In last week’s newsletter I mentioned an article I have written, “What is Fascia”, which you would have received in your monthly Green Apple email newsletter. I hope you have had time to read it and perhaps have done some research in the topic. If you haven’t had access to it you will find it on our website, www.greenapplewellness.com.au by clicking on About, then go to Blog.
This week I want to share with you the outcome of having Clinical Massage treatment when fascia is taken into consideration, maximising the “shifting sands” effect that can be schieved by releasing the body globally rather than site-specific treatment.
This approach not only works on the body but also sends messages directly to the brain from so many body areas. Since the brain is the creator of the pain that we feel in our body (as a response to stimuli that the brain perceives as a danger) the first treatment of hands-on contact may be seen as a threat to the patient. The brain will send down pain in an effort to restrict the body in some way in an endeavour to protect it.
I want to trick the brain and lull it into a sense of well-being after that first treatment so I ask my client what they have at home in the nature of pain meds that they know are safe for them to take and I recommend they have one dose after the treatment on the same day, and then for two days post treatment and then stop any pain medication on the third day and send me feedback about exactly what they are feeling and what is happening that is different from prior to my treatment.
Two quotes, or feedback comments, I have received by email in the past couple of weeks from new Clinical Massage clients, provide insight to how this type of work provides a delayed yet beneficial response.
After the first treatment:
“Initially my knee pain was worse for two days, then minimally better on third day. On Sunday, it was markedly improved and has continue to improve, currently I would say it is about 75 to 80% better than it was before the massage.”
One day after first treatment:
“Thank you for a very good and beneficial massage. I have had a lot of relief. Not 100% as we both knew would be the case, but the improvement is wonderful. I am taking the Panadeine, didn’t feel I really needed it. Unless things deteriorate I shall take only a second one about 4 o’clock.”
Three days after treatment:
“I am very pleased to say that I am much better than I was before you worked on my back. There is still a lingering problem, but much less discomfort when I was doing my Pilates class yesterday morning something in my spine went klunk. No pain with it and after that, there was a slight improvement. I think your massage has enabled the body to slightly correct itself. I am looking forward to my next massage. More does still need to be done, but I am a lot more comfortable.”
The fascial release work enables the body to help release itself as the body shifts, changes tensions and stresses, to settle into a new fascial framework.
This “self-adjustment”, when the body is ready to make it, is not only non-invasive but it allows the body to create structural changes within it’s own existing framework.
Since we are all unique, this adjustment will be unique to us rather that a generic all-purpose administered adjustment.
Human Body Plastination
The Fitness Facts on the back page of the newsletter provide some interesting facts about our muscles. If you have never had one of our Body Composition Tests, then now is the time to book in for one. We are having our special reduced cost testing on Tues November 14 and Wednesday November 15. It is very easy to do and has a high accuracy rating. Your results will be totally confidential and they will give you a base level knowledge about your body.