Massage. What type is right for you?

Liz Darrington, Massage Therapist

Nobody (and no body) could argue with the health benefits of a massage with an experienced massage therapist. No doubt you’re aware of the various types of massage available. But it can be daunting working out which one is right for you. Firstly, don’t stress! Any massage will provide benefits! Secondly, if in doubt, we will talk to you to help find the massage type that will be of most benefit to you!

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage may be beneficial for migraine and tension headaches, neck and back pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, hamstring injuries, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and repetitive strain injury. Treatments are individually tailored and may include trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, joint mobilisation and facilitated stretching to reduce pain and improve range of motion. Liz also assesses for postural imbalances and offers advice on corrective stretches and exercises for long-term results. 

 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Manual lymphatic drainage massage uses very light pressure applied in a certain direction to encourage the movement of lymph fluid around the body. Enhanced lymphatic circulation speeds-up the process by which waste products are carried away from the tissues and back to the heart. It can be beneficial for treating lymphoedema, fluid retention, post mastectomy lymphoedema of the arm, post-operative swelling, sinus congestion, swelling during pregnancy, and fibromyalgia. (Please note a full-body manual lymphatic drainage massage requires a 90-minute appointment.)

 

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation Massage has been found to destress the body and mind by activating the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. Long smooth gliding pressure gently manipulates superficial muscle tissue to achieve a general sense of calm. Relaxation massage is not just a feel-good massage. It has many other health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, increasing peripheral circulation, improving skin tone and appearance, stimulating the lymphatic system, improving gastrointestinal activity, and boosting the immune system.

 

Make a booking!

Liz is an accredited (ATMS) Remedial Massage Therapist with almost 10 years experience treating soft tissue related pain, restriction and injury. Liz is in the Northside Health clinic Mondays, Fridays and every other Saturday. She is a registered health fund provider for Australian Unity, Bupa, CBHS, Doctors Health Fund, Grand United Corporate Health and NIB. Work Cover clients welcome. For more information, visit www.coffsmassage.com
Call (02) 6652 5322 to book your next massage.

Grumpy? Get a Chiropractic Adjustment!

We all know the stereotype of men getting grumpier as they age. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

As a chiropractor, man and dad, this study is exciting news and I hope it encourages all men to assess their own mood, pain levels and mental health and seek help, if necessary.

A study performed in 2011 revealed the impact of one single chiropractic adjustment can have on the tone of the nervous system. Published in “Alternative Therapies Health Medicine”(Ogura 2011)(2), the study was performed by 8 PhD’s and 1 Chiropractor. They used a PET scan as a powerful neuro-imaging technique to measure neuronal activity in the brain. They were also able to take a radioactive analogue of glucose as a marker to measure brain glucose consumption as it would indicate brain metabolic activity after having a chiropractic adjustment.

The findings demonstrated that the sympathetic tone of the nervous system was inhibited, salivary amylase was decreased, regional brain metabolic changes occurred, and muscle tone and pain intensity decreased following just one single chiropractic adjustment.

In simple terms, the study confirmed that a single neck adjustment from a chiropractor helped:

  • Decrease stress levels
  • Reduced the flight/fright reflex response
  • Relaxed muscles
  • Reduced pain levels

Essentially the subjects were new men after just one specific chiropractic neck adjustment!

If the men in your life are grumpy, in pain or just being a pain, consider making an appointment with myself here at Northside Health. Call 6652 5322 or jump onto the HotDoc app to book.

 

Dr. David Pham

Resident Chiropractor – Northside Health

Reference: “Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation” Alternative Therapies Health Medicine 2011 Nov-Dec;17(6):12-7.

It’s Movember – Men’s Health Awareness.

What is Movember all about?

Movember is the charity tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Movember aims to raise funds and awareness for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in your life.

 

What can you do to help?

Grow – No matter the shape or style of your ‘mo’ this Movember, your face can inspire donations, conversations and real change!

Move – Commit to walking or running 60 kilometres over the month. That’s 60 kilometres for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour.

Host – Raise funds by doing what you already enjoy. Get your mates together for a Mo-ment.

 

Prostate Cancer

Early detection can make the difference between life and death when it comes to prostrate cancer survival rates. We urge all men 45 years or older to talk to your GP about your prostrate health and PSA testing. A PSA test is a simple blood test. It is the primary method of testing for prostrate cancer and measures the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) concentration in the blood.

 

Signs and symptoms of Prostrate Cancer:

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Difficulty in having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs

Not every man experiences these symptoms and many prostrate cancers are first picked up by the doctor during a routine check.

 

Mental Health

75% of all suicides are men. The best way to help men with mental health issues is to talk, ask, listen, encourage action and check in. Remember, to speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. If life is in danger, call 000 or go directly to emergency services.

 

If you or a loved male need a health check, please call Northside Health on 02 6652 5322.