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Muscoluskeletal Disorders


Comprising of bones, nerves, joints and muscles, musculoskeletal disorders are treated my Myotherapists who are trained specialists in this area. Muscles join bone to bone which forms the foundation of the structure of the body. The focus of Advanced Myotherapy is not only the treatment of root causes of conditions, as well as their painful symptoms, but on lengthening and strengthening the muscles in order to maintain and promote strength and flexibility. 


These are two key principles that we place importance on as Myotherapists for the purpose of increasing mobility, range of motion and physical alignment. For the full effects of Myotherapy to be gained, it is normal for a person to have 3 – 5 sessions for lasting results of most musculoskeletal conditions. Disc herniation is a common problem that often affects the lower back, given these discs normally absorb the greatest pressure from the spine. The next most common area for disc herniation is your neck, given the weight it carries in holding the head, affected by the pressure of poor posture.

Common signs of disc herniation

Disc herniation happens when poor posture leads to irritation from the spine placing pressure on the nerve roots. A common sign of disc herniation is constant pain, numbness or tingling in the leg, foot, arm or hand or shooting pain in the lower back. Pins and needles sensation is another warning sign of this condition which impinges the nerve roots. Weakness in certain areas or the inability to stand straight / tall is often the result of pinched nerves. 

If being recommended for surgery, always seek a second opinion. Surgery is invasive and often results in further pain and long term restricted use. In most cases it is largely preventable and easily avoidable with correct treatment, advice and care. Musculoskeletal disorders can easily be reversed using myotherapy to correct causes and relieve resulting pain. Below are a few examples of what is possible with the right treatment care.

“I’d like to thank you for the awesome work on my back and legs. 6 months ago I couldnt walk. Doctors said they could do nothing and now I have done the dandenong mountains 1000 steps 2 weeks in a row. You are a life saver. I feel so much better and happier with all the pain gone. Keep the good work up. Again thank you” – Nazih Dib

“Running a highly demanding corporate organisation with a family at home, I came to Advanced Myotherapy on recommendation, for the severe pain down my leg. I am now free from the debilitating pain I was constantly in. I highly recommend Advanced Myotherapy for anyone seeking better health.” – Lazarus, Skillup Australia

“I had doctors telling me I needed surgery,  now they are scratching their heads after seeing my follow up scan only months later. NO more herniated disc!” – Grant Smith, Sound technician

Leading the way in Health Regeneration

At Advanced Myotherapy you will find:
  • Highly qualified and caring Myotherapists
  • Specific treatment and management of your conditions
  • Postural health and correction
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Treatment for all ages
  • Personalised self care advice
  • Early and late appointments 7 days a week
Established on Elgin Street Carlton in 2008, by experienced Therapists who continue to be competitive leaders in musculo-skeletal health and recovery, Advanced Myotherapy is dedicated to continual professional development and bringing you up-to-date on the latest research in muscle health and best self care practices.

Advanced Myotherapy is a warm and professional clinical practice primarily treating musculo-skeletal conditions and is fast becoming popularly recommended by clients, Doctors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and specialists alike. Advanced Myotherapy place importance on thorough assessment and examination to determine best treatment methods according to symptom roots, pain and other contributing factors to conditions. 

Our treatments combine myofascial release, trigger point therapy, dry needling / western acupuncture, assisted stretching, cupping, postural alignment, as well as nutritional and rehabilitation advice for longer lasting results. Structural conditioning through musculoskeletal correction is the most important aspect of our work at Advanced Myotherapy. Your pain management and optimal health is the purpose of what we do.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further queries or questions concerning your condition.

Lower Back Pain

Back and spinal problems can result from a range of factors such as injury, aging, poor posture and bad habits that lead to muscle imbalance causing spinal compromise.

What happens when this takes place is the discs / bones placing pressure on nerve roots lead to symptoms like acute and chronic pain, tension and tingling. Poor lifestyle habits stress the body by creating structural imbalance and what this leads to is disc degeneration, bulging or rupture, arthritis, instability and premature aging.

Back pain occurs when there is injury to the spinal discs, stiff joints, ligaments or muscle imbalance and inflammation. These can come from fractures, strains, injuries, wear and tear. Pain is a result of pressure and irritation on the spinal cords and nerve roots which stem from the spine itself.

Muscular weakness, overuse, stiffness and impaired range of motion are the leading causes of spinal problems and  pain. Here are a few simple steps you can take at home to safely and effectively recover from lower back pain.

