Myofascial Cupping

Celia Glewis, Langwarrin’s new Remedial and Myotherapy therapist, explains the benefits of cupping and also breaks down some misconceptions about this type of treatment.

 

 

 

What is this Myofascial cupping all about? 

Myofascial cupping or cupping is a technique commonly used by Myotherapist, Remedial Therapists or Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners. 

In my 9 years of being a Myotherapist, I have chosen to use cupping on many conditions. 

Primarily because the client has asked for it and understood the benefits and pain relief it can bring. 

 

As a Myotherapist I have used this technique on elite athletes of different codes, Australian swimmers, NRL players, NBL and Aus basketball members,

and those seeing me for Myotherapy in a clinical setting. Resulting in assisting with discomfort in musculoskeletal issues, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, ITB syndrome, knee pain, tendonitis, and many chronic pain issues. 

Sometimes there can be red/ dark circles left on the skin from cupping, however, that is only one type of technique used by Myotherapists. 

 

Cupping has been around for 1000’s of years and keeps evolving to help those suffering pain and discomfort. It is also a non-disruptive intervention for clients suffering, or in the throes of severe pain cycles. 

Many clients swear by its effectiveness, often describing the after-effects similar to that of a good stretch, reduction in pain in areas that have been too tender to touch and general comments of “feeling better and lighter”. 

 

So next time you book in for Myotherapy and it’s suggested, how about you give it a try in order to reduce your own pain and discomfort.

To make an appointment with Celia Glewis, call 9789 1233 or Book Online.

 




Remedial massage accompanied by daily stretches can improve your life

FLEXIBILITY EXERCISES

by Ray Goslin

To ease stress and pain, the combination of regular Remedial Massage Therapy and the four directional stretches each day will allow you to live a more productive and better life. The following four stretches can be done in seven minutes. Do these daily to reduce stress and pain between your regular treatments, and to function more fully. When stretching you should feel no pain but a sweet discomfort.

NB. Whenever bending forward always fold from the hip. Don’t bend at the waist.

1. Forward Bend

Stand up straight, step right leg forward. Fold forward from the hip as you exhale. Feel a light stretch in the hamstring. Hold for one minute as you breathe into it. Bend front knee to come back out. Repeat on other side

2. Back Bend

Stand with your hands on the back of your hips. Bend backward and squeeze the buttock and lower back. Breathe into it, hold for one minute. Release and relax.

3. Side Bend

Stand and raise right arm to the side of the head and bend the elbow. Hold elbow with the left hand and pull up and over to the left until you feel a light stretch down the side of the body. Hold for one minute. Repeat on other side.

4. Twist

Place your hands on your hips. Twist to the right side as you exhale. Feel a light stretch through the back. Hold for one minute. Repeat on the other side.

Ray Goslin works out of the Langwarrin  03 9789 1233 and Rosebud   03 5973 5511 clinics

 

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What is Myofascia and what is it’s role in your body?

Shinya Yoshida, Remedial Massage Therapist at our Langwarrin Clinic, explains Myofascia and it’s role in muscle function.

When I was a little boy, my parents asked me to step on their feet almost every night before the bed time. They always told me, “oh dear, thank you, my body feels so much lighter!”

In Japan, where the concept of reflexology is commonly accepted, stimulating on feet is believed to have positive effects on the body. Besides the concept of reflexology, current science demonstrates how the human body is connected from one place to the other. The Myofascia is one of the crucial networks of the body to function as a whole.

So…

What is Myofascia?

The Myofascia is a thin layer which covers and wraps around the muscle. You can imagine the Myofascia is like a wetsuit covering and protecting your whole body. Since it covers from the superficial to a deep layer of the body, it is also considered a second body framework. Myofascia has a soft texture, and because of this, can get atrophied (deteriorate) or adhered (stuck). This tissue atrophy and adhesion can cause pain or stiffness which may result in decreasing muscular functionality.

What does the Myofascia do?

The Myofascia plays several important roles in our body.

  1. Wraps the tissues to shape them into groups and connect them each other, supporting body posture.
  2. Prevents friction between the tissues by covering the surface of muscles.
  3. The triple-layer-construction (Endomysium, Perimysium, Epimysium) allows the muscular movement and delivers power through the body.

