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Ilan Rossanis- Adv Dip. Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy and bodywork are my life. I’ve been treating people since the end of 1988. Seven years earlier I was operated on my Lower Back for a Herniated disk, that prompted me to find a way to help other people with back pain. This lead me to discovering the amazing affects that massage therapy can have on the body, not only did it help me but I have used it as a way of helping thousands of people for more than 20 years.
Myotherapy- Deep tissue, Sports massage, Myotherapy, Reflexology techniques and stretching are methods I use while treating.
A good massage treatment can enhance blood flow to the injured area, which coupled with the appropriate stretch can help restore a better Range of Motion (ROM), and in turn can help the patient with basic functions and meaningful occupations like; getting in and out of bed, in and out of a car, driving a car etc.
Since my past experience with back pain, I can empathise with my patients and understand exactly how they feel. Witnessing people’s quality of life improve before my eyes is inspirational and motivates me to continue to keep a high standard of therapy for my patients.

The Best Ways to Treat Hamstring Injuries

By Thomas C. Michaud, D.C.,Updated Jan. 18, 2016

Of all the running-related muscle injuries, Hamstring strains are the most likely to become chronic. More than two-thirds of runners that strain their hamstrings will suffer re-injury within one year. With stride lengths exceeding 14 feet, sprinters are especially vulnerable to re-injury. Almost always, the hamstring strain occurs just before the lead foot hits the ground, when hamstring tension peaks to resist forward motion of the swinging leg.

The Hamstrings

Even though the Hamstrings consist of four different muscles (Fig. 1), runners almost exclusively injure their outer hamstring muscle, the long head of the biceps femoris. The reason for the higher injury rate in the outer hamstring was a mystery until recently, when researchers from the University of Wisconsin determined that because the biceps femoris muscle attaches lower down the leg, it is under greater strain while the leg is swinging forward (Fig. 2).

In an MRI study evaluating the location of hamstring strains in different athletes, the only runner to injure a hamstring other than the biceps femoris was an older man who severely strained his inner hamstring muscle while performing stretches prior to running, not while running. This is consistent with research showing that dancers almost always injure their inner hamstrings, which are very sensitive to stretch injuries.
As with most injuries, the single best predictor of future injury is prior injury, possibly because the injured muscle heals with less flexibility and/or impaired coordination. Because of the exceptionally high recurrence rate associated with hamstring strains, rehabilitation of this injury must be comprehensive.
In an impressive study evaluating the success of different treatment regimens used in the management of acute hamstring strains, Marc Sherry and Thomas Best prove that compared to a protocol of static stretching and conventional hamstring exercises, an exercise regimen including agility and trunk stabilization exercises produced significantly better short and long-term outcomes (see Table 1 for a summary of these exercises).

Table 1 exercises

In contrast to conventional rehabilitation, the agility and stabilization group returned to sport sooner (22 days versus 37 days), and suffered fewer re-injuries during the first two weeks after returning to sport (55 percent of athletes in the conventional rehab group were re-injured, compared to no re-injuries in the progressive agility and trunk stabilization group).
The beneficial effects of the agility and stabilization exercises were even present one year following return to sport, as 70 percent of the athletes treated with conventional stretches and exercises were re-injured, compared to only 7.7 percent of the athletes completing the progressive agility and trunk stabilization program.
Because fatigue increases the potential for hamstring injury while running, I tell runners to briefly stop to stretch their outer hamstring during long runs. The stretch illustrated in figure 3 isolates the biceps femoris and it is typically held for 15 seconds with the knee bent at different angles.

Stretch for the Long head of Biceps Femoris m.

In a two-year study evaluating the efficacy of hamstring stretches to prevent injury, scientists demonstrated significantly reduced rates of hamstring strains in Australian Rules football players when the stretches were performed during workouts and competition. This study suggests that occasionally stopping to stretch the outer hamstring during your long runs may lessen the potential for re-injury, especially during the first few months following the initial strain.

A frustrating complaint following hamstring injury is a “toothache-type pain” that occurs near the upper hamstring while sitting and driving long distances. This pain is the result of hypersensitivity in the scar tissue that forms in the strained muscle-tendon junction of the upper biceps femoris muscle (Fig. 1A).

The Hamstrings Muscles

Rather than treating the pain with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, which can interfere with tendon remodeling, a more effective approach to repair the tendon is to perform deep tissue massage directly to the muscle-tendon junction of the upper biceps femoris.

Using electron microscopy, several animal studies have shown that deep tissue massage stimulates tendon repair. Another important way to repair the upper hamstring tendon is with heavy-load eccentric exercises. The exercises shown in figure 4 isolate the upper portion of the biceps femoris muscle. My favourite is the one illustrated in figure 4C. By tilting slightly to the right, you can really feel the left biceps femoris tense. I recommend 3 sets of 15 repetitions and the resistance in figure 4C can be increased by holding a weight between your arms.

Fig 4.

