What is Osteoarthritis? Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints, OA can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in knees, hips, lower back and neck,. (1)
Normally healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and helps absorb the shock of physical movement. In OA the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in the joints begins to break down and wear away, causing the bones to rub together, creating pain, swelling and loss of motion.
Your feet are the foundation of the body. They touch the ground first when you are standing, walking and running. Philosopher Socrates once said: “To him whose feet hurt everything hurts.” For anyone who has suffered from foot pain they would no doubt agree. The causes of foot pain are varied. The 3 most common reasons clients present to a Massage Therapists are, Planter Fasciitis, Tendinitis and Heal Pain
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. As the name indicates, stress, mental and emotional conflict play a role in contracting muscles in the neck, face, scalp and jaw. Jaw clenching, intense work, depression and anxiety are common contributors. The pain is usually described as mild to moderate constant pressure being applied to the front of the face or to the head or neck, like a belt being tightened around the head. The pain is most often felt equally in both sides(1). Muscular tension, bony misalignment, postural patterns, eyestrain, temporomandibular joint disorders, myofascial pain syndrome, ligament irritation, or other musculoskeletal imbalances are often also found to contribute to tension headaches(2).
Cardiovascular disease is one of Australia’s largest health problems. The heart foundation Australia states it is the single leading cause of death and it affects 1 in 6 Australians. Cardiovascular disease includes all conditions involving the heart and blood vessels. Conditions include stroke, coronary heart disease and heart attack. (Heart foundation Australia website http://heartfoundation.org.au)
A seasoned athlete or someone embracing on a new fitness program is all too familiar with the soreness and stiffness associated with exercise. Not only is massage a great stress relief in any exercise program it also has added benefits that help keep you on track to your goals. A common theme in fitness training of any level is overexertion. Exercise overload is reflected in muscle soreness, decreased joint flexibility and general fatigue that generally occur anywhere from 24-48 hours post activity. There are four indicators of possible overexertion, acute muscle soreness, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), muscle stiffness and muscle cramping.
Dry needling (Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling) is a technique that has been developed over the past 60 years to treat pain originating from muscles. It can be performed on most muscles in your body. Often, Dry needling is confused with acupuncture. Acupuncture is a treatment that uses fine needles, inserted into specific points along our Meridians. It has been developed over the past 3000 years to treat various physical and mental conditions.