Hot Stones Massage, Why it is so good for you in winter

There are many benefits from receiving a hot stone massage. At Quay Health in Sydney’s Circular Quay, it is one of our favourite massages.  Here we’re going to discuss just how good it is for you.  If it’s something that you’ve been wanting to do for some time.  Don’t put it off for another second.  It’s one of the best things you can do for both your mind and body.

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The first benefit of receive a hot stone massage is the most obvious.  The hot stones make your muscles more relaxed.  That means your massage therapist can more effectively give you a deep tissue massage.  There are a whole host of benefits to this that we’ll get into throughout this article.  It’s one of the most reoccurring benefits of a hot stone massage.

Pain relief is one of the most important benefits of a hot stone massage.  The relaxed muscles allow the massage therapist to work their magic better.  Many people feel immediate relief once the massage is over.  Making this a drug-free pain relief method that’s actually good for your body.  As many of the over the counter and prescription pain relievers have serious side effects, it is great to be able to use massage to avoided the need for pain relievers.

Improved circulation is another benefit of hot stone massages.  Poor circulation can lead to fatigue.  This tenses up your muscles and causes build-up of fluid and lactic acid in the muscles.  Increased circulation will deliver more oxygen to the muscles.  Which will help ease aches and pains.  You’ll notice a difference the minute you step off the table.  You’ll feel more than just limber.  You’ll actually feel the improved circulation.  You’ll have a spring in your step because of it.

Then there’s the one benefit that everyone enjoys the most.  Especially those of you that are stressed out all the time.  A hot stone massage is extremely relaxing.  You’ll feel the stress melt away.  Every second will seem like it’s erasing a minute’s worth of stress.  You may even lose track of time.  It can be that relaxing.  There is simply no drug in the world that can reproduce this effect.

Along with stress reduction a hot stone massage can also improve your mental health.  Those who are experiencing depression or anxiety may notice a decrease after receiving a massage.  It should be noted that you can’t replace your current treatment with massage.  Instead, use it along side with your current treatment.  This way you can get the maximum benefits and improve your medical condition.

Massages are something people have enjoyed for thousands of years.  They’re a great way to improve your health and to simply feel better.  Make an appointment today to receive a hot stone massage at Quay Health.  It’ll do more than just improve your physical health.  It’ll also improve your mental health as well.  There is nothing else in this entire world that can do that.  You can achieve these health benefits without having to take a single drug.  All natural is the way to go.  That’s why you need to schedule yours today!

To book your hot stones massage at Quay Health call us today on 9252 2825

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How to have healthy feet this winter

Winter is officially here and there a few things that you can do to keep your feet healthy this winter!

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Footwear

Remember to make sure that you are wearing the correct footwear. In the colder months we are usually wearing more enclosed footwear so making sure that they fit correctly in key.

If your toes are being pushed together or out of position in shoes, then your shoes are too narrow for your feet.  Wearing narrow shoes can cause ingrown toenails, corns and calluses

Try to keep your footwear and socks dry. Damp footwear can increase the risk of skin infections as the moisture creates a perfect breeding ground for an infection to spread.

Moisturise

The winter season also brings dryness, especially for the heel areas. Moisturising daily with a thick moisturiser can help prevent heel fissures and dryness.

Warm Feet are Happy Feet

It is very important to keep your feet warm in the colder months. The drop in temperature can also bring with it extra foot conditions, one of these are Chilblains.

Chilblains are itchy and/or tender red or purple bumps that occur as a reaction to cold. The condition is also known as pernio or perniosis, and is a localised form of vasculitis.

Chilblains are caused due to blood vessel shut-down in cold conditions and humidity. The cold exposure damages capillary beds in the skin, which in turn can cause redness, itching, blisters and inflammation. The cold causes constriction of the small arteries and veins in the skin. When these areas are warmed up again, it can result in leakage of blood into the tissue and swelling of the skin. This “bruising” is called a chilblain.

If you are prone to develop chilblains then you should keep warm in cold weather and avoid excessive exposure to the elements.

Diabetic Patients

Winter months require a little extra foot care for everyone, but diabetics especially need to keep feet healthy. Decreased circulation, dry skin, and spending time exposed to cold and wet conditions put diabetic feet at a higher risk for developing an infection or foot condition.

