YOU WITH GUT HEALTH

When it comes to your gut health, there are many factors that can contribute to the issues you’re experiencing. From dietary choices to lifestyle habits, it can be difficult to pinpoint the root cause of your problems. That’s where a naturopath can help. Naturopaths are trained in natural medicine and have the knowledge and experience needed to identify underlying causes of health issues and develop personalized plans for healing. With their help, you can get to the root of your gut health issues and find lasting relief.

What is Gut Health and Why Does it Matter?

Naturopath

Gut health is not only important for physical wellbeing but it also has a direct impact on our mental and emotional health. It is the foundation of our overall health and well-being. When our gut is healthy, we are able to absorb essential nutrients from the food we eat, digest it properly and get rid of waste materials efficiently.

Gut health is a complex system that involves many different factors such as diet, lifestyle, stress levels, sleep patterns and more. A healthy gut microbiome can help reduce inflammation in the body which can lead to improved immunity and better overall health. It can also help improve mood and energy levels as well as reduce risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

How Naturopathy Can Help Identify & Treat Gut Issues

Naturopathy is a holistic approach to health and wellness that focuses on the use of natural remedies, diet, lifestyle changes and other alternative therapies to treat illnesses. It has been gaining popularity in recent years due to its ability to identify and treat gut issues without the use of drugs or invasive procedures. Naturopathy can be used to address a wide range of digestive issues from bloating and gas to IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, food allergies and more. By looking at the body as a whole, naturopathic doctors are able to diagnose underlying causes of digestive issues such as diet, stress levels or nutrient deficiencies. This helps them create personalized plans that can help patients heal their gut naturally.

Naturopathic doctors also have an extensive range of treatments and supplements that may be able to help with digestive issues. They may recommend probiotics, enzymes and herbs to address specific symptoms like IBS, constipation or gas. Naturopaths can also do colon hydrotherapy, acupuncture or homeopathy for patients looking for natural options to control their bowel movements.

What to Expect During Your Initial Consultation with a Naturopath?

Are you considering visiting a naturopath for your health needs? An initial consultation with a naturopath is an important step towards better health. During this consultation, the naturopath will discuss your current health concerns and develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Here’s what you should expect during your initial consultation with a naturopath.

Your naturopathic physician will provide a comprehensive evaluation of your current health status, including a history and physical exam. Your needs will be determined according to the stages of natural medicine. The naturopath may perform some laboratory tests to help determine any underlying conditions, such as liver function tests and thyroid function tests. The results are then discussed with you to determine if additional testing or treatment is required. Based on this assessment, your naturopathic physician can create an individualized treatment plan for you. This plan will include dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes designed to address the underlying cause for any symptoms that were found during the assessment.

Improve your gut health, with naturopath treatment at our Sydney clinic today

At Allied Health centre, our friendly and highly qualified practitioners can provide tailored dietitian treatment to help you improve your gut health. To arrange a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 007 424.

We can also assist with other holistic healing treatments, including acupuncture, Physiotherapy, dietitian, massage and nutritional medicine advice.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH RISKS

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH RISKS

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH RISKS

The health and safety of people at work is a very important topic because it saves time and improves productivity in the workplace. Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) aim to promote and work to ensure the prevention of accidents and other incidents at a work environment, as well as increase the workers’ well-being.

Your health will affect your work and your work can affect your health also, so how do you work to maintain optimal health and well? Do you sit all day at work? Do you do repetitive manual labour for long hours? Do you stop to think about the WAY you work? Are you hunched up and stressed? Are you standing all day and weight bearing on mostly on the same side? Whatever line of work you do, it can have a detrimental effect on your health unless you are aware of how your body responds to certain types of activity. Once you are aware, then you can begin to take steps to correct any adverse reactions and prevent illness or injury. Sometimes the pain you feel at work may have a non-work origin, but stem from personal lifestyle, leisure activities and general health are all factors that can interact with your work.

AWARENESS IS THE KEY. Often a simple explanation and correction of posture or lifting habits can mean the difference between constant back or neck pain, and good health. Advice on sitting, standing, sleeping and how to lift heavy objects without over-straining, how to avoid repetitive strain injuries (RSI) on the keyboard, are all part of an osteopath’s and physiotherapist’s work to educate patients.

How Osteopath and Physiotherapist Can  Help?

Osteopaths and physiotherapists are expert in human movement. They understand how and why your muscles, joints and ligaments move and why pain and injury happens (through their extensive professional training). They comprehend how the body reacts to over-work or under-work. They evaluate human-task-machine relationships (study of ergonomics) and identify problem areas which could cause pain. Our osteopaths and physiotherapists also consult on prevention and rehabilitation because of their expertise in this area.

