Health

Alternative Therapy for Ongoing Pain Issues

Today, it’s common to see an increase in the clamor to go for other forms of therapy for ongoing pain issues that a person may experience. By “alternative” therapy, this refers to those that aren’t usually chosen as the first option of treatment – synthetic and chemical medication. More and more patients desire not to be dependent on synthetic medication, particularly when their pain is already recurring.

In fact, these alternative treatments, such as edibles for pain, shouldn’t be considered as a second option or the second class of treatments. When done correctly, they’re just as viable, too, as the other treatment forms; they heal and cure, and they play a key role in treatment.

Read through below to learn more about one of the most chosen alternative therapy for treating pain, that is, myotherapy.

A Background On Myotherapy

Myotherapy is founded on the principles of Western medicine, which includes physiology, biomechanics, and anatomy. It’s also a more natural form of treating pain that’s experienced by patients. Here, the myotherapist works to relieve pain, tension, and muscle spasms by applying pressure throughout the trigger points in the body. This is done by inflicting temporary shock, pain, stretching, and loosening. The goal here is to release the pain in the other parts of the body.

Myotherapy As An Alternative Therapy Form

Myotherapy practices are increasing in popularity across Australia. Compared to some other alternative medicine approaches, myotherapy involves a more scientific manual therapy approach to its treatment of pain in the body. Also, despite what some people think, myotherapy is not just massage!

Myotherapy can, in fact, treat a wide range of disorders, such as the following:

  • Muscle sprains

  • Overuse during injuries, such as tennis elbow or shin splints

  • Joint pain, such as shoulder impingement syndrome

  • Sports injuries

  • Chronic back pain

Qualifications Of Myotherapists

As research into injury management and rehabilitation progresses, the connection between pain and neurophysiology is deepening. This is where myotherapy’s previously unorthodox view that the body can experience pain from muscle tissue (rather than from an underlying condition) is asserted. It is, therefore, an exciting time to complete a myotherapy course as research in this field progresses. Typically you will be qualified to at least an advanced diploma level in myotherapy, although bachelor degrees that specialize in clinical myotherapy and postgraduate research degrees are also available.

To prove the point that myotherapists do more than a massage, here are some of the qualifications necessary to be completed by a myotherapist:

  • Myotherapists go through a two-year associate’s program in natural healing, massage therapy, or any related field

  • After the associate degree is completed, a certification can be completed by working as an apprentice or an intern.

  • A state board certification is required after completing the apprenticeship program.

  • Once the myotherapist starts to practice, the certification will also have to be renewed every two years.

How Myotherapy Works

As pain receptors inhabit some internal tissues as well as the superficial layers of skin, there are multiple types of points in the body that can be treated to address pain issues, besides a point of injury. Furthermore, if the point of ‘injury’ itself is in fact a fascia or muscle issue, myotherapy can help establish a treatment plan that will improve your proprioception and rebuild functional mechanics of the affected area.

Substances produced by damaged tissue, such as prostaglandins can also add to the sensation of pain, and cause inflammation to aid the body’s healing process. If the resolution of the body’s natural inflammatory response hasn’t resolved or the repair of tissue damage has not occurred, a myotherapist may also be able to assist you with this. Then, to end the session, the myotherapist goes beyond just the treatment per se. You’ll also be given natural tips to help ease your problem, such as better sleep management, in this case.

What Happens In A Myotherapy Consultation

In a typical consultation, a myotherapist, therefore, will assess your condition by conducting a verbal consultation, then a physical examination of your body. For instance, the myotherapist will go deeper with the main root cause of your problem, such as sleeping with back pain. If there are myofascial issues at play, they may use one or a combination of treatment methods. These include types of massage, passive stretching, use of a TENS machine, trigger point therapy and dry needling. If you are in need of other types of care to complement your treatment, they may also refer you to another practitioner to assist you.

You may be surprised at the areas of the body that myotherapy can assist with. Besides your normal back and shoulder aches and pain, many people get the feet, wrists, neck, and glutes treated. Some people will consult a myotherapist due to conditions such as regular headaches, shin splints, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, referred pain and circulation issues. There is also a branch of oral myotherapy used by some dentists and speech pathologists in the treatment of certain oral issues.

