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What issues can be treated with needle therapy (acupuncture)

Needle therapy or acupuncture is a therapeutic practice that involves stimulating certain focuses on the body, regularly with a needle entering the skin, to mitigate pain or to treat different health conditions.

On November 5, 1997, a board gathered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) presumed that there is clear confirmation that needle therapy needle treatment is successful for nausea and vomiting from a postoperative condition and in addition chemotherapy, morning sickness, and postoperative dental pain. The 12-part board additionally deduced in their agreement explanation that there are various other pain-related conditions for which needle therapy might be compelling. These conditions incorporate however are not constrained to fibromyalgia (general muscle torment), low back agony, carpal passage disorder, and asthma.

At Square One Physio, we have treated many conditions with acupuncture. Some of the conditions that could be treated with acupuncture are:

Musculoskeletal

Neck pain
Shoulder pain
Tennis elbow
Carpal tunnel
Acute/chronic back pain
Knee pain
Sciatica
Foot pain

Neurological / Nervous System

High blood pressure
Stroke
Epilepsy
Stress disorders
Bell’s Palsy
Hyperthyroidism
Headache
Trigeminal neuralgia
Insomnia

Gynecological

PMS
And many other female health problems
Infertility (female/male)
Menstrual pain

Respiratory

Allergies/hay fever
Asthma
Cough
Common cold
Sore throat

Gastrointestinal

Nausea
Stomach pain
Constipation
Diarrhea
Hiccups

Others

Smoking Cessation
Car accident complications and more

 

At Square One Physio, we have trained practitioners in acupuncture. Click here to book an appointment.

How Massage Therapy aids in relieving PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Post Traumatic Stress DisorderAccording to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a full 70 percent of adults experience a life event traumatic enough to result in post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Indeed, PTSD has garnered a considerable amount of media attention in the past decade.

A number of different therapies and treatment regimens commonly are utilized, including medications and talk therapy. A growing number of people suffering from PTSD are taking advantage of massage therapy as an effective means of addressing the condition.

How Massage Therapy Aids in Relieving PTSD

According to researchers associated with the Mayo Clinic, PTSD occurs following a traumatic event as a result of chemical imbalances in a person’s brain. These chemicals, including serotonin, are rendered off balance due to the emotional stress associated with the traumatic event. The imbalance does not resolve and a person suffering from PTSD is in a continually state of “flight or fight.” The bodies of these people continually are awash in stress hormones, leaving them feeling a persistent heightened sense of anxiety.

Regular massage therapy permits a person to relax to a greater degree than was possible before this treatment course commenced. As a consequence of being able to relax more, these individuals finally are able to enjoy more appropriate sleep patterns. The overall level of stress hormones within such an individual’s body begin to drop, leading to a lessening of the symptoms of PTSD.

Two types of massage therapy commonly are utilized when it comes to PTSD treatment: Reiki, or Tui Na. Reiki involves the placing of hands on specific parts of the body to relieve an underlying condition like PTSD. The palm is used to effect the actual massage process in Reiki. Tui Na incorporates martial arts principles into the massage process. In addition, Tui Na many times is undertaken in conjunction with acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment and healing process.

Massage Therapy in Conjunction with Other Treatment Regimens

Many individuals enjoy quicker relief from PTSD when massage therapy is added to more traditional form of treatment for the condition. For example, a growing number of professionals who work with PTSD patients are combining talk therapy, medication and massage therapy to more quickly and effectively treat the condition.

The combination approach that includes massage therapy accomplishes an important objective of PTSD treatment. Health care professionals maintain that more rapid and effective intervention in relieving the symptoms and causes associated with PTSD is important to ensuring long term relief from the condition.

SquareOne Physio offers massage therapy and physiotherapy for sports injuries, personal training, motor vehicle accidents and sports massage. Don’t hesitate to book your appointment today and we will help you to get back to your normal routine!

Things to do before and after your massage session

Massage therapy is a proven therapy which aids the human body in many ways- improves blood and fluid circulation, relieves from body aches, muscle pain, relaxes muscles, help relieve from stress and fatigue and promote overall health benefits.

Often times patients walking into my clinic ask me how to prepare themselves for the massage session and what to do after going back home. So I have decided to write this article highlighting important aspects and things to do before and after a massage session.

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Things to do before massage session

  • Take a shower or if on scarce time, use a moist cloth to wipe your underarms
  • If having any open wounds cover them before the session and do inform your therapist in advance.
  • It’s better to have a light snack an hour before the session. Never go to the session on an empty stomach as massage stimulates the body’s digestive system due to which you might feel hungry after the session. Also, the relaxing effect of massage lowers the blood sugar level.
  • Bring along a bottle of water and some light snack.
  • Wear comfortable clothes during the session. After the session is over, you would really appreciate loose, comfy clothing!

Things to do during the session

  • Talk to your therapist about what you intend to take out of the session. Whether it’s general relaxation or pain relief from an injury.
  • Do inform the clinic staff as well as your therapist about any open wound, cuts, or injury areas which need to be taken care of.
  • During the massage session, you would need to undress in order for the therapist to massage your body. Undress as much as you feel comfortable with. Do remember, massage’s benefits are best when the flow of massage is unhindered.
  • You might feel drowsy and sleepy during the session. It is normal to feel this way as your body relaxes and your brain releases relaxing hormones. However, try not to go to sleep during the entire session as then you would enjoy the therapeutic benefits of massage.

