6 Stretches to reverse Sciatica

Sciatica stretches Myotherapy

Spinal twist & glut release

Myotherapy for Sciatica

Glut release knee to chest

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Hamstring & thoracics lengthening

Sciatica Fitzroy Carlton Clifton Hill

Leg & hip lengthen

Myoga Carton Fitzroy Remedial Massage

Hip & lumbar spine stretch

Myotherapy Remedial Massage Carlton

Lower back & leg release

Understanding sciatica is key to helping heal faster and prevent the painful condition returning. With the right knowledge and self-care, Sciatica can be significantly reduced and reversed. Myotherapy and Remedial Massage have helped us see many clients recover from this debilitating condition. Sciatica can be experienced as sharp and shooting pain through the glut and down the leg, which alarms many of it’s sufferers.

Sciatica stems from an impingement of the sciatic nerve being compressed by the discs of the lumbar spine.

These discs compress the nerve to create pain, due to restriction from tight fascia surrounding the discs! That is how simple this condition is, and unfortunately, so many people not knowing this will turn to medication.

The problem with pain medication is… they do not treat the underlying cause of the pain as Myotherapy and remedial massage do. There are a number of leading factors that contribute to the onset of sciatica, which are assessed and addressed at our clinic Advanced Myotherapy.

Here are some symple steps to overcoming Sciatica naturally…

1. The first step in reversing Sciatica is to release tension from the surrounding area, being the gluts and lower back. Regular (daily) corrective stretching, focusing on the legs (particularly hamstrings) and gluts, is an incredibly effective tool in reducing sciatic nerve pain.

2. Secondly, simply using a ball to lay on underneath the affected glut and hip, can help with “trigger point therapy”. Holding position where the pain is for several minutes or until fully released, can bring instant release.

The key to getting results with such self treatment at home is in holding both the stretches and the pressure of the (tennis sized) ball under the body for long enough to allow for full release. The trick can be not to release the stretch or remove the ball before this relief comes, so as to avoid “activating” the pain further.

To avoid this, simply be gentle with yourself enough to be able to hold the position long enough for it to be effective in allowing the tight muscles causing the pain to fully “let go”.

3. Another incredibly effective self care method of treating sciatica is by applying heat (a wheat bag) to the area. Heat relaxes the tight muscles enough to let them soften to release the affected area, and take the pressure off the discs compressing the sciatic nerve.

4. Along with these few very effective practical steps you can take at home, we use Myotherapy and Remedial Massage to manipulate the surrounding area to allow softening and restoration of a better range of motion for less pain and restriction.

This is the key to recovery when it comes to many neuro-musculoskeletal conditions in the body that Myotherapy specialises in treating.

5. It is essential that you incorporate lifestyle changes such as reducing the length of time you spend sitting, such as driving or sitting at a desk for work. It can be as simple as breaking the day up with frequent stretching sessions or brief walks.

Along with regular treatments to lengthen the restricted fascia around the sciatic nerve, self care is the number one tool in preventing sciatica pain from returning.

6. Keeping active and fit and maintaining a healthy weight and general range of motion is the best way, holistically speaking of preventing and correcting Sciatica. Incorporating these 6 simple stretches & steps will ensure you not only recover from this debilitating condition fast but prevent it from recurring later on.

Autumn Self Care

Myotherapy Melbourne Autumn
Autumn is the natural transitional time to prepare for Winter
Here are our top 5 tips to get through this season…

  1. To take a preventative approach to your health, invest time in visiting a sauna regularly to help break down and clear respiratory congestion and bacteria build up in the chest. Not only will you prevent colds and flu, but you will be reducing muscle tension and detoxifying the body. Just make sure you take a bottle of water with you to keep you cool and hydrated!
  2. Use spa jets to self massage any aching muscles and tension areas. This will help relax the tissues and increase blood flow to speed up recovery time for injuries also.
  3. If you have a bath at home, take rejuvenating hot salt baths often.  Salt is essential for muscle function, helping prevent cramping by promoting relaxation. Alternatively, a nice long hot shower will suffice in times of tension.
  4. Include plenty of un-iodised sea/rock salt in your diet. Natural salt helps us absorb nutrients, where iodised salt in fact decreases our ability to do so, hardening the arteries with added aluminium. 
  5. Use a wheat bag on tight muscles to soften them and help you relax. Any area of the body responds well to heat when tight. Heat also helps break down mucous, so it is great to help avoid and pre-vent the common colds and flu! Our quality Wheat Bags are available on clinic or online, so pop in if you don’t have one.



New to our Health Essentials range –Myotherapy Spikey Balls are selling like hot cakes! Grab yours in clinic or online here.  

Get deep into those tight spots in between tune ups. 

 

Resistance training secrets

Weights Myotherapy Melbourne Weight (strength) training without correct understanding of the musculo-skeletal system can result in imbalances that lead to pain and injury. What we look at in Myotherapy is maintaining muscle balance for ultimate structural alignment and range of motion, essential to our bio-mechanical functioning.

