Headache Relief

Headache Relief

headache reliefHeadache Assessment

Headache relief comes from a thorough assessment. We can tell in the clinic if your pain is musculoskeletal by taking a history of your headaches and assessing your joints, muscles and nerves. If we see anything of concern, we will refer you to your doctor with a letter of findings.

“more common in women than men”

Is one of the most common symptom experienced by humans. Headaches are usually harmless but can sometimes be a pointer to a more serious illness. That is why, it is always a good idea to see your practitioner or doctor to clear any serious.

Normally the severity of the headache bears no relation to the gravity of the diagnosis” Dr. Spira. 

The assessment involves differentiating between the most common forms of headache and those that may indicate an underlying illness.  Here are some categories of the type of headaches:

  • Normal headaches eg. food reaction, exercise induced, fasting induced
  • Recurring headaches eg. tension the headaches, migraine, cluster headache
  • Nerve headaches eg. direct nerve compression – Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Muscle contraction headaches
  • Medication misuse headaches
  • Head injury headache
  • Serious cause of headaches eg. Brain tumour

Headache Management

While there is no absolute cure for headaches, they are generally musculoskeletal in nature and therefore there are heaps of treatment options. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR IF TREATMENT OPTIONS AREN’T WORKING.


Some can be taken to prevent a headache from happening and some when the patient has a headache. CONSULT A DOCTOR FOR ADVISE ON THIS.

Other therapies – Myotherapy

Here are some factors we look at in your Myotherapy session with us –

  • Where is your pain? (Muscle tension can cause headache type symptoms = this tells us what muscle the headache might be coming from)
  • Do you grind/clench your teeth? Do you have jaw pain? (Jaw muscle tension can cause neck and head tension)
  • What activities/movements are you doing when the pain comes on? What repetitive movements do you do in your day?
  • How is your car, TV and desk set up?
  • Are there any movement faults in your neck/ upper body/ shoulder that we need to restore? (healthy joint = healthy muscle) Have your ever tried The Mckenzie Method?
  • Do you have pain at night / in the morning?
  • What pillow/ mattress do you sleep on? (Duck mattress and Therapeutic Pillows Australia)
  • What Medications are you on? (e/g/ The pill?)
  • Water intake? Nutritional reactions? Do you have any food intolerances?


Feel like you qualify in one or more of these dot points? Try spend some time fixing these and see if your headache gets better. We want to decrease the frequency/ intensity before getting rid of the pain all together. Book in a free 15 min chat to see if we can help you!



Migraine and Other Headaches 2000   Professor James Lance
Headaches 2000 Dr Paul Spira Health Essentials
Understanding Migraine & Other Headaches 2002 Dr Anne MacGregor
Headache 1999 British Brain & Spine Foundation


Is your pregnancy pain musculoskeletal? Try these stretches!

Is your pregnancy pain musculoskeletal? Try these stretches!

There are several reasons why you might experience pregnancy pains related to muscle, joint and nerve. Depending on where the pain is, the intensity of the pain and the type of pain will determine the best course of action to resolve your pain. If the following exercises don’t help or if your pain is intense, please get a consultation for personalised advice or visit your doctor. Furthermore If you are unsure of why you have pain (i.e. it’s an unfamiliar pain), if this is your first pregnancy or if your pain is severe, sharp, shooting, throbbing or deep you should see your doctor or specialist before all else.

Low Back Pain

This is the most common pregnancy pain we see at the clinic. The pain is usually right on the dimples at the very bottom of the low back. Sometimes there is referral up and down or across the low back as well. From how long women leave it before seeking treatment, I sense that there is a lot of pregnant ladies putting up with low back pain unnecessarily. Although low back pain is a common part of pregnancy and a lot of women experience it, this doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. Here in the clinic we find treating the gluteal and hip flexor trigger points together with some exercises and sometimes ROCK taping very effective. We treat either lying on your back, side lying or face down with a supportive belly pillow depending on how far along with your pregnancy you are, what area we are treating and depending on what you find most comfortable. We won’t keep you in any one position for too long and we will support you with pillows and towels where needed.

