Why is it that without blinking an eye we'll spend $100+ on a new outfit or dinner. Yet when it comes to our health we'll do everything we can to put it looking after it?
Do we have our attitude towards our health backwards?
In 2011 The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare produced the Australian Burden of Disease Study. "It compares the impact of different diseases, conditions, injuries and risk factors on our population." It highlighted that Muscoskeletal conditions, in particular back pain made up 12% percentage of the total burden of disease. (1) Additionally, in a study by Hill et al 2018 Lower Back Pain is now the leading cause of disability around the world. (2)
Additionally 30% of all conditions that impact our quality and length of life were preventable by modifying or reducing exposure to risk factors. Yet so often we see clients who's pain, injury or poor health could easily be prevented and better managed through early intervention!
It is statistics like these that make us at Just Knead It realise how important it is to take a proactive approach our health.
So why is it that we don't prioritise our health when it's one of the few things in life we can never get back if we lose it? It's time to shift our attitude!
Generally, when we put off looking after ourselves the long the road to recovery is lengthy. It usually takes a multimodality approach. It's expensive, time consuming, not to mention the impact on your mood and general outlook on life.
What is that doing to your ability to perform at work or how you interact with friends and family at home?
It's hard to quantify the impact of putting off addressing a health concern. However, if the statistics above are anything to go off the impact is huge!
So instead can we suggest a different approach!?
1. Get on top of your health concerns including muscloskelatal issues early.
2. Take responsibility and check in with our health mindset.
3. We all know what to do. It's up us to schedule the time and make it a priority!
4. Create yourself a team.
So finally it's time to shift our mindset towards proactive health so we can live the life we envisage and keep doing the things we love! Don't leave it until it's too late!
We sat down with Brooke our resident myotherapist to talk Dry Needling and Knee Pain. Click the 'read more' button to find out why she recommends it and the mechanism behind it.
Whether we are sitting at a desk, bent over a computer at work, driving, relaxing in front of the TV sitting staring at our phones and curled up sleeping, we spend hours each day in a 'flexed' position. This can lead to pain, tightness and/or injury if we don't take proactive steps to unwind and open up the body in the opposite direction.
What your Massage Therapist Recommends for Neck and Shoulder Tightness.
As remedial massage and myotherapists we spend our time 'neck deep' (pardon the pun!) in upper back, neck and shoulder tightness! Here are 5 simple things you can do to help look after your neck and prevent it from tightening up.
Self Massage through the Rhino Trigger!
AN INNER CITY GYM WITH A DIFFERENCE!
At Just Knead It - Sports and Remedial Massage we are committed shifting Australia's attitude towards being proactive towards their health. So we can all live a long, happy and healthy life, doing all the things we enjoy. We get that as massage therapists we are just one piece of the puzzle. It is for this reason that we search out like-minded allied health clinics and facilities that are exceptional and understand what we are trying to achieve.
Steve Nichols and his team at 477 Co are one of these groups. He has created a gym that combines exercise, mobility, mindset and nutrition under the one roof. They get that each piece of the puzzle is essential for giving you long term results. That's why we love working with Steve and his team. We sat down with Steve and asked him some questions about his gym, style of training and the philosophy behind 477Co. Have a read!
Remedial Massage Therapist Kat Share's Her Crunchy Asian Beef Salad Recipe
At Just Knead It - Sports and Remedial we are on a mission to change Australian's attitude towards health - so you can live the life you envisage. The statistics are scary on how much are lives are impacted and how much money we as a nation spend on conditions that are preventable with changes to risk factors. These include lower back pain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and conditions caused by smoking and drug use ($65 Billion in 2011). With small shifts and simple changes we could make a world of difference!
We get that a big part of this shift is food. Yet there is a real stigma around health food not being very appetising. We're on a mission to break this myth! A perfect example is Kat's Crunchy Asian Beef Salad! This recipe is quick, simple and really flavoursome.
A massage therapist's plea to the enthusiastic runner!
Dear future running enthusiast!
We know! You are feeling motivated and itching to get started... You used to train upwards of 5 times a week so of course you can still do that! We understand you used to be able to run 5 - 10 kilometres off the back of no training - Jumping straight back into that distance makes sense!! You want to get fit 'LIKE YESTERDAY,' so training every day to keep up the enthusiasm and get into a routine quickly is the only option!!
Yet here's the reality. You're not as young as you used to be!!! At some point you worked up to that training load - IT TOOK TIME!!! Getting straight back into it (like you did 10 years ago!) is a sure way to end up injured or on the massage table!
So, can we please offer some suggestions!!!
Good luck from the Just Knead It Team!!!
Day in day out we see people our remedial massage clinics complaining of neck and shoulder pain. The typical story is along the lines of - It's been there forever. It gives me a blinding headache and I can't get rid of it!
They complain of pain at the back of their head, headaches, tightness across the shoulders and/or this really annoying spot between the shoulders that they just can't seem to get rid of! So what can be done?
How Massage Can Decrease Neck Pain?
First we need to understand 'WHY!'
At Just Knead It - Sports and Remedial Massage we look at all aspects of your body that could be contribution to your neck and shoulder pain and/ or tightness:
Our goal is to look at the body as a whole and work out what is the best plan of attack from a remedial massage perspective.
Then it's onto HOW we do it!
Remedial Massage and Myotherapy utilise a variety of techniques to help with neck and shoulder pain. After a thorough assessment we create a plan of attack specific to you. In general we massage deep into muscles of your neck, shoulders and the front and back of your upper spine that we have identified at tight. We also use a variety of additional techniques to tailor your massage to your needs.
These Remedial Massage and Myotherapy Techniques include:
At the end of the day our goal is to get you pain free as quickly as possible. If we can't help you we will refer you to one of our trusted allied health practitioners.
If you are in pain or feeling tight give us a call. You can find our massage booking and contact details on our Contact Us page.
Looking forward to helping you with that neck and shoulder pain!
"Massage Can Remove Toxins from the Body..." and
"REMEDIAL MASSAGE CAN FLUSH LACTIC ACID OUT OF YOUR BODY..." are phrases that we often hear.
I'd love to say that massage is a miracle cure for the removal of 'toxins' and lactic acid. However, this is a myth. There is an alarming amount of misinformation related to massage. At Just Knead It we are on a mission to raise the bar of our industry starting with dispelling some myths.
In this blog we are going to tackle:
Click 'Read More' to read on!