BEYOND THE BANDAID FOUNDER
• Soft Tissue Therapist
• Independant Researcher
• Chronic Pain and Illness Consultant
Bec Mills is one of Brisbane’s most innovative and passionate Soft Tissue Therapists with a background in Remedial, Sports and Deep Tissue Massage, Pilates and Myofascial Dry Needling. Over the past six years Bec has worked on a diverse demographic for various injuries, illnesses and conditions. Bec also has extensive experience with various professional athletes from international, national and state sporting teams both in the clinic and on event day. These athletes are members of; Australian Water Polo, Australian Women’s Bobsledding, Australian Women’s Cricket, Australian Swimming, Australian Triathlon, Australian Rugby League, Australian-Pacific Goal Ball, Australian Institute of Sport Men’s Cricket, NZ Women’s Netball, World Cup Rugby Teams, QLD Roar F.C.
Bec takes an integrated approach to treatment and treatment planning with emphasis on health history evaluation and postural assessment. Treatments with Bec often include a range of manual techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, joint mobilisation, dry needling, cupping, muscle energy techniques, assisted stretching and exercise prescription. Bec enjoys treating all areas of the body however takes particular interest in hip, pelvis and neck dysfunction, these interests stem from sustaining several injuries first hand which Bec describes as “helpful in explaining to people the importance of rehabilitation.”
To add to the tool belt, Bec offers a very unique understanding of underlying causes to chronic fatiguing, neurodegenerative and neurobehavioural illnesses and incorporates screening for causal connections such as infections, toxins and deficiencies in her clinical assessment.
As an independent researcher Bec continues to explore and source emerging evidence that suggests pathogens from the Borrelia, Chlamydia and Mycoplasma species are the the most commonly found bacterial infections found in people with chronic fatiguing, neurodegenerative and neurobehavioural illnesses. An example of some of these chronic illnesses Bec sees daily in clinical practice include Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone, Asperger’s, Autism and ADHD.
Bec’s motivation in sourcing out potential underlying causes to these autoimmune like diseases arises from having several close family members and friends affected by conditions such as Bipolar, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autism/ADHD and Lyme disease. Like so many of us, Bec was unfortunate enough to loose a close family member to Alzheimer’s.
Over the last three years Bec has come to learn that stealth pathogens, poisons and deficiencies can lead our immune and neurological systems to a chronic state of inflammation. Bec believes that understanding this chronic state of inflammation (that we may not always ‘s recognise we’re in) is the key to understanding Alzheimer’s. By using complex models in the early stages of complex diseases, we can achieve successful intervention, potentially reverse some conditions and definitely prevent further neurodevelopmental damage from occurring. In later life chronic diseases may produce nerve damage that can not be reversed however by adapting complex models to investigate chronic stages of disease, there is every possibility of preventing further neuro-deterioration, reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life.
Bec’s research includes regular meetings and telecommunications with international and national specialists, reviewing ground breaking studies, recent trials and findings, conducting video and audio recorded interviews with field experts, documenting patient intervention and liasing with primary physicians.
To help raise awareness and education on the impact of stealth pathogens and the role they play in various chronic illnesses, Bec is currently writing, directing and producing a series of self-funded educational documentaries titled “Invisibly Ill”. The documentaries include exclusive headline interviews with Californian Microbiologist Prof Garth Nicolson, founder of the Institute of Molecular Medicine and New Jersey Psychiatrist Dr Robert Bransfield, President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation.
Interviews with these pioneering experts reveal in depth explanations of the infection processes and how they affect the human body, investigation processes required, and treatment considerations for those affected with chronic fatiguing, neurodegenerative and neurobehavioural illnesses. Invisibly Ill contains bonus interviews with Australian specialists and field experts that share opinions and facts based around specific Australian case studies. Expanding on the concept of stealth infections, the documentaries track a variety of Australian patients overcoming various autoimmune and fatiguing illnesses such as Lyme Disease, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.