Musculoskeletal therapy can sound slightly daunting but all you really need to know is that if you have muscles, a skeleton and something is hurting then musculoskeletal therapy is for you! Musculoskeletal therapists specialise in identifying the source of any pain and dysfunction that you’re currently experiencing in muscles, joints or bones in order to provide the most effective treatment and ongoing management.
Musculoskeletal therapists have completed a bachelor degree in musculoskeletal therapy (so you’re in very safe hands) and are trained to treat and help with a wide range of conditions, including chronic problems such as:
• Osteo and rheumatoid arthritis
• Bulging discs
• Multiple sclerosis
• Ankylosing spondylitis
• Cerebral palsy
At your first appointment your musculoskeletal therapist will look at your entire health and medical history before performing an in-depth physical and postural assessment, neurological and orthopaedic testing and biomechanical investigations before starting treatment. This is really just a fancy way of saying that they will identify and address the underlying cause of your pain and not just treat the symptoms.
Effective treatment for muscular and skeletal pain
Once you’ve been assessed your musculoskeletal therapy can begin. You therapist will use a combination of the most effective and evidence based therapies appropriate for your diagnosis. These can include:
• Joint mobilisation (to help restore normal and pain free movement to joints)
• Trigger point therapy (applying alternating levels of direct pressure on areas of muscle spasm to relax the muscle and encourage better circulation of oxygen and blood to areas of pain and dysfunction Also known as “good pain”.)
• Facilitated stretching (a technique that engages or switches on a muscle group while being stretched. This can help overcome the brains natural reaction to say “stop, this could hurt” when it feels a muscle stretching. This neurological response from the brain prevents full stretching of muscles while stretching normally at home, the gym or yoga. Facilitated stretching, literally tricks the brain and allows muscles to experience the full benefits of stretching)
• Dry needling (also known as intramuscular stimulation, is a form of acupuncture that involves inserting the needle into the trigger point of a muscle. A trigger point is what you feel or experience as a ‘knot’ in your muscle)
• Cupping (an ancient traditional Chinese treatment that uses local suction on the skin to create a pronounced increase in blood circulation to help with deep scar tissue within muscles and connective tissue, helping to reduce pain and swelling)
• Cryotherapy (the use of cold applications to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling)
• Strapping (applying specialised tape to an area to stabilise and support an injury, decrease pain by reducing the load bearing on painful areas and facilitate normal movement and posture.)
• Exercise Prescription (specific exercises, stretching and strengthening techniques to do at home to speed your recovery).
• Postural, Ergonomic and Sporting Technique Advice (coaching you how to sit, stand and move with correct posture to help with faster recovery and to prevent future pain and injury)
Musculoskeletal therapy in the hands of a qualified professional can help get you on the road to a pain free life faster and easier than you probably thought possible. Contact Mobilise Remedial Massage today to book your appointment with an experienced musculoskeletal therapist.