Osteoarthritis is a result of the wearing down of joint cartilage which comes from restricted movement and flexibility. This leads to being prone to injury.

Disc degeneration is the narrowing of space between the vertebrae affecting the spinal alignment. Excessive pressure from certain habits of daily living over time leads disc herniation, rupture, pinched nerves, pressure and pain.

Numbness in in any area where the nerve normally provides sensation comes from disc herniation. Mistaking this to be a problem in the area of the symptom (pain) risks not treating the actual cause. Here are our 6 simple stretches to reverse Sciatica that we recommend to our clients who are sciatica sufferers.

 

Myotherapists trace the problem to it’s (compressed nerve) roots and treat the cause rather than temporarily treating the “resulting” pain.  Treatment also involves addressing the originating habitual / lifestyle causes that lead to the  musculo-skeletal problem in the first place.

Sciatica is the result of pain that comes from pinched lumber region nerves that run down the legs through the buttocks and thighs and some down to the feet. Herniated discs can cause Sciatica which is ultimately a result of pressure on the nerves which can be easily treated with Myotherapy.

Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of space between the bones which leads to degeneration of the spine. This leads to structural changes and bulging discs and lack of blood and oxygen supply to the spinal cord which cause swelling, numbness and pain in the affected nerves.

This results in a sense of heaviness, weakness and fatigue which can be treated and prevented with Myotherapy. Most back problems can be treated without surgery and in many cases, Myotherapy helps prevent it.


Back pain testimonials…

“I’d like to thank you for the awesome work on my back and legs. 6 months ago I couldn’t walk and now I have done the dandenong mountains 1000 steps 2 weeks in a row. You are a life saver. I feel so much better and happier with all the pain gone. Keep the good work up. Again thank you” – Nazih Dib


“Thanks a lot! No matter what persistent pain I have, you make them disappear in an instant! You are a true PAIN MAGICIAN!!!”  – Veronika Nemes


“Thank you for a great treatment today and the follow up plan. It was my first experience of a dry needling treatment today, I can truly recommend this treatment. Feeling more movement already.” – Sandra Cleary


“Running a highly demanding corporate organisation with a family at home, I came to Advanced Myotherapy on recommendation, for the severe pain down my leg. I am now free from the debilitating pain I was constantly in. I highly recommend Advanced Myotherapy for anyone seeking better health.” – Lazarus, Skillup Australia


“Self Care is the key word for 2012….highly advocated by Advanced Myotherapy ….thanks for the inspiration Advanced Myotherapy…..although I am aging I get much more out of my body than ever before!”  – Cindy James

 

Headaches / Migraines

What causes headaches?
If you suffer from headaches / migraines, a myotherapy checkup is a step in the right direction. Myotherapy’s drug free treatments have helped millions of headaches sufferers over the years. Myotherapists treat the root causes of spinal nerve root compression, that has an incredibly debilitating effect on the body. It affects millions of people and is very much an epidemic. When spinal compression is corrected the body functions more efficiently to use its natural abilities to regenerate itself. 

There are a variety of causes to headaches, which left untreated can lead to persistent problems and pain.  From strong smells to intense lights, sinus congestion, high blood pressure, dental problems, drugs, poor vision, diet, tension, stress and dehydration – headaches are a symptom of nerve compression and inflammation.

Treatment

The treatment for headaches depends on the cause.  A Headache arising from visual problems can often be cured by eye and posture exercises to increase blood flow and restore natural vision. An headache related to blocked sinus or ears is relieved by clearing the mucous and congestion. This is most often treated by a natural method known as “ear candling” and other complimentary treatments / remedies such as saunas and drinking lemon and salt water to break down the mucous. While headaches are often treated superficially with painkillers to dull the nerves and cover the symptoms, the cause mostly goes untreated. 

Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on drugs from aspirin and panadole to prescription meds that may provide temporary desired relief, without the cause of the headache corrected. That’s why we may see millions of people swallowing pills for years, suffering with the (direct) effects of long-term medication, without improvement. It’s not a healthy way to live.

The Myotherapy Approach

Millions of headache sufferers are turning to the natural, drug free myotherapy approach to health. Myotherapists are the only specialist professionals who are trained to analyze and correct the musculoskeletal root causes of imbalance that can damage your nerves and cause spinal degeneration and nerve root compression, weakening your body and causing fatigue to set the stage for premature ageing and disease. If you would like to know more about how Myotherapy can help you overcome pain and suffering, click here.



