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  • Newsletter 4 - JM Remedial TherapyJM Remedial Therapy
    back pain that claims New high quality trials show that massage gives some relief from back pain that has continued for many weeks or months and the benefit may continue at least a year after the course of massage is over There is a trend showing that the greatest benefit came with massage from trained massage therapists who had many years of experience Massage is beneficial for patients with subacute and chronic non specific low back pain in terms of improving symptoms and function Massage therapy may save money in health care provider visits pain medication and cost of back care services The effects of massage are improved if combined with exercise and education The application of ice for an acute low back injury can also slow the inflammation and swelling by constricting the blood vessels The ice also provides some pain relief as it numbs the area and slows the nerve impulse interrupting the pain spasm reaction To alternate cold and warm treatment is also beneficial because the heat on the contrary dilates the blood vessels bringing nutrients into the area to help in the healing process The ice treatment is most effective if it is applied as soon as possible after the injury occurs Please apply caution when using this type of therapy and visit our website to read more about its application Back to the top Snippets about massage therapy Australian Unity is now available for Remedial Massage Therapy Massage is safe The number of injury cases caused by massage therapy is too small to be statically meaningful in estimating the risk from massage Grant KE Massage safety injuries reported in Medline as related to the practice of therapeutic massage 1965 to 2003 Massage therapy seems to be beneficial in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee Pearlman AI Sabina A Williams A L Njike VY Katz DL Abstract from the Touch Research Institute METHODS 262 patients who had persistent back pain received Traditional Chinese Medical acupuncture therapeutic massage or self care educational materials for up to 10 massage or acupuncture visits over 10 weeks RESULTS At 10 weeks massage was superior to self care on the symptom scale and the disability scale Massage was also superior to acupuncture on the disability scale The massage group used the least medications and had the lowest costs of subsequent care Cherkin D C Eisenberg D Sherman K J Barlow W Kaptchuk T J Street J Deyo R A 2001 Randomized trial comparing traditional Chinese medical acupuncture therapeutic massage and self care education for chronic low back pain Archives of Internal Medicine 161 1081 8 http www6 miami edu touch research Massage htm Back to the top What do we know about lipodema Lipodema is a fat metabolism imbalance where fat deposits occur mainly in the legs thighs and buttocks A person suffering from lipodema can have a slim upper body and be quite large from the waist down to the ankles Generally the feet are not affected In some

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  • Newsletter 5 - JM Remedial TherapyJM Remedial Therapy
    to 24 hour compression with compression garment during the day and bandaging at night The success of a self care program sometimes means including health practitioners such as doctors naturopaths and massage therapists to assist when needed Working by oneself can take up a lot of energy Also when looking into my own database for information patients who have accepted their situation and moved on to integrate their self care program into a daily routine are coping better and subsequently their quality of their life is also improved So don t think that you are on your own we can help you Back to top Bandaging Bandaging is such an important part of complex lymphatic therapy and it requires the expertise of a certified CLT therapist I have spent numerous hours learning the skills and I would like to stress the point to lymphoedema sufferers that autumn winter and spring are the best seasons to address the problem of a lymphoedematous limb in Queensland because of the cooler weather The clinic is stocked up with bandages and there is no waiting no delay You can start an intensive limb reduction treatment today There are also numerous benefits to learn how to self bandage It is more cost effective it gives you a sense of independence and it is an efficient way to maintain a reduction in the size of your limb Back to top Walking to control lymphoedema The benefits of walking are very well publicised Walking with your compression garment reinforces the tissue against which the muscles are contracting and encourages the lymphatic fluid to drain Walking also increases the leg muscle strength the body s oxygen consumption and elevates the heart rate It also helps control body weight and decreases the risks for heart disease helping you to live a healthier and longer life On average a person should take 10 000 steps daily This can be achieved in many different ways walking to the shops and for instance climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator I am quite sure that you have already heard about many strategies to increase your daily incidental activity Walking at a brisk pace can elevate your heart rate to about 60 or 70 of your maximum heart rate which is the ideal pace for your body to burn fats In fact the more you exercise the better you feel So don t wait Click here to calculate your BMI http www jmremedialtherapy com au page id 32 Hip and Waist ratio http