Treatments Categories: THERAPIES

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient Chinese method used to relieve muscle tension, promote blood & lymph circulation, detoxification & healing. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction.

Orthotics

We custom make orthotics to aid in the recovery and maintenance of foot, shin and knee issues

Myotherapy

Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy used to treat or prevent soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement caused by muscle or myofascia dysfunction. Myofascia are the thin, fibrous sheets of tissue that surround and separate muscles. Ligaments and tendons are comprised of bundled myofascial.  Myotherapy incorporates trigger point therapy and a wide range of soft tissue massage and manipulation including:  muscle energy technique, dry needling, and joint mobilization. Myotherapists also use stretching, nutritional advice, exercise prescription, postural advice and education, heat and cold therapy, ultrasound and TENS. Myotherapists provide evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for a wide range of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions, for example

…Back pain

…Neck and shoulder pain

…Headache

…Sports injuries

…Rotator cuff problems

…Occupational injuries

…Achilles tendinopathy and other ankle injuries

…Jaw pain and clicking

…Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain presentations

…Tennis elbow

You don’t need to be in pain to visit a Myotherapist. Once symptoms have settled treatment may focus on restoring optimal activity (rehabilitation), reducing the likelihood of further injury and keeping you moving and performing at your best.

Myotherapy is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body. Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia is described as myofascia

Dry Needling

Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. Dry needling or intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a technique extremely effective for relaxing overactive muscles, which contain trigger points.

In simple terms, the treatment involves needling of a muscle’s trigger points without injecting any substance.

Postural advice

Posture is the way in which somebody holds his or her body. Poor posture can often be the root cause of many aches and pains. Postural assessment and correction often forms a component of  your treatment. Your therapist will observe the way you sit or stand and will make suggestions and give you hints and tips on how best to correct your posture to minimise your pain and prevent recurrence in the future.

Poor outcomes following treatment can be due to failure to change poor posture, so it is very important that you follow any postural advice given if you wish to see good long term gains.

Bowen Therapy

Bowen is a holistic remedial body technique that works on the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body. The fascia, or soft tissue, is the part of the connective tissue that envelops, separates and influences every organ and tissue in the body. Bowen therapy can be used to treat musculoskeletal or related neurological problems. It is gentle and relaxing and does not use forceful manipulation. Because Bowen therapy works on the fascia it often successfully treats persistent problems that have not responded to medication, other therapies or other forms of bodywork. . The treatment is pleasant therapists use light, cross-fibre manoeuvres of muscle, tendon or ligament with no forceful manipulation
The Bowen technique is safe to use on anyone, from newborns to the elderly and for any musculoskeletal or related neuromuscular complaint. It is a holistic treatment that treats the whole person and aims to treat the cause of problems, rather than the symptoms.

Bowen therapy can also help emotional conditions like depression, stress and anxiety through shifting the autonomic nervous system from sympathetic, which is turned on during stress and pain, to parasympathetic which is where it needs to be for the body to rest, relax and repair.

Musculoskeletal Therapy

Is a therapy designed to treat the muscles and skeletal system using various soft tissue and mobilisation (not manipulation) techniques

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are small contraction knots in the muscles. They can also appear in areas such as tendons, ligaments, skin and scar tissue. Trigger points are very tender or tense, and often the starting point for certain types of pain.

There are two types of trigger points, active trigger points and latent trigger points.

Active trigger points can cause pain elsewhere in the body, as well as muscle spasm. The pain can occur even without pressure being applied. Latent trigger points respond to pressure in the particular area of the trigger point. Latent trigger points are considered to be one of the causes of stiff joints, and restrictions in the range of motion as we age.

Trigger Point Therapy could be the solution Trigger Point Therapy can be used in your massage treatment to give you long-term relief from stubborn pain and injury.

The benefits go beyond pain relief, they include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved circulation
  • Greater range of motion
  • Reduced stiffness and muscle tension

Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a manual therapy that uses the gentle muscle contractions of the patient to relax and lengthen muscles and normalize joint motion.

Myofascial Release Therapy

Myofascial release’ is a soft tissue therapy and is used for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. It focuses primarily on the fascia and other connective tissues.  Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together. It is a thin, tough, but elastic type of connective tissue that wraps around most of the structures in our body, including our muscles, providing support.

It is believed that our fascia can tighten; constricting our muscles, decreasing blood supply, causing pain and decreasing range of movement. The aim of myofascial release is to relax contracted muscles, improve lymphatic and blood circulation, and stimulate the ‘stretch reflex’, in our muscles.

With myofascial release, gentle, sustained pressure is applied to loosen and lengthen the constricting fascia. During this time, the practitioner may work on breaking down adhesions between the tissues. It may take several minutes for each specific area to be worked on for the tissues to be softened and re-aligned. This is generally done without the use of lubricants as the therapist needs to be able to accurately feel and manipulate the fibres of the fascia.

Exercise Advice and Corrective Exercises

Correct movement is corrective exercise!  If you take the time to learn how to perform certain movements correctly you will not only see marked improvements in your overall performance, but also how you look and feel. We all have weaknesses that could benefit from attention. Muscular imbalances, postural issues, and aberrant movement patterns can and often do lead to discomfort, pain, and in the worst-case scenarios, injury. Your practitioner will program safe, effective, and corrective exercise that attempts to correct habits for you.