There’s no right or wrong or best for all. Which touch therapy to try is as individual as you are. So try them all.
Any one of the following may be of great help to you. You simply need only follow your gut instinct and then look for results.
Our rule of thumb is, if you don’t feel or see positive results in 3 sessions / visits, then go elsewhere or try another modality. It’s pretty simple really.
Once you decide on a modality, the decision is then who to see. Most go with whomever is closest and thus most convenient to them geographically. Or, will visit a practitioner a family member or friend may recommend.
Both are good places to start but may not necessarily mean you are receiving the best treatment or working with someone you feel good with. If you like them and feel comfortable with them, more than half the battle is won.
This list is by no means exhaustive and is to be viewed and treated as a guide only. It is a great place to start your ‘further treatment journey’ and we really hope it is of some help!
What they say
A good massage given with the right intention feels wonderful!
Research shows that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than too high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.
This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- A boost in prosocial behaviours.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
- A stronger sense of belonging and self worth.
Everyone feels awesome receiving a massage! Especially at work.
Massage is fine as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with virtually any other therapy. There are very few reasons not to have a massage! And it needn’t be the drawn out and often expensive hour long treatments. 10-15 minute massage right at your desk can be even more effective and just the right amount needed by most.
Proven very effective, accessible and affordable. Oh and you’ll look better too! How? Because the muscles in your face relax as you physically ‘let go’ whilst receiving a massage. No jaw clenching, softer around the eyes, the list goes on. True!
Bit of trivia
When haven’t we massaged each other? BC 2330: The Tomb of Akmanthor (also known as “The Tomb of the Physician”) in Saqqara Egypt depicts two men having work done on their feet and hands, presumably massage. (See image).
What they say
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.
We love Physio! A good Physio will take the time to assess you AND treat you thoroughly. We recommend Physios who only provide a minimum of 30 minute treatments. They WILL ask you to participate in your recovery generally via take home ‘exercises’ – nothing you can’t handle! – and seem most useful when you are recovering from or wishing to overcome an injury or similar physical issue. Multiple sessions / visits may be required. Apply the 3 visit rule!
Bit if trivia
Interestingly 80% of Physio’s in Australia work within the hospital system.
What they say
Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Osteopathy is often confused with Chiropractic in its application by the layperson. It’s not the same in our experience. The basic difference we notice is Osteopathy treats the whole body and incorporates some level of soft tissue manipulation (massage) often in treatments whereas these days, Chiropractic does not.
And it is our experience that Osteopaths will invariably make appointments with individuals of at least 20-30 minutes in length for thorough treatment. For these reasons, we tend to recommend Osteopathy more than Chiropractic.
You may wish to see an Osteopath when you feel you need more than massage but aren’t carrying an injury. A visit to an Osteopath every month is fantastic body maintenance often enough to ensure everything is as it should be for you physically.
Bit of trivia
Osteopathy Australia and Victoria University are conducting a barefoot running project. This project looks at injury and performance aspects of barefoot running on the entire body.
What they say
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.
Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
The laypersons idea of Chiro is that they ‘crunch bones’. This is an unfortunate viewpoint as they can be very effective in treating a variety of disorders through ‘manipulating’ the spine.
Their focus seems to be entirely on spinal health as it is the spine which houses the central nervous system which in turn governs the function of the various systems of the body. So basically, if there is a mis-alignment in your spine then it is likely your nervous system is being affected.
A huge assortment of physical ailments and complaints have been treated successfully with Chiropractic. We’re a little disappointed however with the lack of soft tissue manipulation (massage) that could and we believe should accompany Chiropractic treatments, as the more effective and longer lasting treatments would make use of both structural (skeletal) and soft tissue (muscle etc) manipulation.
There are still Chiropractors out there who work in a more holistic way and we recommend they be sought out. There are also Chiropractors who don’t perform any high velocity adjustments and we suggest trying these practitioners also.
Bit of trivia
There are approximately 5000+ registered Chiropractors in Australia. That’s some choice! So you have the means to shop around. Choose wisely.
If you believe it will do you good then it most likely will.
And this is because you’ve already started the healing process by inadvertently utilising your powers of visualisation. Yes, even subliminally. This is after all, how we go through life. Constantly thinking, imagining, visualising ahead of where we are now to where we’d like to be.
This is how we ‘make stuff happen’. Well done you!