www jmremedialtherapy com au page id 31 To target your heart rate http www jmremedialtherapy com au page id 30 Wear a pedometer Now you can compare your results and measure the improvement in your fitness levels And start walking Back to top Lymphoedema calendar An Evening Public Seminar with Professor Neil Piller Flinders Medical Centre and Hildegard Reul Hirche Physiotherapist RBWH VENUE The Cancer Council Queensland Fortitude Valley DATE Friday 18 th July 2008 TIME 6 00 8 00pm COST FREE For register phone Tanya on 07 3636 1765 The Brisbane Lymphoedema Support Group meets every 2 nd Wednesday of the month 10am until 1pm at Toowong Library Toowong Village Shopping Centre For enquiries phone Nerida on 07 3269 1498 Next issue November 2008 JM Remedial Therapy Lymphoedema Clinic Newsletter Issue number 5 July 2008 Newsletter Issue number 5 July 2008 Points of interest From the desk Visit our store Pedometer Books Support stockings Ear candles Medium Chain of Triglycerides The humble coconut Snippets about lymphoedema Lymphoedema self care program Bandaging in winter Walking to control lymphoedema Evening public seminar From the desk Dear Friend and Customer Have you ever wondered why some people never get a cold and others seem to have a predisposition to illness After several studies Tiffany Field et al from The Touch Institute in Miami concluded that massage decreases stress hormones and leads to a better immune system So why not having a regular massage to fight colds and flues during the winter season On the other hand the benefits of massage to the abdomen are not often discussed and many massage therapists choose to ignore this part of the body Do you know that a tummy massage is great to tone the colon area and when performed regularly it strengthens the colon walls and help to loosen stagnant matter And do you also know that ninety percent 90 of diseases originate in an unhealthy colon This is food for thought Along with massage walking is one of the answers to constipation and good health because physical activity does not have to be vigorous and it is suitable for most people Regular walking can help lose body fat maintain a healthy weight improve fitness and reduce the risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure diabetes osteoporosis and cancers You may have heard the recent guidelines about walking 10 000 steps per day which is just about 8 kilometers Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your daily steps To help implement strategies for good health the Albany Creek clinic now stocks support stockings books and pedometers Please visit the clinic at 5 7 Albany Forest Drive at Albany Creek Wishing you all good health and happiness during the winter season Back to top Benefits of massage for low back pain Trials show that massage gives relief from long term back pain and the benefits are long lasting Massage can also save money in health care provider visits and medication During an acute episode of back pain massage can reduce muscle spasm pain and swelling if present As the condition improves the treatment can be more vigorous to reduce fascial restrictions and trigger points For patients with subacute and chronic low back pain regular massages can reduce the pain symptoms improve and maintain function It is also important to remember that the effects of massage are improved if combined with exercise Visit our store Pedometer Our quality digi walker measures

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  • Newsletter 6 - JM Remedial TherapyJM Remedial Therapy
    designed to examine the effects of massage therapy versus relaxation therapy on sleep substance P and pain in fibromyalgia patients Across the course of the study only the massage therapy group reported an increase in the number of sleep hours and a decrease in their sleep movements In addition substance P levels decreased as well as tender points in the massage therapy group Field T et al Journal of Clinical Rheumatology 8 2 72 76 April 2002 Substance P is believed to cause pain and is involved in stress and anxiety TENSION HEADACHES The effect of massage therapy on chronic non migraine headache showed that a muscle specific massage therapy technique has the potential to be a functional non pharmaceutical drug intervention for reducing the incidence of chronic tension headache C Quinn et al A AmJ Public Health 2000 Oct 92 10 1657 61 Massage therapy reduces anxiety improves the quality of life and the behavioral responses to stress The treatment also improves the long term prognosis for the headaches as well as the health of the sufferer in general Goffaux Dogniez C et al Encephale 2003 Sep Oct 29 5 377 90 PREGNANCY Twenty six pregnant women were assigned to a massage therapy or a relaxation therapy group for 5 weeks Only the massage therapy group reported reduced anxiety improved mood better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study In addition urinary stress hormone levels decreased for the massage therapy group with fewer complications during labour and their infants had fewer postnatal complications Field T et al J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol 1999 Mar 20 1 31 8 SPORTS MASSAGE Two hours after exercise massage subjects received a 30 minute athletic massage control subjects rested Delayed onset muscle soreness DOMS and creatine kinase CK were assessed before exercise and after exercise The results of this study suggest that sports massage will reduce DOMS when administered 2 hours after the termination of exercise and the massage group showed