Fast injury recovery

Injury recovery“Doctors told me I needed surgery.  Now they are scratching their heads at my recovery.”…was the feedback we received after working with Grant, who’s follow up MRI scan revealed complete structural recovery.

After a very different prognosis from the medical professionals, Grant was referred to Advanced Myotherapy through a friend with success in recovering from a debilitating injury himself.

While an initial MRI scan showed a herniated disc causing nerve impingement, a few short months later, a new scan showed the spinal discs had realigned after the much needed corrective care, that not only was non invasive, but saved Grant from costly surgery and further recovery time.

Since then, Grant regained feeling in his legs where there was numbness and tingling down to his feet, and began to live more fully again.

Regardless of how an injury is sustained, there are basic principles of recovery that allow muscle and bone to heal faster. Regaining musculoskeletal stability by increasing both length and strength of the muscles is key to restoring range of motion (ROM) and mobility after injury.

Another key element of healing after injury is sufficient rest which is something most people don’t realise. Returning to normal duties at work or getting back to sport as usual too soon will prolong injury recovery where further rest often times speeds up the return of muscular stability.

Myo (muscle) therapists encourage people to ensure they reduce physical activity for a sufficient amount of time before re-introducing specific exercises that build up muscle fibres to original strength while undergoing a treatment to break up any acquired scar tissue. What this type of treatment does is free the area of injury from trauma and restriction that ultimately ends up causing further damage left untreated or unhealed, further down the track.

Myotherapists also offer education around corrective self care that reduces the likelihood of re-injury as well as helping to restore musculoskeletal integrity and general wellbeing. Many of our past, present and ongoing clients have found that even long standing injuries that reduced their quality of life, have dissipated after a speedy recovery with correct maintenance and treatment.

If you have a long standing or even recent injury, Myotherapy is a type of treatment that can help you recover fast and for the long term. For those who have never seen a Myotherapist, have tried all other avenues, we encourage you to inquire about how we can help. Many of our clients have found that after trying a multitude of modalities…finally they find results with us. So please don’t hesitate to call or email us to ask about your injury. We are always willing to chat.

Autumn Self Care

Myotherapy Melbourne Autumn
Autumn is the natural transitional time to prepare for Winter
Here are our top 5 tips to get through this season…

  1. To take a preventative approach to your health, invest time in visiting a sauna regularly to help break down and clear respiratory congestion and bacteria build up in the chest. Not only will you prevent colds and flu, but you will be reducing muscle tension and detoxifying the body. Just make sure you take a bottle of water with you to keep you cool and hydrated!
  2. Use spa jets to self massage any aching muscles and tension areas. This will help relax the tissues and increase blood flow to speed up recovery time for injuries also.
  3. If you have a bath at home, take rejuvenating hot salt baths often.  Salt is essential for muscle function, helping prevent cramping by promoting relaxation. Alternatively, a nice long hot shower will suffice in times of tension.
  4. Include plenty of un-iodised sea/rock salt in your diet. Natural salt helps us absorb nutrients, where iodised salt in fact decreases our ability to do so, hardening the arteries with added aluminium. 
  5. Use a wheat bag on tight muscles to soften them and help you relax. Any area of the body responds well to heat when tight. Heat also helps break down mucous, so it is great to help avoid and pre-vent the common colds and flu! Our quality Wheat Bags are available on clinic or online, so pop in if you don’t have one.



New to our Health Essentials range –Myotherapy Spikey Balls are selling like hot cakes! Grab yours in clinic or online here.  

Get deep into those tight spots in between tune ups. 

 

Resistance training secrets

Weights Myotherapy Melbourne Weight (strength) training without correct understanding of the musculo-skeletal system can result in imbalances that lead to pain and injury. What we look at in Myotherapy is maintaining muscle balance for ultimate structural alignment and range of motion, essential to our bio-mechanical functioning.

So many people routinely practice weight resistance training without the knowledge required to maintain structural balance, leading to poor flexibility, restricted range of motion and tightening that places on pressure on antagonistic muscle groups.

Though weight training correctly is one of the best ways to increase physical strength, correct posture and injury prevention, training without correct principles and technique can do more harm than good. What we do at Advanced Myotherapy is educate people in training principles that lead to postural balance and alignment.

Understanding the body is key to maintaining it’s balance, especially when it comes to weights training. We recommend generally taking care and being cautious with weights training, as we do with stretching and Yoga. Light reps in sets of 15 is a great way to begin a stable routine of building muscle strength.

While some personal trainers teach people to practice low reps with high weight, there is more chance of injury as a result of such training styles. We recommend gradual build up towards greater and greater strength and caution against injury. It is also important to keep in mind, our very motto “lengthen & strengthen”. While strength is vital for our muscle health, many people do not realise how equally important flexibility is.

Our philosophy is, as much as you strengthen, you Must lengthen the muscles! People generally do not stretch enough! So we recommend stretching for a good length of time in a gentle yet firm way, every time you train. Holding stretches for a long enough length of time is also vital, as this allows for the muscles to fully release and let go, to restore blood flow and circulation.

As weights tighten the muscles, they also shorten them, which is exactly why, when done incorrectly, they can so easily lead to muscle imbalances. So to prevent and correct this problem, we must maintain good flexibility with a stretching routine equal to our resistance training regimes.

