The Muscle Medics

The Muscle Medics offers professional mobile massage. We will come to you fully equipped, at your home and or workplace from $80.00

Our ultimate objective is to be trusted to deliver systematic, efficient, safe, ​informed massage therapy to the communities we serve.

Lumbar Extension

I was asked today why a client gets a sore neck from doing exercises for strengthening the lower back? Well sometimes when we do back extension exercises we must remember that the back is one small part of the whole - not just one part which exists in isolation. Say for example someone who has weak lower back muscles and needs to strengthen them (like in the video clip). Later or during the exercise they begin to feel neck pain. That's because the lower back muscles aren't neurologically prepared for that kind of effort and the neck extensors have to jump in to help out. We see that kind of compensation pattern alot at The Muscle Medics. Before starting a new exercise routine, get evaluated.


MNZ Magazine

The latest Massage NZ Magazine is out now. As the Iwi Liaison Officer for MNZ I am fortunate to be able to scribe my whakaaro (thoughts, ideas, opinion) in a regular Whakatauāki (Māori Proverbs) column. This quarters theme for the magazine is 'Research'. My column can be found on page 57. Here is the link:

Raise the standard

If you hadn't noticed, introspection is pretty much my staple hobby. If there’s anything I’m grateful for, it’s the ability to think freely. Being able to think and reflect on our lives is a gift. Whenever you reflect on your own thoughts and actions, you Sending these notes every week takes work. Many days I question what I write, I wonder if it’s good enough, I doubt if it’s worth reading. And yet I hit send. I do it because it’s moving toward...

Massage New Zealand Magazine

New website, new blog and new massage therapists joining the roster soon! Stay tuned... Hot off the press! A part of my role as the Iwi Liaison Officer for Massage New Zealand (MNZ) involves penning my thoughts for a regular column on the subject of a whakatauki (Māori proverb) for the...

[08/22/17]   The way you speak to yourself internally will literally change your beliefs about yourself. If you constantly tell yourself you’re no good at something, you are literally hypnotising yourself into believing that. Don’t underestimate the power of self talk.

Donated to Science

Dissection of a human cadaver is a time-honored tradition for teaching anatomy in medical education. I have been blessed the last 2yrs to experience working with cadavers at the Otago University Medical School. Not many places exist in the world today where this happens. While difficult for some students, it is an amazing opportunity to view nature/anatomy in a unique way.

In Massage Therapy education we use many excellent charts, computer programs and anatomy books - these are important resources, but they depict anatomy in only two dimensions, limiting our understanding of the structural relationships in the body. Experience working with a cadaver has given me an appreciation of how tough or fragile various tissues are, as well as taking me to a new stage of dealing with the emotional attachment of death.

Several years ago we interviewed a group of people who were planning to donate their bodies to the Otago Medical School for dissection by students. They also...

Guideline for diagnosis and treatment of subacromial pain syndrome: A multidisciplinary review by the Dutch Orthopaedic Association

Shoulder pathology of subacromial origin: Impingement and Subacromial pain syndrome (SAPS), treatment guidelines.
1) A diagnosis of SAPS can only be made after a combination of tests: Hawkins-Kennedy test, Painful arc test, and infraspinatus muscle strength.
2) It is preferable to treat SAPS non-operatively.
3) Treat acute pain with advice, explanation, and possibly analgesics (NSAIDs) for a maximum of 2 weeks.
4) If symptoms persist longer than 6 weeks, take steps in the workplace to prevent development of a chronic syndrome.
5) Prescribe therapy or home exercises of low intensity and high frequency, combining eccentric training with stabilization training of the scapula and focusing on relaxation and proper posture. Treatment of “subacromial impingement syndrome” of the shoulder has changed drastically in the past decade. The anatomical explanation as “impingement” of the rotator cuff is not sufficient to cover the pathology. “Subacromial ...

We see and assess alot of shoulder issues at the Muscle Medics. The most prevalent cause is rotator cuff tendinitis. Other causes of shoulder pain include several forms of arthritis, torn cartilage, or a torn rotator cuff. Swelling of the bursa sacs (which protect the shoulder) or tendons can also cause pain.

At the Mucle Medics we practice evidenced-based massage therapy. What does that mean? Our treatments are based on the latest scientific evidence for results and we uphold the standards of a medical practice. We are invested in your health, which means we will refer you to other professionals, and provide home care solutions as needed. We put your health needs first.

Look, Feel, Move Guide to the Musculoskeletal Physical Examination presents the Shoulder Examination - Part 2.

5 Ways to Get More Magnesium

Optimal nutritional intake through your food (or supplements), is vital to maintaining a healthy body, and mind. But are we getting enough of what we need?

"After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies, vitally important yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it." Learn how to get more magnesium with the most effective foods and supplements.

My story

Over the years, I have developed a deep curiosity about the body, movement, and pain relief. I am continually challenged and inspired by the clients I treat. Each person that ends up on the table shows me something new, which forces me to continue to learn and grow. So if you ask me today why I became a massage therapist, I will tell you these are a few of things I love most:

  • Freedom: Creating a business that serves the fundamental purpose to facilitate healing is awesome.

  • Curiosity: The body is complex and so are the reasons people heal and why they don’t.

  • Neurological Component: The brain-body is completely mind-blowing and vital to treating pain.

  • You: The interaction with clients is fascinating, challenging, and offers a fresh perspective each and every day.
  • I am certain my motivating reasons to continue practicing will evolve as my practice continues to grow. I am comfortable with that. I am sure we can all point to decisions we have made in our lives and say, “Wow, I had no idea that one decision would lead to all this.”

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