Try this exercise at home to see if it helps with your low back pain. Its purpose is to gently mobilise the spine allowing all the ligaments, tendons and muscles to get some blood flow and relax. If one way feels better than the other, you could try just doing one part of the cat stretch and finishing back at neutral spine (where the spine is in its natural position with the little dip in the low back).

Cat StretchImage result for cat stretch yoga

  1. On hands and knees gently curve your back towards the roof like you are trying to lengthen the back of your shirt. Make sure you softly drop your head as you get to the end of range.
  2. Now do the opposite. Gently dip your stomach and ribs towards the floor this time softly lifting the head as you reach the end of your range.
  3. Repeat 5-10 repetitions. Once you get the pattern working try moving one spinal segment at a time starting at the base of the spine and working your way up to the head. Try adding a breath, breathe out to move and take a breath in to prepare at either end.


Rib Pain

Depending on how far into your pregnancy you are, the pregnancy rib pain your experiencing could likely be your baby pressing up against your rib cage, especially in your 3rd trimester if your baby is in the breech position. If this is the case, positional changes, heat and if really bad pain, paracetamol (at the recommendation of your doctor or specialist only) might be of assistance. The most common musculoskeletal cause of rib pain we see in the clinic however is from the change in spinal position. This is from changes to your centre of gravity along with increased levels of the hormone relaxin. This makes the deep supportive spinal muscles (multifidis & rotators) work harder and in a shortened position which activates their Trigger Points which so happen to refer around the ribs. If your pain seems to start at the back or side of the ribs and run around towards the front, this is the most likely cause of your pain. To help alleviate this pain at home, try the following stretch.

Side Lying Rib RotationsImage result for side lying chest opener

  1. Lie on your side and support yourself with pillows, cushions or towels as needed. One under the head, under the belly and between the knees is often helpful.
  2. Bend your elbow of the arm that’s on top, drawing the elbow to the roof and sliding your hand along the lower arm.
  3. If it feels comfortable open out further by extending the arm behind you until you feel a gentle stretch around the chest area.
  4. Bend the elbow to gently bring the arm back through to the start position.
  5. Repeat 10-15 times each side.

Notes: Shorter limbs make for lighter work, so always start with the elbow bent and lengthen it to increase the exercise. Don’t forget to breathe! Try a breath in for step 2 and a breath out for step 3. Then a breath in to hold and a breath out to come back to the start position.


Sciatica is a very common pregnancy pain. It can come from the lower back or from a deep muscle in your bottom called the piriformis muscle. Sciatica is distinguished by a pain starting around the bottom or hip area and travelling down the leg past the knee, sometimes as far as the ankle or the foot. During pregnancy the hormone relaxin increases making the ligaments soften. This increases the amount of load placed on your muscles, sometimes the muscles can cause the problem, other times you can end up hanging into new postural positions and putting a lot of strain on the joints especially around the lower back and hips which can aggravate the discs or nerve spaces in the lower back. We treat sciatica a lot in the clinic. Try the following exercise for the back and see if it helps.

4 point kneeling – The rock back

  1. On your hands and knees make sure your hands are under yImage result for 4 point kneelingour shoulders and your knees are under your hips. Also make sure you are in neutral spine (no dip, no curve).
  2. Gently rock back towards your feet about half way then slowly return to the start position.
  3. Repeat 10 -20 times remembering to maintain neutral spine the entire time.

Hip/Groin Pain

There are several things that can cause hip and groin pregnancy pain depending on where the pain is therefore it is essential that you get a proper diagnosis before progressing with any exercises or stretches to help. A more serious causes of pain in this area is a DVT or deep vein thrombosis which is a type of blood clot. Some other things that can cause pain in this area are the round ligament, osteitis pubis, pubic symphysis irritation or inflammation and referral from the lower back.

In the clinic we mostly see people with pain relating to an imbalance of muscles around the pelvis and low back. Due to being right or left dominant in stance and exercises we tend to be a bit stronger on one side. As the relaxin hormone kicks in these muscles have to support your pregnant body more and more. If some muscles are stronger than others they start to play a game of tug of war which can cause pain in many different areas. We get people in who have already been diagnosed with things such as symphysis pubis, osteitis pubis, lower back disc irritation and round ligament pain just to name a few. Most people we see have more general aches and pains through the glutes, hips and groin and have not yet had a musculoskeletal diagnosis. We find either way, it comes back to this imbalance of muscles so our assessment, treatment and prescribed exercises will revolve around loosening off the tight muscles and strengthening the weak muscles. If there is inflammation we might use taping to help support to give the area a chance to heal. Taping is very safe during pregnancy unlike many anti-inflammatory medications.

