Its that time of year again and everyone is shopping round for the perfect gift for Dad! Well look no further, the perfect gift for Dad is……. drum roll…. A MASSAGE!
There’s a current stigma among men. That if you have an injury or just aren’t feeling the best, be it stress or physical, that you “suck it up” and keep going. But it’s often this mentality that does more damage than the issue at hand. So, instead of socks and jocks, treat Dad. Let him know he doesn’t have to deal with discomfort and pain, and that its ok to “Treat Yo Self”
However, massage therapy isn’t just about relaxation and treating yourself. There are some substantial health benefits to massage therapy, that while they benefit everyone, they are especially beneficial to Dad.
Lower Back Pain (LBP):
Lower back pain is currently the 3rd highest reason for medical days off work and workers compensation claims. 1 in 6 Australians currently suffer from one form of LBP or another. Good news is recent studies have shown regular massage therapy has proven to be the most effective form of treatment for LBP (even over surgical intervention). So don’t let Dad be another statistic, get rid of the pain in his back(side).
Currently there is a big push for everyone to improve their health and of course this means Dad as well. Maybe dad is going through a bit of a midlife crisis and is looking at old photos of himself with a six pack instead of a keg, or he has a new-found interest in lycra pants and cycling. Massage therapy has been proven to assist in maintaining and even improving flexibility, and reducing muscle soreness post exercise, as well as general maintenance to keep dad going strong during his exercise.
Let’s face it, Dad’s not getting any younger, and if he is your Dad, chances are you are the reason he is aging quicker than ever. As a Father myself I know my three children have added 10 years to my age….each. With age comes new pains and discomforts.But fortunately there is something you can do about it. Most aches and pains you experience are for the most part muscular in their nature. Maybe it’s a twinge in the lower back, or sore calves, massage therapy is the most effective treatment for soft tissue pain.But some Dads are older than others, and some Dads have also just had orthopaedic surgery like knee and hip replacement, and some Dads need them (Looking at my own dad for this one).
Knee and/or hip replacement surgery is a pretty common place surgery these days, but most people don’t realise the extensive rehabilitation process behind it. There’s the side effects of the surgery itself, excluding obviously the new knee or hip, and an awesome scar. The result of this surgery mostly always results in a change in the muscle structure of the leg and even the lower back, it will change the way you stand and walk (for the better) and this in itself can cause discomfort, the surgery itself will result in muscle tightness and soreness as muscles are moved out of the way and poked prodded and on the odd occasion cut. Often this won’t sort itself out. Now if only there was someone who worked at here at Evolution Health Services who has over 9 years’ worth of experience working with post orthopaedic surgery clients and rehabilitation for said clients. 😊
Cardiovascular Health and Stress:
On a serious note, Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Australian males. If there was a way to help Dad reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, that would be a good gift wouldn’t it? Regular massage sessions of up to half an hour have been scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure, stress hormones, and decrease sources of stress, anxiety and hostility. So not only can massage therapy decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, and stress related instances it is scientifically proven to make Dad happy!
So, while a Dad might want a new Makita outdoor radio and power bank (Hint Hint), is it going to benefit his mental and physical wellbeing? Will it keep him in shape for longer? Will it reduce physical aches and pains? Not really, but massage will! I’m sure you will make the right decision.
Purchase your Gift Voucher for Dad online today or visit us at Suite 3, 150 Lindesay Street Campbelltown.
Dan and his three Children. They look too sweet to be making him age a day!
Living with chronic pain is quite a controversial topic in the medical world. There are many approaches to addressing pain, whether it be through massage or soft tissue treatment, exercise, pain medications and more. The management of chronic pain should always be a mixed approach to treatment. No single practitioner can help chronic pain, it will require the effort of multiple allied health professionals to ensure the best treatment and the best results. Massage Therapy plays a role in addressing pain caused by soft tissues. So depending on your type of pain, and the reason behind the pain, there is always something that we can do to help the management, or treatment of your pain.
There are many different forms of pain, soft tissue pain, nerve pain, emotional pain, etc. but the easiest way to classify pain is by Acute and Chronic.
