Casey Allied Health - Musculo-skeletal Therapy
Servicing areaBerwick, Beaconsfield, Narre Warren, Cranbourne & Southeast Suburbs
Musculo-Skeletal TherapyThe musculo-skeletal system is responsible for the body’s structural stability and physical movement. It is composed of many different kinds of muscles, ligaments, joints, tendons and bones. Musculoskeletal dysfunctions are very common; many people experience muscle pains, aches, joint dysfunctions etc.
MST is a branch of physical therapy that focuses on the treatment of the musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction viewing the body as a whole and not just focusing on individual places. It involves an extensive physical evaluation, orthopaedic testing, postural analysis, manual therapy and a rehabilitation plan.
What you can expect?Our Whole Body Health Practitioner/Nutritionists are there to serve you and care for your health intentions. By thoroughly assessing each client’s Individual Health History, together your practitioner with you, move through the vital foundations of knowledge and actions relating to true health and wellbeing.
What treatment techniques does MST use?
- Myofascial dry needling
- Various neuromuscular techniques
- Joint mobilisation
- Manual lymphatic drainage
- Fascial stretching
- Deep tissue massage
- Positional release techniques
- Corrective exercises
Fibromyalgia and CFSThe Fibromyalgia/ Chronic Fatigue syndrome guy
This particular specialisation is a personal one. When I was about four years old my family was exposed to chemical poisoning which nearly killed my baby brother and left my whole family with ongoing health problems.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is the main problem that has persisted with my family to this day. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia are both rather a controversial diagnoses. Anyone suffering from one or both of them will know that:
- Recovery varies a lot from person to person
- They are poorly understood
- They never go away quickly
- The research behind them is very sparse
- It is often linked to depression
- Not everyone believes that you are truly sick!
I often marvel that the symptoms of CFS are also felt by patients recovering from a spinal cord injury. Could this mean that there is a neurological component to CFS? CFS is also known as neurasthenia which is Latin for nerve weakness.
I suspect that one day we will have stopped using the term CFS and will have broken it down into more specific diagnoses such as forms of chemical poisoning, autoimmune disorders, viral infection and neurological dysfunction.
Philosophy of treating CFS and Fibromyalgia
Many people with CFS long for a diagnoses that never seems to come. Some fancy disease with a fancy name that can be cured with a single pill. But what if it’s not that straight forward? What if CFS and Fibromyalgia are the mixed symptoms of numerous smaller things going wrong in different systems? It would certainly explain why no two cases of CFS ever seem alike.
A lecturer (whom I have a lot of respect for) once told me to view chronic medical conditions like untying a knot. You don’t start trying to untie the knot at its central, tightest point. Rather, you start with the outer parts of the knot where things seem a little healthier and simpler. As you work your way in then the central part of the knot becomes a little clearer.
The “Pinched Nerve” guyI have a special interest in neuroscience (nerves are like your bodies electrical wiring). The neurological system is heavily intertwined with ALL other parts of your body and plays an important yet subtle role with all parts of your health. I will often “nerd out” when I see something interesting at my research job or when I have a patient come in with a neurological problem.
Neurological problems commonly present with numbness, tingling, weakness, altered sensation and occasionally with sharp shooting pains. I’ve even heard one person describe nerve pain as having a “toothache” in the muscle.
When something is “pinching” a nerve it often classifies as an impingement syndrome. (Impinge is based off a Latin word which means to rub against)
The first thing you need to know about nerves is they do not like being touched at all. The second thing you need to know is that there isn’t much spare room in the body; if one structure isn’t in the right position then another structure is likely being rubbed against something.
Some common examples of impingement syndromes that are within my scope of practice are:
- Sciatica Sharp shooting pain down the back of the leg.
- Thoracic outlet syndrome Tingling and numbness down the arms. Loss of blood flow to the arms.
- T4 Syndrome Tingling and numbness down the arms that may be connected to upper back pain.
- Cubital tunnel impingement Tingling and numbness in the hand, specifically along the little finger.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome There are several different presentations for this condition. Some of them need to be managed surgically.
- Inguinal nerve entrapment Tingling pains that run along the inside of the hip.
What Conditions can MST treat?
- General muscular aches, pains and dysfunctions
- Sports related injuries
- Joint mobilisation
- Postural and joint dysfunction
- Reducing lymphatic swelling (lymphatic oedema)
- Muscular impingement syndromes
- Enhancing athletic performance
- Neurological disorders (such as impingement)
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