Another Silly Season Over – And I Survived

This Silly (Busy) Season Is Over

In Eden on the magnificent Sapphire Coast we all look forward to the summer holidays, the busiest time of the year, and true to form this one was no different. This season was similar to all of the past 18 years. Every summer I see a lot of people returning to the clinic for their yearly tune up, this time there were few easy ones. I am glad to see it slowing down, remedial massage is hard work.

Many Victorians that returned to this clinic have done so for more than fifteen years, often they have tried various forms of therapy and anti-inflammatories unsuccessfully. It is always enjoyable being able to help people in genuine need of help. My MClinSc – Lifestyle Medicine degree also was put to good use, with more people needing help in this area. Remedial massage as usual was the most in demand with a lot of chronic problems as well as quite a few newly acquired, usually by a mum or dad trying to outdo or keep up with junior. This is very hard to do once you let your fitness go. Mentally we are always up to it but physically….unfortunately no, and this is where the problems kick in. As usual I finished more sore than most of the patients. Sometimes I wish I had never studied to be a researcher, it would make it so easy if you could sell ‘snake oil’ but unfortunately my training taught me to only use evidence based medicine, and I know almost all of the natural medicine has failed when properly tested. There will be a lot more disqualified in the near future when the tests are done. So many nice families come to Eden for their summer holidays we don’t like to see them go home, but all good things come to an end.

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