What is MST (Musculoskeletal Therapy)?
Also known as Myotherapy.
MST fills the niche between remedial massage and physiotherapy, and works alongside chiropractic and osteopathic treatments in preventative, corrective or rehabilitative care.
MST is a Bachelor Degree qualification in the Health Sciences.
If you are experiencing musculoskeletal pain, you have an existing injury or have an underlying complex medical condition.
MST is a great place to start!
It is completely normal to feel tender after your MST session.
This tenderness may last up to 3 days.
Epsom salt baths, heat packs and any take home self care advice may also assist with your overall recovery.
What conditions can be treated?
The following list gives examples of the types of conditions treated with MST:
- Sporting & occupational injuries
- Stiffness & pain associated with poor posture
- Associated joint & vertebral dysfunction & pain
- Acute & chronic conditions affecting function & mobility
- Pain & dysfunction associated with stress & tension
- Acute or chronic stiff and painful neck / Wry neck
- Hand & finger numbness / tingling
- Rheumatoid arthritis / Psoriatic arthritis
- EDS (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome)
- CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
- Compartment Syndrome
- Stress Management
- Bursitis and associated joint health
- Chronic overuse syndromes – tendonitis, RSI, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel
- Acute & chronic back pain / ‘sciatica’
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
- Knee, leg & foot pain, shin splints, ankle sprains
- Shoulder pain, Rotator Cuff Injury, impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
- Multiple Sclerosis
- TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
- Postural and Occupational Correction as well as any
- Musculoskeletal Pain or Dysfunction.
What are the benefits of Musculoskeletal Therapy?
Pain management strategies
Improved outcomes in rehabilitation
Posture correction for improved biomechanics
Optimisation of movement and function
Injury prevention and education
Stretch and Strengthening exercises
Provides safe, effective drug free approaches to health and wellness
Frequently Asked Questions
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Should i have a 30 min session or a 1 hour session?
Short answer: This is totally your decision.
For your initial treatment however, it is recommended to book for the full hour. Reason is that by the time you fill out your health history form, discuss your symptoms with your MST practitioner. Have the relevant testings performed it does not leave too much time for the physical therapy to effectively relieve your complaint.
Sometimes it may actually stir up your symptoms when not given the appropriate time to allow the muscles to respond to treatment.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing.
It depends on what you are coming to see the MST practitioner for. If for example you are seeking treatment for neck issues then you will only be asked to remove your shirt and for women you can place your arms out of the straps of the bra. Then you will be comfortably draped with towels.
If you are seeking treatment for the lower body you will be asked to disrobe to underwear and appropriate use of towels will be used to keep you covered. Only the treated part of the body will be exposed.
Dignity is something Lorelle respects and values.
It is normal practice to disrobe to your underwear.
At no time will you be asked to remove your briefs.
Whats the Male Vs Female client ratio for MST?
Honestly, it is sitting 50/50!
I have a Chronic injury. How long will I be in treatment for?
Each injury is different and has many variables that will effect the healing process. The symptoms you experience will be totally different than someone else even though you may have the same injury. So it is very difficult to give a specific timeline without consultation.
An ideal approach is as follows:
1. Initial visit
2. 2nd visit in 1 week (try not to leave it longer than 2 weeks as the body tends to go back to the way it was (proprioception)).
Each follow-up appointment is then re-assessed and the treatment plan altered if needed. An aim is to get more and more time between appointments so that your body is holding the new posture with a combination of stretch/strengthening exercises.