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Regression to the Mean and Massage

Regression to the Mean and Massage

Or “I’m not as good as I think I am” As a massage therapist, you become aware that there are a multitude of different techniques, styles and modalities that are being taught.  There are proprietary names, three letter acronyms and jargon, jargon, jargon.  There is a growing awareness that the narratives espoused by most of these courses are just plain wrong and that those teaching the courses could be argued are deluded about how their manual therapy techniques are affecting…

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Plantar Fasciitis and Massage

Plantar Fasciitis and Massage

The information here is my personal interpretation of the comments made on the podcast about plantar fasciitis mainly for my own reference and posted here for general interest. It is not intended to replace or to be a substitute for medical advice by a trained physician and healthcare practitioner. Fasciitis implies inflammation of the fascia but what is more likely to be happening is an -oscis.  Maybe there was an initial injury but there may be maladaptive changes but they…

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Menstrual Cramps: Tips and Suggestions

Menstrual Cramps: Tips and Suggestions

Menstrual cramps are not “all in your head”.   Dysmenorrhea is a condition that can ruin your day and make you feel miserable.  Cramps are caused by the uterus contracting, which can cause the oxygen supply to uterine muscle tissue to be briefly cut off, which causes the cramping pain.   Some women experience mild cramping that just makes them feel lousy while going about their regular activities.  Other women experience debilitating pain, along with nausea, light headedness, and nausea.  There a…

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Fertility Massage Sydney

Fertility Massage Sydney

Many infertile couples look towards natural health as an aid to facilitate conception. Supplements, life-style and massage are often considered in their attempts to fall pregnant. This frequently occers after IVF type treatments have failed or because the couple just doesn’t want to go down the IVF path. And if you search on Google for fertility massage in your home town or suburb then chances are that you will find a therapist who is advertising that they provide fertility massage…

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The Nocebo Effect

The Nocebo Effect

Most people are aware that there can be a positive effect merely from the power of suggestion, the placebo effect. Studies invariably demonstrate that reduction in pain as the result of an intervention are correlated to the expectation that there will be a reduction in pain as a result of said intervention. If you go to a doctor and you are given medication for pain then the chances are that so long as you believe that the medication will work…

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Massage – My Pet Dislikes

Massage – My Pet Dislikes

Not that we are biased but receiving massage is wonderful ….. or should be wonderful. However occasionally there are times when the massage therapist is not tuned in to the desires and needs of the massage recipient. Sometimes an hour on the table can seem last an eternity. Fortunately these times are the exception and not the rule. This article lists a few of the things that we don’t particularly enjoy when receiving a massage. 1. When an hour is…

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The Myth that is Massage and Adhesions

The Myth that is Massage and Adhesions

For many years, massage therapists have told their clients to drink more water as it helps flush toxins released by the massage. This always troubled me as it was never clear what “toxins” were being released nor how they were being released. For me, either the “toxins” were normal metabolic waste products that would be removed from the body anyway (with at best massage slightly speeding up the process) or the “toxins” would be chemically bound in the body and…

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Abdominal Massage for Relaxation

Abdominal Massage for Relaxation

Many people who have regular massage have never been offered abdominal massage. Many would never consider having their stomach massaged as it is a personal space that we are not used to having touched. Many therapists shy away from offering/including abdominal massage as they may not have been trained, they may feel uncomfortable or simply because clients don’t ask for it. However, in a recent YouTube Video, Ian Harvey aka “The Massage Sloth” suggests that an effective abdominal massage can…

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Benefits of Sports Massage

Benefits of Sports Massage

There are many wild and woolly claims made about the mechanisms whereby massage is good for sports performance. Massage improves circulation, massage flushes lactic acid, massage opens pores and enables nutrients and waste products to pass through, massage can break down scar tissue, massage lengthens muscles. These are all claims that can be found to be made about the benefits of sports massage. It’s fair to say that over the years, I’ve probably made similar claims and used such claims…

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