Walking through history in PNG

If you’ve seen me in the last few months we likely will have discussed Kokoda. If you haven’t been in for a while let me fill you in. Walking the Kokoda track has been almost a lifetime goal for myself and my mum Jane. Mum’s father Robert, fought in PNG in World War II and it has always been somewhere we’ve wanted to visit to try and gain an understanding of what it was like. Although we clearly were unable to undertake the experience in the same conditions as the troops 71 years ago, we were able to get a sense of how truly daunting a task they faced. The terrain was relentlessly steep and slippery (even in dry season), and once you stepped no more than a couple of metres off the track the jungle was so impenetrable that you would lose site of the rest of the group.
If I came back with anything (other than sore legs and a few mozzie bites) it was a realisation that we place too much emphasis in our lives on stuff that we don’t need and not enough on the important things like your family and friends. Spend more time with your family and make the time to catch up with people who are important to you (in real life, face to face!).

Strangely enough whilst writing this email, the following quote appeared on my Facebook feed and I thought it was very relevant –

We collect too much of everything. If you’re not using it, viewing it, reading it, loving it, or appreciating it, maybe you should give it away, preferably to someone who will. They’ll be happy and so will you.Life is far too short to burden yourself. Lighten up, while you still can.”

I’ve now ticked a major event off my bucket list and it’s time to move along to the next one! What’s on your bucket list? Leave a comment~

Cheers and enjoy the rest of your week!

Matt

Back Pain

This is an email I shared with the MMT database last year. It gives a great summary of some causes of back pain and glimpse into how we go about treating it.

Today I’d like to talk to you about Lower Back Pain,

Does this sound like you or someone you know? – “I had spent literally thousands of dollars on physio’s and chiro’s. I tried everything to get a long term fix, but after seeing countless specialists I gave into their opinion that my back pain was something I’d always have to live with.” 

Lower Back pain is the most common condition that we treat at MMT and despite what you may hear, even from back specialists – 97% of Back Pain is 100% curable and in most cases the pain isn’t coming from the spine or its intervetebral discs.

So where is it coming from? The reality is that muscles are the primary source of chronic back pain and muscle pain can almost always be successfully treated without surgery or drugs and that is my specialty!

Ok… so what causes it?
Of course, causes for back pain vary from person to person. What is important to understand is that the length or level of back pain you are experiencing is not necessarily a sign of how ‘bad’ your back actually is. Regardless of whether the pain is 3 months old or 3 decades old, the solution to bad backs is the same. Address strength imbalances, address postural imbalances, remove inflammation and take pressure away from the spine.

We use a unique form of hands on treatment called SCT (Solidified connective tissue) release, which is a combination of deep tissue manipulation and myofascial release, dedicated to melting the restricted connective tissues causing your pain and or dysfunction. SCT Release is the most concentrated, deep and effective style of hands on treatment available for chronic pain and restriction. We are not massage therapists.  We do not relax your muscles, only to have that tension and pain return.  We do not skip over key areas of dysfunction, wasting time working on areas that do not need it.

“They gave me a plain English explanation as to why I was in pain and how they could eliminate all my pain by addressing the cause, not just the symptoms. I immediately knew that MMT was different to every other clinic and that they could genuinely fix my back for good. After a few treatments, the pain reduced dramatically. I was pain free for a few days at a time (the first time for over 7 years). After 6 weeks, not only was I completely pain free, but I felt stronger than I had done for years.”

This is not a guarantee that you’ll be pain free in 6 weeks, just an example of the type of work that we can do. For more examples check out the back pain testimonials page or some great videos on MMT’s youtube channel.