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There are always many factors to lower back pain, but there are always themes:

  • Weak core, pelvic floor, Transverse Abdominis
  • Tight lower back extensors
  • Anteriorly tilted pelvis
  • Short hip flexors
  • Tight Adductors
  • Hamstring imbalances
  • Weak Glutes (typically Gluteus Maximus)

The pattern commonly associated with lower back pain is called the lower cross which is illustrated in the image below.  In layman’s terms, there are weak and tight muscles and the net result is the pain you are experiencing.

That is why a thorough assessment is critical to developing a treatment plan to achieve a sustainable result to enable you to achieve your goals, pain free, run that marathon, or play with your kids.

How are you going with finding a Deep Tissue Massage Therapist in Brisbane?  Is it proving difficult?

What are you looking for?  What is your problem that nobody can solve?  Have you been from Physios to Osteos to Remedial Therapists?

Quite often I end up with people that have been everywhere and are still struggling with their injury or issue, which I love.  I enjoy the challenge of helping someone that has nearly given up on taking pain medication having anesthetic injections, cortisone, etc.

To put it bluntly, most therapists don’t treat deep!  Deep is not bashing someone with a sledgehammer, deep is an art that requires 1000’s of hours of hands-on experience, which most therapists don’t get or have, including physios.

Are you looking for a Sports Massage Therapist in Brisbane CBD?  I have worked with so many sports people over the years:

  • The Wallabies
  • The Broncos
  • The AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) – Athletes
  • Australian Swimmers
  • Olympians
  • Australian Rowers
  • Triathletes
  • Ironmen
  • Cyclists
  • Runners
  • Dancers
  • Western Bulldogs players / AFL

The list goes on, one thing that I like about working with athletes is that they all know their bodies very well and the dialogue within the treatment is exceptional.  Which leads to a very tailored type of treatment, specifically to an outcome which is very tangible and measurable.

I have to confess that I am a posture freak, my poor daughter will tell stories to her grandchildren about I bug her day in and day out about sitting up straight, engaging her core, shoulders back, etc.  I could be sipping a late at a cafe and catch myself admiring someone’s posture or feeling ‘queezy’ about someones poor posture.

Poor posture plagues society and because of this fact, there is a wide range of issues as a result.  We are forced to sit early, from school to the office, from the train, to the dinner table, the car to the couch.

Sitting down excessively has a lot to answer for and is one of the main factors associated with poor posture.  Sitting weakens the core, which strains the lower back, it also rounds the shoulders which stresses the mid back, which extends the head forward which strains the neck and the base of the head and the list goes on.

Can remedial massage or deep tissue massage or myotherapy or physiotherapy, chiro, osteo? Can any of the above help with posture?  Of course they can!

There are a number of reasons why people suffer from headaches, but if a headache is associated to tension specifically in the neck, shoulders, and base of the head, Remedial Massage can be extremely effective.

I have had numerous clients over the years that suffer from extreme Headaches and Migraines that have had outstanding results in some cases in just one session.  For some reason, I have seen people that have had cat scans,  36 botox injections every 6 weeks for migraines, extreme sufferers, and all in cases the shoulders neck and base of the head have been wound up like a rubber band, and by slowly, gently, and methodically melting the layers of tension the effects have left me in awe.  Really these are the moments I really enjoy my job.

 

All roads start in the feet!  Typically our arches are comprised which lead to a ‘domino effect’ throughout the body, plantar fascia, Achilles issues, tight calves, sore knees, hip pain, kinks, rotations, lower back pain and the list goes on.

Shin splints typically have a few themes:

  • Impact, running on hard surfaces – Tip, run on the grass.
  • Tight calves – Tip, roll and release your soleus.
  • Tight feet – Tip, roll your plantar fascia

Lastly, in some cases, you just need to rest and give those micro traumas along shin time to chill out.

It makes me laugh when I see this title flung around websites on the internet so I thought I would write an FAQ about it.

So who is the best remedial massage therapist in Brisbane?  How can you compare an apple and an orange?  Each person has their own unique story and goals and it depends specifically on you the client and what you want.

I feel that it is so hard to find good people who are good and what they do, whether a plumber, sparky, mechanic, hairdresser and even a Massage Therapist in Brisbane but typically there are qualities that good operators share, such as:

  • Always put the client first
  • Understand and empathize with the client
  • Genuine and honest
  • Extremely good and what they do
  • Humble

There is Massage then there is Massage!

Good question, I would like to pose a question back.  If you have never been to the gym and you join up at your local fitness and first in Brisbane CBD and employ a Personal Trainer to help you lose a couple of dress sizes for you up and coming wedding, and you start training like a woman possessed how do you think your body will feel afterward?

How about if you have never run a marathon or even 5km, how do you think you would feel afterward?

In life there is always a price to pay to achieve a goal and typically deep bodywork is no different.  There is Massage and then there is Massage!

To answer your question, yes you will be sore but it is a small price to pay to achieve your goal.

Remedial Massage is the umbrella for the numerous styles of massage which include but not limited to the following:

  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • MyoFascial Release
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • PNF
  • ART
  • Structural Integration
  • Rolfing
  • Dorn Method
  • Myotherapy

As you can see there is a lot of jargon associated with the industry and most of it doesn’t mean much to someone outside of the industry, all that matters to you is that your goal is achieved.  Whether it is to run the marathon, get back to the gym, play with your kids, reduce your pain medication, and the list goes on.

I believe that there are many people out there that get ‘bamboozled’ by quick talking jargon slinging Remedial Massage Therapists in Brisbane and Myotherapists for that manner, that struggle to deliver what they promise.

Typically this is assessed on a case by case basis, it all depends on the context of the situation.  However with that being said, my goal is to tailor a treatment plan aligned with your goals to achieve the outcome as quickly and possible.

Sometimes that can occur in one session, however sometimes I see people every week, it all depends on you and what your goal is.  There are countless occasions where I have told people that they don’t need to come back and they need to go and work on strengthening their core and strengthening the glutes and to come back when they need me.

I feel a lot of the best remedial massage therapists in Brisbane do string their clients along a lot longer than needed, morally I don’t subscribe to stringing people along.  The proof is in the pudding.

The first session follows the following format:

  • Fill in a client history form, the purpose of the form is to collect specific information about yourself, your history, pain that you are suffering, how long, where, why, what happened etc.
  • Discussion, you and I discuss in more detail about the nature of your issue and what your goals are.
  • Assessment, generally I ask you to move to illustrate where the movement restrictions are and the painful areas.  I also assess your posture, look for patterns, imbalances, and lastly come up with a plan of attack to make the most impact as quickly as possible.
  • Treatment plan, from the above I formulate a treatment plan to relieve your pain as fast as possible, then to make it sustainable moving forward.

It sounds like a lot but it actually happens fairly quickly as I want to get you on the table in a very timely manner to begin the work.  Education is paramount during the process, I believe in explaining to you the why’s and how’s of the treatment plan, as you can only change what you can see.  I also slowly weave exercizes, typically self release exercizes that easy to do and extremely productive.

The first session is about connecting with you and understanding where you are at and then tailoring a treatment plan to achieve your goals as quickly as possible.

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