If you want to know more about lymphatic massage read the article by clicking here. It gives you a great description and explanation.
This article was provided by Dr Marc Dussault of Exponential Programs.
Have you ever wondered what manual lymphatic massage is and how it works? Did you know it has been around since the 1930s?
If you want to know more about lymphatic massage read the article by clicking here. It gives you a great description and explanation.
This article was provided by Dr Marc Dussault of Exponential Programs.
Melbourne, 20 January 2020 – Inner Outer Health Pty Ltd introduces an attractive, simple and more affordable room renting alternative for professional health and wellness practitioners looking to service their clients in professional and inviting rooms in a prime location and pay only for what they need under a new and easy PAY-AS-YOU-GO offer.
Professional health and wellness practitioners providing lymphatic massage, nutrition or dietary advice, yoga, traditional Chinese medicine, oncology massage, pregnancy massage, relaxational massage, acupuncture services, life coach services, podiatry services, and GP, psychology or counselling services can now practice their craft in a professional and supportive business environment on an affordable hourly basis, for as little as $20+GST.
The unique offer is provided by Inner Outer Health Pty Ltd “to allow our clients to have access of other health professionals all under the one roof as a one-stop, holistic solution, for our clients to save time and energy and gain access to a wider range of health professionals” explains Lena Yammine the clinic’s founder and practising myotherapist.
“I started offering a variety of massage services from my family home back in the early 90s a couple of days a week while I was working at three different clinics,” says Yammine, “Even though I eventually wanted to start my own business, I knew I needed to gain experience from other health clinics and access their client base to develop my craft. Now, I am returning the favour to the community.”
“Very early in my career, I realised the importance of both inner and outer health and my vision has always been to create a multi-disciplinary business offering complementary therapies that allow my clients to reach their ultimate state of mental, emotional and physical health,” explains Yammine.
Practitioners who secure a room will gain access to the clinic that is protected with high fidelity security cameras, rooms with comfortable seating and roller shutters for privacy, professional floatation therapy tanks, modern air-conditioning/heating, all within walking distance from shops and the train station, a bus stop right on its doorstep and lots of FREE onsite parking for staff and clients. Yes, free parking!
“Treatment rooms are usually offered on a full-day, half-day, weekly or monthly basis,” says Yammine “which can be substantial for a small business owner looking to test the waters or grow a business. Our offer is designed to support professionals to practice out of an established location without having to outlay a large investment or enter into a long contractual agreement.”
This offer is ideal for experienced professionals looking to relocate or expand their business as well as new health professionals going out on their own.
For more information, visit https://www.innerouterhealth.com.au/room-rental.html
The festive time of year is upon us once again! We would like to take this time to let you know that we will be closing our doors over Christmas from Sunday 23rd December and re-opening Monday 7th January 2019.
Not sure what to get a loved one for Christmas this year? Don't have time to look around at the busy shops. Buy an instant gift voucher by clicking on the BUY NOW and have it sent directly to your inbox. Otherwise you can come into our centre and get your gift vouchers from us personally.*
If you would like to make an appointment before the break or start your new year with us, feel free to call us on (03) 9440 9453 or book online at any time.
Inner Outer Health would like to thank all our loyal clients for your continued support throughout the year and we look forward to seeing you in the NEW YEAR.
*Gift Voucher Terms & conditions - vouchers expires within 12 months, available Mon to Fri 10am – 6pm, limit of 1 voucher per person, but you can buy multiple vouchers for your husband/wife, family member or friend.
This week we are talking about menopause, and how women experiencing this change can benefit from regular massage or Myotherapy treatments!
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a term for the cessation of regular menstrual periods in women. In most women, it is accompanied by a host of other physiological and emotional changes.
Most women go through menopause between the age of 45 and 55, with symptoms starting anywhere from around age 35. Throughout this time, your body is starting to change physically, emotionally and hormonally. Additionally, at this stage in a woman’s life she is often under a lot of stress, usually dealing with kids, work, finances and other responsibilities. On top of that, a slow decrease in oestrogen can contribute to emotional, physical and psychological changes. For example, BMI (Body Mass Index) increases, bone density decreases, and metabolism slows down. Other symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, joint pain, sore muscles, hair loss and brittle nails. These changes and stresses can leave women feeling tired, low in energy, foggy headed, and can also cause insomnia and a lack of libido.