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Things to do after the session

  • Try not to get up quickly. Take your time. At this point, if the session went well, you would be feeling a little light-headed.
  • Get up slowly from the massage table. Talk to your therapist how are you feeling. Indicate what went well and what didn’t. You should give honest feedback about the session. This helps the future sessions to be beneficial
  • Try scheduling the next session. As you would know, massage therapy works best over time and not after just one session.
  • After dressing up, drink some water. Generally, after the session your body gets dehydrated. Also, it will help to flush out lactic acid build up in the muscles which make them sore. Water also helps in relieving muscle pain if any associated with the massage session.
  • As massage stimulates your digestive system, you would feel hungry after it. Also, your blood sugar level tends to drop during the session. Having a light snack will help satiate the hunger as well as restores the blood sugar level.
  • You should avoid alcohol and caffeine after your massage session.
  • Also do not perform any rigorous exercise after the session. Just go home and relax. Try to go to bed early to take a good night’s sleep!

If you are looking for a massage session, feel free to visit our clinic or book an appointment here. Take advantage of our experienced team of massage therapists. We have been providing physiotherapy and massage therapy in Mississauga for over 10 years.

 

Shiatsu massage therapy and its benefits

 What Is Shiatsu Massage Therapy?

Often I receive calls and queries from people asking me what is a Shiatsu massage therapy and how can they benefit from it. So I am taking, this time, to explain it in detail about it for the benefit of other as well who have heard about it somewhere.

Shiatsu massage is an ancient form of Japanese massage which literally means “finger pressure”.

The basic and underlying principle behind it is “Qi” (pronounced as ‘chee ‘). Qi is the vital energy which flows through our body and underlines all bodily functions. This energy flows through certain channels called “meridians”. Whenever there is an obstruction to the flow of Qi there is an imbalance which results in symptoms. These symptoms range from frequent colds, headaches, body aches, muscle pains or digestion problems. Shiatsu helps stimulates this flow of energy and revitalizes the body and mind.

When a person enters into our clinic, our trained Shiatsu massage therapist first analyses his/her body and recognizes the patterns of disharmony of Qi. This is the most important part as it helps the therapist to plan the session in such a way so as to give the maximum benefit to the person. She then accesses Qi along the meridians at certain vital points by applying pressure. The pressure is applied through a variety of methods like kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping and stretching. In this way, the energy flow is regulated in the body which helps relieve stress, anxiety and other symptoms. Regular Shiatsu sessions ensure that the flow of Qi  is unobstructed and that the customer remains healthy.

What Are The Benefits Of Shiatsu Massage Therapy?

Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy which involves applying pressure on certain vital points in the body to help the vital energy to flow unobstructed. It is believed to have both remedial as well as preventive effects. The major benefits of this technique are:-

  • Relieves stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Helps in chronic conditions as headaches, PMS, digestion problems, fatigue, insomnia, etc
  • Helps to reduce muscle stiffness
  • Stimulates the skin
  • Helps in relieving musculoskeletal pain such as lower back pain, joint pain, neck pain, etc
  • Vitalizes nervous system

So if you are looking for a good shiatsu massage therapy, please feel free to make an appointment with us and book a session with our experienced Shiatsu practitioner. You can call us at 905-232-2202 or can also book an appointment online here.

Postnatal massage and its benefits

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What is a postnatal massage?

A postnatal massage is a full body massage given to a new mother to help her recover post delivery. After the delivery, a mother’s body goes through a lot of changes. During the first few weeks, the internal scars begin to heal at the site within the uterus where the placenta was attached. This is a gradual process which often results in a mother experiencing mild to severe cramps. Body aches, fatigue and anxiety are common from running around taking care of the baby and adjusting to the new life after the birth.

This is where the postnatal massage help which are given by experienced masseuses for about 40 days post childbirth. It covers your entire body starting from your feet and all the way up to your head. Massage helps you to relax, reduces stress and improves breastfeeding along with other health benefits.

What are the benefits of postnatal massage?

Postnatal massage is a great traditional practice that has been known to be effective for quicker recovery and better health for new mums. There are various benefits attached to this-

Healing from internal wounds

Childbirth can be taxing on a mother’s body. Massage helps in recovering from the sore spots and muscle tensions. It also helps recover from the after effects of a C-section, however, during the initial sessions, the experienced masseuse avoids putting much pressure on the abdomen area. Massage helps in regulating fluid flow in the body. It enhances the lymph circulation and eliminates excessive fluids and waste products.

Increases flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles and eliminate the toxins in the body.

Helps relax

Massage helps release endorphins, body’s natural pain killers and also feel good hormones in the body. It lowers the stress hormones and helps fight anxiety and depression better. According to a study, more than 60% of new mother experience from temporary depression post birth and about 10-15% from serious depression.  A good massage of the lower legs, feet, arms, shoulder and back followed by a head massage have a great soothing effect. An experienced masseuse helps the mother to relax and cope better with the transition to motherhood.

Improves sleep

A new mother undergoes a lot of fatigue post birth and taking care of her new child. The fatigue is more pronounced during the early days of motherhood when she is still adjusting to the changes in her life. The fatigue affects the sleeping habits of the mother. Massage plays a very important role in easing fatigue and thus aiding in better sleep.

Enhances breastfeeding

Massage helps in releasing oxytocin in the body which helps regulate prolactin levels, a lactation hormone. Gentle massage of the chest muscles helps open the blocked ducts, loosen clumps or hardened areas, increases circulation and milk production. Also, it helps relieve breast pain and improves newborn suckling.

When to start with the postnatal massage?

Generally one should begin with the massage session when she feels comfortable. However, it is advised to consult your doctor before you begin. If you had a C-section which is a major surgery, it is advised to let your wounds heal before you begin. It should generally take about a week or two, but your doctor is the one whose advice you should heed to before beginning.

At Squareone Physio, we have an experienced team of therapists who specialize in postnatal massage. If you are a new mother who have just given birth and needs help with massage, please call us on 905-232-2202 to book an appointment or you can also book it online here.

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