Acute pain is right then and now. You cut yourself, you kicked your toe, you’re getting a tattoo. These are all examples of Acute Pain.
Chronic pain is typically defined as pain that has persisted for weeks or even years. This pain can be broken down into:
- Nociceptive pain – felt in the body’s soft tissues or organs
- Neuropathic pain – felt in the nerves, the most common form being sciatic pain.
- Psychogenic pain – or emotional pain, most commonly cause by psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety.
- Idiopathic pain – where no obvious cause of pain is evident, but the pain is there, e.g., TMJ Disorders or Fibromyalgia.
Whilst some of these conditions, massage therapy will not be beneficial to, most will see many benefits from massage therapy. If it does not help the initial issue at hand, it will certainly help the side effects for these issues.
Massage therapy has been proven to be the most efficient form of treatment for soft tissue injuries and pain except for visceral (organ or internal) pain. One of the most common forms of chronic pain is lower back pain. That’s right, lower back pain is mostly chronic, and is also very treatable. Most cases of lower back pain can be treated by a remedial massage therapist and a good exercise program. Even in the event of an Orthopaedic condition, such as slip disc or bulge disc, massage therapy has proven to be a much less invasive and efficient way of treating the pain associated with these conditions.
Neuropathic pain for the most part is caused by damage to a nerve or more often, the impingement of a nerve in the body e.g. burning or aching pain down the arm due to nerve impingement in the shoulder. Whilst neuropathic pain is much harder to treat from a massage therapy stand point, there are quite a few neuropathic issues that as a massage therapist are very treatable. The most common is Sciatic pain, of which the most common cause is not neuropathic at all, but muscular and is caused by the Piriformis muscle.
Psychogenic pain however, is a difficult one, psychogenic pain is typically classified as emotional pain, a very non physical type of pain. So how can massage help? Massage has been proven to increase the production of serotonin, melatonin and dopamine, all of which are “feel-good” hormones produced in the body. This in turn helps with anxiety and depression, two most common causes of psychogenic pain. The increased production of melatonin also assists the body in maintaining a regular circadian or sleeping pattern. Let’s face it, we all feel better after a good nights sleep.
The last is Idiopathic pain, where there is no obvious cause of pain. This does not mean there is no pain, so as previously seen, we may not be able to fix the cause of the pain, we can definitely help manage the symptom, which is the actual pain. So in the case of idiopathic pain, the cause may not be known, but the pain reducing and mood elevating qualities of massage therapy are still a viable option for coping with the symptoms.
Don’t just exist with chronic pain, LIVE with it, don’t let chronic pain be who you are, or let it define you, if you have any further questions or concerns be sure to contact us and talk to us about your pain. To book an appointment with one of our experienced Remedial Massage Therapists to help you develop a plan to manage Chronic Pain, Book Online now.
There are many reasons we undergo surgery. Whether it be elective surgery for cosmetic reasons, emergency surgery due to trauma and injury, or surgery to replace joints worn with age, we expect a long recovery with each type. Recovery usually involves rest, Physiotherapy and exercises. Remedial Massage is gaining popularity with allied health providers as an additional service to assist with your recovery. Here is 3 reasons to include massage in your post-surgery recovery.
- Pain – it’s well known that massage therapy helps to relieve pain, and it is also well known that surgical procedures are painful. So why not use massage therapy to help with pain management post-surgery? Once the wound has healed there can still be residual sensitivity and pain, which is perfectly normal, and caused by muscle, fascia, and skin tightness constricting on the nerves in the area. Using massage therapy to relieve the tension on all this soft tissue will also relieve tension on the nerve supply in the area. Giving you less pain.
- Swelling – Swelling is a natural response by the body to help heal an injury. However sometimes this swelling hangs around longer than we would like, especially post-surgery. In orthopaedic surgery such as knee and hip replacements, swelling can often reduce movement and hinder the mobility of the affected limb, so using massage therapy we can assist the body in removing this excess swelling, helping also to restore mobility and strength
- Muscle Imbalances Due to Surgery – Depending on the surgery, the actual procedure itself can cause damage or dysfunction in the muscle. There are numerous ways this can happen during surgery, whether it be from a prosthesis (hip or knee replacement) causing the limb to become longer or shorter than it was previously, the muscles being pulled aside to allow access to the site of surgery, or even from you being in the same or irregular position for an extended period whilst the surgery is occurring or during the recovery. Massage therapy can assist the body into getting these muscles back into a more comfortable position, their original position or state, or help stretch and lengthen them if they are tight from guarding the recently operated area.