reduced levels of creatine kinase Smith LL et al J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 1994 Feb 19 2 93 9 Creatine kinase is an enzyme which breaks down muscle Elevated levels indicate damage to either muscle or brain Physical activity may cause a rise in CK Back to the top LYMPHOEDEMA NEW HOPES About Lymphoedema Lymphoedema is a chronic condition which cannot be cured It means swelling in one part of the body usually an arm or a leg sometimes both and also in the trunk The limb can feel heavy weak aching and it is accompanied by a decrease in the range of movement Lymphoedema can be due to a genetic malformation of the lymphatic system or can be secondary to surgery Surveys in Australia demonstrate that secondary lymphoedema occurs mostly following treatment for cancer Up to 300 000 Australians are diagnosed with the condition mostly in the arms and legs Back to the top FACTS ABOUT SECONDARY LYMPHOEDEMA The following facts are from the summary of

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  • Newsletter 7 - JM Remedial TherapyJM Remedial Therapy
    discuss a few tips to relieve headache we talk about stretches and give you a receipe for moth repellent using aromatherapy products Hope you enjoy your reading Yours in health Jeanine Mewburn Back to the top About headaches Headaches are often due to many factors such as neck and shoulder tension excessive life stress homonal imbalances Sometimes they are the result to a reaction to medication or alcohol As a general rule should your headache last longer than three weeks it is advised to see your doctor Back to the top What happens when under pressure Do you know that the levels of hormone cortisol increase when under pressure causing a cascade or reactions to get the body ready for action the blood pressure and heart beat increase you start to perspire and this reaction also dumps extra fat and sugar into the bloodstream Research has shown that excessive cortisol interferes with our ability to think straight or retrieve memories because the glucose brain food is diverted from the brain to the muscles Hence the muscles are ready for action Cortisol is a very useful hormone when stress can be alleviated by responding physically to it for example it keeps you alert and ready for a sprint when crossing a busy road but it is rather detrimental to you and your health without proper release mechanism such as relaxation or physical exercise because it cumulates Back to the top Self care to reduce headace intensity and frequency If you suffer from chronic headaches it is advisable to find a strategy to keep your stress levels low such as having regular massages or maintaining an exercise program A massage can decrease or remove your headaches without the use of analgesics by decreasing your cortisol levels and relaxing your muscles removing trigger points and muscle spasms This in turn allows the joints to work smoothly A regular massage can also restore a good blood and lymphatic circulation and improve the nerve supply to muscles and organs You may find that the symptoms associated with headaches such as loss of appetite nausea feeling of imbalance and ringing in the ears may also disappear Consider increasing the frequency of your massage sessions even if you must reduce the length of each session The benefits of massage are cumulative and may act to prevent the development of tension that lead to headaches Ensure that you drink plenty of water and maintain a balanced diet to keep your system in check If you work at a desk make sure your computer is set up correctly to prevent eyestrain and strain on your neck muscles Try logging the date describing the stress and the lifestyle factors that may be associated with your recurrent headaches for example your could write about your outings the food you eat the beverages you drink and the environment you live in This practice can help you identify what interferes with your health and wellbeing When having a headache the earlier you stop

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  • Newsletter 8 - JM Remedial TherapyJM Remedial Therapy
    The pastel colors are available in summer I believe that a 3 weeks delivery can be expected for the Dreamsleeve Start having fun with mixing and matching your armsleeve with your outfits Back to the top Why are regular massages important It is well recognised that a massage can help with relaxation back neck and other problems Massage is a gentle and yet powerful modality which can bring results such as pain relief and it encourages general wellbeing It can greatly improve quality of life for people dealing with chronic pain and discomfort In fact studies have found that regular massages can reduce the blood pressure boost the immune system decrease stress hormones and raise mood elevating brain chemicals stimulates digestive hormones and promote good nerve conduction and it also goes a long way towards restoring good postural alignment Doctors prescribe massage to help their patients manage stress headaches back aches etc and it is an item recognized for rebate by health funds Having more than one massage session can also allow your therapist to re assess the previous results and build on the earlier treatment Massage is like exercise and it does more for you if carried out on a regular basis Back to the top Snippets regarding lymphoedema A study sponsored by the Breast Cancer Research Group concludes that Early detection of lymphoedema will enable early institution of treatment to prevent permanent tissue changes thereby improving