What Is Musculoskeletal Therapy?
Musculoskeletal Therapy is a highly advanced field of assessment and management of pain and movement dysfunction, treating a wide range of conditions.
Treatments take a holistic approach assessing and treating joints, muscles, nerves, brain and ranges of motion for short and long-term pain and injury.
Treatments may also be used in the rehabilitation of neurological conditions.
It is also a branch of Functional Medicine and uses evidence based and modern medicine techniques to achieve the best results in the least amount of time.
Musculoskeletal Therapy uses highly advances techniques such as
- nerve manipulation
- joint manipulation
- dry needling
- electro dry needling
- transcutaneous Vagus nerve stimulation
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy and
- Soft tissue work is also utilised when needed and may involve myofascial cupping.
What Can You Expect In A Session?
Initial consultations are generally longer and involve your Musculoskeletal practitoner taking a thourough health history to gain an idea of the factors surrounding your presenting issue.
Once this is done you may be required to undertake a variety of orthopedic assessments to identify the source of pain and the factors predisposing you to the current condition.
Your therapist will then undertake treatment (provided it is safe to do so) and does not require further referral. A treatment plan will be put in place to meet goals which are of importance to the patient.
Follow up consultations are generally shorter as what will be the most effective treatment option has already been ascertained.
Goals will be set and a combination of treatment and home care which will be prescribed as to have the best chance of meeting the goals set and improving overall health.
What Is Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMt)?
Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMt) or formally known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a growing therapy in the field of modern medicine and has exciting and incredible results.
The treatment modality uses Infrared Light or near Infrared Light in the form of laser or LED which can be directed or used on pretty much anything to reduce pain, inflammation, oxidative stress and speed recovery and healing.
It essentially works like photosynthesis in that the body is able to absorb the energy from the light (laser or LED) and use it to repair and increase the number of Mitochondria (creates ATP) which produces the energy used by the body for everything.
Where we get an injury or have pain we usually have a Mitochondrial Dysfunction. By repairing and increasing the number of mitochondria we are able to accelerate healing out of sight and decrease or eliminate pain.
This therapy does not hurt and is completely pain free and suitable to use on children. This therapy is now gaining support for its use on the BRAIN!!
What Is Vagus Nerve Stimulation?
The Vagus Nerve (Cranial nerve X) is the longest of the 12 cranial nerves and plays a HUGE role in the body’s functions. First of all, the Vagus nerve is a neuromodulator which has motor and sensory fibres that connect the brain stem to many organs in the body. It is the main parasympathetic nerve in the body.
The Vagus nerve also affects different parts of the brain.
Recently it was found that stress directly inhibits the Vagus nerve function.
This nerve is grossly underappreciated and utilised even with the growing body of evidence showing major improvements in gut health, mental health, cardiac health, inflammatory disorders, autoimmune conditions and epilepsy.
Vagus Nerve stimulation may involve manual manipulation of the nerve in the neck, exercises which strengthen Vagal tone, neural tensioners and electrical stimulation with auricular clips (transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation) or electro needling.
Stimulation of the Vagus nerve improves signals going to and from the brain which improves negative feedback loops (If its too high brings it down and if its too low brings it up).
What Is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and musculoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions.
The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues. Shockwave therapy interacts with tissue causing overall medical effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration.
What Is Electrotherapeutic Dry Needling?
Electro Dry Needling is an advanced manual therapy technique used by an experienced therapist in the treatment of pain whether it be muscle, joint, tendon, ligament, nerve or to improve motor control and cutaneous skin sensation.
This technique is done by inserting two acupuncture needles into an area of concern or importance. Alligator clips connected to an electro machine are then applied to the needles and depending on the desired outcome the settings of the machine are adjusted accordingly.
Initially on insertion of the needle there may be a small sensation felt on the skin though this is usually the feeling of the guide tube getting pressed against the skin. On manipulation of the needle a deep ache or twitch is usually felt and this indicates a good location for the needle placement.
When using electrotherapy on the needles to decreased hypertonicity or to improve activation of muscles a pulse is felt similar to that of a heartbeat and muscle contraction can be seen.
When using electrotherapy on the needles for the purpose of pain relief the sensation of a buzz or vibration is felt. Overall the treatment is painless and very effective when performed correctly.
SCARED OF NEEDLES?
If you are scared of needles then don't worry as the machine also has an electro pen attachment which can perform electroneedling without the use of needles, however for deeper areas needles could be more beneficial in reaching particular depths. The electro pen can also be applied directly to nerves which can be of great benefit when treating neuropathic pain or decreased nerve activity.
NB. Musculoskeletal therapy sessions can be claimed under Myotherapy for private health fund rebates.