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Fibromyalgia and massage

  Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a group of symptoms that includes chronic (long-term) pain in the soft tissues. Other disorders that frequently accompany FMS are fatigue, sleep disruption, migraine headaches and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and , unsurprisingly, depression. After other diseases have been ruled out FMS is normally diagnosed by the presence of 11 or more  tender

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Trigger point Therapy

Trigger point therapy came about from work carried out by Travel & Simons.  (Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: the Trigger Point Manual 1983) Myofascial trigger points are tiny ‘knots’ that can develop in a muscle when injured, overworked or underused. The defining symptom of a trigger point is that they will usually refer pain elsewhere, to

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Nijmegen Questionnaire

Nijmegen Questionnaire The Nijmegen questionnaire gives a broad view of symptoms associated with dysfunctional breathing patterns. It is only a preliminary guide to breathing training. Please ring the score that best describes the frequency with which you experienced the symptoms listed Symptom Never Seldom Sometimes Often Very Often Chest pain 0 1 2 3 4

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Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder? Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis’  is a condition in which movements of the shoulder joint becomes progressively more restricted. It is More common in those of us over 40. Although the complaint starts through injury to the shoulder, it doesn’t  have to have been a major trauma. I have had clients who have ‘felt something pull’ whilst

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Massage and breathing pattern disorder.

Fatigued? Brain fog? Lowered pain threshold? Cardiac and gut symptoms? The list goes on…..  but what they all have in common is an association with breathing pattern disorder. There are many causes to theses issues, and underlying pathology cannot be ignored, but breathing pattern disorders, even when indirectly involved,  can greatly add to and aggrevate the

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Trying not to lose sleep over insomnia

Sleep is so important for tissue repair and recovery. Often when we are experiencing pain for whatever reason – then sleep patterns become disturbed. Inadequate rest and recovery can lead to delayed repair which prolongs the pain, which can interfere with sleep patterns, which can mean inadequate repair which can prolong the pain………… etc etc. What

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