First stop – Massage Therapist

The Knight in shining armour to free you from your prison of pain

The highest percentage of GP visits is for musculoskeletal problems (70% plus). The next most common is anxiety and depression.

So, what if the population sought the help of the Massage Therapist in the first instance? We feel GPs would be able to spend more time with the people who require significant medical intervention and advice. Not only would this be cost effective as the drug bills would diminish, but also the health of people would improve with less disease caused by the effects of drugs.  The pharmaceutical companies would clearly be disappointed but they could then focus their attentions on more research.

Iatrongenic disease – or drug induced disease is now a whole branch of medicine which also includes disease caused by inappropriate medical intervention. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) continuously prescribed have numerous side effects; their analgesic action masks all pain including pain that is ‘healthy’ and protective e.g. pain that is caused by a gastric ulcer – the ulcer may not be discovered until there is a haemorrhage or more shockingly, post mortem. Ironically, the overuse of NSAIDs can in fact be a cause of a gastric ulcer as well as acute renal failure, stroke and myocardial infarction (heart attack). In addition, some NSAIDs contain Codeine phosphate an opioid analgesic which can cause addictive effects, which is why they should not be taken for more than three consecutive days.

Musculoskeletal issues can result from trauma, overuse, carelessness e.g. when lifting heavy objects/equipment, repetitive use/daily movement patterns – or a combination.  Massage Therapy used on a regular basis, we already know, may make injuries less likely to reoccur and, if they do, the recovery time may be reduced. We also know about the relaxing effects of massage and how this may help the body to heal itself.

As many musculoskeletal issues are a result of old injuries that have been left untreated and allowed to become chronic, even once pain has gone, we believe people should be encouraged to have regular massage as maintenance to encourage ongoing improvement in how they feel both physically and mentally. Pain is often the first symptom to be relieved, but treatment still needs to continue appropriately.

Often when Physiotherapy, as referred by a GP, and other orthodox medical treatments fail, Remedial Massage likely comes to the rescue. Indeed, we have seen and experienced superb results, so much so that we feel that massage should be at the core of healthcare instead of used as a last resort. We feel it makes more sense to experience the safe therapies first, then if they do not work alternatives can be sought.

And so, our opinion at PS is simple; we believe that massage is the best direct preventative treatment there is for musculoskeletal issues. So it is imperative that Remedial Massage forms part of the PS five key elements of wellness. Combining massage with our four additional wellness components will give you a clear, yet blended approach to wellness. This method means you will receive the best in personal care and advice, taking into account all aspects of your life and lifestyle and of course your wellness goals.

We believe prevention is better than cure. We believe in wellness done well.

Reference: Scottish Massage Schools, Remedial & Sports Diploma Course