Since the Myofascia connects the whole body, adhesion of the fascia can limit the movements of the muscle. (Imagine when you wear a very tight wetsuit, your movement is restricted!).

By freeing up the fascia, the surrounded muscle will regain its movements and functionality. For example, when lower back pain is present, treatment on not only the pain source, but also on myofascia around the painful site such as the glutes, hamstrings, and adductors can decrease the symptoms.

I conducted some research to see how we can feel the myofascial network in the body. Participants of the study were asked to roll a golf ball on their feet and measure flexibility of the hamstrings and the lower back before and after the practice. Interestingly, that flexibility was increased in most of the participants. Further studies show that myofascial release on the feet can help or prevent clinical conditions such as lower back pain or hamstring strain.

As stepping on my parents feet may have relieved myofascial tensions and free up their muscles on the back and legs, proper treatments on myofascia can improve and maintain the musculoskeletal functions.

To make an appointment with Shinya at our Langwarrin Clinic go our Make a Booking page or call the clinic on 9789 1233.




Does “remedial” mean “pain” when it comes to massage?

David Vernon, new Remedial Massage therapist at our Langwarrin clinic, explains the benefits of Remedial Massage and also breaks down some misconceptions about this type of treatment.

WHAT IS REMEDIAL MASSAGE?

Medibank defines Remedial Massage as the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management.

While there are other good definitions, this one does make a couple of point very clear. Firstly that Remedial Massage is a systematic process. Therapists use their extensive knowledge of the body’s anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to work through entire structures, systems and kinetic lines. The therapist assesses the whole body, and with this holistic approach they follow the discomfort and imbalance back to the original cause, treating both the symptoms and, as best as they are able, the cause.

And this leads to the second point. Remedial means – given or intended as a remedy or cure. A remedial massage is often part of a treatment plan, which does more than give temporary relief to symptoms. It creates an understanding in the client of the causes of the dysfunction or imbalance and provides practical steps to reduce and eventually heal the problem.

For myself, this is very much a team effort. While I work with my clients, I am constantly sharing my observations, explaining what I am doing and why I am doing it. It is vital the client and therapist work together, as the primary feedback from the treatment is going straight to the client. Together we can literally “feel’ our way through the problem. Enabling clear communication is vital to a successful treatment. I feel Remedial Massage is an opportunity for a client to learn about their body, about its idiosyncrasies and imbalances, and its strengths and weaknesses. So Remedial Massage is not just about when it hurts, and can be equally effective in preventing painful conditions. Treatment provides clients with an understanding of how their body works and how to address imbalances and work more effectively.

Does Remedial Massage have to hurt to be effective?

Remedial Massage is not just a hard (painful) massage. Sadly, inexperienced therapists and “no pain no gain” clients have created a good deal of misunderstanding, even to the point of confusing remedial massage with aggressive deep tissue massage. Although there may be some discomfort during, and soreness after, an effective remedial massage, this should be at a minimum, and only when entirely necessary to resolve any dysfunction.

What techniques will a Remedial Massage Therapist use?

Remedial Massage Techniques are many and varied. Methods familiar from relaxation massage include effleurage, petrissage, frictions, kneading, percussions and stretching. Stronger and more technical methods, such as those described below, when applied in a sensitive and effective manner need only cause a minimum of discomfort.

Deep Tissue Massage. This means the muscle being treated sits below another muscle, so the therapist must work through the superficial muscle. If the top muscle is properly prepared and released then this treatment need not cause anymore discomfort that regular effleurage.

Myofacial Release. Muscles do not exist as isolated units. They are connected to everything around them be it tendon, bone, ligament, fascia or connective tissue. This technique seeks to release all the structures that are bound & tight and create a feeling of space and freedom in the treated area. (I also use Myofacial Cupping for this treatment as it gives excellent results.)

Neuro-Muscular Facilitation. Muscles are controlled by the brain, so this technique involves the activation and relaxation of specific muscles by the client in a controlled and systematic process. It helps release the tight muscle, but can also allows the client to become more practiced at a conscious release of specific muscles.

Trigger Point Therapy. Trigger points are little knots of tension in the body of a muscle that can be very tender to touch, often with some referral to a secondary area. This technique seeks to release the trigger point by direct and sensitive pressure, assisted by relaxation and breath work by the client.

To make an appointment with David, call 9789 1233 or Book Online.