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FAQ

Mind & Body Health Services FAQ

On this page, you will find a list of commonly asked questions and answers for specific services we offer. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for, feel free to give us a call!

Massages Offered at MBH

An in-depth look at the different types of massages we offer at Mind & Body Health

Remedial Massage

When muscles become knotted and tense or damaged, remedial massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shalow. Remedial massage holistically treats the body. Here at MBH our therapists will assess and identify the original biomechanical dysfunction, thus healing the cause of the disorder, as well as symptoms. Remedial massage uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage to muscles, tendons and joints. Massage therapy supports and speeds up the body’s own repair mechanisms. Passive joint stretching moves are also used.

Remedial Massage for Disc Issues

Bulging discs, also known as slipped discs or protruding discs, are a relatively common injury. They may occur anywhere in the spinal column: in your lumbar spine, thoracic spine or cervical spine (neck). Herniated or prolapsed discs are slightly more serious and involve the outer part of the disc rupturing and the inner material (nucleus pulposus) seeping out.

As you might expect, a herniated or bulging disc in the lumbar spine can put pressure on the spinal cord and cause muscle spasms, cramps, numbness and considerable pain in the neck, back or legs.

The good news is that remedial massage can be very beneficial in treating bulging or herniated disc symptoms.  The type of remedial massage treatment will depend on the severity of the disc problem.

The benefits of remedial massage for the treatment of herniated discs are:

  • Decreases pain and muscle spasms
  • Increases range of motion of the joints
  • Prevents ongoing disc degeneration by restoring normal pelvic and spinal alignment
normal vs herniated disc

What causes a bulging disc or herniated disc?

Dramatic, unexpected load…

Sudden, unexpected loads experienced in extreme circumstances, such as motor vehicle accidents or falls can cause disc injuries. Occasionally, these injuries can also be caused by heavy lifting, particularly when there is twisting involved. In such instances, the annulus fibrosis may tear and cause an injury such as a herniated disc.

Genetics…

There is a genetic component to disc injuries. Some individuals have fewer and less dense elastic fibres. Consequently, they are more predisposed to discal injury.

Accumulated micro trauma…

Repeated micro traumas (small traumas) over an extended period, may lead to discal injury. Examples of this include poor posture while sitting, repeated bending or while performing athletic or other repetitive movements. If, for example, someone gardening repeatedly bends to weed or dig without proper abdominal bracing or engaging, disc issues can arise.

Symptoms and Diagnosis…

If you experience severe back pain or pain in the buttocks or legs, it is recommended that you first see your doctor, osteopath, chiropractor or acupuncturist. If, after assessing your history and current physical presentation, a herniated disc is likely, your practitioner will most likely send you for an MRI or CT scan, both of which give the most accurate diagnosis of the discal injury.

A disc bulge (commonly referred to as slipped disc, can potentially press against or irritate the nerve where it exits from the spine. This nerve pinch can cause back pain, spasms, cramping, numbness, pins and needles, or pain in your legs.

remedial massage

Guidelines for remedial massage…

During the acute phase – the recommended treatment is ice, and NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Massage is not advised until the pain and inflammation have decreased.

During the sub-acute phase – remedial massage can be effective during this phase using the following techniques; myofascial release, range of motion exercises and gentle mobilisations.  Taping can also be helpful.

During the rehabilitation phase – decompression treatment, a combination of myofascial release massage, regular stretches, range of motion exercises and gentle mobilisations will assist the patient to regain normal spine function.

Image of woman receiving a massage

Understanding the intervertebral disc…

Your intervertebral discs sit, as the name suggests, in between your vertebrae. They act as a shock absorber for the spine and are made up of glycoprotein and fibrocartilage.  There are two parts of the intervertebral disc you should familiarise yourself with:

The nucleus pulposus and the annulus fibrosis

The diagram to the left illustrates where these are located within vertebrae, and the effects of compression on the disc.

What you need to know…

The nucleus pulposus is the fluid-like component. If you like, you can think of it as a jelly-like or caramel-like part that sits inside a chocolate. It moves the outside of the disc around, depending on the pressures placed on your spine.

The annulus fibrosis is the strong outer layer that makes up the outside portion of the disc. It’s made of multi-directional fibrocartilaginous fibres that are densely packed to create a shell-like wall around the nucleus. Its job is to contain and protect the nucleus pulposus and to flex and cushion the vertebra as the spine moves.

Symptoms…

When strain or injury occurs to the spine, the annulus fibrosis of the disc can be weakened and the nucleus pulposus can press outwards causing a bulge. With disc herniation, a tear in the annulus fibrosis enables the nucleus pulposus to bulge out. When this happens, it can press on a nerve and cause pain. Other herniated disc symptoms include:

  • Muscle Spasm
  • Cramping
  • Numbness and pins and needles
  • Pain down the buttocks, legs & feet

Interestingly, sometimes people can suffer a herniated disc with no symptoms or pain at all.  It depends, amongst other things, on where the injury is in the spine and whether the bulging nucleus is pressing against the nerves.

back pain

Treatment…

Surgery is rarely recommended for those with a minor bulging disc or even a herniated disc.  Instead, the patient is encouraged to stay in neutral postural position and avoid vigorous or damaging activity so that the torn fibres of the annulus fibrosis can heal and the disc bulge can reduce and return to t’s normal position.