One of the most common exercises I give to pregnant women is to strengthen their glutes and hamstrings. If you are still comfortable lying on your back try the first exercise, otherwise try the side lying exercise.

Pelvic Curl with Thera-band

  1. Tie the band firmly around your thighs and lie on your back.
  2. Place your knees and feet approximately hip width apart. Make sure your knee heights are the same before continuing, we want everything in alignment.
  3. Next imagine dots on your shirt and pants where your spinal segments are. What colour are your dots?!Image result for bridge with theraband
  4. Press with 50% effort out into the band and peel one dot at a time away from the floor starting at the bottom and working you way up to your shoulders. This should take about a 5 seconds and is nice to do on a breath out.
  5. Take a breath in at the top to prepare.
  6. Breathe out to slowly return the dots back down to the mat, this time starting at your shoulders and working down towards your bottom, try not to skip the lower back and maintain the pressure out into the band if you can.
  7. Repeat 5 repetitions the first time you do it and see how you feel the following day. Slowly add an extra repetition each day until you are doing 20 a day.

Sidelying leg kick with Thera-band

  1. Tie the band around your thighs just above your kneeImage result for side lying with band around thighs and lie on your side supporting yourself with pillows particularly for the head and your belly.
  2. Lift your leg to hip height then keeping your body steady, squeeze your glute muscles to take the leg behind you about 5-10 cms depending on your flexibility.
  3. Slowly return it back to the start position and repeat 5 times each side. If you feel good the next day you can add 1 repetition each day until you are doing 20 each side.


I hope you’ve gotten something out of todays article on pregnancy pain. Please remember that these are not tailored exercises for you specifically so if your pain persists or gets worse please come in and see us or if serious problems with your doctor or specialist. Here at Waverley Myotherapy Clinic we use a pregnancy pillow so you may be able to lie face down, a real treat during pregnancy! Once you are too big for the pregnancy pillow we will support you with pillows in the sidelying position. If you have any questions please contact us.

3 Stretches for a tight Pectoralis minor muscle

3 Stretches for a tight Pectoralis minor muscle

Pectoralis minor (the deeper smaller chest muscle) can cause pain in the front of the shoulder and down the arm when the Myofascial Trigger Points are activated. When tight this muscle can also compromise the bundle of nerves that run down the arm and tip the shoulder blade forward giving you a rounded shoulders look and winging the lower tip of the shoulder blade off the rib cage. As Myotherapists we see a lot of tight pec minors, in fact just about everyone that comes into the clinic has tight pec minor muscles!

So with that in mind here are a few good stretches to try. If yours is really tight you may get referral down your arm when doing the stretch or you may feel like it doesn’t ease off. If this happens to you, you will need to do some self myofascial release with a spikey ball before you stretch it.

Simply find the sore point, put the ball on it and put yourself and the ball against a wall or the floor depending on how much pressure you desire. Roll it around or let it sink in for about 60 seconds on the sore spot and your done! If you still have pain during the stretch after that you might be doing it incorrectly or you might need a different stretch so best to contact your musculoskeletal specialist in that case.

Customers who combine home exercises with treatment get better results! Click here to book a Myotherapy appointment.

Doorway Lunge Stretch

Step 1. Put your hands on the door frames above head height with your elbows bent.

Step 2. Lunge through the door until you feel a stretch then slide the hands further up or down until you feel a deeper stretch.

Step 3. Hold for 60 seconds or try a contract relax version. This can also be done one side at a time in the doorway for a stronger stretch.

Foam Roller Arm Circles: my personal favourite!

Step 1. Lie on a full foam roller with it length ways along your spine including supporting your head.

Step 2. Take both arm straight towards the wall behind you so that they come close to your ears.

Step 3. Start to bend the elbows as your slide your arms down by your sides trying to let your arms relax towards the floor as you do so.

Step 4. Repeat for 10-20 reps or until you feel they have relaxed off. You may also add a small 0.5 – 1 kg weight to help the stretch.

