ITB Friction Syndrome - A Runners Nightmare

Summer is upon us and with that thousands of people are taking to the streets and running. One of the main complaints we see with runners is ITB friction syndrome. The iliotibial band is a fibrous band that runs down the outside of the thigh attaching just below the knee. It crosses a bony point called the lateral femoral condyle just to the outside of the knee and here it can rub, causing a frictioning resulting in pain. This rubbing can occur, amongst other things, because of poor biomechanics. It is often related to poor foot control, a rolling in of the hip and knee due to poor strength (usually of the gluteal, or buttock, muscles) and an overuse and tightness in the muscles at the outside of the thigh. So what can you do?

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Oncology Massage

Massage is a commonly used complementary therapy to provide relaxation and relief from the painful symptoms of cancer. Research has demonstrated up to 70% of cancer patient use massage to improve their everyday life. Oncology massage in Brisbane is a very new service with few therapists are able to offer this fantastic service. Our specialised therapists have trained through Oncology Massage Training Australia, the only oncology massage accredited training in Australia.

Why Oncology Massage?

For symptom management, research has shown Oncology Massage improves quality of life for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer. It reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatment interventions for cancer, as well as the symptoms of the disease process itself.

Research (Cassileth and Vicker (2004) has found that Light Touch Massage can bring about improvements in:
  • pain
  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • anxiety and depression

Several other studies have shown the benefits of massage as a complementary therapy for patients diagnosed with cancer. Individuals who have had massages during cancer treatments have reported a range of positive outcomes such as improvements in:

  • sleep
  • the health of the scar tissue
  • quality of life
  • mental clarity and alertness
  • the range of movement
Is massage safe for people with cancer?

Absolutely. Massage has been proven to be safe for cancer and does not spread metastasise into the lymphatic system. It can safely be given to people at all stages of cancer as long as the therapist received the appropriate training.

Please don't hesitate to call our staff at Physiologix -07 3511 1112- for more information or email us.

If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor or call Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.

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Recovery Do As The Pro’s Do

Gena Wallis has been working for Tennis Australia at the Pro Tour $25,000 Tennis tournament last week at Tennyson. For these elite athletes, jumping onto an injury early is everything. Here are a few tricks we could all learn from.

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