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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Pain Holding Baby?

As I deal with breastfeeding my now six-week-old baby whilst juggling my toddler I am reminded of the many aches and pains that the body can feel at this time post-pregnancy.

At Physiologix, we see certain injuries frequently from this period on over the next year:

There are some key things that you can do to improve these issues and be pain-free. I hope this helps you or someone you know who is looking after a young baby. And this applies as much to partners as it does to the main carer!!!  We will look at:

Shoulder tension/ Neck pain/ Headaches
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Whether it is the stress of dealing with a baby that you can’t stop crying, or burping your child over your shoulder, or the carrying around and lifting, it is very hard not to hitch your shoulders up towards your ear as you do these things. However, this will result in a very tight neck and shoulders and very often result in headaches. Try hard to focus on relaxing and dropping your shoulders. Open your chest up and slightly draw your shoulders back so that you sit with better posture

Wrist and Hand Pain

Several movements remain a key issue with pain in this region. There is a tendency when feeding or holding the baby to tuck your wrist into a
bent position to try and support the baby - wrists prefer to work in a more relaxed straighter position, especially under load, which as your baby grows, it has to deal with. Try to relax your hand so you use more of your forearm to support the child. Use pillows when feeding to give your arms and shoulders a break whenever you are able.

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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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