Regular visits to your podiatrist will keep on top of any problems that may occur. Call Quay Health today to arrange an appointment.

Sam Towers Podiatrist Quay Health Sydney CBD Circular Quay Sam Towers, Podiatrist

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Eat your way calm – psychobiotics and the gut brain connection

A new and exciting era in the treating of mental illness could be upon us!

I have blogged before about the gut and its affect on our mental state. Though, now money is now being put into research of this fascinating subject.

With the gut-brain connection is now very well established a new wave of research is now being done into psychobiotics.

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These are, in short; biotics for the gut. Were as antibiotics are designed for the killing of bad bacteria. Psycho-biotics will be used for the increasing of good bacteria. Resulting in a much more diverse gut flora and better moods.

 

 

So far, the research on psychobiotics is still preliminary. Studies have shown that increasing the amount of “good” bacteria in the gut can curb inflammation and cortisol levelsreduce symptoms of depression and anxietylower stress reactivity, improve memory, and even lessen neuroticism and social anxiety. However, most of these studies were conducted on mice, and more research on humans is needed.”

The unfortunate thing is that approval for this new type of treatment is approximately 10 years away. But there are things that can be done in the meantime.;

 

1) Consuming probiotic foods

Yogurt

One of the best known probiotic foods is live-cultured yogurt, especially handmade. Read your labels, as many popular brands are filled with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and artificial flavors and are way too close to being a nutritional equivalent of ice cream. As with most food, the most health claims made on the packaging means more marketing, not more nutritional value.

 

Miso Soup

 Miso is one the mainstays of traditional Japanese medicine and is commonly used in macrobiotic cooking as a digestive regulator. Made from fermented rye, beans, rice or barley, adding a tablespoon of miso to some hot water makes an excellent, quick, probiotic-rich soup.

 

Sauerkraut

 Made from fermented cabbage (and sometimes other vegetables), sauerkraut is not only extremely rich in healthy live cultures, but might also help with reducing allergy symptoms. Sauerkraut is also rich in vitamins B, A, E and C.

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Kefir

Similar to yogurt, this fermented dairy product is a unique combination of goat’s milk and fermented kefir grains. High in lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria, kefir is also rich in antioxidants. Look for a good, organic version at your local health food store.

 

Kombucha

 This is a form of fermented tea that contains a high amount of healthy gut bacteria. This probiotic drink has been used for centuries and is believed to help increase your energy, enhance your wellbeing, and maybe even help you lose weight. However, kombucha tea may not be the best fit for everyone, especially those who’ve had problems with candida.

 

Mircoalgae

Although this isn’t a food per se, it’s great to add to your morning smoothie. Microaglae refers to superfood ocean-based plants such as spirulina, chorella, and blue-green algae.

 

Pickles

 Believe it or not, the common green pickle is an excellent food source of probiotics. The less commercialized the better, but most pickles will have some microbial value.

 

Tempeh

 I wouldn’t necessarily call soy a health food any longer as it’s mostly GMO. However, tempeh can be a great substitute for meat or tofu. Tempeh is a fermented, probiotic-rich grain made from soy beans. A great source of vitamin B12, this vegetarian food can be sautéed, baked, or eaten crumbled on salads.

 

Kimchi

An Asian form of pickled sauerkraut, kimchi is an extremely spicy and sour fermented cabbage, typically served alongside meals in Korea. Besides beneficial bacteria, Kimchi is also a great source of beta-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2. Kimchi is one of the best probiotic foods you can add to your diet, assuming you can handle the spice, of course.

 

Poi

 Poi is a staple food of Hawaii, made by mashing cooked taro plant until its consistency is liquid to dough-like. Poi hasn’t been officially recognized as a probiotic food like these others, even though it contains more beneficial bacteria that yogurt. While poi is loaded with good germs, it’s stirred up some controversy as there’s currently no way to mass produce it in a way that’s 100% sanitized. (In order to pass health and hygiene standards in America to prepare and sell anything, everything has to be 100% sanitized.) Too bad, because fresh, fermented poi is teeming with bacteria. In order to reap these benefits from po, you might have to fly to Hawaii to get it, which sounds fine to me!

