Preventing Surgery with Corrective Myotherapy

Myotherapy & Fibromyalgia

One of our clients Matt Lynch has been suffering wide-spread pain for a number of years now. Earlier this year he was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and since the diagnosis has become a regular client at our clinic.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is mainly characterised by chronic wide-spread pain, heightened sensitivity to stimuli, sleep  disturbances & fatigue. The cause is unknow, but is thought to be due to a combination of factors leading to increased sensitivity of the nervous system. Recommendations for treatment of the condition involve both pharmacological and non-pharmacological management. As the exact underlying pathophysiology is unclear, a  multidisciplinary approach is extremely important in order to target a range of symptoms that can make this condition so debilitating. Chronic drug use alone will not effectively improve an individual’s physical functioning and quality of life, in addition to the fact that it can have adverse effects that result in other issues within the body.
Exercise to improve physical functioning is one of the recommendations in the management of fibromyalgia. Matt has been attending Myo-Balance Strength classes at our clinic twice a week for the past 2 months. In these classes we target strengthening of postural and joint-stabilising muscles. This can help to maintain joint integrity and to prevent overload on other muscles. A loss of joint integrity can result in incorrect loading on surrounding structures (muscle, bone, bursa, tendons, ligaments) which over time can become a source of pain – e.g. shoulder impingement.
Matt’s progress throughout the past 2 months has been great. Early on we constantly had to regress exercises and reduce the number of reps and sets in order for it to be achievable for him. The weakness throughout many of those stabilising muscles was evident and the pain that accompanied that was greatly impacting on his life. He is now completing far more challenging exercises in the classes, and with greatly improved fluidity and form. He feels as though he is slowly starting to take control of his condition and – with our support – is moving in the right direction for a better future.
Of course with the nature of the condition, some days may be harder than others – but a positive mindset, motivation and determination can help to get through this. Matt’s determination and motivation is clear with his near perfect attendance and participation in classes. As his strength continues to build and his posture continues to correct itself (with his hard work) those tougher days will become less frequent and more manageable. The key to this condition is the correct management. It is not currently possible to treat the source of fibromyalgia, as it is unknown, however learning how to get on top of it and lessen the symptoms is vital in order to improve physical functioning and thus quality of life. Matt’s future is looking brighter every day.

5 Signs you should try Myotherapy

5 Signs you may be due for another tune up
  1. You have chronic neck and back pain…

Spinal restriction placing pressure on the nervous system causes pain. Tight muscles and fascia along the spine (erector spinae) is the leading cause of this pain.

Often people say they visit various therapists for spinal adjustments without lasting results. The reason for this is due to the fact that tight muscles are the origin of the condition, not the resulting spinal and neural pressure that comes with pain.

2. You’re getting frequent headaches and migraines…

Addressing the root cause of symptoms, often originating from poor postural habits, we combine treatment with self care education which has a lasting impact. Treating the neck alone without addressing the habitual causes often result in only temporary relief from pain. 

3. Old injuries still stop you from being able to do what you used to…

Injuries from years ago even still today, are stopping you from certain activities you once loved. Myotherapy breaks up scar tissue around trauma areas that haven’t yet healed properly, from deep tissue release work to dry needling trigger points to rid you of any residual muscle memory of old injuries. 

4. You are noticing your own bad posture and shallow breathing…

Shallow breathing is a symptom of bad posture resulting from internally rotating shoulders, especially common in side or stomach sleepers and office workers. Noticing your own bad posture is a sign you’ve left treatment too long. Maintaining muscular balance is essential for spinal health and will prevent a multitude of ailments from herniated discs to even worse – spinal nerve root compression.

5. Your usual shopping centre massages are not working…

The random rub downs miss all the key points, fail to warm up the muscles and while you generally walk in on the spot, they simply missed all the spots! You even tried pain killers and they only masked the stress, leading you to soldier on and make things worse! Feeling like a visit? BOOK NOW

 

Our Self Care & Posture Correction classes target specific musculo-skeletal imbalances to address individual weakness and restriction causing pain. The small class sizes offer intimate one on one focus to instil correct posture for individually targeted realignment.

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Stand taller with our therapist run Self Care alignment classes specific to your needs. Book any time online and gain far more benefits from the individual focus you wont get from large fitness, Yoga or Pilates classes.

 

Foam Rolling for Pain

Foam rolling for ‪ myofascial‬ release and posture correction‬ to bring the ‪‎shoulders‬ back can help relieve many pain symptom in the body. From headaches and neck and shoulder pain, foam rolling can reduce a range of physical complaints from muscular imbalance.

Myotherapy incorporates a holistic approach in educating clients in self care for long term results. Office workers and trades people often have roFoam roller carltonunded shoulders as a result of their working habits. Myotherapists call this the activities of daily living, which are a strong focus of our work, to instill corrective care to counter balance any repetitive strain potential for future or repeated injury prone vulnerabilities. 

We use a range of different tools including Trigger Point Foam Rollers to encourage our clients to use effective techniques to gain the most out of there personal goals for either maintenance or recovery. Laying on or self massage with the use of a trigger point foam roller is a fantastic way of recovering from debilitating pain, be it from overuse in sports and endurance activities or simple pain, tension and stiffness.

Allowing the spine and muscles to reverse themselves into a balanced and corrected alignment, using a foam roller can fast track posture correction where treatment alone would not compete.

We encourage our clients to take an active role in their muscular maintenance so as to not only “make our job easier” but to ensure more of a longer term balance that can be incorporated to prevent ongoing and persistent pain symptoms.

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Announcing the release of our new book marking our 5 year Birthday.
After winning two Service Awards in 2013 we celebrate with the launch of our new book Self Care Medicine. With International Best-selling author Dr Moni Lai Storz, Myotherapy pioneer Clive Alex and the Advanced Myotherapy team, we mark this special occasion in acknowledging those who have made it all possible. 
Take a peek at the album we have posted on our fan page here.
Self Care Medicine – A Guide to Living Well