Are you suffering from pain and stiffness? Is it causing unnecessary burden to your everyday tasks? Pain is often an indication of underlying chronic issues that don’t resurface or cause discomfort until weeks or months later. It is common for many people to ignore it and think that it will “come good” until the next episode, causing you misery. Delaying treatments will not only prolong the recovery rate, but it will also cause the condition to become more chronic, costing you time and money in the end.
Reform Bodyworks provide services in Remedial Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Some conditions are easily treated with Remedial Massage, while others may require additional modalities such as Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. For further enquiries, please feel free to contact the clinic. Online bookings available by clicking on “make an appointment”
About Tania Siu
B App Sci (TCM) Member of AHPRA & ATMS
Dip Remedial Massage
Dip Beauty Therapy
Tania Siu is a registered practitioner in Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, and Remedial massage therapy and has been in practice for more than 13 years. She gained her qualifications at the Western Sydney University in 2004, and completed her internship in China at the Nanjing Chinese medicine hospital. Tania then travelled around China for 6 months learning the language and culture. Although coming from a Cantonese background, travelling around the country took her by surprise by the diversity of this place and much to learn about the people, culture and its medicine.
Tania’s interest in treating various musculoskeletal conditions began as early as 2000, where her training was influenced by theories in structural imbalances, myofascial release therapy and trigger point therapy. She believes that a successful treatment requires an in depth understanding of anatomy, good observation and palpation skills. She treats many soft tissue related injuries, rehabilitative care for post surgery, or just general treatment and maintenance caused by repetitive activities.
Another area she also has interests in treating is women’s health, such as irregular period cycles, premenstrual symptoms, and the management of ovarian cysts. Over the years, treatments for women’s health with Chinese medicine have been quite successful and in many cases, it is commonly the first choice of treatment for many females.
Tania also utilises her background in beauty therapy from her previous career and combines her knowledge in acupuncture facial rejuvenation to treat many anti-aging ailments with Chinese medicine. Facial rejuvenation uses high quality disposable acupuncture needles to target specific wrinkles around the face and cause stimulation of collagen in the skin.
As an active person, Tania spends most of her activities in weight training, and hiking. She is passionate about skiing and devotes her time and holidays in the snow every season, which she has been doing for the past 10 years.
For any further enquiries, please feel free to contact via email/mobile. Online bookings are also available.
How does Acupuncture work and how may this benefit you?
Originating from the Eastern culture thousands of years ago, Acupuncture may seem foreign and often not the first choice of treatment. Over the past 2 decades, more and more research is taken, and several theories have developed on explaining the concept of acupuncture physiology.
When receiving an acupuncture treatment, the concept of “Qi” (chi) goes hand in hand. “Qi” is often described as the source of all movement within the body. In acupuncture terms, the flow of “qi” is essential to eliminate pain and “blockages” in the body.
To explain the basic functions on how acupuncture works, modern research has categorised 3 main areas on its physiological responses:
1. It alleviates pain through circulation of fluids (blood, lymph, qi)
2. It reduces inflammation by increasing white blood cells
3. It restores homeostasis (your body’s natural response and ability to restore normal physiological function)
Some examples of commonly treated conditions with acupuncture include:
• Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
• Stomach/menstrual pain
• Tennis/golfers elbow
• Inflammatory and swelling conditions
• muscle spasms
During a treatment, fine needles are inserted to a selection of acupuncture points and retained in the body for an average of 10-15 minutes. This time frame is considered ideal for the body to maintain thorough blood flow and “qi” circulation in your system.
Points are selected according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory; it may, or may not include points that are away from pain or injury sites. (Better known as distal points) This is because TCM approaches are based on selecting associated acupuncture meridians and some of the most effective points can appear to be away from local pain or injury sites.
Acupuncture has a cumulative effect and often requires patients to have blocks of treatment that are very close together for its full benefit. In cases of acute conditions, 1 or 2 treatments may be sufficient. Natural ailments and acupuncture’s ability to restore homeostasis is therefore considered by age, lifestyle and overall health condition factors.
More information is available on the WHO (World Health Organisation) website for those who are interested on further reading on this topic.
