Cure your headache with massage, not medicine!

Young doctor chiropractor massaging patient

Are you Constantly Suffering from Headaches? 

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache affecting people’s day-to-day life. These headaches can cause pain that radiates around the Temples, eyes, or at the back of the skull. The fact of the matter is, most tension headaches begin through significant muscle tension or muscle Knots in the neck and shoulders. 

When you say, “I have a muscle knot” You are actually referring to myofascial trigger points. In fact the dominant theory behind Trigger points refers to a patch of tightly contracted muscle, which affects a small part of the muscle tissue. That small part of “knotted” muscle cuts off its own blood supply, which causes irritation, and if not addressed will eventually cause a myofascial trigger point.


Why Choose Massage Over Medication?

It is alarming how many people have no idea why they are getting constant and reoccurring headaches. Medications such as Nurofen and Panadol are great at masking symptoms by decreasing inflammation and dulling pain receptors. However, they will not relieve muscle tension and therefore headaches become a daily occurrence because the actual problem is not being addressed.

Relieving muscle tension through Massage Therapy can be beneficial, as it will increase blood flow and oxygen to tight muscles, allowing them to relax in order to remain strong and flexible.  A study by the American journal of Public Health shows that pain associated with chronic tension headaches can be alleviated through specific massage treatments directed at the muscles of the neck and shoulders.

Lets be honest, we are all guilty of hunching over our computers and placing too much strain on the muscles of our neck and shoulders. Without even knowing your daily routines such as driving and looking down at your mobile phone can begin to irritate and place excessive amounts of tension on your body. After all, your muscles contribute to every movement your body makes, and this is why they need to be looked after.


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All about Thai Massage

“Thai massage” or “Thai yoga massage” is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. The practice is essentially a form of assisted yoga performed by the giver, with the receiver completely passive throughout.

A full Remedial Thai massage session typically could last up to two hours or more and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back, and moving the recipient’s body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the giver will adjust to fit the receiver.

All types of massage, including Thai massage, can help people:

– Relax
– Relieve aching muscles
– Temporarily boost a person’s mood
– Increase circulation
– Relieve pain

If you are interest in a Thai massage please come see us at one of the Westpac Wellness Centres.

Anchalee Suwan is a Massage Therapist at the Barangaroo Wellness Centre

Why a massage can change your day…

With so many ideas and beliefs held around massage it seems today, more than ever, we need clarification on the benefits of massage. The practice of massage has been documented as a form of medicine as far back as the ancients in Egypt – but this is something seemingly forgotten by clinicians or those focused on the idea that invasive procedures are required for results.

The idea of massage being a “luxury” or indulgence is one of the worst myths surrounding this practice. It is an effective way of increasing blood flow, stretching out tight muscle fibres which can form adhesions in the muscle tissue (those “knots” felt most commonly around the neck and shoulders), repairing muscle tears post exercise, assisting in lymphatic drainage, and promoting a sense of well-being through the release of the “feel good” chemical oxytocin.

Further benefits are experienced through the chain reaction of regular massage. These include, but are by no means limited to: improved immunity, better digestion, improved mental clarity and health, faster healing processes, better posture, less muscular and joint pain (sometimes reduced to full remission of pain!), reduction in cellulite and other epidermal issues, and general improved mood and sense of better health.

So massage isn’t just for athletes? Absolutely not! Yes, it is true that athletes benefit from post-exercise massage more than those who don’t exercise as much. This is purely because often we experience pain when we push our bodies physically, the same as when we work ourselves too hard whichever way. This pain, until fairly recently, has been considered to be from the build up of a muscle waste product – lactic acid. This is now known to be not strictly speaking true; what is actually happening, alongside all the body’s other processes during physical exercise, is that as the muscles are being worked hard they often stretch and pull, creating tiny tears in the muscle fibres, and this is what is causing the pain. Lactic acid burn – I don’t think the scientists are quite 100% agreed yet as to whether it occurs yet!

Massage is not just a science, it’s an art. It is of the utmost importance that we get the right solution for ourselves when it comes to our health, as individuals, by the right practitioners at the right time. That’s why you will find that, here at Pinnacle Health Group, we only provide the services that are right for you, once you have done the right assessment. The beauty of massage is it is an art that can be tailored to the individual, ensuring you get the best possible outcome from the treatment. The precision of this tailored treatment means that you will get the best possible, scientifically proven results. Your body will give you this as feedback and our expert practitioners will guide you through what this feedback means!

So you see, you don’t have to be super fit or in bad shape to benefit from a massage. Any time is a good time for a massage, as it will more likely than not improve your day today and make tomorrow a whole lot better too. For the qualified Massage Therapists you know you can trust, book an appointment with Pinnacle Health Group in Melbourne CBD or Docklands.

The Healing Power of Reiki

Awaken Your Heart, Mind And Body

  • Do you feel ill, in pain, or in distress about a situation?
  • Are you feeling low, anxious or apprehensive?
  • Does everything feel like it is getting ‘just too much’ at times?
  • Want to find a way to recharge and gain peace of mind, especially if other forms of treatment have evaded success?

Reiki is a non-invasive, gentle, yet powerful method of healing.

Reiki for Relaxation, Stress and Pain Relief, and Healing

This energy, often described as “universal life energy”, is accessed by the practitioner during a treatment. It enhances the body’s natural healing ability and promotes wellbeing.

The purpose of Reiki is to promote relaxation, reduce stress and most importantly facilitate healing. Many patients are said to report “significant improvements in their level of pain, fatigue, and anxiety” after treatments.