Examples of some common ergonomic advice on reconstructing work to best suit the human body includes:

• Good work posture

• Design of workstation (eg. Chairs, desks, etc.)

• Back care education

• Physical stress and relaxation

• Task analysis and job design

• General health & fitness promotion

• Early identification of problem areas

Good health needs to be a priority and maintained, especially if you are a busy person that does repetitive work of some sort. Early treatment makes a huge difference to recovery time. As long as a problem is not addressed immediately, it will likely take just longer to recover so it is vital to get treatment or checkup on a regular basis to increase your productivity and enjoyment of live without pain or discomfort.

If you are feeling PAIN or DISCOMFORT, book an appointment now by calling 1300 544 322.

SPORTS INJURIES

MULTICULTURAL SPORTS INJURIES

MULTICULTURAL SPORTS INJURIES

Sport is an essential lifestyle of many multicultural and ethnic backgrounds, especially for the Australian because it is a healthy way to stay fit and connect with diverse communities. Sports provide exercise, social contact, relaxation, competition and promotes good health. Sports injuries are common but measures can be taken to prevent it.

Some most common injuries include bruises, ligament sprains and tears, muscle and tendon strains, joint injuries, overuse injuries and stress fractures. The major of sports injuries are a result of direct blow (bruise or contusion) or indirect dynamic force (sprains, strains, tears). An increasing number of injuries are due to overuse stresses (foot, knee, hip and shoulder injuries).

Prevention is always better than cure. Ways to prevent sports injuries include doing adequate warm-up and warm-down exercises, proper stretching exercises to increase flexibility and having correct footwear. Having good general and aerobic fitness is important and wearing protective strapping when required are some more ways to prevent sports injuries.

WHAT TO DO WHEN INJURIED?

If you have an injury, please seek immediate assessment and treatment by not prolonging it, to prevent the situation worsening. For sprains, strains and bruises, a good place to start is the R.I.C.E. Program:

R – Rest (injured tissues must have a period of rest to heal)

I – Ice (10 minutes frequently is better than one long application)

C – Compression (moderately firm bandage to control swelling)

E – Elevation (elevate the injured part to help drainage)

Please avoid any of the H.A.R.M. factors:

H – Heat increases bleeding

A – Alcohol increases swelling

R – Running or exercising too soon makes an injury worse

M – Massage in the first 24 hours increases swelling and bleeding

Apart from being aware of the acronyms R.I.C.E. and H.A.R.M, there are other general tips to consider such as avoiding heat stress and maintain sufficient fluid intake, and to pace ourself in every sport activity by not over-doing it at the beginning of the game. Other obvious prevention is to stop and not continue with the game if you experience pain in your body. After any sports injuries, be sure to be completely healed, with strength, mobility, balance and coordination regained, before you resume work.

Our osteopath and physiotherapist are highly qualified and trained in the assessment and treatment of soft tissue injuries. They see a large number of sports injuries frequently and have obtained very good results for our happy patients.

If you are feeling PAIN, book an appointment now by calling 1300 544 322.

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ARTHRITIS WILL BENEFIT FROM OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT

ARTHRITIS WILL BENEFIT FROM OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT

One of the most common forms of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It damages joints through wear and tear. It can be painful and very discouraging. There is no cure, but there are ways of managing the condition and making your lifestyle more enjoyable. Our osteopath and physiotherapist are an important part of this management solution to your long-standing pain and discomfort issues.

HOW DOES OSTEOARTHRITIS AFFECT PEOPLE?

Most people develop some degree of osteoarthritis especially as they get older. The changes are permanent and will exist even when there are no symptoms.

Osteoarthritis affects people in varying degrees. Some people may be symptom-free or suffer only mild or intermittent pain provoked by episodes of increased use or minor trauma. For some people symptoms can be disabling and, when it involves the larger joints of the body such as the shoulder, hip or the knee, the severity of the issue may lead down path of an operation as the final option.

OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

  • Stiffness, especially in the early morning
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in a joint or joints
  • Inability to move a joint
  • Swelling in a joint
  • Visible redness or heat in a joint

DIAGNOSIS

There are many forms of arthritis and osteoarthritis is one of 150 forms of arthritis. There are different treatments for the various forms arthritis and your general medical practitioner will be able to make the correct diagnosis. The main treatment plan for arthritis will include anti-inflammatory medication and/or osteopathy.

HOW OUR OSTEOPATH/PHYSIOTHERAPIST CAN ASSIST YOU?