While waiting for a hamstring injury to heal, it is important that runners avoid prolonged wet-vest running in a pool. Although excellent for maintaining aerobic capacity while recovering from stress fractures, pool running fails to adequately stress the hamstrings, since resistance provided by the water forces the quadriceps to pull the lead leg forward (i.e., contract concentrically), while the hamstrings are stressed only while pulling the leg back.
This is in contrast to conventional running, when the hamstrings fire eccentrically when they lengthen to stop forward motion of the lead leg. By failing to strengthen the hamstring eccentrically, pool therapy often results in rapid hamstring re-injury as soon as the runner attempts to run fast. The best way to avoid eccentric hamstring weakness is by performing the exercises illustrated in figure 4 daily.
When you get back to running again, it is important to wear comfortable and lightweight running shoes. Because the weight of the foot has such a long lever arm to the upper hamstring, a heavy running shoe greatly increases strain in the upper hamstring during late swing phase and should therefore be avoided. Heavy motion control running shoes can really be a problem if eccentric hamstring weakness is present.
Lastly, until the hamstring tendons are strong and flexible, you should shorten your stride and increase your cadence while running. As long as you’re not running too fast, it is usually possible to continue running even during the early stages of recovery. By being consistent with a thorough home program, you can usually get back to full-speed training within a few months and your potential for re-injury will be greatly reduced.

High Hamstring Tendinopathy Injuries.

By Mike Roscoe – Kinesiologist SBR SPORT
Push your leg backwards so that the movement happens from the hip – among other muscles, your hamstrings are now in action.
Now, with your knee hanging down, pull your foot up toward your glutes – your hamstrings are in action.
The reality is that these muscles work really hard, and are particularly prone to injury at their origin. An injury there is called either a high hamstring tendinopathy or a proximal hamstring tendonitis.
The injury doesn’t happen to many people, but those that have it have an uphill battle on their hands to get rid of the injury.

A little bit about your hamstrings.
I wrote a blog about your hamstrings a while ago. You can read more about it here – Know your muscles – Hamstrings.
To summarize, the muscle is attached to your tibia below and behind your knee. The muscles then run up your leg and attach to your hip on a bony prominence called the ischial tuberosity. Cyclists often refer to these two bones as the ‘sit’ bones. It is in this area that the injury takes place. Pain is often felt high up in the hamstrings and deep in the buttock.
The area may become irritated when sitting on hard surfaces, when pushing directly on the ischial tuberosity, when running and especially when accelerating while on the run.
A basic hamstring stretch – such as the one pictured below – should cause pain in the area. It is also possible that an MRI could spot a thickening of the tendon or swelling of the bone.

How to treat it.
Soft tissue work is advised to break down scar tissue. Direct compression of the actual bone should be avoided.
Chiropractic adjustment is also recommended to correct any pelvic tilt abnormalities.
Hamstrings should be stretched daily. Stretching needs to be gentle.
How long will I take to get better?
You have a long road ahead of you for two reasons.
1. The area has poor blood supply.
2. The tendonitis of the high hamstrings is degenerative as opposed to inflammatory. This means that the fibres have become frayed and disordered.
We have seen runners return to full training after 8 to 12 weeks. These runners have typically come in weekly for soft tissue release, and have been committed to a stretching and strengthening program.
According to Lasse Lempainen, an average recovery time of 5 months can be expected with some athletes taking up to one year to recover fully.
Is it worth getting a cortisone injection?
An injection into the tendon is not advised. However, it is possible to for an Orthopod to guide a needle toward the area via an ultrasound and thus not damage the actual tendon. I would only use this as a last resort though.
In some cases, athletes can resort to surgery. There are dangers involved with this, and you might want to discuss this move with an orthopaedic surgeon first.
Getting the muscle strong again.
As you begin to recover you need to get strength back into the area. Exercises such as cycling and swimming can be looked at. Specific bridges, supermen and light therapy band work.
Running can be resumed when you can do a back plank and are able to do leg lifts on both sides. You need to resume running really slowly.

Hope this helps. Let us know if there is anything We can do to assist recovery.

Hip flexor strain

Hip flexor strain

By Leigh Boyle

Hip pain can hands down be one of the most frustrating injuries to treat. The joint itself moves in six different directions which means there is a whole army of muscles needed to move it. With that many moving parts, it’s easy for muscle imbalances to develop and for entire muscle groups to lock up. When this happens, the hip flexors are a common victim.

Potential Causes of Injury
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Post-Event Massage

Post-event massage is given within the first hour or two after participating in an event. The goal of post-event massage is to increase circulation, clear out metabolic wastes, reduce muscle tension and spasms, and quiet the nervous system.

Research shows that massage of this type promotes rapid removal of metabolic wastes and is three to four times as effective as rest in recovery from muscle fatigue.

These techniques enhance the movement of blood and lymph out of the most intensely worked muscles and back toward the heart and center of the body.
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Vitamin E slows decline in Alzheimer’s patients

ATMS reports that one of the largest – and lengthiest – studies involving patients suffering mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease has revealed that a daily 2000 international unit (IU) supplement of vitamin E has the power to slow functional decline.

