Sports Massage Therapists :
There are many health care professionals involved in treatment of the human body.
Q: Who would you turn to for treatment of the humble tension headache ? (hopefully you are not reaching for the bottle of pills)
Help ? !! Well it is at hand, because we know that this can be a difficult decision. Headache that is muscular in nature, is one such complaint that people turn to sports massage therapists. Tension headaches are derived from a musculoskeletal source – predominantly the muscles of the neck, shoulder girdle and cranium.
Your massage therapist at Waterloo Sports Massage are well educated, skilled and experienced in treatment of muscular headaches such as Tension Type Headaches.
Tension-type headache features:
- Bilateral Location
- A pressing or tightening quality
- Mild to moderate in intensity
- Non-pulsating quality
- Not aggravated by routine physical activity
- No nausea or vomiting
- No more than one of photophobia or phonophobia
- Lasting 30 minutes to 7 days
If you are concerned about your headaches, please call 02 96900911 to speak with a chiropractor/massage therapist who can help you. A diagnosis and a thorough treatment plan are required to overcome most musculoskeletal injuries.
Reference : International Classification of Headache Disorders presented by the International Headache Society (www.ihs-headache.org).
How does Pilates impact on your PAIN and recovery to your injury ?
To understand the practice of pilates we must first define pain. Definition of Pain: An unpleasant sensory & emotional experience arising from actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage” (international association for the study of pain).
Extensive research has shown, all of us will experience some form of back pain at some point of our lives, whether it being short periods of pain or developing into reoccurring/chronic back pain. The body of science exploring pain is huge and the more we explore it, the more we understand that pain is a field that should be studied as an entity to itself. That being said, we can simplify and stick to some basic key principles…
As an experienced practitioner (as a sports massage therapist and pilates instructor, as well as having worked with chiropractors, physiotherapists and other health care professionals for 10 +years) I have learnt some important key principles to forming a strong and “pain free” body, which I will go into shortly !
First… Did you know ?
- Pain alters normal movement patterns within the body
- 4 out of 5 people will experience low back pain in their lives
- Back pain costs the Australian government over 1 billion dollars a year
- Further reading on the topic includes federal government content at : http://www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems/what-are-back-problems/
Key Principles to stick to when dealing with pain :
- Early management is important in preventing longer term problems
- Building a strong core and having excellent movement pattern training is preventative to low back pain (PILATES)
- Do not fear your pain, be proactive and consult an allied health care professional (Chiropractor, Massage, Physio) as well as your GP.
- Finally, always transition out of treatment with active and specific strength training, which is where Pilates comes into it… Naturally !
We are advocates of the ‘CORE’ and will teach you to activate & engage your core, providing stabilisation for the spine, therefore reducing the risk of injury, re-injury or pain. As a pilates instructor, I treat the causes of abnormal movement patterns, help prevent re-occurrence of pain & help manage pain long term !
Keep pain away & book your pilates class today at Waterloo Chiropractic and Sports Massage ! P| 96900911
Yours in clever spines,
Robyn Higley (Remedial Massage Therapist, Pilates Instructor and Sports Trainer)
As a chiropractor, I have a thorough understanding of what my profession achieves. I don’t expect my patients to have that same level of understanding as I do after a 5 year university degree and a further 5 years of clinical experience in practice. So whilst some people may find my opinion on this question as mildly controversial, I honestly believe chiropractic applied in the right setting, with the correct patient education is for everyone full stop.
Why…? Chiropractic is a very common sense modality that harnesses the bodies natural ability to heal and enhance function. As the “health consciousness” of society improves throughout this decade, the population will continue to seek non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical treatment options and natural maintenance choices. We are seeing a major movement away from pharmaceuticals and surgical for less invasive treatments. As the body of science increases, some of these treatments align with medical guideline in which chiropractic therapies are now recommended. No other professional is skilled to the level as the chiropractor for symptoms produced on movement of the spine amongst many other common musculoskeletal ailments, both from a diagnostic and treatment perspective. Just google a university curriculum and read through the body of science and clinical skill set taught. For example here is Macquarie University’s link to it’s curriculum in it’s Masters stream: http://courses.mq.edu.au/postgraduate/master/master-of-chiropractic
It’s pretty simple, everyone has a spine that needs to be kept healthy. Sitting in desks’, looking at our phones and laptops for hours on end are examples of activities that can put stress on our body, accelerate the degenerative process later in life and ultimately decrease our overall health picture. Chiropractic can help your spine function better, avoid pain and slow down degenerative processes.
So just like exercise, pilates and massage is for everyone, I firmly believe that the chiropractic adjustment is also for everyone!
Yours in clever spines,
Ben Foley (D.C.)