We're excited to welcome our newest Remedial Massage Therapist, Peter Pascalis, to the team!
Peter has been a Remedial Massage Therapist for over 10 years, and in his time as a therapist he's worked in a variety of clinical and sport team settings, including 8 seasons with Dingley Footy Club.
He's also studied for his Bachelor degree in Myotherapy at Endeavour College of Natural Health. He has just completed the very last components of this 3 year degree this month, meaning once his paperwork comes through he will officially be a Myotherapist!
Peter impressed us with his knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment of pain and sport injuries. He has a great deep tissue massage style for hands on pain relief, and is excellent with his use of cupping and dry needling to get quick changes to painful and tight areas. He also brings a great wealth of home care exercise ideas, and we all know that the work you do at home is really where the magic happens in your recovery!
You'll find appointments with Peter available on Mondays and Wednesdays 12.30pm-7pm, Thursdays 3pm-7pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm, starting from today!
Book a time with him and let us know what you think of our new recruit!
The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones in your knee joint. It helps to absorb shock and provide stability to the knee, and is crucial for normal movement and function. Unfortunately, meniscus injuries are common, and can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging, overuse, and traumatic events. In this article, we'll discuss the causes and symptoms of meniscus injuries, and the exercises that can help with recovery.
Meniscus injuries can be caused by quick, shearing movements of the knee, including twisting or overloading the knee joint. They are especially common in athletes and active individuals, but can occur in anyone at any age. Sports where players need to quickly change direction, like basketball and netball, often see athletes struggle with meniscus injuries.
Some of the most common symptoms of a meniscus injury include knee pain, swelling, and a locking or clicking sensation in the knee. In some cases, you may also experience a loss of range of motion or difficulty walking.
Once you've been diagnosed with a meniscus injury, you should book with your local Myotherapist for a treatment plan to guide you through your recovery.
However, there are several basic exercises that can help with recovery, and these can generally be safely done by most people. These exercises can help to improve strength, stability, and flexibility in the knee, and can also reduce pain and swelling. Some of the most simple but effective exercises for meniscus injuries include:
Knee and meniscus injuries can be painful and debilitating, but with proper rehabilitation, you can make a full recovery. Our therapists can help with a personalised rehabilitation program to help you to reduce pain, improve strength, and restore mobility in your knee.
It's important to remember that recovery times can vary depending on the severity of the injury, so it's best to consult with a Myotherapist or doctor before beginning any exercise program if your knee pain is moderate to severe.
With proper care and attention, you can make a full recovery from a meniscus injury and return to your normal activities, and we're here to help.
Book your consultation with us today.
By Duke Autret
Frozen Shoulder can be painful, physically limiting and downright annoying. It can be a difficult condition to treat, but with persistence can improve. Lets look at what it is and what can be done about it.
This condition is also called Adhesive Capsulitis, and is where the shoulder and more specifically the Glenohumeral (ball and socket) joint capsule of the shoulder starts to become painful and restricted in its movements. It can become so stiffened that it can progressively become ‘frozen’ or unable to move in most directions - especially external rotation (like trying to put your hands behind your head), abduction (out to the side and up like snow angels), internal rotation (like reaching down and behind your back to scratch a shoulder blade) and flexion (lifting the arm up like an underarm throw and then all the way till you’re putting your hands up!).
This condition's medical causation is not well understood but it’s more likely to occur over the age of 40 and where there is prolonged immobility of a shoulder or where there has been a previous history of trauma to a shoulder, and most especially, when these factors are combined, although it can certainly occur without any obvious factors as well.
Often it includes a progression through distinct stages; a freezing stage, a frozen stage, and finally a thawing stage.
In the first stage things are acute and the shoulder will be quite painful with the movements previously listed, in fact it can be painful with any shoulder use when its at its most aggravated, however there is still some ability to move through the pain and the ranges of motion.
In the second stage the pain may or may not diminish completely, however there is no ability to move the shoulder joint through these full ranges of motion, and typically, to compensate, people start using their shoulder blade instead to move and shrug their shoulder up a lot, in an attempt to get more range. Tilting from the torso to angle the arm and shoulder up is also a compensation pattern we see in this stage.
The third stage is when the shoulder (at the Glenohumeral joint) spontaneously begins to improve, when pain gradually subsides and the range of motion returns to varying degrees.
At this points it’s crucial to note, if it’s a true frozen shoulder you’re suffering with, that even without any intervention of any kind, about 60% of cases will resolve, almost and sometimes completely, by themselves after 2-3 years, 90% within 3-4 years, and otherwise up to 7 years according to longitudinal studies from the like of Oxford and from clinical data.
How can you tell if its frozen shoulder, or another type of shoulder condition? If some of these symptoms of pain and extreme shoulder mobility limitation sound familiar you may want to seek a clear confirmation that it’s not due to some kind of shoulder Arthritis or a rotator cuff condition - often x-rays or ultrasound imaging can help to rule these out. These types of imaging can be ordered by your GP, and the results can help inform the types of treatment that will be most beneficial in getting you moving better.
If you have been diagnosed with a frozen shoulder then you're likely wondering what should be done with it?
Although we already mentioned the good news about spontaneous resolution to this problem, the better news is that conservative and non-invasive treatments such as myotherapy, massage and mobilisation can be very helpful and effective in reducing the time for this process, especially when combined with some home stretching and exercise therapy.
As well as our treatments in the clinic we can provide you with a few choice at-home Mobilisations & Stretches and advise you on the good use of heat before and after to get things moving in the right direction again.
It has to be said that this is a condition I ‘enjoy’ working with, because with some regular sessions together and your commitment to the treatment and exercises it has an excellent prognosis, down from 3-7 years to 6-24 months! Frozen shoulder is certainly a condition that requires consistency and patience. Another key element includes modification to your daily activities to avoid continuous aggravation of the area - this is something we can discuss during your treatment, and we can find easy ways of helping you adapt while your frozen shoulder is on its way to thawing.
If yourself or anyone you know is currently suffering with a Frozen shoulder, please come and see us, we are here to help. Book your first appointment online or phone our clinic on 03 8204 0970 to reserve a time to begin the process.
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