But don't worry! It's not all grim. We have some suggestions for riding out this change with pleasure, self-love and grace.
How can massage help?
For many years people have been using massage as a way of relaxing the mind and body. Massage is a great way to focus on your body and become aware of any imbalances that may be occurring in the muscles. With so many changes occurring in the body during menopause and perimenopause (premenopausal stage), the body can easily become misaligned, tight, sore and achy. Massage or Myotherapy can relieve muscle tension and help to realign the body.
Your massage/Myotherapist will assess your posture and look at any alignment problems you may have. From this they will be able to determine what type of treatment you need. While remedial treatment is usually aimed at correcting alignment and aiding recovery from any physical ailments you may have, other benefits my include:
Massage can also lower blood pressure and body temperature which may help with reducing symptoms such as hot flushes and foggy head.
Thinking about booking a massage or Myotherapy session? Book online or call us on 03 9440 9453 for more information. Our receptionists will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you discover what type of massage treatment will be best for you.
For a list of the types of massage treatments we have available click here.
This week we are exploring Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (pronunciation: LEG-kahl-VAY-PER-theez).
The onset of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease occurs during childhood, and is five times more common in boys than girls. The condition affects the hip, where the thighbone (femur) and pelvis meet the acetabulum in a ball-and-socket joint. The initial signs and symptoms usually include limping, pain and stiffness in the hips. So if your child complains of hip pain or limited motion, it's definitely worth checking out with a doctor or specialist. The condition is treatable, but time is of the essence!
So how does Perthes disease work?
Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is caused by insufficient blood supply to the ball part of the thigh (the femoral head). Without sufficient blood flow, the bone begins to die, which can cause easier breakage and longer healing times.
The head of the femur comes in different shapes and sizes. Some femurs resemble a mushroom, some are narrow and rigid, and others are flatter. But it’s just not the femoral head that can vary. The acetabulum (the socket part) itself can be abnormal, which adds to the problem.
Perthes is a structural disease, which means it often requires surgery. Hip surgery can involve shaving the head of the femur and the acetabulum itself to create a more perfect joint and socket union. Severe cases of Perthes in older children may require leg casts in an abduction position (legs separated from each other), so the head of the femur sits perfectly in the socket while it heals correctly. Other options can include doing a femoral osteotomy to older patients that suffered the disease during adolescence and still have the deformity of head of the femur. Left untreated, children with Perthes disease often develop arthritis of the hip. So treatment early on is in the child's best interests.
What can Myotherapy do to help?
Myotherapy can help patients post-surgery, rebuilding the muscles and preventing muscle loss with the help of correctional exercises. Hands-on treatment to the hip and surrounding muscles close to the hip can also be beneficial to the post-surgery recovery and pain management. As with any kinds of surgery or injury, there may be a build up of scar tissue which may restrict range of motion of the hip. Myotherapy is an excellent option for improving post-surgery mobility.
Have you or your child suffered from Legg-Calve-Perthes disease? Do you experience ongoing pain as a result? If so, book in to see a Myotherapist today!
Inflammation is a word that gets tossed around a lot, and seems to be connected with all manner of health issues and complaints. But how well do most of us really understand it?
Not to worry!
In today's post, we have a breakdown of two major types of inflammation, including symptoms, triggers, and treatments! Read on and get your inflammation game sorted.
Far from being a sign of ill-health, normal, occasional inflammation is the natural response of a well-functioning immune system. It works to remove harmful stimuli that irritate or affect parts of the body, by flushing the area with blood cells and oxygen, triggering healing and repair. The signs and symptoms of inflammation show that the body is simply trying to heal itself. But when inflammation is persistent or occurs in response to harmless stimuli, it can become irritating, painful, and even dangerous.
There are two major types of inflammation – Acute and Chronic.
Acute inflammation is when the inflammation starts rapidly and typically lasts for a few days or a few weeks. This could be something as small as a sore throat, an ingrown toenail, or tonsillitis, but can also be more severe, such as appendicitis, meningitis or bronchitis. Acute (meaning severe or sharp) does not necessarily mean less painful; the difference is that unlike chronic inflammation, acute inflammation will usually subside with correct treatment.