 

2) Meditate

wellness quay health sydney cbd circular quay chiropractor, acupuncuture, massageMost people “don’t think” they have time for this. Though, all you need is a quiet room. If you don’t have one I suggest purchasing some noise cancelling headphones. Put and turn them on, sit in a dark room and just concentrate on your breathing. Start trying to do this for only 5 minutes per session and then gradually increase the time as you get better. Meditation is like exercise, you get better with practise.

 

3) Exercise

for at least 30 minutes per day. You don’t have to train like an Olympian to get the benefits. Though, you have to make the sessions as intense as you can handle to get the benefits in full.

 

Darren Geer Acupuncturist Quay Health Sydney CBD Circular Quay traditional chinese medicineDr Darren Geer, Acupuncturist

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References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/gut-bacteria-mental-health_us_581770a7e4b064e1b4b3a842

 

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9331/top-10-probiotic-foods-to-add-to-your-diet.html

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I feel stable, should I keep getting adjusted?

I feel stable, should I keep getting adjusted?

 

The short answer is of course! Chiropractic adjustments are much more than just getting rid of pain. Whilst pain is what gets most people through our door, it is usually not the greatest issue. Pain in itself can be addressed with other modalities that may not be quite as effective as seeing a professional but will work for the short term.

 

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When I set out with my patient on a journey of chiropractic care we talk about the reason “why” they decided to start care.  Whilst pain is a big one for most, the pain feeling is not the problem as is the inability to function, think and move to do the things that are most important to them.  That is what gets me excited about how chiropractic can add to each person’s life…by optimizing their function and increasing their wellness.

 

“Wellness did you say?” Yes, wellness!  Because in addition to getting rid of musculoskeletal pain via correcting posture, what happens in addition to that is much more amazing.  When we stand straighter without interferences along our spine, information from our brain to the rest of our body and organs travels better with a lot more clarity and less “fog”.  As a result, organ function improves. As does hormonal changes, breathing capacity, our focus and confidence in our thoughts. (See my pervious blog on how this works)

 

Chiropractic can be experienced and used as part of your regular wellness lifestyle.  Just like eating healthily, and exercising, maintaining proper spinal alignment is crucial to optimizing every other health journey you go on.

 

“What about maintenance Doc? What does that mean?”

 

Well, as long as we live and move we will twist and at times, cause joints to strain or lock in certain directions that are not necessarily painful at the time!  They just happen, and if left as they are without a release, it can linger and create problems further down the track.  So getting an adjustment as part of a maintenance schedule reduces the chance of that happening and allows you to continue to reap the benefits of your initial groundwork when you began chiropractic care.

 

So get our there and get well people!  Tell your friends and family the positives you’ve felt in your own bodies from chiropractic and share the love.  Take care of your spine today, and live optimally later.

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If only I could get some sleep

Michelle always felt tired and sleepy in the day time, because she could not sleep at night. It usually took her more than 1 hour to fall asleep, and sometimes even the whole night until 5-6am, even though she was really sleepy.

Daniel a 12 years old, used to lie down on his desk at the school, due to his dreaminess at night.

Ben also has a sleeping problem. He always wakes up very early around 3-4am. After waking up, he would not be able to go back to sleep, no matter how sleepy he was.

insomnia treatment acupuncture Quay Health Sydney CBDInsomnia is one of the most common health problems in the world. From research, there are one out of three people who will suffer from some form of sleep disturbance during their lifetime. For some they would continue for many years, and they would try many ways to deal with it, including having sleeping medication or drugs, but these would not work when they stop taking it.

 

Clinically, insomnia may occur individually or be accompanied by the manifestations of headaches, dizziness, palpitations, amnesia, etc. Insomnia is a disease, and long-term lack of treatment or mitigation will inevitably lead to a series of adverse consequences, such as reduction in the quality of work and life, reduction in the body’s immune system, endocrine disorders, easily leading to and aggravating infectious diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases and so on.

 

In Chinese Medicine, insomnia can be divided into three different types according to the pattern of the sleep problem.