Recovery time…

By staying in a mostly neutral spine position (without bending and twisting) the body can grow scar tissue to protect the area – a process which takes approximately six weeks. Therefore, it is imperative to avoid aggravating postural positions in this time and only undertake gentle exercise.

Preventing bulging disc from reoccurring…

If the disc injury was brought about by repeated micro trauma, it’s essential that the patient address any postural problems, muscle imbalances, core strength exercises and lifestyle habits through the support of a massage therapist, osteopath, chiropractor, pilates instructor or doctor.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage therapy consists of deep pressure being applied to release chronic muscle tension.  The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer of surrounding muscles, bones and joints.) Deep tissue massage has proven to reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage therapy combines gentle pressure with rhythmical soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes in the body.  Lymphatic drainage massage pressure is much lighter than other forms of massage therapy.  The movements are generally slower also.  By stimulating the body’s secondary circulation system, the removal and filtering of toxic buildup and excess fluid from cells are possible.  The benefits of lymphatic massage include, improving circulation, in turn increasing the metabolic rate, helping with weight loss, reducing fluid retention, eliminating toxins, thus aiding detoxification, reducing cellulite fat in the body, improving immunity, helping with sinus congestion and allergies, fibromyalgia and hormonal imbalance.

Hot Stones Massage

Hot Stones treatment at MBH melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism.  Each hot stone session features the placement of smooth, water heated stones placed at key points on the body to allow for deeper relaxation of the muscles.  Our professional massage therapists will incorporate a customized massage by using the warm stones, to create a healing, deeply beneficial and relaxing experience.

Pregnancy Massage

Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care.  It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness throughout pregnancy.  Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps , headaches and edema (or swelling).  In addition, massage reduces stress on weight bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension, which aids in better sleep patterns.   Here at MBH our experienced therapists take extra care to ensure our prenatal clients are comfortable.  Sideline positioning with supportive, soft cushions are used which alleviates the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressure of massage techniques are applied.  Depending on which trimester you are in your pregnancy, your therapist may utilize such massage techniques such as reflexology, Swedish massage or certain techniques that address your specific requests and needs.

Reflexology Massage

Foot Reflexology massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries or even everyday work and play.  According to Chinese Medicine, the sensory nerves of the internal organs that spread throughout the body are mainly located around the soles of the feet. Therefore this massage is effective in stimulating the functions of the internal organs.  Reflexology can help prevent many symptoms such as headache, stress, asthma, constipation, migraine and sinusitis. The blood circulation system is boosted and the body’s function will naturally be turned into its homeostasis.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy has been around for some 6000 years and involves the use of pure essential oils (fragrant plant extracts).  In aromatherapy massage, individual blends are prepared by the practitioner, in a base of cold pressed oil and then applied to the patient’s skin through a remedial or relaxing massage.  As a holistic treatment, aromatherapy can have a profound effect on physical and psychological well being.  Scent, as the most enduring of our senses, has the power to transform our emotions, and heal our bodies.

Cupping

Cupping is a gentle and effective technique that aims to restore function, movement and flexibility to the soft tissue that connects the body’s muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.  Derived from traditional Chinese medicine, cupping uses suction to create a vacuum effect in a glass or plastic cup, which is placed on the skin.  The vacuum acts to gently lift the skin and underlying tissues, to break up knots and spasms between the tissue layers which limit our flexibility.

Cups are generally left in place for a few minutes.  The skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow.  The cup is removed from the skin by pressing the skin of one side.  Some bruising or occasional residual marks are not uncommon, however these are usually painless and will clear within 2-7 days.

Here at MBH Cupping is an extremely popular complimentary technique during remedial massage.  Cupping also helps activate our lymphatic system, release toxins, promote blood circulation and is great for deep tissue repair.

Relationship Counselling Q&A

How successful is your service?

If you both are committed to making it work, and are both willing to take responsibility for your own part in the issues – then the outcome is very very positive. We have great success as can be seen on our testimonials.

Does an affair mean the end?

Absolutely not. In fact, we have had many couples who have built a stronger relationship than ever following an affair. However it requires commitment by both in different areas … understanding, forgiveness, dropping of defensiveness, learning, letting go of the past and focusing on the future, sharing the sadness, grieving, etc. All these are addressed in different ways, depending on where you are both are at.

Why choose relationship therapy at MBH?

Because we are passionate about our work, continue to work on our methodology and handouts, meet regularly to share and learn, and have experienced a range of life challenges between us so we can truly empathise with your situations.

What are the biggest issues you face with couples?

Not being able to let go of the past, being defensive, rebuilding trust, one person thinking they know what the other person really means, selfish behaviour, vastly differing needs, different communication styles, different sex drives, deep unconscious childhood experiences, addictions, aggressive behaviours, anxiety and depression, etc …

How long do we need to come for?

Everyone varies – and it depends on what you are wanting to achieve, or how much in crisis your relationship is currently in. If you think about this as an investment in the future – a way of building something that provides you both with unbelievable personal happiness and fulfillment, and consequent good health … then it is worth whatever it takes!

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