Final Word / Conclusion

So if you haven’t been able to resolve pain through other types of interventions, there is a strong chance that myotherapy will be able to provide some insight and relief from your condition. One of the good things about this type of therapy is that a good practitioner will be able to educate you with exercises to correct imbalances in the body or provide strategies to manage pain if there are issues that are not able to be resolved immediately or absolutely.

But, for you to enjoy the best possible results, it’s always best to put your trust in the experts. By putting your hands in a good myotherapist, you’ll see positive changes in the way that your pain will be reduced or treated.

Baby · Family · Parenting

When Your Last Baby is No Longer a Baby

Burrito Baby is growing up. For many people, January is a time of new beginnings, however I always feel like September is that time for me. Summer is over and we move into a new school year and a new season of cooling weather and falling leaves. I always start September feeling inspired to do more, and my creativity seems to rekindle itself in Autumn for some reason. This September has been no different, and a lot has been happening in our house. Husband and I have both had new projects at work, Sausage went into Year 5 and 11+ prep, but perhaps the biggest change is BB starting nursery.

I’ve been adamant for months that nursery was the right thing for BB as she has some shyness that she needs to get over as well as some attachment issues, but it’s been a lot tougher than I anticipated. She was fine for the first two days of her settling-in week, then had tears on the Friday. The next week was hard too, with tears on Monday, culminating in almost-hysterics on the Wednesday which led to me taking her home early. The following week, she got tonsillitis so missed a whole week of sessions, and she even said to us that she was glad she felt ill because it meant she didn’t have to go to nursery. To say it was breaking my heart is an understatement.

For us, it’s a really fine line between getting her used to being away from us in preparation for school and traumatising her when she’s barely ever been away from us. Helping her confidence to flourish is a big part of the growing process. However, I also don’t want to give her the idea that she can have a tantrum and get out of ever doing anything outside of her comfort zone, and the point about her getting prepared for school still very much stands.

When Sausage started nursery, she was always quite happy to go, so leaving her was a lot easier;  it was only by the time she got to Reception that she started to hate it, and by then it was compulsory, so I didn’t have the option to just take her home again. Nursery isn’t compulsory, and I can’t shake the feeling that I’m losing out on precious time with BB which I won’t have the option to have back once she’s at school next year.

I think the fact that she’s my last baby is having an impact on my mindset. Husband and I agree that two kids are enough for us and that we like the dynamic of our family the way it is, and besides, having the health conditions I have mean it wouldn’t be a good idea for me to have another pregnancy anyway. However, it means that I’m having to deal with the fact that this is the last time I’ll do nursery drop offs, the last time I’ll have a three-and-a-half year old, the last time I’ll do any of this. Our family is growing up and while I love that in many ways, it doesn’t mean I don’t feel slightly sad about it, too.

BB is pretty advanced in a lot of ways and having a big sister means she’s probably growing up a bit faster than Sausage did, so coming to terms with the fact that our last baby isn’t a baby anymore is tougher than I expected. She still loves a snuggle and still holds onto my ear when she’s tired. She still asks for help eating her porridge and putting her shoes on, and still wants company while she’s on the loo. But she also refuses to watch Paw Patrol anymore, because it’s “for babies”, and wants to be a “big girl” all the time. It’s an inbetweeny stage for all of us and she’s charging towards school-age a lot quicker than I ever expected her to.

She went to nursery again today after her week off ill and went in with minimal fuss – I waited around the corner and spied on her after five minutes and she was all smiles. She came out full of beans, having baked a cupcake and made a new friend, so we’re hopeful that this positive experience will help going forward. I guess I need to just enjoy the little remnants of her baby-hood while they last, because I don’t think they’ll be sticking around for too much longer.

Family

10 fun outdoor activities to do along the Surf Coast

After a long winter, Victorians are busting to get outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. Thankfully, the Surf Coast offers a plethora of experiences that allows you to enjoy the best of the outdoors in this picturesque part of the world.

