Massage for Chronic Disease
Remedial Massage is not a cure but provides relief and relaxation to aid your body to recover and heal.
Research shows that massage can improve your quality of life by:
- Reducing pain, restriction and spasm and inflammation
- Muscle and joint stiffness
- Improving mobility
- Reducing the debilitating fatigue and increasing levels of stress and tension
- Improving sleep
- Helping raise levels of natural opiates that help feelings of depression
- Addressing digestive and elimination disturbances
- Respiratory function
- Assisting with balance and co-ordination
Remedial techniques are applied avoid mechanical or manipulative work during periods of flare; respect numbness; we only work deeply where the client has sensation; and monitor results carefully for best choices for our clients
- We provide a relaxing atmosphere
- We treat you as an individual, working with you to reduce your symptoms and enhance your day to day quality of life
- We complete a health and functional assessment to develop a plan of therapy with you
- Generally we avoid “flares” when your symptoms are most active
- The techniques used will vary depending on the severity and effects you experience and how your tissues respond
- Our goal is to reduce your symptoms and enhance your day to day quality of life
- We can work with any other therapists you are happy to involve to achieve best results
- We are especially careful with your comfort and safety including getting on/ off the massage table or chair
- We recommend self-care massage, exercises and stretches
- Massage is not a cure But it does help
During your massage treatment, we make sure you are comfortable and the methods used are getting the desired results. This way we ensure you can relax, get results and have a positive experience.
Some current areas of special reading and interest include:
Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome characterized by a mind blowing list of symptoms. Diagnosis can be slow due to the very general nature and list of symptoms. Most frequently the following are recognised; generalized pain, joint rigidity, intense fatigue, sleep alterations, headache, spastic colon, anxiety and depression. The cause is unknown but some pathophysiological defining features are being identified with research. Over-sensitisation of the sympathetic nervous system has been generally agreed to produce the wide range of symptoms. Just what the cause of the over-sensitisation is still unclear.
The goals of fibromyalgia treatment are to alleviate pain, increase restorative sleep, and improve physical function through a reduction in associated symptoms. We usually employ a multifaceted treatment approach including medical support for medications and immunology treatment, aerobic exercise, psychological support and physical therapy / massage.
For more information go to: www.fibronetwork.org.au
Member of Fibronetwork of WA
Parkinson’s disease is a fairly common progressive degenerative central nervous system (CNS) disorder. People living with Parkinson’s disease typically experience tremors, muscle stiffness / rigidity, slow movement, progressive loss of fine and gross movement control, poor balance and difficulty walking. Remedial Massage can help by alleviating, constipation, improve sleep and symptoms of depression, reduce joint and muscle stiffness, rigidity and increase flexibility.
While symptoms may appear at any age, the average age of diagnosis is 62, when motor symptoms begin to appear. By that time it has been estimated that people commonly have lost about 60- 80% of the cells that produce dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that stimulates the motor nerve cells that control muscle movement and coordination. For more information go to: www.parkinsonswa.org.au
Muscular Sclerosis more frequently affects women and is generally diagnosed between ages 20 and 40 years old. The cause is unknown but is characterised by periods of inflammation during which the myelin sheath of nerves is damaged and replaced by scar tissue. This affects nerve signal conduction. MS commonly affects the optic nerve, brain stem, cerebellum, and spinal cord. During remission, some regeneration of myelin may occur resulting some or all of the loss of function being regained. There are 4 classifications of MS and the disease progress varies not only by classification but from person to person. For more information go to: www.msaustralia.org.au