Musculoskeletal Therapy is available at our clinic in West End, Brisbane as well as on the road with Music Festivals Australia-wide.
Why Musculoskelal Therapy is a Great Choice
You might not be familiar with what a Musculoskeletal Therapist (MST) does or how they’re different to other therapists. This page will help you understand this relatively new therapy.
More than half of all Australians are suffering from pain. Being able to maintain an upright posture and to move your arms and legs to perform all sorts of tasks and activities is an important component of your health. Most of us can learn to live with the various medical conditions that we may develop, but only if we are able to continue at our jobs, take care of our families, and enjoy important occasions with family and friends.
MST’s are experts at treating muscle and postural imbalances, which impair movement and function. This type of injury normally falls under the heading Musculoskeletal Disorders; therefore who best to treat this style of injury.
Pain often accompanies a movement disorder, and MST’s can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain quickly and efficiently, which all in all makes them a good choice.
What We’re Not
First off, it’s important to know MSTs are not physiotherapists, nor are they massage therapists.
(An easy way to get extra elbow use in sore spots during your treatment is to call your MST a masseuse! :))
What We Are
MSTs are Bachelor Degree qualified professionals who helping prevent injury and reduce pain by addressing postural and movement dysfunctions.
An MST is hands-on like a remedial massage therapist but has the exercise and rehabilitation knowledge of a physio.
As experts in movement and function, we do not stop at treating people who are in pain. A large part of an MST’s program is about preventing injury, loss of movement, and even surgery.
In addition to hands-on care, we place a big emphasis on educating clients to take care of themselves outside of the clinic.
Skeletal Harmonics’ MSTs work as consultants in the performing arts industry, improving the design and setup of performances to reduce the risk of performers overusing certain muscles or developing repetitive stress and causing pain.
What is an MST Treatment?
A musculoskeletal treatment might be any combination of the following:
At Skeletal Harmonics, our MSTs specialise in consulting with performing artists to reduce the risk of performers developing overuse and repetitive strain injuries.
We treat musicians, circus acrobats, burlesque performers, desk workers, weekend warriors and anyone else who needs our help, so make a booking today.
Still Got a Question?
For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques such as, massage, mobilization, cupping, dry needling and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. Your MST will provide you with the appropriate exercises not only for pain relief but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.
In some cases, Musculoskeletal Therapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after surgery or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery may be painful. Your physical therapist will use a variety of techniques to help maximize your treatment goals. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your therapist. Without this information, it is difficult for the therapist to adjust your treatment plan.
There are dozens of different types of treatment interventions. Here is a list of treatment that may or may not be used on you during a treatment. Please remember not all techniques have to be used in every treatment.
- Active Range of Motion (AROM) – the patient lifts or moves a body part through range of motion against gravity. AROM is usually one of the first modalities prescribed for arthritis.
- Active Assistive Range of Motion (AAROM) – therapist-assisted active range of motion. This is usually prescribed for gentle stretching or strengthening for a very weak body part.
- Gait or Walking Training – the analysis of walking problems by visually examining the interaction of the low back and the joints of the thighs, legs, and feet during the various stages of walking, including initial contact, loading response, mid stance, terminal stance, pre swing, mid swing, and terminal swing. Many back, thigh, leg, ankle, and foot problems may be caused by or manifest themselves in subtle gait abnormalities.
- Isometrics – muscle contraction without joint movement. This is usually prescribed for strengthening without stressing or damaging the joint (e.g., arthritis, or exercises to be performed in a cast, or right after surgery if recommended by the therapist/doctor).
- Isotonics- muscle(s) contracting through the ROM with resistance. This is usually prescribed for strengthening.
- Soft Tissue Mobili zation – therapeutic massage of body tissue performed with the hands. Soft tissue mobilization may be used for muscle relaxation, to decrease swelling, to decrease scar tissue adhesions, and for pain relief.
- Mobilization – hands-on therapeutic procedures intended to increase soft tissue or joint mobility. Mobilization is usually prescribed to increase mobility, delaying progressive stiffness, and to relieve pain. (Remember this is not a manipulation)
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) – a system of manually resisted exercises performed in diagonal patterns that mimic functional movements. PNF was initially used in developmentally and neurologically impaired patients but now is used in almost every aspect of neuromuscular retraining from athletes in sports facilities to the very weak in hospitals and nursing homes.
- Posture Training – instruction in the correct biomechanical alignment of the body to reduce undue strain on muscles, joints, ligaments, discs, and other soft tissues. There is an ideal posture, but most people do not hav e ideal posture. Therapists educate patients about the importance of improving posture with daily activities. Stretching and strengthening exercises may be prescribed to facilitate postural improvement and to prevent further disability and future recurrences of problems.
- Passive Range of Motion (PROM) – the patient or therapist moves the body part through a range of motion without the use of the muscles that “actively” move the joint(s).
- Stret ching/Flexibility Exercise – exercise designed to lengthen muscle(s) or soft tissue. Stretching exercises are usually prescribed to improve the flexibility of muscles that have tightened due to disuse or in compensation to pain, spasm or immobilization.
- Cryotherapy or Cold Therapy – used to cause vasoconstriction (the blood vessels constrict or decrease their diameter) to reduce the amount of fluid that leaks out of the capillaries into the tissue spaces (swelling) in response to injury of tissue. Ice or cold is used most frequently in acute injuries, but also an effective pain reliever for even the most chronic pain
- Neck Traction/ occipital release – a gentle longitudinal/axial pull on the neck, intermittent or continuous for re lief of neck pain, to decrease muscle spasm and facilitate unloading of the spine.
- Heat – heat is recommended to decrease chronic pain, relax muscles, and for pain relief.
Our practice specialises in performing arts medicine clients who have performance related injuries; however we do see people who have no association with the arts.
The best thing to do is give us a call and we will attempt to answer all of your questions.
All staff at Skeletal Harmonics are registered through the Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA). Their insurance is through OAPMS, Australia’s largest natural health care professional’s insurance company.
Skeletal Harmonics is registered with the International Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) which makes them one of only 15 practitioners Australia Wide to have been accepted.
People refer when they are happy and content with the standard of care they receive while not only being treated, but the follow up care that can occur from a clinic or practitioner. At Skeletal Harmonics we are very proud to say 60% of our business comes from referrals.
Maybe you have had a conversation with a friend about how someone helped get rid of his or her back pain, or you might know someone who needed treatment after an injury. You might even have been treated by a MST yourself. Overall we love referrals- to us it’s the best “Thank-you” we could ever receive.
You will be evaluated by one of our highly trained Musculoskeletal Therapist and he/she will also treat you during subsequent visits.
Unlike some clinics, where you see someone different each visit, we feel it is very important to develop a one-on-one relationship with you to maintain continuity of care. Since only one MST knows your problems best, he/she is the one that will be working closely with you to speed your recovery.