WHAT IS MYOSTRETCH THERAPY?
Myostretch Therapy is for people experiencing chronic or recurring pain, muscle tension, tightness, or stiffness. It also assists those wanting to improve their general mobility and flexibility for daily living or sport.
It combines hands on soft-tissue therapy (massage, mobilisation) followed by a one-on-one session of stretch and strength exercises specific to your condition or injury. Myostretch Therapy takes your myotherapy treatment to a new level!
Muscle tension and poor mobility can creep up on us over a period of months to years. There are a number of reasons our mobility declines, especially as we get older. You may be surprised to learn there are no physiological reasons we start to lose our flexibility as we age, it has more to do with our lack of regular movement and the body’s protective mechanisms during injury and pain.
A classic example of the body’s protective mechanisms is during injury. The body instinctively protects and braces the injured area, resulting in a change in the body’s normal biomechanics or movement patterns. If early movement and rehabilitation is not introduced, these altered movement patterns can remain, ‘protecting’ the body from further injury, even after the injured site has well and truly healed. The protective patterns become the new norm, and the full range of movement you may have previously had becomes altered or reduced.
A bad posture is one you are in for any prolonged period of time. Sitting at a desk for 6-10 hours a day is a good example of this. Modern technology demands most of our work is done behind a computer with little or no movement required. Sitting for many hours in the one position can cause muscle stiffness, back and neck pain. The human body was designed to move, not to be stuck in sedentary positions for most of its waking hours.
How can myostretch THERAPY help?
Myostretch Therapy combines soft-tissue therapy with assisted stretching and strength exercises. This combination encourages the body to reverse the protective patterns it has established during injury or prolonged postures. It also teaches movement awareness, encouraging your range of movement and flexibility to improve. Slowly introducing regular and specific stretches encourages the body to explore its full movement capacity in a safe and controlled environment, convincing body and brain that these new movements are not dangerous but safe and beneficial to the body.
The inclusion of soft tissue therapy (massage) warms up the muscles and joints, improving flexibility before the stretch component of the session. It prepares the areas you will be stretching.
Myostretch Therapy will help restore range of movement and flexibility, and prevent new problems occurring. You will feel in tune with your body and its capabilities, learning to move with ease and comfort.
Myostretch therapy Program
The most important part of your program will be your initial assessment. During the assessment we will assess your injury or complaint, along with areas of tightness and any reduced mobility. Even though you may present with an issue in a particular area of the body, it’s important we look further afield. In many cases the cause of the problem is often not the point of pain. From the assessment we will devise a specific program to target the areas that need the most attention to improve your flexibility and movement patterns, and reduce your pain and tightness.
AREAS & CONDITIONS MYOSTRETCH THERAPY IS RECOMMENDED FOR
People with neck injuries, tension, regular headaches, or lack of mobility will benefit.
Stretches for this area are less likely to be partner assisted due to the region.
People experiencing shoulder pain or injury, tension or lack of mobility including rotator cuff injury and frozen shoulder will benefit. Strength exercises using bands will be included in this area.
People experiencing ongoing low back pain, injury, tension or lack of mobility.
Stretch and strength exercises for the middle and lower back, and hips are likely to be included.
People experiencing hip pain, injury, tension or lack of mobility in the hips, lower back or legs.
TAKE HOME PROGRAM
All participants will be provided with a home program which will include just a few target exercises. This program will be specific to your needs and should be done in combination with the in-clinic myostretch therapy program.
PRIVATE stretch CLASSES
The private stretch class is for one to two people. The class will be developed specifically for you and your partners requirements, which will be determined from your Initial assessment. There is no soft tissue therapy in these classes, it will be stretch based only.
This class will be a general flexibility and mobility session which will combine stretches and exercises from all the above programs. It is for people looking for general flexibility improvements.
INITIAL ASSESSMENT: 20-30MIN
All Myostretch and Private stretch participants must book an Initial Assessment.
All sessions are specific and targeted to an individual’s complaint or injury.
Cost: $40.00 BOOK NOW UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH TO RECEIVE A FREE INITIAL ASSESSMENT!
MYOSTRETCH THERAPY SESSION - 60MIN
To book this session you must have attended the Initial Assessment. Your Myostretch Therapy session will include treatment and stretches which have been put together from information gained in you Initial Assessment.
Block of 5 sessions: $400 ($80 p/session). Must be used over a maximum of 8 weeks.
HICAPS: On the spot PRIVATE HEALTH rebates available.
PRIVATE STRETCH CLASS - 45MIN
To book this session you must have attended the Initial Assessment.
A private stretch session can be shared between two people, the cost will be split.
Note: You cannot claim health insurance rebates for the Private Stretch sessions.
How Myostretch therapy was developed
Myostrech Therapy was created out of frustration of dealing with my own chronic injuries and muscle stiffness. Soft tissue therapy alone felt great for a few days but the stiffness would soon return as I returned to my regular activities and lifestyle. I also tried a targeted stretching and strength program without soft tissue treatment but experienced similar issues. Combining a routine of both soft tissue therapy and a targeted stretch and strength program, allowed the injuries to recover and the chronic stiffness to subside. The strength component is gentle allowing mobility to return and pain to subside.
How does working with an instructor benefit me?
Doing your session with an instructor allows them to take most of the workload, letting you to relax deeper into the stretch. It also enables you to focus your efforts during the strength phase of the stretches. Most importantly, it ensures correct form and effort is used throughout the stretches.
Where does the strength component come in?
Most of the stretches include an isometric contraction component. An isometric contraction is a gentle form of strengthening that is often used in the management of injuries. The isometric contraction enables you to go deeper into your stretches, allowing for greater range of movement at the end range of the stretch.
How often do I need to do Myostretch Therapy
An intense stretch session should only be done 2-3 times a week. This does not mean you need to come to the clinic 2-3 times a week. If we are working on an injury you will discuss the treatment plan required with your therapist. Most often you will attend one Myostretch Therapy session a week and be provided with a home program for the other required sessions. As with other physical training or rehabilitation, the body needs to recover. It also needs to do the homework if you are serious about getting on top of your complaint.
Can I do a stretch session without the myo part?
Yes, there will be private stretch sessions available (without soft-tissue therapy), for those looking for general flexibility or mobility training. These sessions would suit athletes and people who do not have an injury.
Do you offer group classes?
Yes. You can book a Private stretch class and share it with a partner. These sessions do not include the myotherapy component and cannot be claimed on your health insurance.
What should I wear to the sessions?
Please wear loose fitting exercise wear to the sessions. The sessions will be done without shoes or socks.