 

The first type of insomnia is that people try hard to fall asleep. If it takes over thirty minutes to fall asleep, it is defined as insomnia, but in some cases it can take hours and in several cases people just will not fall asleep until the sun comes up. This pattern in Chinese medicine is associated with a deficiency of the heart yin energy. The yin energy is the energy that calms, cools and moistens. Its function is especially important at night time. When the yin energy is deficient, our mind cannot calm down, and we would feel irritable and hot during the night and cannot have good quality sleep. This condition is associated with long term stress or overworking. Commonly associated symptoms are: night heat or night sweats, palpitations, dizziness, tinnitus, poor memory and concentration, constipation, dry mouth at nights and red tongue. The treatment for this type of insomnia is with Acupuncture points that nourish the yin energy reducing heat and calming the spirit. In addition to sleeping better the patient should also feel an all-around improvement in his physical and emotional health. Acupuncture for Shenmai(BL62), Zhaohai(KI6), Taixi(KI3), Dalin (PC7), Shenmen(HT7), Taichong(LR3) can help for that.

 

The second type of insomnia is when sleep is easy but the quality of sleep that follows is poor. The person feels that the sleep is very light and often wakes up. Sometimes it feels as if no sleep has been had at all. This type of insomnia is usually due to over work and over thinking which weaken the energies of the heart and the spleen; the digestive system. The heart in Chinese Medicine is in charge of sleep and mental activities and needs sufficient nourishment to function properly. Other symptoms often associated with this pattern are palpitations, fatigue, poor appetite and digestive problems. The treatment is by using acupuncture to nourish the heart and strengthen the digestive systems and improvement in sleep should soon follow. For acupuncture, we usually use: Xinshu(BL15), Pishu(BL20), Baihui((DU20), Shenmen(HT7), Sanyinjiao(SP6), Neiguan(PCC6). If dreaminess, can also use Pohu(BL42), Yinbai(SP1), lidui(ST45), Daling(PC7).

 

The third type of insomnia is when the problem is waking up early in the morning. The person will wake up some time between 3 and 6 in the morning and will not be able to go back to sleep. In Chinese medicine this problem is related to the liver and it is usually caused by emotional problems, stress or worry. Like worrying about what will need to do during the daytime. Other symptoms often associated with this type of insomnia are: irritability, tearfulness and sometimes light headedness. The treatment is with Acupuncture points that treat the liver and calm the mind. You can expect an improvement in your mood and general feeling, in addition to sleeping better. For the acupoint, we can use: Xinjian(LR2), Zuqiaoyin(GB44), Fengchi(GB20), Shenmen(HT7), Sishencong(EX-HN1) etc.

 

Those suffering from insomnia understand how important a good night’s sleep is in order to feel great and be productive the next day. Acupuncture for insomnia is one treatment that can help to alleviate insomnia without the need to take potentially harmful prescription sleeping aids. It focuses on treating the whole body and not just the symptoms, the root cause of the insomnia will be addressed, be it stress, pain, dietary irregularities, etc. By resolving the underlying imbalance, the insomnia will effectively be treated, and the individual will enjoy a better overall quality of life.

 

To find relief from your insomnia book an appointment to see Quay Health’s accupuncturist’s Si Chen and Darren Geer.  Call 9252 2825 to book an appointment.

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Si Chen
Acupuncturist
Quay Health Sydney CBD

 

Why is running associated with so many injuries?

Running is a natural physical activity….it is what we learn to do after we learn to walk. Why then is running associated with so many injuries? Why does running receive so much bad press i.e. it is bad for knees etc?

Of course there will always be risk of injury when performing any activity there can never be zero risk but we can help to lessen the probabilities that can lead to higher risks of injuries.

So what are the leading causes if running injuries?

1. Training Issues – 80% of running injuries can be traced back to training errors. Training volume and intensity should always be consistent and gradually increased. Time off from training because of illness, injury or some other reason needs to be factored into the training program as should be adequate periods of rest and periodisation in training.
• Increasing distance or time of running by more than 10% per week
• Increasing intensity/speed of workout by more than 2-3% a week
• Increasing the amount of hills too fast
• Not having enough rest
• Training at too high an intensity. Endurance training ideally should be done with 80% of the volume undertaken at aerobic levels and 20% at anaerobic levels (faster speeds)
• Changing shoes without weaning them into training – there is such variety in shoes that this can mean large or small changes depending on the type of shoe used.
• The human body has amazing capacity to adapt but if the load of training exceeds the body’s capacity to adapt injury or illness will result.