From family friendly activities in Geelong to adventures for adrenal junkies, we’ve got 10 fun outdoor experiences that will allow you to make the most of your time exploring the Surf Coast.

  1. Take a dive

Geelong’s waterfront is a thrive of activity on a sunny day especially the Eastern Beach Swimming Enclosure. Paddle with the young ones in the kiddy pool or make a splash from the top of the historic tower.

  1. Ride a wave

From beginner to pros, the Surf Coast is the ideal spot to explore if you want to catch a wave or two. After all, its plays host of one the world’s best surfing competitions, Rip Curl Pro! If you are yet to stand up, try a lesson at Ocean Grove or Anglesea with the crew from Go Ride a Wave. Serious surfers are best off heading to Bells Beach, Fairhaven or Thirteenth Beach for some big swells and epic breaks.

  1. Round of golf

Breath in the fresh salty air and take in the coastal views as you navigate the 18-hole championship golf course, The Sands in Torquay. Boasting of high-class facilities, it’s one of the best places you can play a round of golf in Australia.

  1. Picturesque trek

Take the picturesque trek along the Great Ocean Road to experience dramatic cliff views, local flora and fauna and the region’s rich heritage. Stretching more than 100Kms, the walk is a one-way long-distance trek that runs between Apollo Bay and the famous twelve Apostles.

  1. Make a splash

For a family friendly day out, head to Adventure Park to make a splash. With Victoria’s longest water slide, it’s guaranteed there will be some spills and thrills and plenty of laughs along the way.

  1. Reel in a fish

Set up and enjoy some quiet time while you wait for a fish to bite on one of the many piers of the Surf Coast. At Portarlington you’ll find snapper, flathead and whiting or some squid at Point Lonsdale. Alternatively, you could take a charter boat out of Queenscliff to tour Port Phillip Bay.

  1. Tear it up

Strap on your helmet and dust off the mountain bike for an adventure in the You Yangs Regional Park. With its purpose-built downhill and XC trails, there’s plenty of diverse and challenging terrain to tear up.

  1. Take a leap of faith

Adrenaline junkies rejoice, the Surf Coast is one of the best places to test your bravery threshold and experience an unbeatable rush with a skydive. During your tandem dive, you’ll get the best view of the famous Bells Beach and the region’s rugged coastal bushland.

  1. Sail the open waters

Take to the open waters on a voyage aboard Melbourne’s Tall Ship Enterprize. Enjoy a leisurely one hour sail from Geelong’s Steampacket Quay during the day or a romantic 1.5 hour evening tour.

  1. Pitch a tent

The Surf Coast is bustling with great places to pitch a tent and camp out. Along the Great Ocean Road there are plenty of free and paid campsites for tents or caravans. For those who prefer a little more luxury, there are some great camping grounds that offer comfortable cabins too.

Relationships

The 8 Secrets To A Happy Marriage

What is it that makes a successful marriage? Every marriage is different and has different successes and challenges. For some marriages the challenge might balancing raising children with respective careers. For others it might be their husband’s insomnia or for some it might be that the wife seems permanently attached to her mobile phone – especially true of mummy bloggers.  However, before we all  get on the phone to Austin Kemp Divorce Solicitors we need to take the time to ask ourselves what is it that makes some people have a successful marriage? Are they simply lucky or is there more to it than that? Does the success of a marriage depend on how we respond to these challenges?  We all know some “smug marrieds”. The couple who seemingly have the perfect marriage. But can any marriage really be that perfect? Do any of us really know what goes on behind that closed front door? For all we know that perfect married couple could be having weekly therapy sessions and that is why their marriage really works.

Is marriage therapy the secret to a successful marriage? Not according to this article which claims to know the secrets for a happy marriage.

What Are The Secrets To A Happy Marriage?

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1) Never change each other. Yes, in theory but then sometimes we all need to encourage change. If a woman was married to a man who dropped his socks on the floor and left the toilet seat up, then she would definitely be trying to change him!  Being a wife does not make a woman a maid. The husband might also find that they are bought the classic book  ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’

2) Compliment them. We all love to receive a compliment and we should be giving them too. Compliments are even more important when it comes to parenting little ones. Parenting is a tough gig and one where we all need plenty of compliments and reassurance.

