Q: What is Myotherapy?
A: Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. It involves the use of various techniques (massage, dry needling, PNF stretching, TENS) to regain and maintain integrity of the body’s soft tissue (tendons, muscles, ligaments). Myotherapy can assist in range of motion, nerve impingements, muscle aches, headaches/migraines and more.
Q: What is the difference between remedial and relax massage?
A: A remedial massage is massage designed to treat a physical condition causing undue stress, pain or discomfort. It involves the assessment, treatment, and follow through of a patients physical health status. Remedial massage can be used for many reasons, eg. old sports injuries, shoulder pain or discomfort, back pain, sciatica, overuse injuries, etc.
A relax massage is designed for the mind. Using slower, rhythmic movements to gently work through the sore, aching areas of the body, the mind is allowed time to rest. Relax massages are endlessly significant in patients who may suffer from anxiety, are in a troubling point in life or are having trouble sleeping or relaxing on their own.
Q: What should I expect during my first massage session?
A: Upon entering the clinic, you will be asked to fill in a form regarding your medical history and current physical status. If you have any issues, the therapist will be there to help guide you through the form. Your therapist will discuss with you what your needs are to create your customised treatment plan, and the massage will begin,
Q: Do I need to be completely undressed?
A: No, you should never have to be completely undressed for a massage. Underwear must stay on throughout the treatment. Removal of some clothing is necessary for massage as it uses oil, and a large towel is available to use for modesty. If you have trouble relaxing when wearing less, undress to your level of comfort and the therapist will work around it.
Q: Does massage hurt?
A: Some massage techniques cause discomfort, however, the therapist will always work with your levels of pain tolerance and needs. A remedial massage doesn’t have to cause pain, and a relax massage doesn’t have to be light. The pressure and techniques involved in your massage will be catered to your needs.
Q: How often do I need massage?
A: Every body is different, and there is no set amount of massages to have in any given time. For new patients, it is optimal to have treatment on a more regular basis to ensure optimal results. Once per week is the best option for this. As time goes on, you may find your body is able to hold on to the effects of massage for longer periods of time, extending the time between massages to two, three or even four weeks. Long term patients may come in once every one to two months, or even continue weekly or fortnightly visits depending on their needs.
Q: How will I feel after treatment?
A: Results will vary from person to person. It is common to feel relief from muscle soreness. Patients often mention feeling ‘lighter’ with new found range of motion in their joints due to eased muscle tissue. It is also common to feel relaxed and overall in a better state of mind post-treatment.
If you’ve chosen to have a more ‘firm’ or ‘deep tissue’ massage, you may feel as if you are lightly bruised the next day, for one to three days. Heat therapy, such as a hot shower or a small heat pack, on the affected area, may relieve the tenderness.
Q: Is there anything I should do after treatment, or between sessions?
A: Drink plenty of water before and after treatments for the best results. Your therapist should give you some stretches or exercises that will help continue to improve your condition or current physical state between treatment sessions.
Q: Can I talk during my session? Do I have to listen to the music being played?
A: You can talk as little or as much as you’d like, so long as you are comfortable. In remedial massage, constant communication is encouraged as you work with the therapist to achieve optimal treatment. In a relax massage, you may still talk, so long as you’re still able to mentally ‘switch off’ and relax.
If the music isnt to your liking, it may be switched off, or changed to something else available.
Q: Is there a set amount of sessions that I’ll need?
A: There is no such thing as a set amount of sessions in massage. As your body changes, ages and adapts, so does your needs. Massage creates life long benefits and can play an integral role in your short and long term health, if you receive regular treatment. How long you wish to receive the benefits of regular massage treatment is your choice.
Q: Are Eftpos facilities available?
A: Yes, eftpos is available.