Musculoskeletal therapy (also known as Myotherapy) is the evidence based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of acute and chronic pain, injury and inflammatory conditions.
The approach to assessment and treatment considers every element of the body to gain a true picture of a client and their state of health.
The primary focus is to reduce or eliminate the pain and restore function.
Diet, exercise, lifestyle, stress, gut health and medications have a huge impact on how the body deals with and responds to pain and treatment. Musculoskeletal therapy can help clients understand where their pain is coming from and create a plan to overcome any obstacles that may be hindering their progress.
Treatment is provided using a variety of techniques including:
Nerve Manipulation & Stimulation
Myofascial Dry Needling (with electrotherapy if required)
Sports or Kinesiology Taping
Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Photobiomodulation Therapy (Laser Therapy)
More information on these techniques is listed below.
All initial consultations include completion of a health history form, a comprehensive assessment based around the primary complaint and treatment aimed at reducing or eliminating symptoms and restoring movement and function.
Follow up consultations allow your therapist to ascertain whether the initial treatment was effective for your condition and if your treatment plan can be progressed, or whether further investigation is required. Even if your pain is eliminated during the initial treatment, it is recommended to have a followup treatment as this is an opportunity to discuss and implement ongoing self care so that you can remain pain-free long term.
A variety of techniques are used to gently move joints, both actively and passively, without pain, to affect alignment, increase mobilisation and reduce pain and sensitivity.
Nerve Manipulation & Stimulation:
Nerve irritation or entrapment is commonly overlooked as the primary contributor of many painful conditions. Even small nerves can become entrapped and mimick common painful conditions. Comprehensive assessment will enable effective treatment of nerves contributing to or causing pain.
The application of neural mobilisation and decompression based on the mechanics and physiology of the nervous system.
Myofascial Dry Needling:
The insertion of a filiform needle into tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, bursae, fat pad) that is either causing or contributing to pain. The needle initiates both a local response (at the point of insertion) and neurological response (at the spinal cord) which has analgesic effects and promotes local healing.
Electrotheraputic Dry Needling:
Needles are inserted (as above) which are then connected to a TENS machine that sends a low level electrical impulse through the needles. This stimulates the tissue that the needles are in, which then stimulates the nerves that innovate that tissue. This helps to reduce the sensitivity of those nerves, giving relief from symptoms, increasing range of motion and reducing neural tension.
Plastic cups are applied to the skin in an area of increased pain or tension and tightened using a vacuum suction. The cups are then either moved along the skin, or left stationary and the body/limb is moved around the cups to elicit a ‘glide’ or ‘pull’ of the tissue and fascia both inside and underlying the cup. This therapy should not be painful, and the theory of it is that it draws blood and healing agents to the site, which ‘jumpstarts’ a positive inflammatory response in the area, accelerating the healing process and providing a reduction in tension due to increased mobility of the affected tissues. Red or purple circular bruising is commonly seen after cupping, however, they are not painful or dangerous.
A specialist massage technique using feather light, rhythmical strokes to stimulate the lymphatic system and drain excess fluid and oedema. This therapy is most often used when the bodies natural process are interrupted, either by surgery, injury or in chronic conditions such as lymphoedema, diabetes or post mastectomy. As the lymphatic system is very close to the surface of the skin, only very soft, slow and repetitive stokes will be effective, meaning treatment times will vary depending on the area needing treatment. Post treatment, compression garments and taping techniques may be used or recommended, depending on your condition.