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Are my muscles “pulled,” “twinged,” “torn,” “strained,” in “spasm,” or “sprained”?

Muscles, tendons, and ligaments; sprains, strains, and pulls. Just what is going on with your painful muscles, and what does it mean for getting better? This article is a guide

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covid-19 Manual therapy Massage Relaxation Remedial Massage Stress

Limited Practise Recommences April 26th

Today I talked to Tracy, the owner of The Urban Alchemist where I will be based going forward, and confirmed that I can start practising there beginning next Sunday, the 26th of April 2020.

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covid-19 Massage Medicine

COVID-19 Statement

Statement regarding novel coronavirus disease of 2019, “COVID-19” [EDIT: The Urban Alchemist is closed for the time being and I am suspending practise until at least the beginning of May. Stay safe. Be kind. Wash your hands. STAY AT HOME, go shopping once a week, and keep a 1.5m distance between you and everyone around […]

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Anatomy and Physiology Experience Manual therapy Massage Medicine Pain Remedial Massage Surgery

What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Outline Please remember to read the disclaimer advice at the bottom of the page. Thoracic outlet syndrome is a painful condition in which swelling of the thoracic outlet can compress the nerve and blood vessel bundles that stretch from your neck to your fingers. The thoracic outlet is a space between your collarbone and your […]

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Experience Fitness Manual therapy Massage Musculoskeletal therapy Relaxation Remedial Massage Stress

I’m getting knee surgery! Meet my temporary replacement, Tim Harvey MST

This time next week I’ll be coming out of the general anaesthetic with a brand new anterior cruciate ligament in my left knee. I busted it 18 months ago on a dancefloor in Sydney (long story). So, I’ll be out of clinic for five to six weeks. Between Monday 12th June and Thursday 20th July […]

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Fitness Massage Pain Remedial Massage

DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and how to beat it

Recent research in the last few years [footnote] Hiroki Ota (n.d.). TRPV1 and TRPV4 Play Pivotal Roles in Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Journals.plos.org. Retrieved from http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0065751[/footnote][footnote] Katharina Zimmermann (n.d.). Central Projection of Pain Arising from Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) in Human Subjects. Journals.plos.org. Retrieved from http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0047230 [/footnote] suggest that a large component of DOMS is […]

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Anatomy and Physiology Body-Mind Experience Manual therapy Massage Relaxation Remedial Massage Stress

What massage therapy can do for stress

An explanation for how massage therapy can reduce stress and stimulate relaxation.

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Experience Manual therapy Massage Posture Stress

Why I almost never put you face-down first for your massage treatment

There’s a conventional wisdom in massage therapy: “rub where it hurts.” This is wrong.

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Manual therapy Massage Remedial Massage Sports

Can a massage help you do the splits?

There are many unanswered questions in the universe. How many decimal places are there in Pi? Is there a unified theory of physics? How does a shepherd count his flock without falling asleep? It’s possible we’ll never know. Some questions, however, can be answered. For example, if a therapeutic massage is meant to lengthen and […]

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Anatomy and Physiology Experience Fitness Massage Pain Posture Remedial Massage

Why is back pain so common?

The facts of back pain: Back pain is especially common in the developed countries – and it seems that the more developed the country, the more back pain there is.[1][2][3, table 6.24.2] The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported in 2010 that low back pain was the most physically disabling condition in the world, so if you […]