Chronic inflammation means long-term inflammation. This can last a few months or even a few years depending on the severity of the disease. Inflammation becomes chronic when it stops being an acute response and remains a constant low-level physiological response. Almost like starting a small campfire that slowly grows out of control.
Chronic inflammation is when your body no longer has the ability to turn off the inflammatory response and starts damaging healthy tissue in your body.
There can be many triggers that can cause chronic inflammation such as excessive calorie consumption, elevated blood sugar levels and stress. It can damage your intestinal lining and cause digestive problems, and can also damage your arteries, causing heart disease, and your joints, causing rheumatoid arthritis.
Many health practitioners today are advising patients to take proteolytic enzymes to help with everything from inflammation and autoimmune conditions to heart disease and plaque. Some doctors even suggest that it can be used for treatment of cancer. Enzymes are proteins that facilitate chemical reactions in living organisms. In fact, they are required for every single chemical action that takes place in your body. All of the body’s tissues, muscles, bones, organs and cells are run by enzymes. Proteolytic enzymes reduce inflammation by neutralizing the biochemicals of inflammation. They are usually taken orally in a pill form, however since stomach acid can destroy proteolytic enzymes, the best formulas are “enteric coated” – meaning that the pills have a coating around them to prevent the pill from being broken down in the stomach. An enteric-coated pill passes into the small intestine, where due to the pH change it will break down there.
Boswellia are moderate-sized flowering plants, including both trees and shrubs, which has multiple health benefits. Also known as frankincense, it has been burned in religious and cultural ceremonies for centuries. In todays alternative health world boswellia is widely regarded as a potent anti-inflammatory nutrient. The Boswellic acids in boswellia seem to have the ability to suppress the inflamed areas of the body and prevent the breakdown of connective tissue. It has also been found to improve blood supply to the joints and restore the integrity of weakened blood vessels with no side effects as seen with other traditional drugs of choice.
Ginger is believed to have anti-inflammatory qualities that may relieve swelling and pain. Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. Whenever possible, choose fresh ginger over the dried form of the spice since it is not only superior in flavour but contains higher levels of gingerol (it's anti-inflammatory compound)
Nuts are known for their anti-inflammatory nature, but some are better for you in this regard than others. Almonds, in particular help with inflammation. Cashews are another good choice, and walnuts specifically help with rheumatoid arthritis. The great thing about most of these nuts is that they’re very versatile, making a great between meals snack or adding flavour to any main dish or side dish. It’s typically quite easy to start eating more of them by simply being more aware that they can help you with your inflammatory conditions.
Green Tea is said to be the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have a powerful effect on the body. Some of the many benefits include Improving brain function, helps with weight loss as it increases fat burning, it can lower your risk to various types of cancer and it has anti-inflammatory effects as well, which can help those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. A 2012 cancer prevention research conference presented evidence that men with prostate cancer who consumed green tea before undergoing prostate removal surgery had reduced inflammation markers, the National Cancer Institute notes.
Broccoli is another super food that is packed with anti-inflammatories, fiber and antioxidants. Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane which research has suggested as having anti-inflammatory properties. Broccoli is a great anti-inflammatory and may slow down the damage to joints associated with osteoarthritis. Broccoli's isothiocyanates and omega-3 fatty acids also help to regulate inflammation especially in the intestinal tract, which can reduce chronic inflammation. Broccoli is best consumed steamed for up to 20 minutes, microwaving for up to three minutes and stir-frying for up to five minutes. Raw broccoli maintains all of its nutrients, but it is also more likely to irritate your bowels and cause gas. In general, broccoli is safe to eat, and any side effects are not serious. The most common side effect is gas or bowel irritation, caused by broccoli's high amounts of fiber in the vegetable.
Blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse. They are sweet, nutritious and incredibly good for you. Blueberries are very low in calories. 100 g fresh berries carry just 57 calories. Blueberries not only reduce inflammation, but they can protect the brain from aging and prevent diseases, such as cancer and dementia. Always aim for organic berries, as pesticides are hard to wash away due to their size.
