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The Value of Stretching

The power of stretching is often greatly underestimated. Often people can be unaware of the need to spend sufficient time holding stretches correctly and gently, so as to gain the full potential possible from their routine.

All stiffness and pain in the muscles is experienced as a result of poor blood flow, circulation and range of motion, which is limited due to a lack of movement and tightening of the muscle tissue. Stretching is the most fundamental form of exercise in keeping the muscles soft, flexible and also strong in the long term by increasing the flow of energy and blood throughout the body, thereby enhancing vitality, well being and structural integrity.

 
There are many simple stretches that can be done to avoid both injuries and pain, as well as assist in the recovery from both acute and chronic injuries. Keeping the muscles flexible and soft with stretching and movement is a vital key in maintaining health and longevity, preventing many of the ailments that come with ageing and physical stiffness.
Keeping the spine mobile, preventing degeneration, deterioration and promoting blood flow to areas that many people suffer preventable conditions with, such as the eyes, neck and head. Click here to see an old favourite photo album of ours, demonstrating some great simple stretches that can go a long way in preventing muscle imbalances, long term!

At Advanced Myotherapy we offer Myo-Balance classes for Personal Posture Correction and Pain Management. To find out more about how this training might be able to help you, call us or contact us via the website and we would be happy to chat about your personal condition.

Self Care for Pain Management

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Approaching the colder weather (as we are here in Melbourne) increases the need for self care dramatically!

So many people suffer with cold related pain due to the fact that with the cold, comes muscular stiffness. Pain in general is a “cold” type of condition where stagnation persists. This is something that Myotherapy works wonders for, reducing stiff muscles, restoring blood flow, movement and increased  range of motion to the working muscles.

Often the first complimentary therapy we incorporate into our clinic treatments is “heat”. Quite simply heat allows the muscles to relax and helps to restore the natural length of the muscle, while taking pressure off the affected joints at the muscles origin and insertion.

Wheat bags are one of the most effective ways of using heat therapy, allowing the weight of the heat to sit resting in the tight area, while literally “melting” the pain way. We know in labour while a women is giving birth, heat is an incredibly well known tool in pain reduction.

Just recently one of our lovely clients Stephanie, reported that the midwives present at her birth, were really impressed with the wheat bags she was using (from our clinic) relaxing her during labour.

So as you can imagine, if heat has this kind of power…then it’s certainly something we recommend as a Myotherapy clinic, to many of our clients as a way of management and preventing pain! Our spine length, locally (& lovingly) made lavender and wheat bags can be purchased from our online store.

Please remember also, though you may already have a wheat bag, they do need replacing every so many uses, as wheat eventually needs refreshing after so many “cooks”.

The best way to increase the longevity of your wheat bag, is to ensure you have a small cup of water in with the bag while heating it up. This way, you will be able to use it for a lot longer. So until next time, we hope you get plenty of use out of yours, to help combat this coming cold weather.

Myotherapy for Health

Myotherapy  promotes restored blood flow and wellbeing in releasing restricted fascia that places undue pressure on the spine.

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The body’s incredibly vital circulatory system can greatly be supported with modalities such as remedial massage and dry needling, used in Myotherapy.

Dry needling is applied to the muscular system for the release of restricted fascia and muscle fibres that prevent a natural and full range of motion.

As a method of restoring full physical potential, Myotherapy uses dry needling among other holistic modalities such as cupping, myofascial release, remedial and trigger point therapy as well as PNF stretching, for the purpose of facilitating recovery, much less attained via more isolated approaches treating symptoms without their root causes.

At Advanced Myotherapy, we promote the effective recovery of injuries, assisting people to re-gain full function often faster than expected and thought possible.

Using various techniques, we work to release muscles in areas of both chronic and acute levels of imbalance and pain.

Helping to stimulate blood flow in stagnant areas with poor circulation and stiffness Myotherapy is a great method of treating pain caused by injuries, general stress and winter lethargy. 

Tightening muscles have a purpose of protecting the organs inside from the cold outside…being the reason why cold weather can leave us feeling exhausted in the best conditions. 

Simple things such as a sufficient physical exercise & heat application to aching muscles, can help release tension from activities of daily living while preventing long term habituated poor posture and pain. 
Using the aid of nature’s healing essential oils such as Lavender massaged into muscles as well as the the temples and wrists can also sooth the nerves, offering further relief from stress and pain in the body.
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Understanding the very physiological connection between the nervous system, bodily functions, pain and the spinal health, can be key to seeing the importance of muscular balance in order to maintain postural alignment.
Incorporating a Holistic approach in treatment, Advanced Myotherapy offer a more personalised experience that makes a longer term difference in postural health. Self care planning is an integral part of our work as we consider each individual’s unique lifestyle and contributing stress factors on postural imbalances.
We make Self Care simple so it can become a part of your every day. Making small but specific changes to align, correct and reverse bad habits, our aim is to work with you in creating lasting personal transformation.

The Core Issue

Build Strength for better vitality & joint health.

