Improve chronic hip, thigh and knee pain

By |2019-08-30T12:33:48+10:00August 30th, 2019|Knee Pain, Leg Pain, Massage|

Natalie reveals the simple approach that helps dramatically improve chronic hip, thigh and knee pain.

Have you ever had pain over the side of your hip, thigh or knees? It may be waking you from your sleep when you lie on your side or your knee is very tight, sore and makes cracking noises. Natalie has helped many clients with these sort of problems. They are often surprised to learn that there is more to the problem than they thought.

Whether it’s your first time seeking treatment or you’ve tried ‘everything’ to find relief, if it has been there for more than three months, it is chronic. So, you need to have a course of treatment to make an effective impact on something that has become entrenched.

Natalie’s approach is local, regional and global. She looks at the site of the injury as well as the areas above and below. When the injury is chronic, it has been there for a while. So, it has had time to spread. Many clients are surprised to find that there are spots outside of the area that they came complaining of, that are tender only when they are touched. In many cases the problem starts below the knee.  There is a stiffness in the ankle joint along with tension within the calf muscles.

This leads to a reduced ability to absorb shock within the leg when walking and running. As a result, the shock of jarring is absorbed the muscles of the leg and thigh. They work harder and become tight.

Natalie’s approach addresses the hip thigh and knee. In addition, she mobilizes the ankle joints and releases the calf muscle tension. To enhance and maintain the improvement in movement she devises exercises for you.

As a result of her approach, clients find that they have less tension over time and that the exercise she provides enable patients to get back to the gym and exercise. So, they feel more flexible, strong and can build their overall fitness and health.

If you’d like to discover how to greatly improve pain affecting the outside of your thigh, especially just above your knee, please call to see what we can do for you.

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Could Your Legs and Feet Feel Better?

By |2019-05-07T16:10:54+10:00May 7th, 2019|Leg Pain, Sports Injuries|

Do you feel like you’ve lost the spring in your step, when you take your first steps of the day feeling like you’ve got wooden legs or feel a pain underneath your  heel that lasts for a while until  you have walked around a bit?

Have you experienced pain, “pull” or twinge in your calf when you take off for a quick run? Ever had a dull tooth ache like pain along the front of your shin. There are many ways in which you might be affected by leg pain.

We Massage and Loosen Leg Muscles, Tendons and Joints.

We love the challenge of working out what causes your pain. Providing a treatment and exercise solution. We have found that in many case of chronic or long-standing leg pain that you also have hidden joint stiffness and compression especially in the areas above and below. This includes knee, ankle and foot joints.
They need to be assessed and treated to help take the pressure out of the leg muscles. Some of the muscles that start in the leg actually end up in the feet. If they are tense, you lose the ability to absorb shock in your foot. So, the muscles in your legs suffer from an increased pressure of shock absorption coming up from the foot and ankle.

Bounce Out Of Bed Again

So, if leg pain is holding you back from your normal, sporting, leisure and/or work activities, we help you reduce the pain of  the inflammation and then the pain and tension in your muscles, tendons and joints, so that you can return to what you what you want to be doing over time. In addition, we can help you to feel better than you have in a long time. Putting the spring back into you step.

Rather Than Wait and Wonder, Let’s Make a Change

If you need help to improve your situation as far as muscle and joint issues are affecting you day to day.  Let’s talk and take you to the next level.
Contact us so that you can arrange a time that suits. We can identify what you have going on and provide you with a realistic guideline as to how long it should take to heal and what you may be able to achieve over the long run.

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Sciatica

By |2017-10-23T20:04:18+11:00March 4th, 2016|Leg Pain, Sports Injuries|

Do you have it?

Most people who have this condition complain of pain that goes down the back of their thigh with or without lower back pain.

Classically, people think the worst. They think they have a disc problem. But that is not always the case.

There are a myriad of possibilities because there are so many structures in a confined space. These include lumbar facet joints, the sacro-iliac joints, iliolumbar ligaments, various deep muscles and nerves in the vicinity of the lower back and hips to name a few. Determining which tissue is affected tends to be an art.

What I do

You can tell a lot by the exact location of the pain and/or accompanying pins and needles and numbness. There are other details help to work out what is happening. These include which points are tender to touch, where the pain radiates to, which movements make it worse and better. What effects do medications like pain killers and anti-inflammatories have? What does heat or ice do to the pain?

Answers to these questions, assessing your posture, watching how you move, probing for tender or hard spots and testing movements in various directions are essential. All help in narrowing down the possibilities to a short list of diagnoses. From there I can develop and monitor your individualized treatment program.

My approach is very subtle. Clients have often commented that “didn’t feel much going on and the time, but the next day they certainly knew they’d been worked on. I use a combination of gentle muscle tension release with pressure tailored to your pain threshold and what your muscles need. Very often clients have muscle tension that has gradually and imperceptibly increased over time. You try and stretch the muscle, but it just doesn’t seem to give or respond. My work involves releasing the tension, so that you can do your own stretching once more.

Very often if muscle spasm has occurred it has reduced the amount of movement across the span of the joint which it runs and acts. The joint can become stiff. I work to move the joint for you. Literally stimulating the production of lubricant for you. This can be done by rocking and stretching in ways that you can’t quite do or manipulating your joints in directions that you can’t perform yourself.

When appropriate I prescribe and get you to try exercises that you can do at home and on follow up visits I recheck how you are doing them. It takes time to learn and finesse new motor skills.

In many cases, Sciatica can be relieved over a six to eight week period. The course of the treatment changing over the period based upon your rate of recovery. You will be able to sit, stand, walk and sleep more comfortably again.

 

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