So many people routinely practice weight resistance training without the knowledge required to maintain structural balance, leading to poor flexibility, restricted range of motion and tightening that places on pressure on antagonistic muscle groups.

Though weight training correctly is one of the best ways to increase physical strength, correct posture and injury prevention, training without correct principles and technique can do more harm than good. What we do at Advanced Myotherapy is educate people in training principles that lead to postural balance and alignment.

Understanding the body is key to maintaining it’s balance, especially when it comes to weights training. We recommend generally taking care and being cautious with weights training, as we do with stretching and Yoga. Light reps in sets of 15 is a great way to begin a stable routine of building muscle strength.

While some personal trainers teach people to practice low reps with high weight, there is more chance of injury as a result of such training styles. We recommend gradual build up towards greater and greater strength and caution against injury. It is also important to keep in mind, our very motto “lengthen & strengthen”. While strength is vital for our muscle health, many people do not realise how equally important flexibility is.

Our philosophy is, as much as you strengthen, you Must lengthen the muscles! People generally do not stretch enough! So we recommend stretching for a good length of time in a gentle yet firm way, every time you train. Holding stretches for a long enough length of time is also vital, as this allows for the muscles to fully release and let go, to restore blood flow and circulation.

As weights tighten the muscles, they also shorten them, which is exactly why, when done incorrectly, they can so easily lead to muscle imbalances. So to prevent and correct this problem, we must maintain good flexibility with a stretching routine equal to our resistance training regimes.

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9 Steps to a Better Pregnancy and Birth

Founding Director Matthew Cleary

Matthew Cleary has been a Myotherapist for 14 years, establishing Advanced Myotherapy in 2008. Through word of mouth referrals alone, without ever advertising, Matthews client base grew to the point where he recruited his team at Advanced Myotherapy. Matthew is part of the historical AFL success of the Brisbane Lions, working with them through achieving 4 consecutive Grand Finals, with 3-peat premierships from 2001. He has been a highly sought after therapist since working with the team for ten years. Offered his own full time clinic with the Brisbane Lions at the GABBA, Matthew chose to stay in Melbourne, opening Advanced Myotherapy.
As an industry leader, Matthew has been consulted by many fellow health professionals in clinical practice and skills development, and provides ongoing support, training and professional development at Advanced Myotherapy. In 2013, Advanced Myotherapy received 2 service awards, while Matthew co-authored his first book Self Care Medicine, A Guide to Living Well. Matthew now maintains a full client base at the clinic where he leads a highly reputable team of Myotherapists.
With some of his clients traveling interstate for treatment, he has become renowned for his success in helping people prevent surgery and recovery from debilitating injury. Here’s what some people are saying about what Matthew has done for them:
 

“There are so many opinions as to which of the practices to choose, be it chiro or osteopathy even bowen therapy. My opinion…It depends on the practitioners. FEW in each feild around Australia, and perhaps the world, have the ability to heal. Not just treat the problem send you on your way, but to find the Source of the problem. To help you minimize future recurrences by teaching you about your body and it’s movement. Matt at Advanced Myotherapy is one of these rare practitioners. My job requires alot of heavy lifting. I surf and skateboard and play golf. So I can be sore and broken on a daily basis and when it’s been bad Matt has fixed me every time AND has given me the know how to alleviate minor issues or self  maintain. I don’t go anywhere else now... – Kris Rachmanczuk, TV Sound Technician

“Matt,

Are you Jesus? I saw three doctors and went to the St Vincent’s ER ward and after all this testing they sent me home with no explanation, treatment or prevention advice.

I see you, give me some therapy and home treatment, I literally sat in a bath of ice for 20 minutes only twice yesterday and BOOM, swelling has disappeared this morning. I cannot begin to thank you, such a simple solution but all too hard for the medical board to pinpoint. You are a legend! Thanks a heap, I’m over the moon.” Danielle Giordano

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Advanced Myotherapy in 2014

As we enter our 2nd week back we would like to wish you an awesome year as we arrive in February to the Chinese Astrological Solar Year of the Yang Wood Horse. Given that the Horse is the zodiac sign with the greatest “Yang” energy, being the Yang Fire animal, this is a time where balance becomes vital. Energetically this means that any health issues relating to the “fire element” of the body-mind-spirit can be exacerbated.

The fire element relates to the heart, the central nervous system and the spirit. This means that people with sleeping issues will now face even more challenges to balance their “fire element”, along with those facing emotional challenges or suffering with neuro-muscular pain. This year we need to care for our nervous system by maintaining musculoskeletal balance, emotional wellbeing and sound stress management / lifestyle medicine.

It’s the year to have Lavender on standby, as one of the many helpful essential oils that helps calm and sooth nerves, reduce pain and ease emotional stress. Aromatherapy works on the Nervous system and is therefore a fantastic modality for “fire element” imbalances. This year, any imbalances of the fire element within our own energy, body and health, will be more notable, making it important to look after these areas of our health.

