The power of stretching is often greatly underestimated. Often people can be unaware of the need to spend sufficient time holding stretches correctly and gently, so as to gain the full potential possible from their routine.
All stiffness and pain in the muscles is experienced as a result of poor blood flow, circulation and range of motion, which is limited due to a lack of movement and tightening of the muscle tissue. Stretching is the most fundamental form of exercise in keeping the muscles soft, flexible and also strong in the long term by increasing the flow of energy and blood throughout the body, thereby enhancing vitality, well being and structural integrity.
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.
The Lymphatic system is the fluid of the body flowing alongside the circulatory system on the outer layer of the body. It contains much of our immune system including glands (lymph nodes) which are responsible for the elimination of waste and toxins through the body. With many of our lymph nodes in certain areas of the body, Lymphatic drainage massage helps to encourage lymphatic fluid to move through the body for elimination, as opposed to building up causing inflammation and illness.
The importance of the Lymphatic system is found to be vital in maintaining a strong immune system, preventing stagnation in glands that are otherwise responsible for fighting infection, bacteria and disease. Swollen lymph glands are a sign of the body fighting illness and is a key indication of the need to rest and increase good self care medicine. With many of our lymph nodes residing in our throat, groin and armpits, these are important areas to keep aware of. Any swelling in these areas can be a sign that we need extra love and care to speed up the innate healing powers of the lymphatic system.
Seeking Lymphatic Drainage Massage is the best way to help prevent disease by supporting the immune system. Working to encourage the lymph flow back to the heart where it can re-enter the circulatory system for elimination is vital to help remove built up waste and fluid retention from the body. This is especially beneficial for pregnancy, to prevent swelling which is common as the body fluid increases. It is also an excellent support for pregnancy due to the fact that a women’s immune system is slightly weakened during this time given her energy resources are fed through the placenta to the baby.
Supporting pregnant women in this way can encourage her immune system to stay strong as her baby develops, which will in turn help support the health of the developing baby. Using shower gloves to self massage the skin in the direction of the heart, is a great way to encourage lymph flow. Another great thing to do to support the lymphatic system is to dry brush the skin (again in the heart direction), to stimulate the lymphatic flow. Myotherapy & Massage in general do help support the lymphatic system and can be used to support the immune system, especially be reducing stress built up within the body.
Combining treatments is a great way to encourage detoxification and waste elimination, vital for the prevention of disease. When the body is stagnant, inflammation and waste builds up to form debilitating symptoms of pain and illness. It is our job at Advanced Myotherapy to help reverse and prevent such conditions from arising. Myotherapists are trained in Lymphatic Drainage Massage and can incorporate this into your treatment if needed. So if you feel as though you need a little more TLC at the moment, please mention this to us next visit.
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.
The integrity and alignment of the spine is dependent upon the balance and wellness of the muscular system. Many people suffer endlessly without the wisdom that muscle health (length and strength) is the key supporting factor in our very vital spinal health and longevity. Without spinal health, nothing else in our body functions as it should.
All nerves that control the senses, health and movement of the body flow from the spine as the foundation of our very CNS / central nervous system. If our muscles are compromised by poor posture, un-reversed habitual imbalances and lifestyle pressure or demands, then the spinal is the first to suffer. When the spine is compromised, all and any function within the body, throughout every organ, can become dysfunctional and begin to degenerate causing premature ageing.
What we do at Advanced Myotherapy is restore the vital muscle balance in both length and strength, through both treatment and self care education as well as personal Myo-Balance training. Why this is so successful in helping people perform at their highest potential, is due to the fact that any nerve degeneration, compression or impingement can then be both reversed and prevented for the best possible range of motion, blood flow and circulation, needed for holistic health and wellbeing.
With over 100 testimonials not including our therapists own, of how Myotherapy has changed their lives, we offer a credibility built on reputation that has helped us facilitate significant transformation in the quality of life for so many not just locally, but Australia wide. So this month, we give thanks to all of our client community with whom we have been able to celebrate the success of having the ability to make a difference in such a rewarding and tangible way.
Through the many modalities incorporated in Myotherapy from remedial massage to myofascial medicine, trigger point therapy, cupping, dry needling, PNF stretching and more, we promote musculoskeletal health from the very roots, rather than offering temporary relief from pain symptom. What sets us apart from the rest, is our focus on the bottom line…the root causes of pain, not it’s surface symptoms.
Where does it really comes from? Many practitioners we have found through our very own clients experience, have little skill in finding the actual cause of pain, imbalance and suffering. This is where we love to help. So please, if you have had a persistence problem or injury, don’t just take the prognosis that it won’t get better! We believe it can! Bring us your challenge. It’s what we thrive on. And even more importantly, it’s how we build our practice and reputation on getting results.
2012 was a HUGE year at AM during which time we welcomed new Therapists to the team who have already been making waves. We also saw the Melbourne Ice – Hockey team become 3peat CHAMPIONS, which is behind that special plaque on our reception wall. Congratulations to the team. We could not be more proud of you.
Congratulations to all of the football players – both Premiership players and finalists… and again Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your success. To the marathon runners, professional boxers and everyone else who simply chose to invest in their health by visiting us at Advanced Myotherapy, Thank you!!! We are grateful to be a part of your journey towards better health and potential. A big welcome to all of our new clients. We look forward to helping you maintain the best possible quality of life for the coming year and beyond.
Enjoy a safe holiday season and we look forward to helping you stay healthy in the new year.
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