Kinesiology in Brighton

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Massage Alternative or Complementary?

Clinical massage, or any treatments offered by Ixchel Therapies in Brighton, do not act as an 'alternative' to mainstream healthcare, but are designed to complement any course of treatment that a client may be undertaking. Whether it is medication, seeing a physio, or receiving osteopathy, these paths of healing can all be integrated with what we offer.

Today a client gave me a guilty look as if she was doing something wrong when she said she was also receiving medical care for a Neurological Health Challenge, and taking all sorts of medication. I explained that my role was to integrate the treatments we do into the rest of her healthcare program. Over time all involved can reasses to see what is appropriate.

Cancer Research UK
state that massage, aromatherapy, meditation, yoga etc are 'complementary', whereas Gerson Therapy or Shark Cartilage are 'alternative'.

Using the techniques that Ixchel Therapies offers it is possible to maximise the clients potential for recovery alongside any other treatment when appropriate. However, there are occassions for example if a client is going to receive radio therapy, when it would be necessary to pause with our techniques.

For more information please contact Victoria Salomon on 01273 782709

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medication and back pain

Why your Back Pain can get worse with pain killers

Today a client  had a massive crisis with back pain.  Her muscular-skeletal back problem had returned a couple of weeks ago so she ended up taking strong pain killers to help.  As soon as the medication for the back pain began to do it's job she presumed her back was getting better and started moving a lot more again.  Going to work, sitting in the car…..   The problem with pain relief medication is that it can dull the pain that sends you the messages about good posture or how not to move your body in a way that is going to aggravate your underlying back pain condition. 

How to avoid your condition getting worse

If you are taking strong pain killers for a muscular-skeletal back pain it is vital to make sure you do not over-use or stress that part of your body as you will not be able to feel the added aggravation and damage to the muscles and joints in the area.  In the end you can make the problem worse to these areas.

Do Not Overuse that part of your body

My advice is if you are on strong medication, for an injury or recurring back pain problem that has just been triggered.  Take the medication but avoid overusing that area of your body.  Then wait until you cut down the medication and see if the pain levels have improved without it.  Only then is it safe to presume that the condiion is healing, rather than just pain being masked.

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Massage and Grief


Massage and other techniques such as Cranial Sacral Therapy and Myofascial Release can be extremely beneficial to help calm the grieving body.

How Can Massage help with grief?

When in grief either due to a death or a relationship break-up, your muscles can become very contracted around the lungs and in the belly as breathing becomes effected and our body tries to accomodate extreme levels of emotional tension from profound experiences of emotion.

Shock can also make us feel like we are not in our body.  The use of Massage as a touch therapy, can help to bring us back into our body and experience our feelings in a nurtured and safe environment.

Massage can help to relax the soft tissues of the body and calm the nervous system with hands on bodywork. Touch alone can be invaluable if someone has just lost a loved one, creating a sense of being held during a very troubled time.

So massage is not just for injuries, or common physical pain conditions, but also for emotional pain conditions such as grief.

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Backpain from childcare

Back pain from lifting children

Backpain from lifting children

Massage and childcare

Severe Back pain is very common when you have young children. Picking up children at the wrong angle, or leaning into the car to secure their seat-belt. Carrying a baby on your hip whilst trying to cook. Bending down to pick their mess off the floor. Even pushing the child around the supermarket in a trolley. All of these actions can have a daily impact on an underlying back condition as core muscles attached to the pelvis and the spine, strain to do their job. With no days off the muscles are under relentless pressure. So what to do?

With many of my clients we literally go through each action and look at alternative ways of doing things. Some parents or carers, feel they still need to pick up a child, when actually a two or three year old can be more independant and climb onto your lap, or into their cot. Perhaps they can climb into the car. A lot of children can hold your hand, or even pick something up for you, instead of you doing all the work.

You may be able to shift your posture when bending down, or learning forward. There may be daily relaxation techniques that involve lying down, rather than having to do exercises that you do not have the energy for. Sometime nutrition can make a big difference to the state of your muscles and soft tissues within the body.

