Musculoskeletal therapy is a holistic manual therapy that is concerned with assessing and treating the various elements of the musculoskeletal system, utilising a number of techniques including joint mobilisation, tissue mobilisation, cupping, stretching and trigger point therapy; amongst others. The musculoskeletal system is responsible for the form and support of the body, and enables us to have the ability to move while providing protection to our sensitive internal organs. It consists of our skeleton, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and joints – all of which work together to facilitate movement, balance and correct posture.
Musculoskeletal Therapy Benefits
Musculoskeletal therapy is used to treat a wide range of chronic pain including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Joint pain; and
- Muscular injuries
Musculoskeletal Therapy vs. Massage Therapy
Some may question if there is a substantive difference between musculoskeletal and massage therapy, but they are very different modalities with very different toolboxes. Musculoskeletal therapists will generally have an increased skill level in assessment and diagnosis, with access to a broader range of treatment options than their colleague.
Musculoskeletal Therapy Techniques
Musculoskeletal therapy uses a variety of techniques and modalities to effect relief and healing, with the objective of maintaining the functional alignment of the entire musculoskeletal system. This includes a number of myofascial release techniques, muscle energy techniques, neuromuscular techniques, cupping and stretching
Musculoskeletal Therapy Consultation
An initial consultation will typically involve a full postural and biomechanical analysis of a patient. This includes tests that involve the muscles, nerves and joints which can point to the root of the ailment. A treatment plan can then be developed for the patient, which may involve specific exercises aimed at developing the strength and resilience of muscles, as well as stretching and remedial massage.