50 Bob Charles Drive 
Botany Downs

Tel 021 95 95 95
or 09 273 7092

June 2003


A 2002 study published in the American Journal of Public Health Vol 92:10, indicated that chronic non-migraine tension headache sufferers who received regular, specific neck and shoulder massage, experienced a significant reduction in headache frequency and duration.

When is heat used for injuries?

It is important NOT to use heat in the first few days after an injury, or while your injury has swelling.

Heat can reduce muscle spasm, improve joint stiffness and make soft tissue more limber.  It can be used to help loosen tight muscles and joints during a warmup period. 

Moist heat is more effective than dry heat as it penetrates deeper and has a better effect on muscles, joints and soft tissue.  It should be used for 15-20 minutes, or longer if recommended by your doctor.

Moist heat in the form of towels soaked in hot water or warmed in the microwave are useful, but usually lose their heat after 5-10 minutes.  Commercial moist heat packs are more convenient and stay hot longer.  Spa pools are another great option.  

Heat creams and ointments are popular, but do not provide heat very deep into the muscle tissue.  The massaging effect of putting cream on is helpful.  Be careful not to get these creams in your eyes, or on sensitive skin - always wash your hands thoroughly after use.

It is important not to use heat in the first few days after an injury, or while your injury has swelling.   Heat increases the blood flow to an injury, and can worsen swelling.  Heat packs which are too hot or are left in place for too long a time may cause burns.

After a busy day, treat your feet with alternating soaks.  Have one tub with cold water, and another of with warm water.  Start by submerging your feet in the cold water for 5 minutes, then immediately move them to the warm water for 5 minutes.  Repeat three times, ending with the cold water and then elevate your feet for 15 minutes.  Your feet will feel fantastic, and you'll feel relaxed! 

To ease tension in your shoulders, try this relieving shoulder stretch.

Sitting or standing, cross one wrist over the other and interlock your hands.  Inhale, then straighten and extend your arms behind your head.  Your elbows should be behind your ears.

Every time you refer 4 new clients to Botany Muscle Therapy who book in for a one hour massage at the regular rate, youíll receive a gift certificate for a 1 hour massage.  You can either use this certificate yourself, or gift it to a friend.  Just make sure the person you are referring mentions your name when they book their massage and Iíll send you the gift certificate on your 4th referral.

New clinic hours took effect from 1 May 2003.
Appointments are now available
Monday Ė Thursday from 9am to 9pm.  
If you require appointment times outside these hours, please contact me.

Been really busy lately?  Been meaning to book in but haven't quite got around to it yet?  If you haven't had a massage for a while, its probably time you did! 

Book online here or  
Phone Rachael on 021 95 95 95 or  
Leave a message on my home phone 273 7092

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Rachael Button
Botany Muscle Therapy
50 Bob Charles Drive, Botany Downs, Auckland

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