Reported in the January 1, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the double-blind trial, conducted between 2007 and 2012, involved 613 predominantly male patients at 14 Veterans Affairs medical centres in the US. All of the participants were taking the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor drug donepezil (Aricept) to increase the level and duration of action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
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Massage for Leg Dysfunction in Perth

Vastus Lateralis

The Vastus Lateralis is a prime mover along with the other three quad muscles in knee extension and a functional opposite to the hamstrings in knee flexion it also helps to stabilize the lateral part of the knee.

It gets blamed for much of the soreness that is commonly associated with the IT band. A facilitating or overworking Vastus Lateralis can be compensating for the hamstrings, adductors, psoas, glutes and TFL.
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Reflexology in Perth

Reflexology PerthReflexology opens both the circulatory and electrical channels to the organs and areas of the body where crystallization of waste materials or blockages have formed.

The breaking up of such deposits and blockages allows the body to both carry away the waste materials and receive the nourishment it needs for optimum function leading to greater energy and well-being.
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Perth Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage DoubleviewDeep tissue massage assists the muscle fibres to return to their proper length reducing the chance of injury and enabling greater performance with increased flexibility and healthy fully functional muscles. Some of the techniques we use include deep stripping, cross-fibre friction, trigger point therapy, and Myofascial Release (MFR’s).
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Perth Sports Massage

Massage Doubleview SportsDeep tissue massage assists the muscle fibres to return to their proper length reducing the chance of injury and enabling greater performance with increased flexibility and healthy fully functional muscles. Some of the techniques we use include deep stripping, cross-fibre friction, trigger point therapy, and Myofascial Release (MFR’s).
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Massage Perth Open Sunday

Open Sunday Perth MassageIf you are looking for a professional massage in Perth on a Sunday, Scarborough Sports Massage Clinic is open for you.

We are located at 182 Scarborough Beach Road, Doubleview – opposite the IGA supermarket.

Choose from Sports and Remedial Massage, Relaxation Massage, and Reflexology treatment between 9.00am and 2.00pm.
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Couples Massage

Couples Massage
Lie back, relax and spend some quality time together over a glass of bubbly while we work our magic

Couples massage is one of the hottest services at our clinic right now. Two people are massaged in the same room, at the same time, by two different therapists. It can be a husband and wife, girlfriend and boyfriend or even moms and daughters sometimes or best friends.
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Perth Relaxation Massage

Perth Relaxation MassageIs a Relaxation Massage right for you?

If you have the feeling of being stressed out, unable to sleep, feeling a sense of being overwhelmed or depressed then a relaxation Swedish style massage may be what you need.

Relaxation massage has the specific intention of moving body fluids (such as lymph and blood), nourishing cells, and removing wastes from cells, relaxing muscles and diminishing any pain.
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Fibromyalgia and Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Are the aches and pains of fibromyalgia getting you down? If so, then massage therapy might be just what you need to help put some spring back into your step. Recently, massage therapy has become extremely popular among fibromyalgia patients. It works to reduce pain, eliminate stiffness, and helps you to relax and take some time out for yourself. If you are interested in massage, this article will outline the treatment’s basic principles and how it can benefit your fibromyalgia symptoms.
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Reflexology for Back Pain

Article by Rob Schneider

Reflexology is the art and science of applying pressure to key “reflex” points on the feet, hands and sometimes ears to help relieve pain or correct imbalances in other parts of the body. Often associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this ancient therapeutic modality also has antecedents in ancient Indian Ayurveda and Egyptian medicine. While anyone who has experienced reflexology can attest to its benefits for relaxation and stress relief, how can reflexology help ease back pain?
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A Common Cause of Low Back and Sciatic Pain – The Piriformis

Article by Jesse James Retherford

What is the piriformis?

The piriformis muscle is a small external rotator of the hip whose function primarily is to turn the knee and foot outward. It lies deep within the gluteal muscles, originates from the sacral spine, and attaches to the greater trochanter of the femur — the big bony “bump” on the outside top of the thigh. The sciatic nerve passes beneath through an opening called the sciatic notch.
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The Strange Tale Of Muscle Lactate

When The Villain Becomes Your Friend Science Daily (May 31, 2007)
In an article published in The Journal of Physiology, Frank de Paoli and colleagues, working at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, add to the growing literature leading to a more complete understanding of the physiological role of lactic acid production in muscle.

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Study shows massage reduces inflammation following strenuous exercise

Most athletes can testify to the pain-relieving, recovery-promoting effects of massage. Now there’s a scientific basis that supports booking a session with a massage therapist: On the cellular level massage reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria in skeletal muscle. The research, involving scientists from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario appears in the February 1st online edition of Science Translational Medicine.
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Massage Eases Low Back Pain in Randomized Controlled Trial

Science Daily (July 4, 2011) — Massage therapy helps ease chronic low back pain and improve function, according to a randomized controlled trial that the Annals of Internal Medicine will publish in its July 5 issue. The first study to compare structural and relaxation (Swedish) massage, the trial found that both types of massage worked well, with few side effects.

“We found that massage helps people with back pain to function even after six months,” said trial leader Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute. Better function means they are more able to work, take care of themselves, and be active.
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