Winter has well and truly arrived here in Glen Forrest. The foggy mornings are becoming more frequent and its getting harder to get out of bed when it is cold. For many reading this, you have already been spending many days chopping wood for your fires, clearing property breaks and tending to horses.  You may feel that this is becoming more difficult as the weather gets colder.

On these colder days muscles are forced to work harder to complete the same tasks compared to milder weather. This can cause more damage to the muscle tissue which is what you are feeling when your muscles are sore. Prolonged periods of increased repetitive movements like swinging an axe, weeding and lifting/moving heavy objects can lead to your joints seizing up and can progress to acute back and/or neck pain.

You may be asking yourself what can you do to stay healthy this winter. We have some suggestions:

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a specific condition where nerves or blood vessels between the collar bone and first rib are compressed causing pain in the shoulder and neck and/or numbness down the arm.


Types of TOS

The main types of TOS include:
Neurogenic (Neurological) - compression of the brachial plexus that come out from nerves in the neck that go down the arm to control muscle movements and sensations.
Vascular - either the veins or the arteries are compressed by the collar bone
Non-Specific - where there is pain at the thoracic outlet with increased activity but there is nothing specific that can be pin pointed.


Massaging someone with cancer was once a contra indication for massage therapists because it was believed that it might spread cancer cells. We now know that this is not the case. In fact Oncology Massage has become part of managing symptoms experienced during cancer treatments in cancer centres and hospitals all over the world, due to its effect of reducing pain, fatigue, anxiety, nausea and depression.

  • Nausea improved by 47%
  • Fatigue improved by 42%
  • Anxiety improved by 51%
  • Depression improved by 48% (1)

Oncology Massage can help with symptoms experienced during conventional cancer treatments and can be very helpful at any time after diagnosis, bearing in mind that this type of massage is very different to the Deep Tissue and even Swedish (Relaxation) Massage techniques generally used in the industry.

It is a specific, light touch massage, which can improve general well being at a time when the body’s resources are depleted.  Oncology Massage can be done during treatments ie during chemo therapy to reduce nausea and anxiety or after to ease fatigue and depression.

‘It reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatments of cancer and the symptoms of the disease process itself.’ (1)