2. Technique Errors – we all have our own individual running style but research has highlighted some biomechanical facts that have been proven to be of benefit, or hindrance, to minimising running injuries.
• The foot should land as close as possible to under the hip as possible to minimise negative forces
• The foot should NOT land in front of the body in a heel striking action as this causes the body to have to brake before it can accelerate again and this braking action not only slows down the runner but causes negative forces up the leg.
• Knees should be over the mid foot and not dropping into the midline or crossing over the midline
• The pelvis should be stable and should be balanced in the horizontal, transverse and frontal planes – weak core and gluteal muscles can be the cause of these errors.
• The head should not poke forward. The body should NOT bend forward at the hips – this indicates too much hip flexor activity. The body needs to be in alignment with ears over the shoulders, shoulders over the hips with a slight lean forward at the ankles.
• Shoes should be comfortable, light and flexible

3. Pre-existing Injury/Imbalance – often past injuries or postural issues can create imbalances in the musculo-skeletal system. E.g. if you sit all day for work then tight hip flexors and weak gluteals are a possibility.

Tightness or weakness in the thorax and pelvis often cause running injuries and these injuries can be at some distance from the site of imbalance.

A therapist can assess these issues and prescribe exercises and stretches and release tight structures.

Running should be fun and enjoyable and is an activity that associated with injury but following some of these tips may help reduce that risk.

Running technique errors are difficult to change without having your running style filmed and analysed and at Quay Health I can film your running style and discuss any changes with you. To book in call Quay Health on 9252 2825.

Jo Hadley
Physiotherapist
Quay Health

Can my posture affect my hormones?

Can my posture affect my hormones? The short answer is – yes it can!

 

Amy Cuddy* from Harvard University has done research on how body language impacts hormones. One of her studies showed how levels of salivary testosterone and cortisol are impacted when someone is in an upright posture vs when someone is in a slouched over posture.

 

Testosterone has an important role to play for both men and women. It helps plays a part in regulating libido, brain function, muscle mass and strength, and fat distribution. Signs of low testosterone may include irritability, depression, brain fog, decreased muscle mass, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction and low sex drive to mention but a few.

 

shutterstock_146398013Cortisol, commonly known as the “stress hormone”, is secreted by the adrenal glands during stressful events. It is very important that after a stressful event, that cortisol levels go back to normal. Unfortunately, in a society where stress is not an acute but a chronic event, cortisol levels can rise and stay elevated for a prolonged period. This has been shown to have negative effects such as impaired cognitive function, sleep disturbance, lower immune function, higher blood pressure and increased abdominal fat to again name but a few!

 

In Cuddy’s study, the levels of salivary cortisol and testosterone were measured when participants held (for two minutes) an upright “high-power” pose vs a slouched over “low-power” pose. The results showed an increase in testosterone and decrease in cortisol in the “high-power” pose, and a decrease in testosterone levels and increase in cortisol levels in a “lower-power” pose.

 

So, how can you apply the benefits of this interesting study in your life? Whenever you can maintain a power-pose, which sort of looks like you are puffing out your chest, and keeping your head over your shoulders, do it! Try to hold that for a few minutes a day and notice how you feel immediately after. To help combat the effects of stress on your body and for a more prolonged effect on your health and wellbeing, getting ABC adjustments is the way to go! The whole idea, is that you leave being able to stand upright, “without effort, or thinking about it!” I look forward to seeing you at the practice!

 

[* Carney, D. R., Cuddy, A. J., & Yap, A. J. (2010). Power posing brief nonverbal displays affect neuroendocrine levels and risk tolerance. Psychological Science, 21(10), 1363-1368.]

 

Dr Aline Dahdah

Chiropractor

Quay Health

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Fascial Manipulation in a nutshell…a very large nutshell…

What is Fascial Manipulation and how can it help you move, live and feel better?
 

shutterstock_254159596I am a physiotherapist with over 25 years of experience. I treat the usual work related ergonomic injuries and the back and neck pains that often result from working in an office at a computer most of the day. I am able to provide ergonomic and postural advice and exercises. I can assess joint and muscles injuries both acute and chronic. My special interest is in running injuries, problems that persist or areas of multiple regions of pain or tightness etc. The injuries that don’t seem to want to go away but nothing specific has ever been diagnosed. I now use a whole body technique called Fascial Manipulation to help assess multi region issues and see if they are connected.

