Musculoskeletal Therapy (MST) is a form of physical therapy. It is a branch of natural medicine that is evidence based in the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and management of musculoskeletal conditions. It focuses on alleviating pain and discomfort, enhancing movement and mobility and assisting in maintaining functional alignment of the body’s soft tissues and 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 treatment program.
Some conditions that can be treated:
- adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- rotator cuff dysfunction
- postural dysfunction
- facet joint dysfunction
- knee pain / dysfunction
- hamstring strains / sprains
- peripheral neuropathy (numbness) in arms and legs
- chronic re-occurring headaches / migraines
- lumber (low back) pain
- sciatic pain
Techniques that may be applied in your treatment, depending on your signs, symptoms and assessment findings:
- passive joint mobilisation
- orthopaedic testing – muscles / joints / nerves – to assist in formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan
- soft tissue manipulation (massage)
- trigger point therapy
- myofascial release therapy (MFR)
- muscle energy techniques (METs)
- stretching – active, passive and PNF
- thermal therapy (heat)
- cryotherapy (cold)
- percussion therapy
- dry needling (MDN)
- postural assessment and correction
- core stability
- corrective exercise and pain management programs
It is strongly recommended that you discuss any treatment plans with your treating medical practitioners prior to commencing.
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