Tart cherries are loaded with important nutrients, but you'd have to eat an entire bag of them to obtain all of the benefits you can get by sipping the juice. The fruit also contains many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, and its juice aids in cancer prevention and heart health and as an anti-inflammatory, which can help alleviate a variety of ailments like asthma symptoms and pain. Tart cherries, a natural food high in antioxidants, may reduce some of the chronic inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, and help you to keep moving.
Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics. When you consume junk foods certain bacteria flourish and produce endotoxins, which your immune system detects and, interpreting these endotoxins as an attack, responds with inflammation. The best way to reverse this inflammation and restore a healthy metabolism is by eliminating excess sugar and processed food, and adding more friendly, beneficial bacteria from naturally fermented foods – Things such as natural yoghurt, Cottage Cheese, whey, pickled cucumbers, pickled garlic and many other fermented foods.
So there it is, our brief breakdown of chronic inflammation! If you have any more questions, or would like to begin the journey of healing your own chronic inflammation today, book online to see our wonderful Myotherapists!
At Inner Outer Health, many of our clients come in for massage and myotherapy seeking treatment for upper back and neck pain. The pain can result in headaches and migraines, and even referral pain or numbness down the arms.
A good percentage of these clients are working in environments that require them to have their arms forward and/or down - sitting at a computer, for example. This can cause the back to slump and the shoulders to round forward, resulting in tight/shortened pectoral muscles, particularly the pectoralis minor.
This underappreciated muscle is the cause of so much of that pack and neck pain - but luckily, it's easy to stretch, and doing so regularly can help relieve stiffness and soreness everywhere!
Dr Jacob Harden from the USA has posted a fantastic pec stretch on Instagram that is guaranteed to help open up the chest area and alleviate sore shoulders, upper back and neck.
The key to success with this stretch is to make sure you do it every day. We spend hours in the same position at work every day, so we need to reverse it with multiple stretch sessions throughout the day. Watch the video below!
Here’s how to do it:
Watch the video and read the comments on the side of the video for more information.
For more information about pec stiffness and soreness, or if your pain is persistent, book in for a session with our amazing myotherapists today!
Are you struggling with aches and pains from carrying your growing baby?
Many parents of babies and young children are surprised by the degree of back, neck, hip, shoulder and wrist pain they experience on a daily basis, caused by simple tasks like picking the baby up from its crib, carrying the baby around, lugging heavy nappy bags, nursing, and even pushing a pram. And as your baby grows, the problems can get worse.
But luckily, there are some easy ways to improve your baby-lugging technique and as a result experience much less discomfort! In this post I’ll explore some back-friendly alternatives to the regular actions that are causing you pain, to help you strengthen and care for those crucial baby-wrangling muscles.
How to carry your baby:
The market is awash with ergonomic baby carriers and slings, and there are plenty of products designed to protect your back while you carry your bub. Reading reviews and talking to other new parents can be a great way to sort the wheat from the chaff and find the perfect baby carrier for you.
But what about when you’re just carrying the baby around the house or for short distances?
Research into indigenous cultures around the world conducted by Esther Gokhale indicates that all those fancy contraptions aren’t necessary - that instead, with good posture, and making sure to use major muscle groups to support the baby’s weight, babies can be comfortably carried for long periods in ways that strengthen your muscles and also aid the child’s posture.
How to pick up and put down your baby:
Take it nice and slow while you get used to the new motions, and pay attention to which muscles seem to be working the hardest. If you’re bending to pick up your baby from the floor, use your legs rather than your back to bear the load.
The method for putting your baby to bed is very similar.
How to nurse:
Sit in a straight-backed chair rather than slumping on the couch, and try to keep an upright spine. Placing a rolled up towel or a pillow behind you can help. Bring the baby up to you, rather than hunching to reach the baby. Pillows and other methods for propping up the baby can assist with this.
Other helpful tips:
Let us know in the comments if you’ve discovered any other tricks or tips that work for you. And don’t hesitate - book in for regular myotherapy and massage and take care of your body! Where would you, or your baby, be without it?
Are you a very ticklish person?