The Ultimate Winter Self Care Guide

As we settle into the crispy mornings of Winter’s cold, we share with you our Golden Rules to:

  • Avoid suffering with fatigue
  • Clear mucous build up & congestion
  • Build the immune system
These are 3 of the most powerful ways that you can prevent getting sick in the colder seasons and are the basic principles of health that form the foundation for having more energy for life!

Half way through 2012 already, consider this our guide to help you through to the warmer festive season with good health and vitality. Below we have our Top 5 Golden rules of Winter Self Care in each vital area of wellbeing. Consider these to be the Keys to unlocking your potential for energy this Winter.

5 Ways to: Avoid Suffering Fatigue & Congestion and Build the Immune System

1. Wake up to a Eucalyptus shower 

Enjoy the uplifting steam of Eucalyptus pure essential oil in your morning shower. Just put a few drops on the shower floor before turning on the taps. Do this every morning to help you wake up as Eucalyptus is incredibly stimulating for the senses and can help sharpen your awareness to kick start the day. This will also help prevent the common cold by clearing the sinus and respiratory system. Eucalyptus is also well known for it’s anti-bacterial properties, so will work wonders at keeping infection at bay.  


2. Stock up on Vitamin C! 

Nutrition is King when it comes to longevity! Avoid getting sick with quality plant food. Drink orange juice, squeeze lemon in your water and on your salads. Include citrus where ever and whenever you can. Citrus is one of Nature’s Golden secrets to sustaining life and building the immune system! In Winter we can often opt for the fast option of pre-cooked foods or take away but things like mashed potato, steamed vegies or a pumpkin soup can be so quick and simple to whip up and root vegies are incredibly grounding, which is perfect for the colder times. Include enough green vegies, nuts and natural salts in your diet and you will have plenty essential fatty acids and magnesium to keep you healthy and strong, not just through winter but all year long. 

3. Correct bad posture with healthy habits

Wind down at the end of each day with relaxing music and a good stretch to reverse bad posture and the shortening of muscles which create imbalances. Spend a good minute in each stretch to allow your muscles to fully release and bring blood flow to the areas. Circulation is vital especially in winter when it’s cold. It’s also the time when the body instinctively protects itself from the cold by tightening up. Avoid sleeping on your stomach which results in a twisted neck. Over time this causes problems and pain, along with rounded shoulders which fall forward and end up leading to the dreaded “hunch back”. 


4. Open your windows every day! 

If you find it too cold in Winter to keep a window or two open at all times, even just by a centre metre or so, then at least open them wide up for a few hours a day. If no where else, then you must do this for your bedroom, as you spend 8 hours every night there and over a week, that’s a lot of stale air in the lungs if not well circulated. Stale air will have you waking up tired where as fresh air keeps the respiratory system healthy and prevents breathing problems, chest infections, colds, flu and asthmatic vulnerability. 


5. Hydration linked to Longevity & Youth 

The most vital element in Nature is Water. “Drying is dying” and wrinkles are the first sign of dehydration. When we are born we are 90% water. As we grow into adults we are around 70% water and when we die, we remain around 50-60% water! So let that fact remind you to keep the fluids up and stay young! 


In Winter we tend to drink less water because we are cold, where as in Summer we are well aware of our thirst. The best way to keep balance in Winter is to keep warm and maintain healthy blood flow / circulation, so that we are drinking more. Movement generating heat in the body, so it’s even more important in Winter to keep up both exercise and fluids! 







Top Tension Prevention Principles – June 2012 Featured Article

First Aid for aching muscles is as simple as returning to the basic principles of self care, which are the key pillars of tension prevention and stress management.

The most common causes of muscle ache is a lack of either exercise or recovery. Tension is a result of muscle imbalance, which can be remedied with rest, heat, lengthening and strengthening. The essential keys to muscle balance and well being, are centred around blood flow and circulation. Massage / Myotherapy are also helpful ways to encourage this and restore ease of motion and mobility.

The second most common cause contributing to aches and pains has it’s origins in mental stress and fatigue. One of the best ways to remedy and relax aching muscles is with the best of what mother nature has to offer in pure essential oils, being the real Farmacy of earth.

Aromatherapy is the remedial medicine / modality of Essential oils used by many health practitioners, which works in many ways through the central nervous system, to balance the body naturally, without having to depend on synthetic pharmaceutical toxic drugs.. Working on both the mental and emotional states, the healing properties of essential oils (pure botanical extracts)…directly effect the nerves, stimulating and relaxing both the mind and muscles. Lavender is just one of the many essential oils that provides relief from tension, stress and inflammation.

