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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

Myotherapy Melbourne Knee Pain

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.

Preventing Poor Posture

3 Practical Steps to Prevent Poor Posture

 

It’s fantastic that our clients come to see us for their postural related pain, but our main concern is what they are doing in their daily lives that leads them to our clinic. Poor posture effects every physiological function of the body by influencing the spinal column and the nervous system as a result.

Excessive use of technology such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets is one of the many modern day concerns we have for people developing postural related pain conditions.

People are now using mobile devices far longer than they were even recently as the dependence on technology rapidly increases.

The side effect of mobile use leads to a dramatic increase in the degree of spinal flexion which puts an enormous strain on areas that have great influence over our posture.

Sitting for too long and sitting wrong, is also an associated stress factor in many peoples lives that we are seeing. Encouraging our clients to change their habits even slightly is often the “difference maker” that leads to the most dramatic improvements.

1) Standing up and stretching out the iliopsoas muscles (main hip flexor) during the working day can be an incredibly effective way to reduce this muscle shortening.

As a result of this common symptom, there is an enormous amount of pressure placed in the lumbar spine and lower back area, causing an anterior pelvic tilt.

2) Open up the chest as you walk through door ways. Take the opportunity when you change rooms to release the pressure and stress in the chest area, which is shortened throughout the day while you are using computers and mobile devices or working in general.

3) Restore Neck Length by frequently taking time out to gently let go, breathe deep and guide the ear to the shoulder for at least a minute each side.

Built up neck tension can bring headaches that can easily be prevented by remembering that if we take time out for ourselves, we become more efficient in every area of our lives. Reducing stress on ourselves increases productivity and maintaining good posture is key to this.

 

Mothers Day Gift Vouchers Available

 


Pregnancy and birth is just the start! Motherhood goes well beyond these incredible life changes.

If you struggle to find a way to show your mum your appreciation for just how much you know she has given of herself, give back with some time out for Myotherapy!

Head to our online store to purchase a gift voucher.

 

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How to reverse neck pain naturally

6 Stretches to reverse Sciatica

Sciatica stretches Myotherapy

Spinal twist & glut release

Myotherapy for Sciatica

Glut release knee to chest

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Hamstring & thoracics lengthening

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Leg & hip lengthen

Myoga Carton Fitzroy Remedial Massage

Hip & lumbar spine stretch

Myotherapy Remedial Massage Carlton

Lower back & leg release

Understanding sciatica is key to helping heal faster and prevent the painful condition returning. With the right knowledge and self-care, Sciatica can be significantly reduced and reversed. Myotherapy and Remedial Massage have helped us see many clients recover from this debilitating condition. Sciatica can be experienced as sharp and shooting pain through the glut and down the leg, which alarms many of it’s sufferers.

Sciatica stems from an impingement of the sciatic nerve being compressed by the discs of the lumbar spine.

These discs compress the nerve to create pain, due to restriction from tight fascia surrounding the discs! That is how simple this condition is, and unfortunately, so many people not knowing this will turn to medication.

The problem with pain medication is… they do not treat the underlying cause of the pain as Myotherapy and remedial massage do. There are a number of leading factors that contribute to the onset of sciatica, which are assessed and addressed at our clinic Advanced Myotherapy.

Here are some symple steps to overcoming Sciatica naturally…

1. The first step in reversing Sciatica is to release tension from the surrounding area, being the gluts and lower back. Regular (daily) corrective stretching, focusing on the legs (particularly hamstrings) and gluts, is an incredibly effective tool in reducing sciatic nerve pain.

2. Secondly, simply using a ball to lay on underneath the affected glut and hip, can help with “trigger point therapy”. Holding position where the pain is for several minutes or until fully released, can bring instant release.

The key to getting results with such self treatment at home is in holding both the stretches and the pressure of the (tennis sized) ball under the body for long enough to allow for full release. The trick can be not to release the stretch or remove the ball before this relief comes, so as to avoid “activating” the pain further.

To avoid this, simply be gentle with yourself enough to be able to hold the position long enough for it to be effective in allowing the tight muscles causing the pain to fully “let go”.

3. Another incredibly effective self care method of treating sciatica is by applying heat (a wheat bag) to the area. Heat relaxes the tight muscles enough to let them soften to release the affected area, and take the pressure off the discs compressing the sciatic nerve.

4. Along with these few very effective practical steps you can take at home, we use Myotherapy and Remedial Massage to manipulate the surrounding area to allow softening and restoration of a better range of motion for less pain and restriction.

This is the key to recovery when it comes to many neuro-musculoskeletal conditions in the body that Myotherapy specialises in treating.

5. It is essential that you incorporate lifestyle changes such as reducing the length of time you spend sitting, such as driving or sitting at a desk for work. It can be as simple as breaking the day up with frequent stretching sessions or brief walks.

Along with regular treatments to lengthen the restricted fascia around the sciatic nerve, self care is the number one tool in preventing sciatica pain from returning.

6. Keeping active and fit and maintaining a healthy weight and general range of motion is the best way, holistically speaking of preventing and correcting Sciatica. Incorporating these 6 simple stretches & steps will ensure you not only recover from this debilitating condition fast but prevent it from recurring later on.

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.

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.
Click here to read our testimonials.
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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.

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