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
Call (02) 6652 5322 to book your next massage.

Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that is developed after a person has experienced a traumatic life event.

PTSD Facts & Figures:

  • People who have experienced sexual or physical abuse are more likely to develop PTSD than people who experienced unintentional trauma.
  • Serious car accidents are the leading causes of PTSD in Australia.
  • About 25% of people exposed to a traumatic event develop PTSD.
  • Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men.
  • About 12% of all Australians will experience PTSD at some point in their life.
  • PTSD can affect people of all age even children and teens.

Signs & Symptoms

According to Beyond Blue, people with PTSD often experience feelings of panic or extreme fear, similar to the fear they felt during the traumatic event. There may be intense emotional or physical reactions, such as sweating, heart palpitations or panic when reminded of the event.

A person with PTSD experiences four main types of difficulties:

  • Re-living the traumatic event – They might have unwanted and recurring memories, such as nightmares or vivid images.
  • Being overly alert or wound up – This might mean sleeping difficulties, irritability and lack of concentration. They might be on constant look out for danger.
  • Avoiding reminders of the event – Certain activities, places, people, thoughts or feelings associated with the event might bring up painful memories and will be avoided, if possible.
  • Feeling emotionally numb – The person loses interest in day-to-day activities, feels cut off and detached from friends and family, or feels emotionally flat and numb.

Managing PTSD

With the right help, a person living with PTSD can learn to manage their anxiety. Anyone feeling severe stress, panic and anxiety regularly after a traumatic event, should speak with their doctor. Ignoring your condition or trying to block out these painful memories on your own can be detrimental in the long run so we always advise speaking with a health professional for effective treatment. Treatment usually involves psychological treatment but medication can also be prescribed in some cases.

If you know someone going through PTSD, your support is important. By providing care and support, you allow that person with PTSD to focus on their recovery.

If you would like to chat with your GP here at Northside Health about PTSD, please call 6652 5322 or use the HotDoc to arrange an appointment.

If you are feeling suicidal or need crisis support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.