At Maleny Remedial Therapies, remedial massage is the treatment of choice for chronic pain and physical limitations. This style of massage holistically treats the body and focuses on the actual cause of the symptoms, simultaneously promoting homeostasis, i.e assisting the body's own repair mechanisms. Facilitating whole body healing while promoting long term health without the necessity of continually seeking symptomatic relief.
Key benefits of Remedial Massage include the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through muscle relaxation. Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with Remedial Massage include Fibrositis, Spondylitis, Arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, Whiplash, muscular atrophy, sports and dancing injuries....plus the list of conditions on the home page. CLICK HERE to read more:
In addition to the application of remedial massage techniques, MET (Muscle Energy Techniques) may be used to correct any pelvis or spinal dysfunctions. MET is a much gentler approach than the usual manipulation applied by Chiropractors or manipulative physiotherapists. The technique requires the patient to apply a small counted-strain against the force of the therapist. The therapist holds the patient in such a position that the dysfunctioning vertebra, or pelvic misalignment is just starting to take up load, but is not yet being asked to move. At this point the counter-strain by the patient is applied, and since the muscles can't actually contract, the offending joint moves back into correct position. .
here a patient is too sore to tolerate some of the remedial therapy techniques, Dry Needling of painful trigger points may be included into the treatment protocol: pending the patient's willing participation. "The practice of ‘dry needling’ involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point and is typically used to treat the pain associated with injuries. A trigger point is a tender spot in a tight band of muscle which causes pain when pressed or squeezed." More Info.
It is interesting to note that some people often mistakenly point out that post treatment soreness/inflammation after massage is a detriment to your health. On the contrary, the fact that remedial massage can cause soreness while in the process of stretching muscles and releasing neuromuscular adhesions, assists in the healing process. Shen, Wei (2006), explained in the publication "The Role of Inflammation in Skeletal Muscle Healing", that reducing inflammation with the use of anti-inflammatory drugs is detrimental to healing of skeletal muscle. More Info.
Keith Wassung is a nationally known author and speaker in the field of health education and research, also noted that the role of inflammation in the process of healing has been misunderstood for many years. Recent neurological and immunological research has shed light on its importance in the human healing process. A clear shift in science is taking inflammation away from being the enemy of health and a condition to be suppressed or eliminated, to one in which its importance and role is allowed to proceed. More Info.
The inflammatory response is a natural defence mechanism that is triggered whenever body tissues are damaged in any way. Most of the body defense elements are located in the blood and inflammation is the means by which body defense cells and defense chemicals leave the blood and enter the tissue around the injured or infected site. Inflammation occurs in response to physical trauma, intense heat and irritating chemicals, as well as to infection by viruses and bacteria.
The inflammatory response:
prevents the spread of damaging agents to nearby tissues
disposes of cell debris and pathogens and
sets the stage for the repair process.
Remedial therapy is effective - why then are there so many operations?
The answer to that question may be supplied by Dr. Richard Deyo of Oregon Health and Science University. During the years 2002 to 2007, Dr. Deyo et al showed that surgery to correct narrowing of the spine did not increase overall. However, the rate of more complex procedures underwent an 18-fold increase. Unfortunately, the use of more complex procedures was linked to a higher rate of complications, a greater risk of death, and more than three times greater hospital charges. Since this surgical procedure has no proven benefit, its 18-fold increase is questionable at best, especially in regard to the added patient risk and the spiraling costs.
When questioned further, Deyo et al while reluctant to offer concrete answers, mentioned that medical device manufactures heavily promote the equipment required for the more complex procedures. Incidentally, the price of the more complex procedure can increase the per operational cost by $50,000. What is more, the surgeon is also paid more for the complex procedure, which reminds us of George Bernard Shaw's classic statement in The Doctor's Dilemma in 1911, "that if you pay a surgeon to cut off your leg, but don't pay him not to cut it off, don't be surprised if the fellow cuts off your leg."
Remember that we the public, place considerable pressure on doctors to give immediate relief from pain. It is not reasonable, as illustrated above in the statement by George Bernard Shaw, to expect surgeons to consider remedial massage as an alternative to surgery. Generally, that is the case. Generally, all health practitioners offer a solution based on their expertise.
RELIEF FROM MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN - The techniques that are incorporated into Remedial Massage are almost always successful in treating muscular aches and pains. Whereas NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) are often a band aid solution without offering anything permanent, except perhaps harmful side effects as reported by various Government agencies, the Lancet and other medical journals! In fact NSAID's such as Ibuprofen, interfere with the healing process.
Surgery on the other hand can be lifesaving, or dangerous as reported by Drs. Dean and Null et al. Obviously there are times when surgery is the only/best solution, such as in car accidents, when a bone needs pinning or a ruptured disc is pressing on the spinal cord or nerve. At Maleny Remedial Therapies, we recognise the difficulty in obtaining expert information that is based on results gained through practical experience and research. Given the range of success encountered in our work, you are encouraged to pursue all non-invasive treatment options before committing to surgery for musculoskeletal aches and pains.
Generally, you will obtain improvements in your condition after the first treatment. Although it is common that to attain long-term benefits, repeat treatments may be necessary. Nonetheless, should your condition stop improving before you are fully pain free, then remedial therapy alone is not the complete answer. In such cases it is necessary to offer further support to the correction process; be it peripheral neuropathy, sore lower back, rotator cuff problems, etc. In these cases it is necessary to stretch the tight/shortened muscles and strengthen the overstretched/antagonist muscles.