Keeping the muscles long and strong is essential to joint health. One of the most common issues we see at our clinic is progressive weakness in the musculoskeletal system. Along with general pain and muscular tension, stiff joints is just one of the many ailments of long term postural / lifestyle imbalances.

Many people attending our clinic are seeking to correct musculoskeletal issues due to both a weak core and inflexibility throughout the body.
Myotherapy works to not only treat such imbalances, but also to address the root causes of resulting pain symptoms.
Our focus lies in promoting core balance in the body with regular resistance training, to help to prevent joint pressure and pain by maintaining physical stability and reducing wear and tear of the skeletal system. 
At Advanced Myotherapy, releasing tight fascia is central to our work in taking the pressure off painful joints and injured areas for effective relief. 
Maintaining flexibility is also an essential element of posture correction to re-align the body from the demands of daily living.Taking the pressure of joints by lengthening the muscles with specific stretches, is another key area that Myotherapy works to educate people in corrective self care.
Offering specific recovery planning to both lengthen and strengthen areas to restore postural integrity, helps us to achieve the lasting results in the work we do.
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Myotherapy for Neck Pain

 

Self Care is vital to maintain a full range of motion for the neck.

Too many people suffer needlessly with preventable neck and upper back restrictions. The most common symptoms of restrictions in the neck and upper back include postural imbalances which result in rounded shoulders and your neck protruding forward as well as pain in the upper back, shoulders, neck and possibly headaches. There are many simple self care exercises that can be done at home to improve posture and reduce upper back/neck pain.

Firstly, laying on a tightly rolled towel and placing it vertically under the spine is a great way to bring your shoulders back and open up the chest which will remove stress from the upper back/neck and improve posture. The best time to do this is for 5-10 minutes at night before bed, especially for someone with a desk job as they tend to spend most of the day sitting in a slouched position with their shoulders rounded forward.

There are many stretches that can be done to help alleviate neck pain and correct forward head posture. The first is done by bringing your chin forward in the direction of the left arm pit. Place your left hand on the back of your head pulling it forward for guidance and extra stretch. Once in this position drop your shoulder blades down and hold for at least one minute to allow the muscle to release. This stretch should be felt through the back of the neck on the right side.Repeat on opposite side.

Another way to lengthen the muscles of the neck is by bringing your left ear to your left shoulder, place your left hand on the right ear and gently pull your head to the left shoulder to deepen the stretch. Hold for one minute and repeat on the opposite side. The final stretch for you neck is to bring your chin towards your sternum stretching the back of your neck. For a deeper stretch pull your head forward with your hands.

Stretching the muscles at the front of the chest is also beneficial for someone suffering upper back pain. Lengthening the muscle fibers in the chest will reduce internal rotation of the shoulder, bringing your shoulder back to their natural position and taking the stress off the upper back muscles. One way to stretch your chest is by using an open door frame, position your elbows at shoulder level with your forearms at 90 degree angles. Place your hand and forearm firmly against the door frame and step forward. Hold for one minute and repeat on the opposite side.

Foam Rollers are designed to release muscle tension and improve the flexibility of specific joints and muscles and are another great way to relieve restrictions. To help ease upper back/neck pain and improve posture lay down with your foam roller horizontally under your upper back, use your legs to lift your hips off the floor and slowly roll up and down on the foam roller. Foam rollers are a great way to self massage and can be used to treat almost any muscle in the body.

Corrective sports taping methods can also be used to help improve postural alignment, reduce stress on the spine and for both the prevention and treatment of the upper back and neck injuries. Correct strapping techniques also have positive neuro-physiologial effects on the body through increased proprioception and increased blood flow to the area.

 




Self care exercises are a great way to maintain and often prevent restrictions although finding and addressing the cause of the problem is essential to long term results.

At Advanced Myotherapy we can help by assessing your lifestyle to find the cause of the restrictions which may be caused by things such as your sleeping position or posture at work.

Depending on the origin of the restriction, you will be given more specific self care exercises which can be done at home that will target specific muscles to further relieve restrictions and maintain normal muscle range of motion.

 

Inflammation & Cancer

 
At Advanced Myotherapy we treat the cause of inflammation by taking the pressure off painful joints and tendons at the origin and insertion of muscles where joining to bone. Alongside this, we offer self care education, particularly around the nutritional needs of muscles that help maintain holistic health and physical functionality. With this in mind, we cannot encourage people enough in taking a preventative approach with regards to inflammation.
Our friends at the IACVF say that a low oxygenated environment, trauma and inflammation are among the leading contributing factors in the development of Cancer. So as believers in the power of Self Care Medicine and particularly nutritional healing, we encourage you to invest in the power of prevention by maintaining your most valuable asset…Your health.
Researchers are saying that Cancer can be healed with diet…where Cancer often begins. So, as Autumn approaches and our weather cools off, remember to assess your diet, particularly for the healing of inflammation. Inflammation can be the biggest cause of both pain and disease, so preventing it can be the best way to avoid chronic health conditions and musculoskeletal pain. So, until next tune up, be sure to maintain muscle health with sufficient nutritional sources of vitamins and minerals.
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