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Stefan Barbieri MUSCULO-SKELETAL THERAPY

Servicing Areas Adelaide, South Australia
Mobile 0411069268
Talk to us and see how Bowen Therapy / Myopractic, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Cupping Therapy and Psoas Release Techniques can help you overcome your BULGING DISK, BACK PAIN, NECK PAIN, HEADACHES, BURSITIS/TENDINITIS...and much more.

Treatment Techniques

Bowen / Myopractic (Advanced Musculo-Skeletal Therapy)
Myopractic is an advanced form of Musculo-Skeletal bodywork, It integrates together the soft tissues and skeleton to relieve chronic pain. It uses postural assessment as a guide to its treatment plan for clients aiming to restore the body's structural integrity back towards its ideal state. Myopractic works on the principle that "muscles move bones" and that there is always a corresponding muscle dysfunction to any bone misalignment.

NO extreme force or spinal manipulation is used, so any pain is minimised, instead you will feel the practitioner’s fingers and thumbs moving specific muscles and other soft tissues back into their correct position. When the typical Myopractic cross fibre technique is applied a sensory nerve carries its signal to the central nervous system creating a motor nerve response of release at the site of the lesion. You may feel a release taking place immediately, however the full effect of the treatment will take a few days to work and because it is the muscles that are manipulated to re-align the bones, the results are more effective and long lasting.

Benefits Of Myopractic:
  • Uses Advanced assessment techniques to quickly Identify the underlining cause of your complaint
  • Time Efficient Therapy
  • No spinal manipulation ‘adjustments’ are used
  • Non- Invasive for the client

Myofascial ( Muscle ) Trigger Point Technique

Myofascial ( Muscle ) Trigger points are areas of hyper-irritability in the soft tissue structure. These can be acute sources of pain or latent, unnoticed by the client until pressure is applied by the practitioner. Trigger points are manifested as small contraction knots in the muscles, that control the state of contraction and active ones may cause muscle spasm and referred pain.
People who suffer from, Head Aches, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder or Arm Pain, Hip or leg pain, Tendonitis or any other Musculo-Skeletal pain, are almost certain to have Myofascial ( Muscle ) Trigger points as either a major causative factor or a secondary factor contributing to much of their pain. Even spinal disc and neurological pain can have underlying trigger points that can greatly increase their symptoms if not treated.

Treatment consists of hands-on manual therapy and stretching. Varied pressure is applied by the practitioner, who is able to locate the specific points causing pain and restricted movement and these may often be located in places different to where the client actually feels the pain.

Trigger Point Therapy is sometimes incorporated with other techniques within the session and the client is usually clothed for the treatment.

Myofascial Cupping

Myofascial Cupping is a modified version of the ancient Eastern style cupping which differs by specifically targeting the Musculo-Skeletal system rather than the meridian systems used by traditional Chinese practitioners. It also uses plastic cups and vacuum suction rather than glass cups and a naked flame to create suction.

Myofascial Cupping is a simple treatment that gives Impressive Results, its effects are subtle, yet very powerful. Cupping helps release rigid soft tissue through negative pressure and suction, increasing the blood flow to the skin and muscles. It may also help eliminate excess toxins in the tissue & fluid your body may be retaining. Cupping is not painful, in fact the sensation is often characterized as ‘deep warmth’ and ‘tingling’ and can be very relaxing. Varied techniques using stationary and moving cupping are used depending on the area and presenting issue.

Stationary Cupping This is when a cup is applied to a specific problem area and left there for up to 10 minutes.

Moving CuppingThis is when a cup is adhered to the body, and then moved around without breaking the seal. This method feels similar to a deep tissue massage.

Please Note: There may be some discolouration or circular marking of the skin after cupping, this is quite normal, and will disappear after a few days to a week.

Benefits Of Myofascial Cupping:
  • Gives effective relief from muscle and joint pain, particularly in the back
  • Helps to break down scar tissue from old injuries, especially sporting injuries
  • Quick way to release areas where muscles and fascia are very tight and restricted
  • Stimulates blood circulation and penetrates much deeper than a conventional massage
  • Ideal for people for whom the insertion of accupuncture needles poses a problem or risk


Psoas Release Technique


What Is The Psoas?

The Psoas (pronounced "so - az") is one of the largest and thickest muscles of the body. This powerful muscle runs down the lower mid spine beginning at the 12th thoracic vertebrae connecting to all the vertebral bodies, discs and transverse processes of all the lumbar vertebrae down across the pelvis to attach on the inside of the top of the leg at the lesser trochanter. The lower portion combines with fibres from the iliacus muscle, which sits inside the surface of the pelvis and sacrum, to become the Iliopsoas muscle as it curves over the pubic bone and inserts on the lesser trochanter. The psoas has a number of functions, making it a key factor in health. The psoas functions primarily as a hip and thigh flexor, which makes it the major walking muscle. If the legs are stationary the action of it is to bend the spine forward; if sitting, it stabilizes and balances the trunk. The psoas is also a major part of your body's defensive physiology which responds to danger with flight, fight or freeze, therefore it must be understood that unresolved trauma can keep the psoas short and reactive.

The Psoas muscle is working in just about every posture and movement pattern and is therefore very susceptible to overload. Overloading causes tightness and weakness, which leads to many and varied problems such as;
  • Back Pain & Stiffness
  • Distorted Posture & Pain From Head To Toe
  • Bulging or Ruptured Discs
  • Lumbar Degeneration
  • Sciatic, Groin / Testicular Pain
  • Front of Thigh pain, Numbness etc
  • Constipation & Bloating
  • Decreased Athletic Performance

Psoas Release Techniques involve treating specific trigger points ( ‘knots’ ) along the length of the muscles, combined with isometric contract / relax stretches and home exercises to balance the hip and get it back in correct alignment, helping to reduce or remove some of the tension on the joints, vertebrae, discs and surrounding muscles.

Treatment can sometimes be slightly uncomfortable, depending on how tight the muscle is, but the results are well worth the minimal discomfort and when it is released causes the greatest amount of relief, restoration of range of motion, improved function and gait and a sense of freedom, like a heavy weight has been removed from the hip joint and lower back.

* Psoas Release techniques are specialised techniques, which should only be performed by a therapist who is trained in this area. ( Stefan has undertaken specialised training in treating The Psoas Muscle )

Benefits Of Psoas Release Techniques:
  • Often gives Instant relief from muscle spasms and joint pain, particularly in the back
  • Restores Length & Balance to the spine & reduces stress on Bulging disks
  • Very Effective for athletes, especially Cyclists & Dancers


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