I regularly work with people in this situation, and after a few sessions they are back in control of factors that are aggravating or creating pain in their body.

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Why use Kinesiology to test your tolerance to foods and substances

Why test foods and substances with Kinesiology?

We are testing foods to see which foods will improve and balance the body systems, and which ones could be compromising the same.

TASK define a “sensitivity” as being a food or some other substance that makes a strong muscle weak and often weaker muscles, weaker still”

From the perspective of Kinesiology there are three types of foods:

1. Biogenic – these nourish the body and energise the person
2. Biostatic – these neither nourish nor harm, and any energy gained from them will be used up digesting them
3. Biocidic – these deplete energy and harm the body, they cause imbalance, and lead to disease

Different people have their own unique responses

There are no such thing as ‘bad foods’ simply foods that suit some people and not others, this is called “Biochemic Individuality”.  Clearly too many processed foods are unlikely to suit people.

Each person could test differently on which foods fall into each of the above categories depending on their own body make-up. So we test to establish what would enable the client to gain optimum health.

In terms of substances, the client could be using house care products, or personal care products, or anything else which could be causing an imbalance, so if there are any signs of this, it is worth testing.

It is also important to note that a biocidic food or substance may be OK for the individual at a later time, after it has been abstained from for a period

For more info on how to get tested for food or chemical intolerances please get in contact.

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Massage for a Rotator Cuff Injury

Image from Grays Anatomy Rotator Cuff Muscles

Massage is very effective in helping to restore and repair damaged tendon or muscle fibres.  Massage can be very beneficial with a Rotator Cuff Injuries.  The Rotator Cuff Muscles are in the shoulder and are made up of the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapulatus.  These muscles are all attached to the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint.  These injuries are often incurred from lifting or weight bearing, falling over or repetitive strain irritation around the shoulder.  If you have shoulder pain, then it is important to get the correct diagnosis.  It is important not to confuse different conditions.  For example, Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capulitis) is a different condition that tends to develop over time, rather than just from an injury.  If you would like more information on Shoulder Pain and different massage treatments that can help to reduce pain, then please feel free to ask any questions here.

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Dystonia and massage

Does massage therapy for Dystonia work? I am currently working with a client in Brighton, uk, with very severe Dystonia and it is difficult to know what results myofascial release or deep tissue massage can give. Definately there is a relaxing effect of massage that the client can feel, but what about pain relief?

Here is a description of Dystonia from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

“Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily. The neurological mechanism that makes muscles relax when they are not in use does not function properly. Opposing muscles often contract simultaneously as if they are ‘competing’ for control of a body part. The involuntary muscle contractions force the body into repetitive and often twisting movements as well as awkward, irregular postures. There are approximately 13 forms of dystonia, and dozens of diseases and conditions include dystonia as a major symptom.”

I would like to start a discussion on this blog about peoples experiences of massage Techniques and this pathology, so please do comment on any experience you have around the subject of massage therapy and Dystonia.

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Why does your body love water?

Kinesiology Testing can test water dehydration in the body.  Massage is great, but water is the basis of all good health.

Many clients of mine seem to battle to drink enough water.   Why is it so important to keep drinking?

What does water actually do inside your body?

  1. Water flushes out toxins and helps move waste
  2. Water helps maintain body termperature, cooling you down
  3. Water makes up a lot of the blood and carries oxygen to your cells
  4. Water helps to maintain healthy weight levels

Try to drink up 8-10 glasses of water a day.  More if you do exercise, or are feverish.  Urinary tract or bladder problems are often noticeable if you do not drink enough.  If you feel hungry it is often a sign that you need water, not food.  So drink water first.

I always make sure my children drink a glass of water before breakfast.  Personally, I try to start the day with one pint or warm water, that is easy to drink.  Then I know I am off to a good start.

Increase your water uptake with watery fruits

How to up your intake:

Always have a water bottle

Add lemon or lime to give flavour, bottled flavour water does not count

Eat water rich fruits like cumcumber, and watermelon.

What do you do to keep up your water intake?  Any tips are welcome……

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