Do you have aches and pains preventing you from being active? So many of our patients say “I thought it was just getting older!” not realising there was a treatment that could alleviate their symptoms.
Here’s some stories you might relate to or maybe you know a friend who has had something similar?
Complaint 1: Pain in the wrist and around the thumb sometimes referring up the arm. Started from picking up new grandchild. Gradually worsened.
Diagnosis: After assessment we concluded that this patient had a condition called De Quervain’s Tendinopathy. We treated it by releasing tight muscles relating to the particular tendon and by giving strengthening exercises.
How long does this take to treat? Expect to feel relief after the first treatment and for the pain cycle to be under control with 3-6 sessions. Maintenance to strengthen the area is also required for long term benefit.
Complaint 2: Low back pain started after gardening but not straight away. Sat on the couch to have a break and then couldn’t get up again.
Diagnosis: After assessment we concluded that this patient had irritated a disc in his low back region. We treated it by releasing the muscle spasms around the area, using some gentle mobilisation techniques and by giving special exercises to help relieve disc irritation.
How long does this take to treat? Disc irritation can take around 6 sessions to get under control depending on a host of reasons specific to the patient. The hardest part of getting the pain cycle under control is avoiding aggravating factors. Once the pain has stopped we can use special exercises and strengthening exercises to stop the problem from recurring. Most people with disc irritation find an occasional maintenance session helpful to keep their symptoms under control long term.
Complaint 3: Shoulder pain when hanging out washing. Not sure when or why it started, just noticed it one day and it’s progressively gotten worse. The pain disturbs sleep and is stopping patient from doing things both around the house and socially such as golf.
Diagnosis: After assessment we concluded that this patient had a rotator cuff impingement. We treated it by releasing related tight muscles not only of the rotator cuff but also other muscles that had become tight around the shoulder from over working. We also used gentle mobilisation techniques to realign the joint properly and stop the impingement. Exercises were gentle at first to keep the range of movement and then we added strengthening to hold the joint in a better position and to strengthen more wide spread muscular imbalances.
How long does this take to treat? Shoulders are the most moveable joints in the human body and they are used for such a variety of daily living activities, therefore they tend to take a bit longer to stop the pain cycle. Expect it to take between 3 and 9 sessions to stop the pain cycle plus maintenance to retrain patterns of movement and strengthen muscles to stop the problem recurring.
Complaint 4: Knee pain from osteoarthritis when walking. Especially up or down stairs as well as squatting down. The surgeon told this patient an operation is needed but he is too young to get a replacement. The surgeon explained that their is little correlation between the severity of arthritis and the degree of pain and recommended some Myotherapy treatment.
Diagnosis: The knee cap was not tracking through the grooves in the leg bone properly due to muscle spasms trying to protect the joint. This can be referred to as patella mal tracking or patello femoral syndrome. We treated this patient by releasing tight muscles down the outside of the leg, gently mobilisation the knee joint, taping the knee cap and giving a “get out of pain routine” for at home to help our treatment last longer. Although we can’t fix the underlying arthritis we can reduce pain and stop the associated pain cycle.
How long does this take to treat? Weekly visits for 3-6 sessions are common to stop the pain cycle and get the homework program working, then we take the sessions to fortnightly and 3 weekly and so on, trying to get the body to stabilise and go longer without treatment. Most patients find a monthly visit keeps everything under control.
Our Degree Qualified Myotherapists are highly trained in the assessment, treatment and management of all sorts of pains and conditions often experienced with ageing. However if you have a specific question please fill out the contact form below and one of our friendly Myotherapists will get in touch to give you a complimentary phone consult explaining how we can help you. Alternatively feel free to call us on (03) 98883473.