Treatments & Techniques
Our therapists are continual learners with curious minds. This means they have done many additional courses to provide them with skills and techniques they can engage to provide the best possible solutions to your pain or discomfort. Our consults and treatments are all inclusive, there are no additions for any of the techniques we provide.
Our Clinical Director provides hands on mentoring to our team to ensure everyone treats with a similar philosophy so we can be assured we are getting the best results for you.
At Muscle Medicine we are unique. Our therapists are highly trained and engage in continual advancement of their skills. They are trained and mentored to treat in a myofascial style.
This means with a Remedial Massage or Myotherapy Treatment you will receive a full assessment, discuss wellbeing and movement goals and be given an appropriate treatment plan to provide sustainable results for any underlying conditions.
We will collaborate with other rehab therapists you are working with to ensure a holistic solution.
Deep Tissue/Sports Massage
A Deep Tissue Massage (aka Sports Massage) is designed as a full body treatment, with some focus on key areas of tightness. Our Deep Tissue Therapists are Remedially trained to provide you with immediate relief for symptoms you are experiencing.
They will provide a recommendation to ensure you receive ongoing relief and may refer you for a Remedial/Myotherapy treatment if there is a more serious underlying condition.
Our Hybrid Sessions are designed to ensure you are getting the most out of your rehab/exercise program as well as your treatments.
Your session will be split between soft tissue treatment and exercise prescription/guidance.
Perfect your pilates moves and yoga poses, keep yourself accountable for rehab exercises and ensure your soft tissues are in the best possible condition for the exercise you are doing.
Maintenance of our soft tissues is critically important for overall health. We recommend regular treatments for people with active lifestyles and those who wish to maintain mobility as they age.
Maintenance treatments are recommended depending on your lifestyle and can be fortnightly to every 8 weeks.
Book with your favourite therapist or one of our Remedial Deep Tissue Therapists. Our therapists all communicate and exchange notes on treatments to ensure you experience a continuation of care.
What: Fascial release is a technique that involves applying sustained pressure and stretches into the connective tissues that envelope, support, and connect the muscles and joints of the body, to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Benefits: Due to injury, sustained postures, or repetitive movements the fibers of your fascial network can become thickened and inflamed. The fascial release improves the slide and glide of these tissues and also hydrates them through compression and release, like squeezing a sponge and allowing it to fill with water.
What: Structural integration is a system that is designed to explore the possibility of change in how you use and experience your body’s movement and posture. Therapeutic touch and education guide better body awareness which can help to reverse patterns of tension and pain.
Benefits: The goal of this system is that unhelpful habits we adopt around posture are replaced with a sense of whole-body coherence and a discovering of new and more comfortable options for movement. The Muscle Medicine Hybrid Sessions are based on this system.
What: Dry needling involves inserting sterile, single-use, fine filament needles into the muscle to assist in decreasing pain associated with myofascial trigger points.
Benefits: Dry needling assists with improving function by restoring a muscle’s natural ability to lengthen and shorten. When the needle is inserted an inflammatory response is triggered that draws fresh oxygen and nutrients to the area allowing the irritated muscles to relax.
What: Cupping is a technique in which specially designed cups are placed on the skin and a vacuum is created. The cups either remain in place or are drawn over the skin for several minutes.
Benefits: Cupping can be very beneficial in reducing pain and inflammation. It helps to create space between tissues, increasing circulation and blood flow, which in turn helps to oxygenate the tissues promoting healing.
We use non-flame suction cups for safety.
What: Trigger point technique is the direct application of pressure on specific points of tender muscle. Each muscle has the potential to develop trigger points from overuse or injury.
Benefits: These points produce pain that can be felt sometimes locally but also in another area of the body. Muscles with active trigger points often create a feeling of weakness and stiffness. Sustained pressure over these points can bring about immediate pain relief and induce a better range of motion in affected areas.
Movement & Exercice Prescription
What: Movement is the perfect partner for soft tissue treatment, to increase sustainability of the treatment. Exercise Prescription involves re-learning movement patterns, that may have been lost or altered as a result of injury or long term postural habits, creating unbalance in muscle efficiency.
Benefits: Practising simple movements and exercises, prescribed by your therapist is a great way of increasing your body awareness, coordination, strength, and balance which leads to improvements in posture for daily life as well as for physical activity and sports performance.
Temporomandibular Joint TMJ or Jaw Work
What: TMJ work involves the blending of a number of techniques including fascial release, structural integration, trigger point therapy, dry needling, and movement therapy in order to alleviate pain and restore function to the jaw. These techniques are employed both on the outside of the jaw and face as well as the inside of the mouth.
Benefits: Disorders of the TMJ are becoming increasingly common. If you experience jaw pain, headaches, grind your teeth, clench your jaw, experience clicking sensations, or have difficulty opening your mouth, specific soft tissue work can release the tight muscles and provide considerable relief. TMJ work is extremely beneficial for headache relief and migraine sufferers.
Lymphatic Drainage Treatment
What: Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that encourages the movement of lymph fluid around the body. The role of the lymphatic system is to remove biochemical waste from the body’s tissues.
Benefits: The lymphatic system relies on the movement of smooth muscles to transport the fluid through the lymph vessels. There are a variety of health conditions that can interrupt the normal flow of lymph causing it to build up in particular areas of the body, often in the arms or legs, such as lymphedema. Lymphedema can develop post-surgery or if you have had to remain sedentary, from infections or cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes. Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve the circulation of lymph fluid.
Gua Sha/Scraping: A scraping or rubbing of the skin with a Gua Sha tool. Scraping or rubbing of the skin’s surface can help reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be a symptom associated with or even an underlying cause of a number of conditions associated with chronic pain including arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Taping: Kinesiotaping is a flexible tape that is used to provide feedback for the body with a goal to assist posture or functional patterns.