Our team of osteopath or physiotherapist are highly qualified and experienced in the assessment and treatment of the effects of osteoarthritis, with the aim to:

  • Decrease pain
  • Increase range of movement
  • Improve posture
  • Strengthen weak muscles
  • Release tight muscles
  • Improve independent function
  • Suggest correct exercises that will reduce stiffness

Treatment methods may include gentle passive movement, massage, heat, electrical treatments, splints and advice on preventing further joint damage.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

You can help with the pain management plan by doing your part by:

  • Avoiding over-using or over-stressing your joints
  • Avoiding excessive exercises
  • Avoiding sudden jerking and twisting movements
  • Avoiding lifting very heavy items
  • Knowing when to stop when pain is triggered
  • Keeping your weight under control
  • Using splints or walking aid as advised

BENEFITS OF REGULAR EXERCISES

People with osteoarthritis needs to have regular exercise but it must be individually prescribed by your osteopath or physiotherapist. They are trained to devise an exercise program that is tailored to your personal circumstance. As a general RULE, if the exercise causes pain, then STOP and DON’T DO IT.

Exercises will help you by:

  • Increasing or maintaining movement
  • Improving strength and stability
  • Restoring muscle balance
  • Improving poor posture
  • Improving circulation
  • Improving joint lubrication and nutrition

Other gentle exercises such as walking, swimming and hydrotherapy (exercising in water) are recommended.

Finally, REST is also an important part of managing your osteoarthritis because rest is balanced with your regular exercises and daily activities. Rest is essential when your joints are HOT, SWOLLEN OR PAINFUL.

If you are feeling discomfort or pain, book an appointment now by calling 1300 544 322.

Neck Pain

WHAT CAUSES NECK PAIN

WHAT CAUSES NECK PAIN

Your head is heavy and balanced on a narrow support made up of seven bones called cervical vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated from each other by discs, stabilised by joints and ligaments and moved by muscles. Since the neck is very mobile, it can be easily damaged if not careful.

Injury and poor posture are the most common causes of neck pain and discomfort. Diseases such as arthritis or degeneration of the discs can also cause pain. A disorder of the neck joints or muscles can cause referred pain to your head, shoulders, arms and upper back.

Neck injuries most often result from motor vehicle accidents, sports or occupational accidents. Damage may occur to the vertebrae, joints and nerves, discs, ligaments and muscles. A common neck injury is the sudden rapid acceleration/deceleration injury or ‘whiplash’, where the head is thrown forward or backward in a head-on forward motor vehicle collision.

Habitual poor postural can lead to neck pain because ligaments are over-stretched, muscles become tired and neck joints and nerves are put under pressure. Slouching your shoulders with your head pushed forward, sleeping with your head in an awkward position, or working with your head down for long periods, will all eventually cause neck pain.

Neck pain

HOW TO PREVENT NECK PAIN?

Here are some useful tips to help you prevent the onset of neck pain:

POSTURE

Think Tall: Chest lifted, shoulders relaxed, chin tucked in and head level. Your neck should feel strong, straight and relaxed.

WORK

Avoid working with your head down or to one side for long periods. Stretch and change position frequently.

SLEEPING

A down pillow that is the correct height for your size is important and best to sleep on your back or sides, but avoid sleeping on your stomach to prevent neck problems. Consult your osteopath or physiotherapist for recommendations of the correct pillow height for you if in doubt.

EXERCISE

Keep your neck joints and muscles flexible and strong with correct neck exercises. Your osteopath and physiotherapist will be able to assist you with the correct stretching exercise techniques.

RELAXATION

Recognise when you are stress and tense because you may be hunching your shoulders or clenching your teeth without realising it. Use breathing techniques with stretching exercises to help you relax when you feel tense.

HOW YOUR OSTEOPATH & PHYSIOTHERAPIST CAN HELP?

Our osteopaths and physiotherapists are highly qualify to determine the source of your neck pain and treat it. They may use:

  • Mobilisation

  • Manipulation

  • Massage

  • Cupping

  • Dry needle

  • Remedial exercise

  • Postural assessment, correction and advice

  • Relaxation therapy

Manipulation can be an effective treatment for neck problems but it is used with professional discretion for maximum benefits. Our osteopath and physiotherapist will accurately assess if manipulation is required and check your neck before manipulating it to see if other methods, such as mobilisation, would be preferable instead.

Our osteopath and physiotherapist can also offer you self-help advice on ways to correct the cause of neck pain, such as practical tips for work and in the home, adjusting furniture, relaxation and exercise.

If you are in PAIN, book an appointment now by calling 1300 455 322.