According to leading health insurer Medibank Private, Remedial Massage Therapy is defined as “the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. It’s performed to create favourable conditions for the body to return to normal health after injury and is defined by the premise that the treatment can reasonably reverse certain physical effects a patient may be presenting.
If a patient has suffered a moderate injury resulting in structural pain and/or loss of function, then remediation is required to reduce or eliminate pain and restore that function. Remedial massage is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length, tension, tone which will in turn promote the return to normal joint/capsular/bone position; increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury.
A remedial therapist must have knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to determine where to treat patients. Their services must be based on best practice principles and before any remedial massage treatment begins, a thorough patient consultation and assessment is to be performed to ascertain the patient’s current health status. If the patient is suitable for remedial massage and relying on the patient’s feedback to identify the areas that require attention, the therapist can then apply the relevant and appropriate treatment.”
Therefore, a treatment in remedial massage is often a “problem solving” approach and can benefit in some of the following examples:
• A sedentary lifestyle, often triggered by long hours of desk work leading to tension headaches, back and shoulder pain
• Intense physical activity that may cause over-fatigue of muscles
• Stress related issues leading to poor sleep pattern
• Headaches caused by poor posture or stress
• Stiffness leading to poor flexibility and ongoing chronic pain
Please note that RMT (remedial massage therapy) can often cause a referred pain or numbness due to the nature of the treatment. Although at times it may cause slight discomfort, the overall benefits can be felt after one or several treatments.
Myotherapy (muscle therapy) involves the physical and structural assessment of the body. It pays particular attention to the muscles and the fascia (thin layer around the muscle), and its close association to attached ligaments and tendons. It was founded by Drs Travell & Simons based on theories which revolve around pain caused by releasing trigger points, soft tissue manipulation, stretching techniques and myofascial dry needling.
This therapy is very effective in maintaining a person’s flexibility as emphasis is based on “lengthening” contracted muscles and the fascia around it. Other combined techniques often seen in myotherapy include:
Trigger point and myofascial release – a palpatory technique that involves assessing areas of pain, often found to be a tight band or area which may cause referred pain to other parts of the body. Pressure and stretching of the fascia is applied to these areas to eliminate tightness
Dry needling – the insertion of fine acupuncture needles into selected trigger points in the body to release tightness or muscle spasms.
Hot/Cold therapy – depending on condition, hot or cold pack is applied to affected area to either relax muscle tightness or alleviate swelling.
PNF stretching (Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) – a combination of isometric, passive and static stretching exercises with the assistance of the therapist to increase muscle flexibility and suppleness.
Neural stretching – stretching of nerve pathways that may be trapped by muscular tension. This can effectively alleviate the sensation of pins and needles.
Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is a practitioner prescribed only form of remedies and is a variety of herbal health ailments derived from plants or mineral origin, often used alone or combined with several herbs known as a formula. There are two methods of taking herbal medicine.
1. internal medicine – herbal medicine are extracted and refined into pills/powder formulas and taken internally
2. external application – applied onto skin and absorbed into your system (most common for pain/injury related conditions)
Some commonly prescribed herbal formulas used in TCM include:
• Respiratory conditions – asthma, bronchitis, hayfever, wheezing, sinusitus, colds & flus
• Circulatory conditions – edema, fluid retention
• Pain/injury related conditions – bruises, swelling, arthritis, gout
• Womens health – pain related menstruation, endometriosis, PCOS, irregular cycles
Prices in herbal medicine will vary according to your condition, generally it is prescribed on a weekly/monthly period, at around $15-40 per week.
Nutritional Supplements Metagenics is a practitioner only range of products which targets a variety of health conditions. For more information please visit: www.metagenics.com.au
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Schedule of fees
Remedial Massage (option w/acupuncture) 1 hr $95/ 45 min $75
5 sessions upfront $440 (valid for 1 year)
Acupuncture Initial $70 (50 min)
Acupuncture follow up $65 (35-45 min)/ 5 sessions upfront $300 (valid for 3 months)
Herbal Medicine – prices vary, approximately $30-50 per week depending on condition, please call to enquire
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