How Does Myoskeletal Massage Help You?
Myoskeletal massage is a great, effective way to get you out of muscle pain and soreness caused by posture and skeletal misalignment.
What is Myoskeletal Massage
Our myoskeletal massage combines Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques and western style massage for best results. This bodywork blend lets us assess and gently treat the body for muscle pain and posture problems.
What Myoskeletal Massage Is Not
This form of massage is unique to posture correction. While the entire body is assessed and may be worked on to eliminate common compensatory muscular strain patterns, it is not considered “full-body” massage. Myoskeletal massage is not spa or relaxation massage. While myoskeletal massage is considered a form of structural integration, it is not Rolfing and the therapist is not a Rolfer.
Myoskeletal massage should not be painful. However, a patient may be in pain when they come in for treatment and movement of head, neck, torso, or limbs may cause further discomfort. Any soreness resulting from treatment should last no more than a day or two. If it lasts longer, please contact us.
Patient participation will be required during a myoskeletal massage session. Whether the patient is passive, active, or resistive, and for what length of time, depends on the techniques applied. Your therapist will instruct you during your session. Patient may be asked to move their head, eyes, neck, shoulder, arm, hand, finger, torso, pelvis, leg, ankle, foot, or toe, with a certain amount of speed, range, or force. Patient may also be given movement or exercise “homework” to do between sessions in order for myoskeletal work to become incorporated in the body to retrain or strengthen certain muscles, or improve range of motion.
The more a patient participates in their own recovery, the longer lasting the results will be.
What Myoskeletal Massage Improves
In general, any type of postural type problems which have functional origins may be helped or resolved through myoskeletal massage. Unfortunately, structurally-originating problems have not had the success that functional concerns have had to date in resolving posture. However, myoskeletal alignment may improve the structural framework to some minor degree and possibly lessen pain associated with structural complications.
Examples of functional problems seen at MBM are:
- Common compensatory muscle strain
- Forward head/neck posture
- Pelvic tilt
- Functional leg length discrepancy
- Range of neck, shoulder, thorax, pelvis, hips, and ankle motion
- Military or straight neck
- Rib pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Joint adhesions
The therapist will let you know what kind of clothing to wear or bring to change into for your myoskeletal assessment and treatment. Male patients are usually asked to bring a pair of shorts and tee shirt. Female patients usually bring a sports bra-type top and shorts. In some cases, clothing may need to be shifted or removed in order to work on a certain area of the body. In those cases, proper draping will be used to preserve patient’s modesty.
Patient has the ultimate decision in shifting or removing clothing, and will never be asked to remove clothing beyond their personal comfort level. Patient always has the option to end a treatment session by simply saying so for any reason whatsoever.\
With myoskeletal massage, skin lubricant is rarely used. When it is, it is applied sparingly in a very small area and wiped off immediately afterwards.
If patient has long hair, they may find it easier to put it up or in a pony tail when therapist is working with upper torso, head, and neck.
Be sure to let your therapist know if you have any questions before, during, or after your treatment. You can also send us a comment, provide feedback, or ask any question, by clicking this link.