Bonus Reason – massage is relaxing and nice, and it should be used as a reward for being brave enough to have surgery in the first place. After all, everyone loves a bit of TLC while they are recovering. ???? If you would like to include Remedial Massage in your post-op treatment plan, contact us today to discuss your needs or Book Online now.
We know massage therapy helps with lower back pain, but what can you do to prevent pain returning in between visits to see us?
If the muscles surrounding your spine are weak, your spine will not be properly supported. The spine is supposed to naturally have a slight forward curve to it. However, weak core muscles will make this position impossible. A weak core results in changing the way weight is carried through your spine and putting excess tension on surrounding muscles and tendons resulting in, you guessed it, lower back pain.
What exercises should you do?
- Transverse Abdominus Activation
The basis to all core training starts with being able to identify and activate your deep abdominal muscles. These muscles form the front of your whole core structure and work in conjunction with your pelvic floor and diaphragm. To activate, start by lying on your back, knees bent, feet on the floor. Take a deep breath through your diaphragm (expanding your belly and lower ribs). As you exhale, draw in your lower abdominals and your pelvic floor. To feel this muscle activate, place your hands on the inside of your hips bones and as you draw in, you will feel the tension increase. Read more in our blog Understanding the Core and Pelvic Floor.
To do the clam shell lie on your side with your knees slightly bent, keeping your legs and ankles together. You can rest your head on an outstretched arm during the exercise. Place your other hand on your hip, and then open and close your knees like a clam by lifting your top knee and keeping your feet together. You should feel this exercise activating through your core as well as your glute muscles.
To do the dead bug, begin lying on your back with your hands extended above you toward the ceiling. Bring your feet, knees, and hips up to 90 degrees. Exhale hard to prevent your ribcage from flaring, squeezing your glutes and hold your spine in a neutral position, keeping the natural curve in the spine. Hold this position throughout the movement. This will be your starting position. Extend one leg, straightening the knee and hip to bring the leg just above the ground. Maintain the position of your lumbar and pelvis as you perform the movement, as your back is going to want to arch. Stay tight and return the working leg to the starting position. Repeat on the opposite side, alternating. You can also do the same movement with the opposite arm at the same time for a bit of an extra challenge.
Same as the dead bug, but you are doing it looking at the ground, on all fours. Maintaining good core control, a neutral pelvis and spine alignment. Without allowing the pelvis to tilt from side to side, slowly lift the opposite arm and leg to a straight position. Take care not to relax your core, allowing your lower back to arch.
Start by getting into a push up position. Bend your elbows and rest your weight onto your forearms and not on your hands. Your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Engage your core by sucking your belly button into your spine. Hold this position for as long as you can.
So if you like the results from your massage and you want that pain to stay away longer, follow our advice and continue your self care at home. If you have any questions following your treatment, speak to your Remedial Massage Therapist from the Evolution Massage Team. If you need to get your back pain under control, Book Onlaine for your next Remedial Massage. We are here to help you get more out of life and empower you to make the best decisions for your body.
So we all know that exercise, chocolate and wine encourage the body to release endorphins. Those wonderful happy feel good hormones that the body produces that make you feel relaxed, comfortable and just genuinely good about yourself.
It’s cold and raining outside, you’ve just worked all week and feel like a lazy weekend. You’ve been so good, you’ve been losing weight, watching your caloric intake, you don’t want to ruin it with chocolate and wine. But what if you could release those endorphins another way.
The relaxing, pampering nature of massage encourages the body to release Endorphins and not only does massage encourage the body to produce them, but it also increases blood flow and circulation around the body, meaning they get distributed around your whole body quicker. No wonder you feel so good after a massage, right? And you don’t even have to work up a sweat or worry about empty calories.
If you need a dose of happiness this week, why not schedule your next Massage with us. Book Online any time of the day or night.