 

Fascial Manipulation is a holistic manual therapy technique devised and refined by Luigi Stecco an Italian physiotherapist over the past 40 years and being further refined and researched by his children who are both medical practitioners and researchers. It is a developing field and technique that is growing around the world but is very new to Australia.

 

But what is fascia? Fascia is the soft tissue that covers every cell, muscle, muscle group and organ etc in our bodies. (It is the white bit around meat!) Until recently it has been ignored by anatomists, even though it covers everything and most of our neural receptors are within it. There is the superficial fascia (the skin and neural receptors) and the deep fascia (more muscle related). The iliotibial band (ITB) and the plantar fascia in the foot, are the best known parts of the fascial system, because they are some of the densest fascial places within the body. Fascia is usually a lot thinner in other areas – but just as important!

 

Whereas muscles attach bone to bone, fascia through its spiraling interconnected, multi directional layers, connects our feet to our heads to our hearts, lungs and hands etc. Many muscles also attach into fascia as well as onto bone and so fascia has the ability to transfer forces throughout many areas of the body. It has the ability to cause muscle dysfunction and timing issues, for example have you had a muscle that you have tried to strengthen but nothing changed? It could be a fascial system block.

 

As well as affecting the tension of the fascia around muscles the fascial tension around organs can be altered, which can cause symptoms like constipation, bloating, recurrent throat or voice issues, reflux, cysitis, and palpitations to name only a few.

 

Fascial or soft tissue tension over time and years and/ after suffering a number of injuries and/or illnesses etc, can result in various areas of the fascia tightening up and exerting force at a point of compensation, often away from the site of breakdown or pain or dysfunction. The body has an amazing ability for compensation, so part of the Fascial Manipulation treatment, especially for internal dysfunctions where the organs are involved, aims to restore some ‘give’ and flexibility to the body’s fascial system by releasing areas where adhesions have formed and prevented normal movement. The body can operate very well even without perfect fascial flexibility but if it reaches a point where the compensations are no longer possible then injuries/pain/internal dysfunctions can begin to have an affect on our lives.

 

Fascial Manipulation technique has a number of points throughout each part of the body, very similar to acupuncture points. In the initial assessment, your present, as well as your past injuries, illnesses, surgery, trauma etc are taken into account and the whole body is assessed to locate the most efficient points to release for your condition.

 

If the right points have been found then 50% improvement or more should occur with the first treatment or with internal dysfunctions improvement over the following week should occur. Some purely musculo-skeletal conditions can be resolved in 1-3 sessions, whereas depending on the internal dysfunctions or complicated cases with multiple conditions/injuries etc may take longer. Generally the treatments are spaced out one week apart to give the body time to adjust to its new tensioning and after about 3 sessions at least one month is recommended between treatments, if required, to allow the cells of the fascia to regenerate.

 

The treatment can be quite tender and often remains sore for about 2-3 days after the treatment session. This is normal and part of the healing process, as the treatment involves causing friction to the points that are found to be densified. The friction heats up the ‘stuck’ densified hyaluronic acid layer until it becomes fluid once more and thus small areas of inflammation are created. The points may stay sore but usually the condition being treated is improved, immediately for musculo-skeletal issues and over one week for internal dysfunctions.

 

Fascial Manipulation works well on any sports injuries, back and neck injuries, overuse injuries, chronic injuries and for people who have developed multiple areas of pain or issues in their bodies.

 

Within 1-3 sessions you will know if it will work for you! Once treated, the areas that were previously ‘blocked’ are now able to move as they are supposed to making exercises more likely to work and help strengthen the targeted areas. With internal dysfunctions, by removing the fascial tension the organs are more free to move in the rhythm they need to work, (all organs have small amounts of movement.), thus minimising unusual symptoms. Fascial Manipulation cannot change pathologies but may be able to help pre-pathological states with the internal organs. The treatment points do not involve manipulating the internal organs, instead the points are located at sites where tension has been found to concentrate for example along the abdominal muscle sheath or feet.

 

Jo Hadley

Phyisotherapist

Quay Health

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