As you can imagine, even with little understanding of the “five elements”, the elements that bring balance to the fire element include, water…to put out the fire, meaning to keep the nervous system under control with cooling properties to prevent overheating and stimulation. Water element can be reinforced with plenty of rest, water, hydrating plant foods, salt therapies and swimming of coarse. Also helping to balance excessive fire element is the “earth element”.

Earth element can be supported with plenty of natural earth foods, especially those that are sweet and grounding like pumpkins. Earth element can also be supported with regular physical activity and meditation to calm the mind. So as you can see, this year, there is plenty you can do to maintain inner balance, including regular self maintenance with Myotherapy. Myotherapy in particular helps with neuro-muscular pain that can lead to both spinal and nerve damage if left untreated.

So remember, prevention is far better than any cure. And don’t forget, your habits create your health. So keep well this year and take care.

 

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Myotherapy Self Care Packages

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We have a couple of fantastic new Self Care Packages also available as Gifts which are great value. With over $275 worth of value, our Self Care Kit includes all you need to maintain good health and wellbeing for the year ahead without having to see us so much! 
     Our Self Care Package worth over $770, includes a Maintenance Care Package along with loads of other tools to help keep you balanced and pain free through the year. Take a look and grab one for yourself or someone special here.
If you are new to Advanced Myotherapy please join our 1600+ facebook fans! & Be sure to check in next visit for a whopping $25 off treatment. *

In this book we reveal the best kept secrets nature has to offer. Looking at the vital principles of life, health and longevity, this book will help inspire you to accomplish your true energetic potential for living well.

 

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Announcing the release of our new book marking our 5 year Birthday.
After winning two Service Awards in 2013 we celebrate with the launch of our new book Self Care Medicine. With International Best-selling author Dr Moni Lai Storz, Myotherapy pioneer Clive Alex and the Advanced Myotherapy team, we mark this special occasion in acknowledging those who have made it all possible. 
Take a peek at the album we have posted on our fan page here.
Self Care Medicine – A Guide to Living Well

 

Get the Heads Up for Health

White Light Yoga

20 Reasons to make the practice of Yoga part of your life

 

1. Increase your quality of life
2. Improve your memory
3. Strengthen your immune system
4. Increase physical strength and tone
5. Enhance concentration, focus and mental clarity
6. Improve your quality of sleep
7. Better your posture
8. Have more balance
9. Increased flexibility
10. Burn body fat
11. Reverse the ageing process
12. Better your stress coping ability
13. Prevent disease and degeneration
14. Prevent loss of vision, improve eye sight
15. Beat and prevent depression and memory loss
16. Lower high blood pressure
17. Balance blood flow and increase circulation
18. Enhance self esteem
19. Time out for mental health
20. Maintain physical range of motion

Essential Remedies for your Natural First Aid Kit 

NRFAK

If these are not in your (Natural Remedy) First Aid Kit, we recommend they ought to be….Check out these 9 Natural Healers!

Be sure to buy 100% pure essential oils, not fragrance oils.

 

. Lavender essential oil  

The BEST Burn & Bite Healer – applied straight to the skin
Lavender has sedative, insect repellent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It’s helpful for anxiety, insomnia, headaches, wounds and burns. Most people can tolerate lavender essential oil applied directly to the skin. For sleeplessness, burn lavender essential oil before bed in an oil burner or diffuser, or even spray on your pillow. You can also rub a few drops on the temples and wrists so that it can be absorbed directly into the blood stream for the best relaxation results.

 

. Eucalyptus essential oil

A potent antibiotic and antiviral, eucalyptus is excellent for treating colds and sinus infections when used as a steam inhalation.

 

. Lemon 

Uplifting, clarifying lemon and it’s essential oil can be used as aromatherapy to help dispel mental fatigue. It is also antiseptic, but it’s oil should be diluted before being applied to the skin.

 

. Ginger

The antispasmodic and gas-relieving properties of ginger soothe digestive upsets. Ginger also has been shown to relieve motion sickness better than Dramamine, the conventional drug treatment.

 

. Peppermint essential oil and tea 

Peppermint soothes an upset stomach, eases congestion from the common cold and curbs itching from insect bites. If you have sensitive skin, dilute peppermint oil before applying. Peppermint tea may aggravate heartburn.

 

. Chamomile tea 

Gentle enough for children, chamomile tea promotes relaxation, relieves indigestion and, applied topically, soothes skin irritations.

 

. Elderberry liquid extract

Elderberries can help prevent cold and flu viruses from invading and infecting cells. If you’re flying or otherwise potentially exposed to viruses, taking elderberry is a good preventive. If you come down with a cold or flu, elderberry can hasten your recovery time.

 

. Aloe vera gel

Cooling and healing, aloe vera soothes the inflammation of sunburn and mild kitchen burns.

 

. Comfrey

With anti-inflammatory properties and comfrey’s ability to help heal wounds, this is perfect for minor cuts and scrapes.