Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy)
Ricki-lee recently completed her Myotherapy degree in Melbourne before moving to the Camden area. While completing her studies, she worked at a Chiropractic clinic for 5 years where she was exposed to a wide range of conditions. Throughout this time, she really enjoyed helping people get back to their activities or sports and helping them maintain their physical and emotional health.
After working a season with the Geelong Cats AFL team, she formed a strong interest in sporting injuries. Equally, she loves treating pre and post-natal women throughout their pregnancy.
What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapists are skilled manual therapists who treat the cause of your pain, not just the symptoms. For those that are not familiar with the Myotherapy profession, you can think of a Myotherapist as a mix between a Remedial Massage Therapist and an Osteopath or Physiotherapist.
Myotherapists use a variety of different treatment techniques including:
- Specific massage techniques.
- Dry needling.
- Exercise rehabilitation and more.
Myotherapy can assist with :
- Reducing muscle stiffness, tension and soreness.
- Alleviating pain caused by trigger points (sore points) within the muscle.
- Increasing your range of movement and flexibility.
- Reducing stress and anxiety levels.
- Reducing postural stress.
- Assisting recovery after a sporting event.
- Improving athletic and sporting performance.
- Reducing strain on joints.
- Reducing chronic/persistent pain.
- Improving blood circulation.
- Reducing DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) following hard bouts of exercise.
- Reducing pain caused by headaches and migraines.
- Educating you on postural awareness and corrective exercises suitable.
What to expect in your initial consultation?
A brief medical history is taken where your Myotherapist will gather information such as past injuries, pre-existing medical conditions, your work/study environment, and movement activities. Then a physical assessment will be performed to develop a clear understanding of what might be the cause of your pain, injury or condition. During treatment, a combination of hands-on techniques such as massage, dry needling, joint mobilisation and stretching to help improve your pain and function. Once you are feeling better, your Myotherapist will work with you to help maintain this, by providing stretches and strengthening exercises in conjunction with the hands-on treatments, to stay on top of your health goals.
See the Myotherapy Association of Australia for more information on what Myotherapy is and how it can assist you.
Is Myotherapy covered by Private Health Insurance?
Yes, each fund categories it differently so check with your individual fund. Generally, it is covered under Complementary Therapies, like Remedial Massage or Natural Therapies.
For more info on the funds that cover Myotherapy see here
Ricky-lee is available for consultations on Tuesday, with late appointments available. Book your appointment here. For more information call (02) 4655 5588.