A Reiki session can give you an opportunity to refuel the energy that is continuously burning up each day. This healing energy may allow you to gain awareness of how you are managing and regulating everyday emotions. Reiki Treatments can assist in “identifying any blockages in the body and mind”, as well as recognising emotions which may be held within. Subsequently, this can result in rising common issues such as anxiety, nervousness, failure to think clearly, over-thinking and worry.

What Can I Expect in a Typical Reiki Session?

Each session will be different for each individual. Your practitioner Anchalee (Charlie)(Female) will attempt to understand the root cause to your emotional distress and confusion, leaving you feeling open with a strong sense of comfort. A Reiki session is usually given to a fully clothed recipient and is offered through a light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head, front and back of the torso. The Reiki experience is subjective, and sometimes very soft or subtle. People can experience heat in the practitioner’s hands, but often the practitioner’s hands feel refreshingly cool. Other common experiences are mild pulsations where the practitioner’s hands are placed, or waves of pulsations throughout the body. People often comment on how comforting they find the experience of Reiki to be.

Your practitioner may suggest a series of sessions. Four sessions is a traditional recommendation, as it gives you time to assess and evaluate what benefits you are receiving from each treatment both mentally and emotionally. Discuss with your practitioner how best to space the sessions to suit your needs and your daily schedule.

If you believe your energies are low, and this is the underlying cause behind your feeling unwell or stressed, Reiki may be an effective alternative treatment for you. Try Reiki to replenish your energy levels and return you to health, so you can feel happy, relaxed and at peace.

To start your Reiki Journey, call or visit us today at our convenient, centrally located clinic at Level 4 ,100 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Vic 3008 – 9600 3590. You can also book your Reiki session online.

Pain & Pregnancy: How to Stay Healthy

Pregnancy for some is not always a walk in the park. More and more people are continuing to work through most of their pregnancy, and not always by choice. This is physically taxing as well as mentally, both of which affect your overall wellbeing.

Here are some of the most common issues that people have during pregnancy:

Sciatica – Sometimes sciatica can occur because of irritation of the sciatic nerve during pregnancy. This is due to the many physical changes your body goes through during pregnancy which can impinge and irritate the sciatic nerve. Releasing the surrounding muscles of the sciatic nerve can alleviate some, if not all pain and discomfort.

Pelvic Instability – Pelvic instability, or pelvic girdle pain, is a condition that causes pain around the joints of the pelvic girdle during and after pregnancy. This condition can be diagnosed when pain, instability, limited range of motion and abnormal function is present in any of the three pelvic joints. Usually during pregnancy, a hormone called Relaxin is released which softens the ligaments around the joints of the pelvis. This is a natural process, which assists with childbirth. When Relaxin does not function properly during pregnancy, the joints of the pelvis loosen too much, and this results in the pelvis becoming unstable or out of optimal alignment. This can then also put strain on muscles of the back, stomach, pelvic floor, hips and pelvic girdle, which may lead the pelvic joints to become less stable. Massage can assist with this condition by releasing the surrounding muscles of the pelvis and lower back to relieve pain. However, you must be careful not to loosen the joint too much as it may lead to more instability.

Swelling – Swelling occurs during pregnancy because your body is holding on to more blood and fluid than usual. The increased pressure in your veins can cause various areas in the body to swell up, either temporarily during the day or night, or in some cases, throughout your entire pregnancy. This extra retention of fluid is needed to soften the body, which enables it to expand as the baby develops. Normal swelling is usually experienced in the hands, face, legs, ankles and feet. The swelling in your legs, in particular, may be worse towards the end of the day, especially if you are on your feet while working for the majority of the day. This is because gravity causes fluid to collect at the lowest point of the body. Hot weather and being tired can also make the swelling worse. Sometimes during the last few months of pregnancy, the swelling will be at its worst, and this can really start to affect your quality of life. A massage can increase blood flow and reduce swelling, easing discomfort and providing temporary relief.

How Can Pinnacle Health Group Help?

Book an appointment with Pinnacle Health Group to have a wide variety of your health needs attended to by our suite of healthcare professionals. We offer healthcare services as wide ranging as:

Massage – Massage is suitable for all stages of pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Massage can temporarily reduce swelling, ease Pelvic Girdle pain and release sciatic pain, as well as have a positive effect on overall wellbeing. Massage is a natural relaxant that will help promote relaxation and relieve some of that pressure that you may not have even realised you had both physically and mentally.

PhysiApp – Pinnacle Health Group has access to so many amazing resources, PhysiApp being one of them. It includes exercises dedicated to pregnancy, ranging across a variety of difficulty levels. With strengthening, stretches and stability exercises, there is something on there for clients at all stages and capabilities. We can easily set you up with a programme to strengthen your core for pregnancy, or to increase your stability.

Dietetics and Nutrition – Eating a balanced diet is especially important when you are eating for two! Come in and see our Dietitian to see how you can optimise your pre- and post-natal diet, to give you and your baby the best start.

Clinical Pilates – During pregnancy, pilates is a gentle yet challenging way to care for the body’s changing needs. Using the reformer beds will allow optimal support and confidence in the client, to push the body during these times when exercise and conditioning of the body are truly needed. Pilates is a safe and effective form of exercise to help prevent these conditions from occurring. Rest assured in the guidance of your physio watching over you and supporting you throughout any and all stages of pregnancy. For those who are hesitant to exercise in fear of negatively affecting their pregnancy, pilates is the perfect option. On the flip side, pilates can assist in strengthening your body and helping your body return to normal, after your pregnancy.