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Massage with Cancer

Massage with Cancer

Last week I started to give massage treatments at the Macmillan Horizon Centre in Brighton. This is a custom built centre opposite the hospital, which offers free information and support for people affected by cancer.  It offers a wide range of complementary therapies, and patients are entitled to six free sessions of any they would like to choose. The centre has a lovely calm feel to it when you walk in, and a beautiful seating area inside and outside with sea views next to the cafe. There...

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Increase Your Stride

Increase Your Stride

Our ankles are bound with sheets of a fibrous band of fascia, called retinaculum. You can imagine that when you sprain your ankle and wrap a crepe bandage around for support, this has a similar look.

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Pain and your Fascia

Pain and your Fascia

Deep fascia. Fascia of muscles. This is the dense fibrous connective tissue that interpenetrates and surrounds the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. Transverse fascia. Visceral fascia. - Wikipedia A few years ago (2014) some research was done trying to investigate the role of muscles, fascia and the deeper layer of skin with pain perception. Twelve healthy subjects were injected with a saline solution into each of these areas separately -  the erector spinae muscles of the...

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Can’t Sleep?

Can’t Sleep?

Many people I have spoken to over the last few months have problems with waking up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep again for quite sometime. With our increasingly stressful and fast moving lives, it is not surprising that we seem to have high levels of stress hormones kicking around our bodies, preventing us from getting a good nights sleep. Most people have heard of the “fight or flight” response of the nervous system, the way in which the body reacts to stress or danger. This is...

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Stretching Your Fascia

Stretching feels good, animals do it all the time. But sometimes it hurts to stretch, sometimes its hard to move out of a particular posture, which can make us think twice about stretching in the first place. So what actually happens when we stretch? What is the science of stretching? When we stretch, it is not just the muscles we are stretching, but the connective tissue as well. The muscles are surrounded by an envelope of connective tissue, known as the fascia. This fascia runs between...

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Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

I have had several clients in the last couple of weeks who have booked in with severe low back pain, unable to move without a great deal of distress. In the run up to Christmas, with all the work to be done in time for the holiday, many people are under a great deal of pressure to work long hours to finish in time. Whilst sitting for long periods of time at your desk, your resulting posture (flexing of the hip joint) allows the muscles at the front of your pelvis to tighten and shorten if they...

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Pain Prevention

A good deep tissue massage can address a variety of muscular pain conditions, however, unless the source of the pain problem is identified, the pain will very likely return. Western medicine is often criticised for it's approach of simply giving out pills to alleviate symptoms without looking for causes. However body work practitioners can sometimes  offer a never ending regime of treatments, without attempting to find the source of the problems in a similar manner. It is surprising how often...

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Pain and Posture

Pain and Posture

The spine naturally is made up of  a series of curves, which are essential to us as  shock absorbers. They transform the spine from a straight, inflexible rod to a spring, which is able to bend and flex in response to the stress caused by the impact of walking, running, and other daily activities. If the spine was completely straight, all of the stress would go straight through the bones, leading to increased wear and tear on the vertebrae and intervertebral discs. Now have a look at these...

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Elbow Pain, Knee Pain

Elbow Pain, Knee Pain

I often have clients arriving with pain in their knees or elbows. Whenever you feel pain in these areas, it often is because of soft tissue and muscles pulling tight either above or below the joint, and so yanking on the bone they are attached to, pulling it out of its natural alignment and causing pain as a result. So if you experience pain in these areas, it is worth seeing if the surrounding muscles feel sore when you push in on them. If they do, then you can reassure yourself that it is...

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Do you get hip pain?

I have had several clients recently showing similar patterns of tight muscles and resulting hip pain, which seems to come from a common problem. Take a look at this diagram of our ankle joints.... Do you see how many muscles span across the front of the ankle? Now imagine these muscles in a tight and shortened state, the ankle would not be able to move back and forth very easily. When this happens, we are unable to do big bouncy strides, bouncing off the balls of our feet and leaping forward....

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Teeth, Jaw and Face Pain

Trigger points in the masseter muscles of the jaw can cause no end of mischief. They can be a cause of pain in both upper and lower teeth, as well as a source of tooth hypersensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. They can also cause pain under the eyes, over the eyebrows, often mistaken for sinusitis. They can cause deep inner ear pain and a sense of a low 'roaring' sound. The resulting tightness in the jaw's ability to move properly encourages tightness in the vocal mechanism. Various...

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Sore Shoulders, hump back

Many people come to me for treatment with sore shoulders. In the vast majority of cases, it is very obvious from the moment I open the door to them, that they are holding themselves in what is commonly known as a 'forward head posture'.  When habitually leaning forward with your chin stuck out, the weight of the head is thrown on to neck muscles which are not designed to take this extra 5 Kg of weight. This leads to pain across the top of the shoulders, tightened chest, and in extreme cases,...

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