Massage & Myotherapy
What is Remedial Massage?
Massage Therapy is one of the oldest forms of therapy known to man. It continues to grow in popularity because it is considered safe, effective and respects the body’s natural healing powers. Massage goes as far back in history as the existence of man. It is probably the oldest form of medical treatment and has been used throughout history.
In the 18th and 19th centuries massage grew in popularity in Europe under the influence of a Swede and thus ‘Swedish Massage’ was founded. By the end of the 19th century, massage was a popular form of medical treatment and was frequently used by eminent surgeons, cardiologists and physicians. During the First World War, massage was used extensively in the treatment of nerve injury and shell-shock.
What is a Massage Therapist?
Our massage therapists in Elwood and Boronia have been trained in anatomy, massage therapy techniques, first aid, and CPR. They apply their massage techniques using the hands or other parts of the arm to positively affect the health and wellbeing of their clients.
A massage therapist can help on a physical, mental and emotional level.
Massage therapy is designed to stretch and loosen muscles, improve blood flow and the movement of lymph throughout the body, facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes resulting from exercise or inactivity, and increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissue. In addition, massage stimulates the release of endorphins — the body’s natural painkiller — into the brain and nervous system.
Massage therapy provides a relaxed state of alertness, reduces mental stress and enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity.
Massage therapy satisfies the need for caring and nurturing touch, creates a feeling of well-being and reduces anxiety levels
During your consultation
Your relaxation starts as you enter our Elwood or Boronia clinics and sit down in a relaxing environment to complete a brief questionnaire. An initial consultation will then involve a brief discussion regarding your needs, desires and any relevant medical history to ensure safety before commencing your treatment. Your aches and pains will then be eased away as you relax in the quiet surroundings of our clinical rooms.
Following your treatment you will gently ease back into the world whilst you enjoy a glass of natural spring water to restore your hydration.
What is a Myotherapist?
“Myo” is Greek for muscle, and a Myotherapist is a muscle therapist. They treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. These conditions may be caused by a number of contributing factors such as sporting or occupational injuries, surgical procedures, poor posture or incorrect biomechanical functioning.
Myotherapists are a multi-skilled practitioners whose treatments focus on the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy in order to maintain and achieve the normal integrity of the muscles in the body.
Myotherapists use a wide variety of techniques to help reduce pain and regain normal muscular function, which may include
- Postural analysis
- Movement and strength analysis
- Pain education
- Soft tissue massage and mobilisation
- Joint mobilisation
- Assisted stretching
- Myofascial cupping
- Dry needling
- Exercise advice
Why See a Myotherapist?
Myotherapy may assist in the symptoms of many conditions such as:
- Back Pain
- Arthritis Pain
- Migraines & Headaches
- Menstrual Cramps
- Muscle Spasm & Cramps
- Neck & Shoulder Pain & Tightness
- Joint Pain
- Foot Pain
- Reduced Muscle Strength / Range of Motion
- Sports Injuries
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Carpel Tunnel Symptoms
- Tension from Stress
- Disease Preventing Proper Muscle Function
- Muscle Cramps
The consult itself will usually involve a thorough assessment, where the therapist will ask questions relating to your goals, as well as assessing the movement of your joints and strength of certain muscles.
Your therapist will provide you with information relating to your condition, as well as advice on appropriate exercises and stretches, hot and cold therapy, taping or activities to avoid. Your therapist may use a variety of hands on techniques with the aim to decrease pain and restore normal mobility.
Whilst Myotherapy techniques can be powerful, they can also be quite gentle and all the way through the consult, the therapist will ensure you are comfortable.
Initial consultations are 60 minutes. A review consultation may be between 30-60 minutes depending on the complexity of your condition.