Another leading roots causes of muscular aches, comes from a magnesium deficiency which is most often related to a lack of natural (sea/rock) salts in the diet. Other rich sources of magnesium include brown rice, whole grains, nuts, and green vegetables. Epsom salts are a fantastic way of assisting the muscles to relax in a hot bath/ soak at the end of the day and for those without the luxury of a bath at home, either a hot shower or visit to the local leisure centre, spa or sauna will definitely do the trick.

The most effective recovery element for aching muscles, is heat, so if you are busy at work or feel muscles tightening during the day, make sure you have a wheat bag / heat pack handy to apply to tight areas. This is fantastic for the neck and shoulder area or even lower back when sitting at a desk all day long, as many do (to the detriment of their posture). The long term danger of this type of work will be a slow, gradual and almost unnoticed decline in correct posture, that causes you to suffer in all aspects of health.

The important and most vital factor for any type of work in the long term is to be aware of the influence of day to day, repetitive activity on the posture and body’s muscular balance. Continuous slouching with computer use or any other type of repetitive physical or non-physical work holds the serious risk of poor health and spinal deterioration.

Last but not least by far, when it comes to the top tension prevention principles is the need for flexibility which sustains musculo-skeletal / structural integrity, strength and vitality. These core foundations are essential for health, energy and productivity in life for anyone and everyone. Essential to maintaining these are regular Stretching & Yoga to help the release tight muscles and to restore overall body balance and physical intelligence.

One of the fastest ways to relieve aching muscles is to spend time each day stretching, long enough to release each area of the body. This provides the release needed and enhances blood flow throughout the muscles, key to health and longevity in every sense. It is especially vital in Winter, as the cold tends to lock up the body in defence of the cold, to protect itself out of natural instinct.

Remember, your body is the only one you have…and just like a car, needs regular tuning in order to last the longest it possibly can. We cannot stress enough, the importance of correct self care as the number one preventative factor in all health problems. Our philosophy is “Prevention” is the best medicine – and is far superior to any remedy one will find in maintaining good health. So take care this winter and stay warm. There are more ways to do this than just staying indoors. Your body needs movement to stay alive!

Click here to find out about how we can help you stay pain free this winter, and to see what people are saying about results we have helped them achieve. Want to know more about how we help? Visit our website by clicking here or visiting www.advanced-myotherapy.com

The Number 1 factor in Disease Prevention


People who look after themselves, know that the time invested in maintaining their health, is time saved from being in pain down the track. Self care is the number one factor in disease prevention.

Below we have taken this opportunity to answer your top 3 questions, so that you can explain to your friends and family what “Myotherapy” is & what we do at Advanced Myotherapy

Our Top 3 FAQ’s about Myotherapy…

What do Myotherapists treat?

Myotherapists are highly sort after for the treatment of pain associated with musculo-skeletal conditions, as specialists who treat both the cause, as well as the symptoms of many conditions. Below are some of the conditions that Myotherapists are known to treat effectively:

  • Back & Neck pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Sciatica & RSI
  • Chronic & Acute Pain
  • Tennis/Golfers elbow
  • Joint pain & tension
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pre & Post Natal stress
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Knee, hip & ankle pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Herniated disk
  • Elbow & wrist pain

How do Myotherapists treat pain?

Myotherapists relieve pain using therapeutic techniques such as: trigger point therapy, dry needling, deep tissue manipulation, stretching, stimulation and corrective exercises which are also included in individualised self care plans, according to the unique muscle group affected.

When should I see a Myotherapist?

Most people seek Myotherapy when suffering from pain or when seeking help to recover from injury, prevent surgery, avoid pain medication dependence as well as prevent injury. People seek Myotherapists to help free restricted movement, release pain and speed up rehabilitation and recovery from injury, as well as to help strengthen muscles to prevent future vulnerability to injury and pain. Click here to read what people are saying about how Advanced Myotherapy have helped.

Also…

For those of you who have experienced the health and freedom from better muscle balance and increased range of motion, and are yet to share your results with our online community, please join our fan page on Facebook and post your experience. We would love to hear how we have helped, and look forward to keeping you up to date with all the latest research and tips on how to best sustain your health for long term vitality and energy!

Manage your Pain with Advanced Myotherapy – June 2012 Article

Pain is a natural part of life. It is a life experience that no one wants any part of, but is absolutely unavoidable. Whether it is through the pains of growing up, or the regular aches of an active individual, there is no getting around feeling some degree of pain. Of course, as much as possible we would want to avoid it, wouldn’t we? And if it is already there, for sure we would want it gone.

