Myotherapy & Massage in Brighton
Brighton Spine & Sports Clinic offer myotherapy to the local Brighton community and surrounding areas including Elsternwick, Hampton, Elwood & Bentleigh.
Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions which can cause muscular dysfunction and pain, and thus affect movement and mobility. Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia).
Some of these techniques include:
- Massage (Soft and Deep) where muscles and other soft tissue are kneaded or manipulated. It can include holding, moving and applying pressure to muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
- Passive/active stretching in which a specific muscle or tendon is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone. The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion.
- Trigger Point Therapy alleviates the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release
- Myofascial Release effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion.
- Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine where special cups are placed on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. It may help with pain, inflammation, blood flow and act as a type of deep-tissue massage.
- Dry Needling Fine (sterile / single use) needles are tapped virtually painlessly into the skin, sometimes through a plastic tube. After insertion the needles may be stimulated – either twisting manually or using electrical stimulation and a feeling of heaviness, numbness or tingling may be felt in that area.
These techniques are designed to treat injury, relieve pain, improve mobility and increase performance.
A Myotherapist consultation will generally commence with a thorough history taking, followed by various muscle, joint and neurological tests. Combined with manual palpation of the muscles and joints, a Myotherapist aims to identify the cause of the pain to ensure quick, effective and long lasting results.
Some common conditions that Myotherapists at Brighton Spine & Sports Clinic treat include:
- Hip and lower back pain
- Neck pain and shoulder pain
- Arthritis and inflammation
- Rotator cuff problems
- Tendinopathies (Achilles, tennis elbow, etc)
- Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain presentations
- Sporting & occupational injuries
- Stiffness & pain associated with poor posture
- Acute & chronic conditions affecting function & mobility
During the treatment, your muscles can become dehydrated, so it is important to drink plenty of water afterwards to help with rehydration, rebuilding healthy muscle tissue and removing wastes that accumulate as the muscles are “worked.”