Musculoskeletal Therapy (MST) is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions. It is a branch of natural medicine focusing on alleviating pain and discomfort, enhancing movement and mobility and assisting in maintaining functional alignment of the skeletal system.
A comprehensive clinical approach and advanced skills in critical evaluation are applied to assess the presenting condition in identifying its causes / contributing factors and utilising an extensive range of treatment options to develop a holistic plan of management.
Your initial consultation involves taking a detailed medical and lifestyle history to better understand you and your presenting signs and symptoms.
From the provided information, an assessment is performed which involves observation (gait and postural analysis) together with a biomechanical analysis that incorporates palpating (touching) and testing the muscles, joints and nerves for indications of irregularities such as inflammation, contracture, restriction and limited movement. The manual techniques that are then applied may be preventative, corrective or rehabilitative.
1 week after your initial visit we schedule a follow-up appointment. This enables you to discuss with your practitioner what you have noticed or felt during the week as well as having your practitioner perform a re-assessment (similar to the initial visit) as to the presenting signs and symptoms. It’s from these findings that we are able to put together your individualised holistic treatment program.
Some conditions that can be treated:
adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
rotator cuff dysfunction
facet joint dysfunction
numbness and / or pins and needles in arms and legs
chronic re-occurring headaches / migraines
lumber (low back) pain
acute sprains and strains
Techniques that may be applied in your treatment, depending on your signs, symptoms and assessment findings:
passive joint mobilisation
soft tissue manipulation (massage)
trigger point therapy
myofascial release therapy (MFR) – technique useful in reducing tightness and restriction of connective tissue (fascia) causing pain
muscle energy techniques – gentle muscle contractions applied to relax and lengthen muscles to correct joint function
thermal therapy (heat)
electrotherapy – electrical devices (TENS / NMES / probes) for assisting with pain management
dry needling (MDN) – an invasive treatment where needles similar to those used in acupuncture are inserted to bring about deactivation of trigger points and a sense of release and ease
cupping – part of Chinese medicine for over 2500 years and aids by reducing tightness and contracture and improving circulation