With a history stretching back thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a unique system of healthcare that can be applied to all manifestations of illness and disease. Although an ancient system, it has continually evolved along with the causes of many illnesses. Today much empirical Western scientific research is being undertaken to better understand the mechanisms and efficacy of TCM from a Western viewpoint, with positive results.
Late last year I developed some troubling symptoms: severe fatigue, shortness of breath after light exercise, dizziness and a range of digestive symptoms. I also fell ill with several colds in the space of only a few months, which proved difficult to shake. Knowing a thing or two about the human body, I had an inkling that my blood iron levels might be low, so off I went for a blood test. As suspected, the results showed iron deficiency, along with iodine deficiency and also some low levels of autoimmune antibodies (which we will touch on shortly). Although these results explained my symptoms, the cause of the issues were not so clear.
Dry Needling does not sound like a very inviting treatment and personally I think this very effective technique should be renamed because nobody wants to be poked and prodded with a dry needle! However, the benefits of dry needling are manifold and once you have experienced positive results, it is easy to overcome the intimidating insinuations present in the name.
So let’s talk about the how dry needling works and some of its benefits….
Remedial Massage and Myotherapy can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise, athletic training or over-use. Treatment can also assist you to train more efficiently and improve performance outcomes.
Myotherapy assesses and physically treats myofascial pain and injury that may affect movement and mobility. It involves predominately deep soft tissue massage as well as cupping, dry needling and stretching.
Evidenced based research supports the following benefits of Remedial Massage & Myotherapy for athletes of every variety and level.
- Improved joint range of motion and joint function
- Increased joint stability and flexibility
- Increased blood, nutrient and oxygen flow
- Increased elimination of toxicity from tissues (lactic acid and metabolic bi-products)
- Increased musculoskeletal symmetry and balance, which leads to improved biomechanics and efficient movement
- Improved sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
- Decreased tension and contraction (hypertonicity) of myofascial tissue
- Decreased risk injury due to repetitive strain, overuse and biomechanical dysfunction
- Decreased muscular spasms
- Improved quality of sleep and training recovery
- Improved immune function
- Improved neurological function
This long list of benefits combine to assist with improved athletic performance.
Regular and consistent treatment is essential for results. Individual treatment plans are created to assist you in reaching your goals.
Breathing or respiration is more than just the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide with the external environment. How we breathe affects our thoughts, feelings, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and the musculoskeletal system.
Before we discuss breathing further let’s cover some basic concepts about the workings of the human body.
Lee Christison, Remedial Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre provides some helpful tips that you might find useful during these colder months…
Here are some suggested yoga exercises for those of you who spend long periods sitting, at work, in the car, at home on the couch etc, etc… Whilst maintaining a sitting position the body is forced into a static, rigid posture. Maintenance of this sitting posture for long periods causes postural strain, muscle fatigue, pain and biomechanical dysfunction. These simple yoga poses can be practiced daily to help counteract the detrimental effects of sitting for long periods. Read more