Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tingling and pain down the arm and into the wrist / fingers are symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Therefore…….

All tingling and pain down the arm into the wrist / fingers is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

True or False?

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Self Care - Reasons to do rehab

Reasons to do rehab….1.2.3!

Reasons to do rehab…1.2.3!

You’ve had this nagging pain in your back/neck/shoulders/knees (delete as appropriate), it’s been going on for maybe days/weeks/months or even years and you’ve had enough. You decide to take control and do something about it. So you make an excellent decision and book in for a massage. Awesome!

Acupuncture, physiotherapy, osteopathy etc are also awesome choices but I’m going to stick to talking about my area of expertise.

You go for treatment and probably at least on some level you’re hoping you’re going to walk out of the clinic and all the pain/tension will have vanished, never to return…………. so long, sayonara!

Now I’m not saying this can’t happen, depending on your condition and how long you’ve had it you may very well be one of the lucky ones who just needs an hours session. For the majority of people however, a treatment plan is going to be required, sadly you can’t undo weeks/months/years of pain and tension in an hour.

I digress…………..

You go for your treatment, you have a full consultation where your therapist asks questions about your medical history, lifestyle and pain condition. They assess your range of motion and discuss the outcome you would like to achieve. You have a kick ass treatment and feel loads better than when you walked in. In your head you’re just going to book your next session and get on with your day, then your massage therapist tells you they want you to do homework!!!

“What!!! I didn’t sign up for this. I came here to get fixed!”

Now bear with me. There is method to this madness.

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Fascia

Fascia – we’re better connected

Fascia – we’re better connected

The Cinderella of soft tissue

Fascia – Gywneth Paltrow referred to it at the end of last year as “the secret organ” and although it is well known of within the manual therapy world, in some ways she’s right. For years, because it was everywhere, it was considered superfluous. Anatomists would scrape it all off and throw it away so they could get a better view of the ‘important’ stuff (muscles, organs, arteries, nerves etc), and so cadavers would more closely resemble the neat and defined pictures found in anatomy texts. Even in fairly modern anatomy textbooks there is minimal mention of fascia and the pictures still show the musculoskeletal system as being made up of separate ‘parts’ that each has its own attachment points and its own action. Now while I’m not suggesting that that isn’t true, the bicep for example when contracted does indeed flex the elbow (among other things), but the body and how it moves is just not as simple as that. You are not a machine, you are not the sum of your parts, you are a dynamic moving organism that needs to be looked at and treated as a whole.

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sympathetic overdrive

Is sympathetic overdrive inhibiting your bodies healing process?

Is sympathetic overdrive inhibiting your bodies healing process?

Colloquially known as the ‘fight or flight’ response and commonly referred to as stress, our bodies reaction to our sympathetic nervous system is something we’ve all experienced. At times it can help push us towards greatness, but at others it can make us crumble and fall. An evolutionary throw back to our hunter-gatherer past it has helped keep us alive and reproducing for the last 200,000 years, but what happens when you can’t turn it off? Are you in sympathetic overdrive and what could that mean for your body?

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Hot Stone Fusion

Hot Stone Fusion

Hot Stone Fusion – Not your average hot stone massage

Before I became a massage therapist, I thought having a massage was a luxury, a treat, something that you saved for special occasions because it just felt nice. I didn’t know anything about the physical and psychological benefits of massage. How massage could help with musculoskeletal pain and disfunction. How massage positively affects the central nervous system, helping to reduce stress, anxiety and facilitate your bodies own healing. How massage is a non-invasive treatment, that when coupled with exercise could get people moving better, without pain and off painkillers.

Since becoming a massage therapist I have done extensive training in Advanced Clinical and Sports massage, know all about the many wonderful benefits of massage and spend a lot of my free time reading up on the latest discoveries in the ever changing world of pain and exercise science so I’m in a better position to help and educate my clients.

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Sitting 9-5… What a way to make a living

Sitting 9-5… What a way to make a living

The average person spends 50-70% of their time sitting

Whatever you do during an average day you probably spend a fair amount of your time sitting.
Sitting at work, sitting at a computer, sitting in a car, sitting down to eat, sitting down in front of the TV after a long day to unwind.

Even if you get yourself down the gym a couple of times a week or you’re a bit of a weekend warrior, a few hours of intense exercise a week is not going to counteract the effects of the many hours we spend sitting.

What happens to your body when you sit for too long?

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all gain, no pain.

No Pain – All Gain

No Pain – All Gain

“I like a REALLY firm massage.”

“I have a really high pain tolerance.”

“I’m looking for a proper pummelling.”

These are just a couple of the phrases I hear on a regular basis in clinic from clients who are trying to tell me that they want me to hurt them. Occasionally they even just come right out and say it! Now while some people genuinely like pain, and if that’s your thing I’m not here to judge, as Sheryl Crow sang “if it makes you happy it can’t be that bad”. But for the majority of people it’s not that they like pain, it’s more the fact that they believe in the ridiculous notion that if it doesn’t hurt it’s not doing them any good!

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What is pain?

What is Pain?

What is Pain?

When I think about what the word ‘pain’ means a few words automatically spring to mind, words like ‘ouch’ or ‘drat’ or to be more truthful words like ‘@£%#’, ‘<^*!’ or ‘£*+#!?€ @#*¥$€%’.

When I think about what pain is the image that generally pops into my head is one of damaging myself somehow – stubbing my toe, burning my hand or falling flat on my face (thankfully the latter rarely happens to me anymore, although my niece does it on an almost daily basis – but she’s 3 so I guess she’s allowed). For most men I assume it’s the proverbial blow to the ole jingle jangles that flashes before their eyes when asked ‘ what is pain?’.
The point being, for most people the word ‘pain’ conjures up images of that immediate relationship between doing something that causes you physical damage and feeling pain, and because of this, pain can seem like a relatively simple subject – hurt yourself and it will hurt! But think a little more carefully, scratch just the very surface and trust me it’s not.
Pain is a BIG subject.

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