provision of health care in significant ways for cancer survivors Sydney Surgeon and Phlebologist Dr G Mark Malouf claims that improving the lymph fluid transport improves all types of oedema The principles to improve lymph flow include movement i e walking exercise manual lymphatic drainage therapy graduated compression and elevation A 2006 French study on long term management of breast cancer related lymphoedema conluded that compliance to the use of elastic sleeve and low stretch bandage is required to stabilise lymphoedema volume following Complex Lymphatic Therapy A recent study regarding weight lifting concluded that breast cancer survivors can safely participate in slowly progressive weight lifting without increasing the lymphoedema symptoms A 1998 trial involving 299 patients suffering from primary and secondary lymphoedema of the arms and legs concluded that a Complex Lymphatic Therapy including lymphatic drainage multilayered compression bandaging remedial exercises and meticulous skin care is a highly effective treatment for lymphoedema The reduction averaged 59 1 in the upper extremity and 67 7 in the lower extremity With an average follow up of 9 months this improvement was maintained in compliant patients Non compliant patients lost a part of their initial reduction Back to the top Report from 22ISL Lymphology Congress in Sydney I would like to first of all thank again the Lymphoedema Association of Queensland for the Scholarship to attend the ISL22 Congress in Lymphology in Sydney The Congress was a first class event with worldwide presentations from doctors nurses medical students and lymphoedema therapists It appears that lymphoedema may become a thing of the past due to ongoing

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  • Newsletter 10 - JM Remedial TherapyJM Remedial Therapy
    a result of a demanding or traumatic situation The symptoms can manifest in a variety of ways and vary in their seriousness The most common physical symptom is headache because stress causes people to tense the neck muscles forehead and shoulders or compromise the posture use muscles tensely in a repetitive manner Long term physical stress can lead to musculoskeletal dysfunctions such as pelvic misalignment and lower back pain digestive problems including ulcers insomnia fatigue blood pressur even hair loss Emotional stress Emotional stress responses affect the mind and include anxiety anger depression irritability frustration over reaction to everyday problems memory loss and a lack of concentration for any task Anxiety is the fear of a perceived threat or danger real or imagined Anger is a strong emotion and the common response to frustration or social stress It is often accompanied with the desire to do harm The physiological effect of anger is to raise the heart rate and blood pressure On the other hand depression is a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and gloom which can slow you down Mental stress Mental stress is evoked by assigned tasks such as public speaking tasks which demand concentration and focus Irrational fears phobias compulsive behaviors and eating disorders can also add to mental stress Studies show that one in five Australians experiences mental health problems each year Mental stress is still misunderstood and stigmatised meaning that many sufferers hide their symptoms and do not get the care they need Back to the top Facts about relaxation massage therapy The benefits of relaxation massages are incredibly powerful particularly if they are performed on regular basis These benefits are widely researched and acknowledged Relaxation massage is a drug free non invasive approach based on the body s natural ability to heal itself People suffering from tension headaches experience significant long term improvements with massage It increases blood circulation allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs It stimulates the lymph flow which removes toxins and improves the body s natural defenses It has been shown to increase the cells fighting cancer in breast cancer patients It calms the mind and body as it helps release feel good hormones such as serotonin and endorphin They are also the natural body s natural painkiller reducing pain and stiffness which proves extremely beneficial in patients with chronic illness including fibromyalgia which displays physical emotional and mental symptoms Massage therapy is the most frequently used therapy for muscoskeletal problems as it reduces spasms and cramping and increases joint range of movement and flexibility It prepares the body for strenuous workouts reduces subsequent muscle pain and improves recovery time Back to the top Tension headaches Tension headaches may have several origins but as the name implies they often are due to muscular tension with spasms and trigger points particularly in the muscles of the scalp neck and the thorax They can be caused by poor posture or pelvic misalignment and sometimes by toxicity

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  • Newsletter 11 - JM Remedial TherapyJM Remedial Therapy