3) Revisit the past. Sometimes a trip down memory lane can be good. It can also be a good laugh to go through some of your old photos from the past. Even the ones where you are both sporting rather dubious haircuts!

4) Always listen to each other. YES! Although, we can all be guilty of switching off. Sometimes we have a million things going on in our brain and we are trying to get lots of jobs done. We then realise that we haven’t listened to anything that has been said to us. Whoops. On the other-hand it drives us all insane if we think that our husbands aren’t listening to us. There are only so many times we are prepared to ask the same question, again and again….!  We are all guilty of not always listening.

5) Don’t get comfortable. It seems that suggestion being made here is that we shouldn’t be happy to laze around together watching Netflix. Do they not realise that the saying “Netflix and chill” (as in relax, not the other meaning) is popular amongst sleep-deprived parents for a reason. The article implies that women should probably be heading down to Ann Summers for some sexy lingerie. It’s autumn and the weather is getting a bit chilly and most of the female population would prefer getting comfy in their Marks & Spencer pjs, Netflix, a cup of tea and some chocolates. That is the secret to a happy marriage.

6) Do chores together. Yes, we aren’t in the 1950s anymore. Marriage should always be about equality. The serial housework-avoiders amongst us would  prefer it even more if they won the lottery and then they could pay for a cleaner to do the chores for them. That would make for a very happy marriage!

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7) Workout together. Does any married couple want to see their wife or husband grunting and sweating all over the gym floor? Workout time is far better when done alone!

8) Take a weekly walk. It doesn’t make it clear if this involves walking to your local pub, that is a weekly walk most parents would be very happy to take. A weekly walk is probably a good idea but for parents it is less romantic walk for two, and more like an endurance test because you have the whole family in tow.

What do you think? Do you agree that these really are the 8 secrets to a happy marriage? Perhaps you know the real secret to a happy marriage…

Halloween

How to Throw a Costume Party on a Budget

Costume parties are great fun for all ages, instantly setting a mood of revelry and excitement. Yet adding costumes on top of other decorations, food, drink and games can really add up. Whether you’re thinking of throwing a themed birthday party or a Halloween bash, use our tips to save money on your next costume party.

1. Get the timing right.

No matter what type of party you’re throwing, if children are involved you should set the time during the magic hour between 2 and 5 in the afternoon. Why is this the magic time? It falls in between meals so that you don’t have to worry about full catering. Your guests will already be full from lunch, so a few snacks will suffice. However, if your guests are still young enough to take afternoon naps, you should shift this to the morning and provide coffee and treats instead.

2. Start planning early.

If possible, plan your party as early as you can. Shop around for supplies so that you have time to compare prices, rather than dashing out the night beforehand and panic-buying overpriced plastic plates. Ideally, your party supplies should include a mix of pre-used decorations and supplies you buy when they’re on sale. Keep this in mind now if you’re planning any holiday parties, as well!

3. Dip into your kid’s dress-up box.

Children love to play dress-up, so you can create a whole activity out of this for your next party. Set up a photo booth area in one corner of the home. This doesn’t have to cost very much money at all – all you need is an area with good natural lighting or a lamp, a simple sheet as a backdrop, and a handful of props and costumes. This is where the dress-up box comes in. From a power rangers costume to old princess tutus, all of these bits and pieces can be used by guests to create something silly and new. Snap digital photos and send them to the guests afterwards as a souvenir!

4. Turn decorating into an activity.

Invest in a few arts and crafts supplies for your costume party and you’ll be able to get DIY Decorations as well as a time-killing activity. For example, if you’re planning to throw a Halloween party, you could set up an area for your guests to decorate their own pumpkins when they come in the door. Put these on display and you’ll add to your ambience, no further decorations needed.

5. Go paperless.

Paper invitations look nice, but let’s face, how many of us end up chucking them in the bin as soon as we’ve RSVP’d? Don’t bother spending money on paper invitations and thank you notes. Instead, keep it digital and you’ll save money as well as a few trees in the process.

Make sure that your guests have a great time without going broke in the process by following these top tips, and you’ll throw a party to remember!