Our range of complementary services at Hills Physiotherapy Emerald includes Myotherapy and Remedial Massage (Tanya Ide and Ebony Scerri). Myotherapy is an Advanced Diploma degree which builds on a Diploma of Remedial Massage, increasing the skill level of the therapist to incorporate techniques such as Dry Needling, Cupping and specifically to improve the ability to manage more complex patients and injuries.
Meet Our Emerald Massage Therapists
Tanya – Tanya has a Bachelor of Nursing and has practiced as a registered nurse for 15 years. She left the medical field for several years before returning to Hills Physiotherapy as a medical receptionist. She has completed her certificate IV in massage at the Australian College of Massage, and has now completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at the same college. Tanya is very interested in how the body responds to massage and the benefits massage can have on stressed, tired or injured bodies. She is a registered Remedial Massage Therapist with MMA.
Ebony – Ebony is an Emerald resident whose career includes over 10 years in the corporate sector, as well as three years labouring, and she fully understands the demands that these types of roles place on the body. Her treatment style incorporates relaxation with release techniques, deep tissue, joint mobilisation. She also provides pregnancy massage and lymphatic drainage. Ebony treats Workcover and TAC patients and Private health rebates are available.
What Exactly is Myotherapy?
In a Physiotherapy practice, Myotherapists can work in tandem with the Physio to manage a patient’s condition, or autonomously to provide pain relief and health maintenance treatment.
Conditions that benefit from Myotherapy are (for example) back pain, neck pain, headaches, exercise related pain and tightness, fibromyalgia and chronic soft tissue pain conditions.
Our Myotherapists and massage therapists have completed their training at prestigious institutions, and over lengthy study periods (two years or more) which are recognised by private health funds, and as such they are awarded provider numbers to allow claiming through Hicaps for rebates on their treatments/massages.
While the “Health and Wellness” industry is flooded with Massage therapists currently, there are number of these therapists who have done courses over six weeks and are awarded a certificate. Because of this the private health insurers, lead by Medibank Private, have severely restricted the amount claimable for Remedial Massage/Myotherapy (lumped in together despite differing levels of training). They have also revoked provider numbers from many of the therapists who have worked and been able to have patients claim benefits for years. These are then applied for and reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The therapists at Hills Physiotherapy Emerald have withstood this review, and due to the rigorous nature of the training they’ve undertaken, our patients benefit not only from their higher level expertise, knowledge and skill, but can still claim their private health rebate on these services. While massage is typically considered a luxury service, the health benefits are well documented, wide ranging and profound. The quote that so often we repeat is “You wouldn’t expect your car to go on forever without regular servicing, so why is your body any different?” Think of Remedial Massage as a regular tune up so that you don’t break down in a heap of junk.
What Are The Benefits of Massage and Myotherapy?
Put simply, the benefits of regular soft tissue therapies such as those offered above are:
- Reduced Stress
- Reduced Pain due to muscular spasm and connective tissue stiffness
- Improved flexibility
- Improved circulation
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system and removal of swelling/inflammatory products
Preventative medicine has been understood since pre-biblical times. If the benefits of Remedial Massage or Myotherapy are so well know, why do we all leave it until things become so bad that we have to desperately see a physiotherapist?