    intake of processsed foods and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables with good quality protein meals I can assist you to address these issues and also detect potential allergens such as wheat and dairy I can help you to positively affect the function of your lymphatic system improve your sense of wellbeing and quality of life Where necessary I use Iridology as Iridology is a great tool for mapping your health history The patterns colors and other characteristics of the iris can be examined to determine information about your body systems It is said that the eyes are the windows into the body s state of health So please call me should you have any health concern and I endeavor to do my best to find its source and assist you to implement the solution to restore health and vitality Yours sincerely Doreen Wheeler BHsc ND Nutritional Herbal Medicine Back to the top Mum s salad dresssing receipe Essential Fatty Acids are particularly good for the body function They are found in oils such as flaxseed oil walnut oil and avocado oil which I use regularly in my salad dressing This salad dressing has been passed on by my mother and modified Mum always served a salad following the main meal saying that it would help me digest my food I did not like it then and she would sprinkle some sugar over it to decrease the tangy taste of the dressing She was right and many benefits have been reported on the humble lettuce and the use of a dressing on the salad such as It increases the fiber intake Has a positive effect on the liver and the digestive system You feel fuller eat less lose weight It increases the intake of good fat when accompanied with the right dressing Ingredients The ratio vinegar to oil is 1 serve of vinegar to 3 of oil You can readjust this ratio to suit you 1 3 of a cup Balsamic Vinegar Avocado oil Flaxseed oil Cold press olive oil optional 1 clove of garlic 1 shallot 1 teaspoon or 2 of mild mustard 1 teaspoons or 2 of mayonnaise Salt and pepper Pour the vinegar into a jar Add a small pinch of salt and sprinkle with pepper Crush and add the garlic Chop the shallot thinly Add the mustard and mayonnaise and emulsifie mixing the vinegar with mustard and mayonnaise before adding the oil will prevent your salad dressing to separate Pour the oils slowly continuing the emulsification You can also increase the ingredients proportion as the dressing keeps for weeks in a good container so you do not have to prepare it daily Bon appetit Jeanine Back to the top Lymphoedema and Breast Cancer Breast Cancer patients are not always well informed as to the reason s why more or less lymph nodes have been removed during surgery and it is particularly hard for someone with lymphoedema to accept that more lymph nodes have been removed

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  • Newsletter 12 - JM Remedial TherapyJM Remedial Therapy
    in the skin and increases the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times It also increases the pumping of the deep lymphatic vessels from 6 up to 30 times per minute It assists with the distribution of nutrients and the removal of wastes and toxins from the skin layers decreasing the congestion responsible for acne cellulite aches fatigue etc A lymphatic drainage is helpful for conditions involving fluid retention weight loss lethargy Chronic Fatigue Syndrome pregnancy constipation and healing time after illness or surgery It is also well recognized that it reduces the recovery time after exercise and boosts up the immune system The lymphatic drainage is of course an integral part of the Complex Lymphatic Therapy for the management of lymphoedema Back to the top Oedema during pregnancy It is common to develop some varicose veins and or retain a certain amount of swelling during pregnancy because of the changes in the blood chemistry In addition the growing baby can add pressure on the main pelvic vein causing swelling in the feet and ankles particularly during the third trimester Should you have a family history of varicose veins suffer from tired aching legs and swelling we would recommend wearing compression stockings for the full nine months The stockings can mechanically help moving the blood and fluid from the ankles towards the heart Studies have shown that with the increased compression on the legs the heart rate falls while the cardiac output increases We can also suggest getting regular lymphatic drainage drinking plenty of water wearing comfortable shoes walking regularly not crossing your legs or ankles while sitting and putting your feet up regularly In some cases swelling could be a sign of preeclampsia which is a serious condition with swelling on the face in the hand and excessive swelling of the feet and ankles and we would advise you to see your doctor Otherwise these symptoms are only temporary and often disappear after childbirth Back to the top Snippets about lower limb lymphoedema following gynecological cancer Lower Limb Lymphedema is common in Survivors of Gynecological Cancer NEW YORK JUN 27 2007 Reuters Health A significant proportion of gynecological cancer survivors develop lower limb lymphedema according to results of a study published in the June 15th issue of Cancer Lower limb lymphedema is one of the most disabling side effects of surgical and radiotherapy treatment for gynecological cancer note Dr Vanessa Beesley of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research Australia and colleagues For many gynecological cancer patients lymph node dissection is an integral part of cancer treatment and surgical staging and this procedure has been associated with lymphedema development SOURCE Cancer 2007 109 2607 2614 Back to the top It is unlikely that the rate of lymphoedema will decrease any time soon Recent research on the use of adjuvant use of radiation in the treatment of premenopausal women with breast cancer in combination with chemotherapy have indicated a reduction in reoccurance of cancer from 30 to 10

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