Although there is success to be found in Western medicine—taking pills is a common occurrence for many of those who experience pain—it does not properly treat the main cause. When you take painkillers, it relieves the ache short-term, but is not actually better for you in the long run. The best route to take is still treating the root, and there is a variety of good ways to do this.

One of the most recommended treatments is advanced myotherapy. This type of treatment prides itself on targeting the root of the problem, not just simply taking away the annoying symptoms. This way, the chances of you getting the aches and pains again will significantly decrease.

Those who are interested in taking this type of therapy should be familiar with the concepts involved in the process. Pain patterns in different parts of the body oftentimes originate from specific trigger-points in a group of muscles. While these trigger-points may not be the exact area of the pain, this is the original point of the problem.
In keeping with the goal to treat the root of the problem, myotherapists target these trigger-points to help relieve the pain and restore circulation, which often becomes a big problem for a lot of people.

The myotherapy solution is one that is all-natural and highly recommended. Those who would prefer not to take drugs for treatment would be perfect for this type of treatment. Another major advantage is it is absolutely a joy to undergo—it is basically a massage, and you come out feeling refreshed and relaxed. This is certainly more than any other type of medicine can say for their patients.

It is worth trying because we should learn not just to manage our pain, but to treat it properly. Advanced myotherapy —aside from relieving an array of pains—also can be used to medicate a number of more serious ailments such as achilles tendonitis and carpel tunnel.

Myotherapy is also known as deep massage therapy, one that targets muscles in particular. It is an effective form of therapy for a multitude of back and neck ailments. Find out more about myotherapy at https://www.advanced-myotherapy.com.

Spinal nerve root compression

When it comes to illnesses and ailments, prevention is always better than cure. There is no substitute for a healthy body—certainly not even a repaired one. Of course, sometimes there is no avoiding the occasional aches and pains, especially as one grows older.

As this happens—as the body begins to feel somewhat worn and tired—what most people seek is relief from the pain. There is definitely nothing wrong with this. However, while it is perfectly understandable to want to feel better, one should focus primarily on treatment of the root of the problem, if not the prevention. The aim should always be long-term relief instead of just short-term.

Myotherapy offers a corrective treatment system that offers both. This is actually deep massage therapy, or muscle therapy, that attempts (and often succeeds) to treat symptoms of pain and deep-seeded problems of muscles and the back.

Discover the benefits, especially towards treating ailments such as spinal nerve root compression.


This condition is one that sees pressure from a herniated disk, and often leads to neck pain and more commonly, back pain.


A popular cure for chronic back pain is often surgery. However, surgery most often requires a lengthy and costly recovery process.

Not only is it extremely costly, but it also takes a great toll on your body. After experiencing surgery, one often takes a while to fully recover—and there are a number of factors as well – including risks and potential for it being ineffective.

So for in general, the more preferable choice is really to avoid surgery if possible.

There are a multitude of other options for those who would rather not subject their bodies to surgeries. In fact, in certain cases, there are a multitude of less costly alternatives, like Myotherapy.

Advanced Myotherapy is an excellent option, for one. Our treatments are far  easier on the body, with a natural and holistic approach to therapy. Myotherapy has been found as incredibly beneficial for pain management and rehabilitation.


We have helped many of our clients recover from various ailments such as back and neck pain, carpel tunnel, disk herniation and a lot more.


Benefits of Myotherapy include correction of posture, which is significant in maintaining a healthy body and mind. With this type of treatment, a series of massage therapies relaxes the muscles so that proper posture can be achieved. 

Sleeping patterns will be much better, which is also important in the process of recovery.

Mother’s Day Special 2012

To all Sons and Daughters


A real treat for Mum on Mother’s Day


The ultimate treat for your mum is a day of relaxation. At Advanced Myotherapy we have beautiful hand made mother’s day packs for just this. The gift voucher entitles Mum to a 90 minute massage therapy session when it suits her and  we’ve also included in a bottle of 100% pure lavender oil.


We’ll pamper mum from head to toe. Our  relaxation style massage helps relieve tight, aching muscles, assist in circulation and helps d-stress both mind and body. The lavender oil allows her to relax and feel invigorated at home.

It’s all about Mum on May 13th.


For more information about the gift packs, delivery options and even arranging a surprise delivery to her work place with a bunch of flowers feel free to call or email us or even pop in.


Advanced Myotherapy :: 71 Elgin Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 :: Phone: 03 9347 5764



 


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