There are several studies that highlight the positive effects of massage to reduce pain in various chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, and  studies that highlight the benefits of massage to positively reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety amongst patients. Massage physically reduces heart rate, and there is evidence of improved immune function by reducing stress levels through massage. Recent studies link inflammation and fascia dysfunction to the increased pain levels in fibromyalgia and suggest the use of manual therapies such as the massage and myofascial release techniques would be extremely effective.

Massage is used for various reasons, we know that it increases localised blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, improves flexibility and joint mobility, induces relaxation to reduce stress, lowers blood pressure, boosts your energy levels, releases endorphins and enhances mood, increases the flow of lymph and enhances the immune system, improving health in general. It also relieves chronic low back pain symptoms and increases functional movements patterns, it provides general pain relief, and increases range of joint movements, plus improves psychological functions. I believe we should be discussing self-massage as an option for our patients.

 Neck Pain

The neck allows for lots of movement but bad posture can compress the discs between vertebrae. Avoid keeping it at an awkward position for long periods of time. Particularly when using a computer and leaning the head forwards into the screen. Excessive laptop use is particularly bad for neck problems.

Lower back

Back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some point in their life. It is most common in the lower back (lumbago) although it can be felt anywhere along your spine. It can be triggered by bad posture, sudden impact, bending awkwardly or lifting incorrectly. Increased stress levels are also a factor in back pain.

Massage Type

Cellulite is the medical term for lumpy, dimpled flesh that appears primarily on the thighs, buttocks, hips and stomach.
Approximately 80% of women over 20 years will get cellulite.
Fat pushes through the connective tissue (fascia) beneath the skin, causing a rippled appearance.
Although there isn’t a permanent solution to banishing the orange peel effect, massage can do wonders to improve it. Massage will speed up the circulation which will improve the appearance of the skin and improve the overall texture and tone.
Unlike other hand held cellulite massagers, which can be very tiring to use, the Mitts cover your hands preventing your hands from tiring.
Massage the superficial fascial to increase, tissue flexibility, hydration, and oxygenation in the dermis, hypodermis and subcutaneous fat to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Stimulating blood flow and lymphatic drainage will also reduce the effects of tissue congestion that can also cause pain.

Massage will soften, hydrate and oxygenate the issue transforming your skin tone and texture and making you more comfortable in your own skin.
Soften the appearance of cellulite, reduce symptoms of restless leg, tired aching muscles, pain and improve circulation with the easy to use self-massage Mitts.
Unlike any other products they come as a pair, so you can easy massage all contours of your body from all directions.
Professional Self-Massage Mitts, simple to use in your own home to form part of your daily skin care routine.
Use in the shower with your usual hair and body products, or for best results use with massage oil.
Rub massage oil over the legs, then rub the oil over your hands so the mitts slide easily on.
Use at least three times a week, but may be used daily.
Uses for 5-20 mins depending on the size of the area you are massaging.
Pregnant women, people with heart conditions, or who use blood thinners, or have any type of skin condition from varicose veins to eczema are not advised to use such massagers.

Gentle head, face and neck massage with the professional massage mitts may help to reduce muscle and fascial tension in the face and jaw to conservatively reduce the effective of TMJ/TMD pain.

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a term used for a group of Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions that involve the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Common signs and symptoms –

• Increased pain with jaw activity, e.g. chewing
• Limited mouth opening
• TMJ sounds, eg. Clicking noises

People with TMD more often than not have other pain conditions. TMD may commonly be associated with –

• Emotional stress
• Nocturnal bruxism
• Poor posture
• Day time oral habits
• Facial trauma

Tension often accumulates in the head, neck and upper back; massage with the mitts can be helpful in reducing muscular tension and aches which often cause physical and emotional stress. Improving circulation and lymphatic drainage will stimulate the body’s self-healing and self-regulating physiological responses.

Use in the shower as part of your usual shower routine, self-massage with oil for a longer lasting effect. Maybe get someone else to massage you, it’s more relaxing.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage, as the name suggests, focuses on the movement of fluid through the lymphatic system which is essential in filtering out bacteria and toxins.

The Lymphatic System

Most of us has experienced a cold and discovered that it has caused our lymph nodes (usually around the neck and jaw) to swell and this swelling goes away when our cold does. This is because our lymph nodes are becoming congested with white blood cells fighting the infection.

Your lymph nodes are part of your lymphatic system which is a network of vessels (similar to blood vessels) that run throughout the body and surround our organs. As much as 2-3 liters of lymph are filtered through this system each day. Effective Lymphatic Drainage when done properly by a qualified therapist, can increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times!

Symptoms of a Congested Lymphatic System

When this system becomes congested (due to surgery, illness, injury etc, it can cause soreness, puffiness, allergies, headaches, low energy, increased susceptibility to infection, aches, pains, and flu-like symptoms.

Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage uses gentle rhythmic movement that assists the body in moving and draining lymph fluid to the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes produce lymphocytes which invaders (germs and toxins) and also filters the lymph fluid. Manual Lymphatic Drainage has many medical uses. It is an essential component of Complex Decongestive Therapy used to treat lymphoedema and it is also used as part of a full detoxification program. Manual Lymphatic Drainage helps the body heal itself from many common maladies and common benefits can include: reduction in oedema, regeneration of tissue, anti-aging, relief of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, some forms of constipation and insomnia.