WHAT IS MANUAL THERAPY?
By combining multiple disciplines and methodologies, we are able to drastically increase the results of our clients. Thomas Myers of Anatomy Trains has stated that “Every modality will have an effectiveness of approximately 30%, even factoring in a placebo effect.” By utilising the benefits of each manual therapy treatment method list below, we are able to ensure we offer an effectiveness of greater than 30% both in short-term and long-term relief. By utilising multiple modalities in one treatment session we are able to provide a more synergistic, comprehensive, and holistic service, that will see you with less pain, better performance, and a healthier, happier life.
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The practices we specialise in and provide include:
1) Facial Stretch Therapy (FST)
A one-of-a-kind assisted mobility, stretching & flexibility method appropriate for all ages and all levels of fitness – from professional athletes to those trying to alleviate pain. This targeted stretching focuses on something many have never heard of before, fascia.
In its simplest form, fascia is the connective tissue that supports the body’s structures. It makes up 20% of our body weight and envelops our muscles and organs to ensure that everything is in, and stays in, the right place. However, fascia plays a much larger role than just encasing our inside bits.
It plays a pivotal role in:
- Wound healing
- Body Perception
- Force Transmission
There is scarcely a function in which facia does not play a major role.
When fascia is healthy, it is pliable and moves easily as you do. Research and MRI scans have shown that healthy, pliable fascia glides 75% of its length. This allows ease of movement throughout our daily activities. However, in the presence of back pain fascia’s pliability decrease by 33%; this is believed to be due to the overproduction of collagen resulting in increased difficulty in movement. Lack of exercise and bad posture can cause the fascia to become very rigid and “stuck together,” where it can compress nerves and muscles resulting in crippling pain.
By treating the fascia directly we are able to treat your pain at the root source and alleviate chronic issues more thoroughly than massage alone.
2) Neurostim Microcurrent
The Nuerostim Microcurrent is a hand held electrical nerve stimulator specifically designed for pain relief. The device is able to detect areas of low resistance, meaning areas where you don’t have sufficient nerve stimulation. Not having sufficient nerve stimulation can result in chronic pain and dysfunction.
Research on the Neurostim Microcurrent has shown effectiveness in the relief of back pain by 75%, the relief of neck pain by 80%, it is able to reduce stress by 27% and improve HRV by 42%. It has a positive influence on sympathetic stress and cortisol, works on scar reduction, reduces scar pain by 73.5% and it improves massage outcomes by 81%.
Utilising the Neurostim Microcurrent alongside our other modalities of manual therapy has proven to be very successful in the treatment of most physical ailments.
Massage is the physical manipulation of the body’s soft tissue to improve health and wellbeing. When applied effectively it can reduce stress, anxiety, help with pain, relax muscles, improve performance, and rehabilitate injuries.
Massage therapy is a natural therapy which is increasingly being adopted by hospitals as an adjunct to treatments for illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and chronic pain.
Benefits of massage include a reduction in stress and improved calming sensation. It has been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, as well as increase dopamine and serotonin levels creating a positive effect on wellbeing. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter of motivation, while serotonin can be considered an anti-depressive neurotransmitter.
Research has shown massage to be an effective method of alleviating back pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, depression, anxiety, digestive disorders, strains, and soft tissue injuries. These benefits are able to be compounded when supplemented with the other manual therapy treatments in which we practice.
4) Gua Sha
This ancient Chinese healing technique offers a unique approach to better health by helping with the alleviation of chronic pain. Gua Sha is described as the stroking of the skin with a specifically designed tool to improve energy and blood flow. It is also commonly referred to as scraping. Benefits of Gua Sha include promoting metabolic cell repair, improved healing and recovery, reduced pain, reducing muscular tension, improved skin elasticity, improved lymphatic drainage, and improved blood flow up to 400%.
Gua Sha has been clinically shown to decrease myalgia (muscular pain) and increase microcirculation by stimulating new oxygenated blood flow to the areas, thus promoting metabolic cell repair, regeneration, healing, and recovery. It has also been shown to assist with fascial treatment, by teasing the superficial layer of fascia in the skin and fat.
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When you work with Muscle Nerds you will have a designated coach to guide and overlook your progress. Your coach will ensure you have success with your goals and are kept accountable throughout the entire process. Not only will you have your designated coach leading and supporting you along the way, but you will also have the whole Muscle Nerd’s team behind you. Our entire teams’ guidance, expertise, and experience are written into each and every program – guaranteeing you the best solutions for your goals and unprecedented care and support.