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.
Long hours spent sitting in front of a computer combined with the escalating use of small mobile devices has seen a rapid degradation of ‘good posture’ in today’s world. Our own Dr Shane Buntman was featured on Channel 9 news last year talking about the rise of these sorts of complaints. And it appears that even the fashion world is taking notice, with this article also appearing on the Vogue website late last year.
How do Spiky Balls Work?
Spiky Massage Balls are sometimes described as evil little torture devices. They have become a popular tool for performing self-therapy on many muscle-related conditions and are a convenient way to maximise muscle recovery for many athletes. But just how do Spiky Balls manage to perform their magic?
- Spiky Balls work on the myo-fascial* system to reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow, increase body awareness and aid in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
- By targeting trigger points, Spiky Balls can reduce pain levels and improve range of motion through specific muscles and subsequently improve joint motion.
*The myo-fascial system refers to the muscle itself as well as its fascia – the thin sheath that wraps around and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels.
Thanks to Ainslie Bryce (one of our experienced Remedial Massage & Myotherapists) for sending through this link that explains some of the reasons why a Remedial Massage can improve your health.
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From improving blood vessel health and circulation (an important contributor to minimising the risks of heart disease), to triggering the release of stress-reducing hormones, a regular Remedial Massage can have a big positive impact on your health. These benefits go well beyond simply reducing muscle pain and tension.
In Part 2 of this series focusing on the bike Time Trial leg of Triathlon we are presenting an interview with Ryan Bourke, a 27 year old rising star in domestic triathlon, marketing manager at Tri Alliance, high performance triathlon coach, and all round good guy. Ryan will provide some insight into what it takes to be one of the top riding age-group and open-category triathletes in Australia.
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.
Cupping is an ancient medicinal modality that is now used in contemporary physical treatment by Traditional Chinese Medicine, Myotherapy, Remedial Massage and other body workers.
Repetitive stress injuries (RSI’s) or occupational overuse syndrome (OOS) are musculoskeletal disorders caused due to an accumulation of very slight traumas to bone, muscle, connective tissues and nerves that eventually cause pain, numbness, loss of motion, weakness, swelling and other symptoms The body parts most commonly involved are the fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, spine, knees and ankles.