Diagnosis and identify the cause of the pain
Targeted treatment of the pain
Identification and removal of perpetuating and etiological factors
Pain management, rehabilitation and maintenance programs
During the initial consultation our Myotherapists will focus on collecting information from each patient to gather an understanding of their general health and present condition. The assessment will enable the Myotherapist to gather an understanding of the patients concerns and issues and ultimately determine the treatment required.
A thorough examination of the patient including postural, neural, range of motion, functional and orthopedic testing and conduct an extensive palpatory evaluation will be conducted.
Treatment of trigger points for persons with myofascial pain syndrome consists of treating multiple contraction knots that a related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle and inflammation within a muscle.
Treating trigger points through Dry Needling alleviates the pain cycle and inflammation within a muscle where myofascial trigger points are active. When Dry Needling is used on a trigger point, pain is relieved quickly through an analgesic effect.
The cups create a vacuum through suction or heat which draws the body’s underlining tissues into the cup causing blood stasis which immediately activates the healing process. At MJN we are at the forefront of the newest cupping techniques. We use multiple cupping techniques: active/dynamic and functional cupping. With a high focus on fascial chains and correct movements patterns.
Corrective Exercise treatment is taught to patients simultaneously during each Clinical Myotherapy session. At MJN we love to help our patients by bringing the body into a neutral postural alignment. Corrective Exercise allows our patients to take ownership of their recovery and rehabilitation by helping their body work in harmony through the reduction of pain. Through treatment we offload tight structures and it is the corrective exercises that strengthen the correct muscles allowing new firing chains to develop.
When a muscle is either overworked or placed in a lengthened/stretched position for a long period of time it can become aggravated and result in the formation of a Trigger Point.
The development of a Trigger Point occurs when there is a significant amount of waste product formed within the muscle tissue. Trigger Points can be palpated as taut bands or nodules and relieved through repetitive compression and release of the affected area.
Deep/soft tissue manipulation in conjunction with Clinical Myotherapy treatment causes for the relief of pain and discomfort of Trigger Points.
At MJN individualised rehab plans are created for each patient. The rehab plan will have both stretch and strengthening components. It is both the stretch and strengthening components that give the patients the tools to control and manage there own pain.
Joint Mobilisation is a technique that can be applied to any joint in the body to increase mobility and reduce restriction. Joint Mobilisation has the effect of re-aligning the articulating surfaces and decreasing associated pain. It works within a safe range, known as grades 1-5, with grade 6 Joint Mobilisation more commonly known as skeletal manipulation.
Skeletal Manipulation is a more intense and a quicker type of treatment that is more often utilised by Chiropractors.
TENS is a compact device which elicits an electrical impulse through soft pads. The soft pads are placed on the body to stimulate the local nerve supply to reduce pain. Activation of a TENS machine allows the practitioner to modulate the pulse width, intensity and frequency of the electrical stimulation. TENS stimulation causes autonomic muscle contraction through either high frequency and low intensity impulses or low frequency and intensity impulses.
At MJN, we take great passion in supporting women through the fast changes occurring to their body both pre and postpartum. Musculoskeletal strain through pregnancy causes unnecessary pain and discomfort for the majority of women during their pregnancy. At MJN we begin working closely with women during the early stages of their pregnancy to correct previous postural movement restrictions and injuries, and prepare women for labour. We release the tissue causing pain through soft tissue release, manipulations, dry needling, cupping, fascial release, TENS and corrective taping. We find that once we have aligned a pregnant body, it is able to grow with ease and comfort, and then only maintenance appointments are required to keep the body feeling fabulous. We also work closely with postpartum mums to assist with recovery after birth in key areas such as pelvic floor strengthening, body realignment, offloading breastfeeding tension and correcting child holding postures. All treatments also include education around stretch and strengthening exercises and correct movement patterns for both pre and postpartum to provide ongoing support for the reduction of strain and tension on the body.
Our North Balwyn clinic has HICAPS facilities available which depending on your level of ‘extras’ cover may allow you to claim your Myotherapy treatment.
The treatment is usually classified as either Myotherapy/Remedial Massage or Massage.