Massage and Myotherapy

Experience Remedial Massage and Myotherapy at The Next Step in Epping, Melbourne

Receiving regular massages after experiencing a spinal cord injury (SCI) has been substantiated as a valuable practice offering numerous advantages to athletes. Massage extends beyond stress relief, they serve as a therapeutic intervention that can substantially enhance circulation, have a favourable impact on muscle tone, promote improved skin elasticity, and effectively alleviate pain.

 

Benefits of Massage Therapy for SCI Recovery Process

For athletes with spinal cord injuries, particularly those with complete paralysis, the loss of muscle tone poses a huge challenge. Muscle tone and range of motion are intricately intertwined, with improvements in one often yielding benefits in the other. Improving one’s range of motion not only augments future prospects but also contributes significantly to the recovery process following a SCI.

Massage therapy frequently contributes to pain reduction, particularly among athletes afflicted with SCIs experiencing chronic pain. Research has highlighted the effectiveness of massage techniques in reducing this pain, resulting in enhanced quality of life and a more optimistic perspective.

Massage is also beneficial in enhancing circulation, a particularly crucial aspect for athletes with SCIs. Those who rely on wheelchairs, for instance, often experience diminished blood flow to their legs and feet, which can lead to various complications. Massage therapy is instrumental

In revitalising circulation, making it an invaluable asset in managing such issues. Massage therapy is also useful for athletes dealing with overuse injuries. It aids in the repair of damaged tissues, fostering muscle relaxation and fortification.

Beyond its physical benefits, massage therapy exerts a profound impact on mental well-being. Through the elevation of serotonin levels, massage can contribute to a brighter mental outlook and play a pivotal role in diminishing feelings of depression and anxiety.

The multifaceted advantages of massage therapy following a SCI encompass not only physical aspects such as muscle tone, range of motion, pain management, and circulation but also extend to the realm of mental health, offering solace and relief in the face of adversity.

 

Distinguishing Between Myotherapy and Remedial Massage

Myotherapy and remedial massage are both therapeutic approaches aimed at addressing musculoskeletal issues and promoting overall well-being, but they differ in several key aspects:

 

Myotherapy

Myotherapists are highly trained professionals who have completed specialised education in musculoskeletal conditions and related techniques. They can assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, often involving more complex conditions.  Myotherapists can treat a broader spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, including chronic pain, injuries, postural issues, and complex disorders.

Myotherapists have the training and expertise to perform comprehensive assessments and clinical examinations. They can diagnose musculoskeletal conditions, identify the root causes of pain, and develop tailored treatment plans. Myotherapists are trained in applying massage techniques to alleviate tension, discomfort and pain in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia throughout the body.

Our therapists are highly skilled in the application of supplementary instrumental methods aimed at reinstating optimal function to the musculoskeletal system. They employ a diverse range of techniques beyond massage, such as joint taping, joint mobilisation, dry needling, cupping, thermal therapies (the use of both heat and cold), and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). They customise treatments to address specific conditions and may use a combination of therapies.

 

Remedial Massage

​Remedial massage therapists primarily focus on providing massage therapy to alleviate muscle tension, discomfort, and pain. Therapists may perform basic assessments to determine the areas of muscle tension or discomfort, but they do not typically diagnose or treat underlying musculoskeletal conditions.

Remedial massage therapists primarily utilise a variety of manipulative massage techniques, including deep tissue massage, sports massage, and trigger point therapy, to release muscle tension and promote relaxation. It is effective for conditions like muscle strains, knots, and general muscle soreness.

Unlike myotherapists, they do not typically incorporate additional modalities or diagnostic assessments into their practice. Instead, their focus remains on the skilled application of massage to target muscle-related issues and enhance overall well-being.

 

Trust in the Expertise of The Next Step Massage Therapy in Epping, Melbourne

Experience the benefits of a myotherapy or remedial massage after a SCI with The Next Step. Call us on (03) 9408 4871 or email us here.

Benefits of Remedial Massage and Myotherapy

Pain reduction and management
Enhancing circulation
Aids in the repair of damaged tissues
Muscle relaxation
Reduced swelling
Improved joint range of motion
Enhanced mood
Improved sleep
Stress reductions
Reduced muscle stiffness

Remedial Massage and Myotherapy can treat

Myofascial Pain
Sports Injuries
Surgery Rehabilitation

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