Hicaps

Hicaps Claims on the spot

 

Cupping Therapy

9 Steps to a Better Pregnancy and Birth

Advanced Myotherapy in 2014

As we enter our 2nd week back we would like to wish you an awesome year as we arrive in February to the Chinese Astrological Solar Year of the Yang Wood Horse. Given that the Horse is the zodiac sign with the greatest “Yang” energy, being the Yang Fire animal, this is a time where balance becomes vital. Energetically this means that any health issues relating to the “fire element” of the body-mind-spirit can be exacerbated.

The fire element relates to the heart, the central nervous system and the spirit. This means that people with sleeping issues will now face even more challenges to balance their “fire element”, along with those facing emotional challenges or suffering with neuro-muscular pain. This year we need to care for our nervous system by maintaining musculoskeletal balance, emotional wellbeing and sound stress management / lifestyle medicine.

It’s the year to have Lavender on standby, as one of the many helpful essential oils that helps calm and sooth nerves, reduce pain and ease emotional stress. Aromatherapy works on the Nervous system and is therefore a fantastic modality for “fire element” imbalances. This year, any imbalances of the fire element within our own energy, body and health, will be more notable, making it important to look after these areas of our health.

As you can imagine, even with little understanding of the “five elements”, the elements that bring balance to the fire element include, water…to put out the fire, meaning to keep the nervous system under control with cooling properties to prevent overheating and stimulation. Water element can be reinforced with plenty of rest, water, hydrating plant foods, salt therapies and swimming of coarse. Also helping to balance excessive fire element is the “earth element”.

Earth element can be supported with plenty of natural earth foods, especially those that are sweet and grounding like pumpkins. Earth element can also be supported with regular physical activity and meditation to calm the mind. So as you can see, this year, there is plenty you can do to maintain inner balance, including regular self maintenance with Myotherapy. Myotherapy in particular helps with neuro-muscular pain that can lead to both spinal and nerve damage if left untreated.

So remember, prevention is far better than any cure. And don’t forget, your habits create your health. So keep well this year and take care.

 

balanceharmony

 

Myotherapy Self Care Packages

 Book cover1
We have a couple of fantastic new Self Care Packages also available as Gifts which are great value. With over $275 worth of value, our Self Care Kit includes all you need to maintain good health and wellbeing for the year ahead without having to see us so much! 
     Our Self Care Package worth over $770, includes a Maintenance Care Package along with loads of other tools to help keep you balanced and pain free through the year. Take a look and grab one for yourself or someone special here.
If you are new to Advanced Myotherapy please join our 1600+ facebook fans! & Be sure to check in next visit for a whopping $25 off treatment. *

In this book we reveal the best kept secrets nature has to offer. Looking at the vital principles of life, health and longevity, this book will help inspire you to accomplish your true energetic potential for living well.

 

Self Care Medicine

AdvancedM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Dry Needling

Get the Heads Up for Health

White Light Yoga

20 Reasons to make the practice of Yoga part of your life

 

1. Increase your quality of life
2. Improve your memory
3. Strengthen your immune system
4. Increase physical strength and tone
5. Enhance concentration, focus and mental clarity
6. Improve your quality of sleep
7. Better your posture
8. Have more balance
9. Increased flexibility
10. Burn body fat
11. Reverse the ageing process
12. Better your stress coping ability
13. Prevent disease and degeneration
14. Prevent loss of vision, improve eye sight
15. Beat and prevent depression and memory loss
16. Lower high blood pressure
17. Balance blood flow and increase circulation
18. Enhance self esteem
19. Time out for mental health
20. Maintain physical range of motion

Essential Remedies for your Natural First Aid Kit 

NRFAK

If these are not in your (Natural Remedy) First Aid Kit, we recommend they ought to be….Check out these 9 Natural Healers!

Be sure to buy 100% pure essential oils, not fragrance oils.

 

. Lavender essential oil  

The BEST Burn & Bite Healer – applied straight to the skin
Lavender has sedative, insect repellent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It’s helpful for anxiety, insomnia, headaches, wounds and burns. Most people can tolerate lavender essential oil applied directly to the skin. For sleeplessness, burn lavender essential oil before bed in an oil burner or diffuser, or even spray on your pillow. You can also rub a few drops on the temples and wrists so that it can be absorbed directly into the blood stream for the best relaxation results.

 

. Eucalyptus essential oil

A potent antibiotic and antiviral, eucalyptus is excellent for treating colds and sinus infections when used as a steam inhalation.

 

. Lemon 

Uplifting, clarifying lemon and it’s essential oil can be used as aromatherapy to help dispel mental fatigue. It is also antiseptic, but it’s oil should be diluted before being applied to the skin.

 

. Ginger

The antispasmodic and gas-relieving properties of ginger soothe digestive upsets. Ginger also has been shown to relieve motion sickness better than Dramamine, the conventional drug treatment.

 

. Peppermint essential oil and tea 

Peppermint soothes an upset stomach, eases congestion from the common cold and curbs itching from insect bites. If you have sensitive skin, dilute peppermint oil before applying. Peppermint tea may aggravate heartburn.

 

. Chamomile tea 

Gentle enough for children, chamomile tea promotes relaxation, relieves indigestion and, applied topically, soothes skin irritations.

 

. Elderberry liquid extract

Elderberries can help prevent cold and flu viruses from invading and infecting cells. If you’re flying or otherwise potentially exposed to viruses, taking elderberry is a good preventive. If you come down with a cold or flu, elderberry can hasten your recovery time.

 

. Aloe vera gel

Cooling and healing, aloe vera soothes the inflammation of sunburn and mild kitchen burns.

 

. Comfrey

With anti-inflammatory properties and comfrey’s ability to help heal wounds, this is perfect for minor cuts and scrapes.