Sometimes, ticklish people are afraid to get a massage or myotherapy treatment, or think they won’t be able to enjoy it. Actually, with proper communication, massage and myotherapy can be great for overcoming your ticklishness. If you tell your massage therapist or myotherapist that you are ticklish, together the two of you can work through the feeling using several strategies I will outline in this post. This can help you to rewire your reponse and enjoy touch without that unwanted laughter, or the uncomfortable sensation tickling brings.
But first, what is ticklishness?
Well, the answer is nobody quite knows for sure. According to research, there are two sensations behind the ticklish response: gargalesis and knismesis.
As knismesis is not usually unpleasant or problematic, I will be focusing on gargalesis in this post.
Most gargalesis-type ticklishness tends to focus in certain areas: the stomach, ribs, feet, neck, armpits and sides. It seems to be a learned response with an emotional cue, rather than something purely instinctive. It may correspond with an underlying discomfort with being touched, or with some other defensive mechanism. That’s why it is important to have excellent communication with your massage/myotherapist: so that you feel completely safe, and can relax into the experience of being touched.
How can you overcome your ticklishness through massage/myotherapy?
First, I will explain the actions you can take as a client to ensure you have a comfortable massage/myotherapy experience. I’ll then outline some of the strategies and methods used by massage/myotherapists with ticklish clients, so that you know what you can expect and how they can help you.
What you can do:
What your massage therapist or myotherapist can do for you:
We look forward to helping you become a new, less ticklish you!
Feeling good after a little time off?
Summer holidays can be a wonderfully refreshing time, especially after all that Christmas craziness is over with. We can finally get in some quality me-time, maybe lie on the beach, sleep in, eat well or not, even get a little sun.
Often after a holiday or a break from work, we feel a sense of relaxation and wellbeing that’s hard to find during the busier times of the year. We intend to hang on to it, to work less this year and relax more, but often those resolutions begin to slip away as we refocus on our busy lives, and stress begins to creep back in. Sound familiar?
Well, not this year! Hang on to your hard-earned feelings of wellbeing and wellness by making self-care a part of your routine. Keep that stress-related pain and tension at bay! We think regular massage and myotherapy treatments, far from being a luxury, are absolutely essential ways to stay connected to your body, your health, and your best self throughout the year. Not just when you’re on holidays.
Are you a bit confused by the different terms, and unsure of whether Myotherapy, Remedial Massage, or Relaxation Massage is the best option for you this year? We break down the differences below!
Thank you for being one of our valued client.
The team at Inner Outer Health would like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Christmas and a joyous New Year!
Just so you are aware, we will be closing on Saturday the 23rd of December at 4.30pm and will re-open again on Friday 5th January 2018.
Not sure what to get a loved one for Christmas this year? Don't have time to look around at the busy shops? Buy an instant gift voucher today and have it sent directly to your inbox.
If you would like to make an appointment before the break or start your New Year with us, feel free to call us on (03) 9440 9453 or book online at any time.
We hope you have had an amazing year full of joy and prosperity. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
The Inner Outer Health Team
As myotherapists, we often end up treating incorrect or bad posture, which contributes to many of our clients' physical complaints. Long term side effects of poor posture include: lower back pain, neck pain, hip and knee pain. And correcting your posture can go a long way towards alleviating these and other problems!
While doing some research, one of our myotherapists noticed this funny video, which you may find useful!
Most of our bad posture these days comes from hunching over our phones and computer keyboards, and way, way too much sitting. If you are suffering from tight shoulders and neck, there are a few simple tactics that can offer relief and prevent that hunched over posture:
There are some other great tips in the video.
Other links related to posture for your interest:
Poor Posture Explained
Your Bag May Be Causing You Pain
School Backpacks Might Explain Your Kids' Complaints
17 Stretches You Can Do at Your Desk
Whilst looking for some stretching videos to share with you, we stumbled across this ridiculous gem. This is for entertainment purposes only! Don’t take what he says too seriously. We added this for a good belly-workout and cheek-stretches! if you want further information on the benefits of stretching click here.
Sleep Infographic from MattressInsider
Learn more about sleep at https://www.mattressinsider.com/blog/sleep-habits/
Lena Yammine and the dedicated team are the authors of the Inner Outer Health Blog.
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