Floor Roll Away Stretch

Step 1. Lie on your back with one arm out at a 45 degree angle above you head with the elbow bent.

Step 2. Anchor your arm with some leg weights or a heavy pillow.

Step 3. Roll your body gently away from the side being stretched until you feel the stretch coming into the deep pec area.

I hope you have fun giving these stretches a go. If you have consistently tight pec minors it is worth chatting with your practitioner about testing the strength of your lower trap muscles. These muscles do the opposite action and are commonly weak in conjunction with a tight pec minor. Click here to check out some tips on how to test and strengthen your lower trap.

If you want better posture to look and feel great, get some professional advice specific to you. Click here to book a Myotherapy appointment

Ankle Stability

Ankle Stability

running, ankle stability
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

Why is my ankle stability important?

Whether you enjoy running, gymnastics, lifting weights or walking the dogs, ankle stability is important. Even moving from standing to sitting and vice versa requires some ankle mobility and stability. We want your ankles to be strong and flexible. Keep reading to learn how to test your ankles and also watch the video to learn the first steps of getting for stability.

How do I test my ankle stability?

Stand close to a wall or something you can grab onto if you loose your balance. Stand on one leg for 30 seconds. Now try the other side. If that was easy now try with your eyes closed. Be mindful you may loose your balance so make sure you are in a safe environment or we can go through it with you in the clinic. Again aim for 30 seconds each side. If you found you were wobbly on either of these exercises then it’s time to focus on building some ankle stability for yourself. You wouldn’t build a house without a good foundation and we shouldn’t expect our bodies to perform well if we aren’t taking care of our standing foundation, our ankles and feet. Watch the video below to take the next step!

What if I have an injury?

If you are suffering with any sort of pain related to or that may be coming from your feet / ankles. I suggest making a session with us to fully assess how to best remedy your individual situation. We can offer consultations both in the clinic and online for your convenience. Look forward to helping you become pain free and thrive!

P.S – here’s the booking link incase you need it 🙂

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Strengthen Your Glutes!

Get more compliments and reduce issues with your back, hips and knees. How? Strengthen your glutes! Free video with Myotherapist Sarah at MyoThrive.

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Video: Low Abs Strength & Test

Video: Low Abs Strength & Test

Why is low ab strength important?

Lower abdominal (low abs) strength is really important for activities of day to day living and even more important if you’re participating in sport or general exercise. Test if you have weak lower abdominals as it can reflect in poor posture, sore lower back and tight hip flexors, legs and glutes.

How to test if you have weak low abs

  1. Lie on your back with your legs extended up towards the roof with your back softly flat against your hands. Your head and shoulders should stay flat on the floor or mat throughout the exercise.
  2. Slowly lower your legs towards the floor trying to keep your back softly flattened into your hands througout. The test is over as soon as your lower back leaves your hands.

Note: if you have low back pain, or are unsure of this test in anyway, please do it accompanied by your Myotherapist, Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist.

How did you do? The closer your legs got to the floor without your back lifting, the stronger your low abs are. For activities of day to day living you should aim to get your legs just hovering off the floor whilst your back remains in that softly flattened state. If your legs were anywhere short of this then follow the video below to begin strengthening your lower abdominal muscles.

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Let us know how you are going

We love to hear about how people are going with their home exercise programs. Reach out on instagram, facebook or email [email protected] with your progressions, videos and pics on strengthening your low abs!

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Strengthen Your Glutes!

Strengthen Your Glutes!

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey”

― Kenji Miyazawa

Where are your glutes?

You glute muscles make up your bottom. There is the biggest and one closest to the surface called the gluteus maximus, the next deepest one called the gluteus medius and finally the even deeper and smallest one called gluteus minimus. There is also one we focus on a lot when we talk glutes called the piriformis. It’s quite a deep muscle and when it gets tight it can cause hip issues and sciatica type symptoms. Getting stronger glutes can help to offload the piriformis.

Strengthen your glutes, reduce back pain. Stronger glutes can help offload back, hip and knee joints

Why should I strengthen my glutes?

  1. Fill your jeans! Who doesn’t want a more shapely bottom!
  2. Stops other muscles such as back, hip flexors and hamstrings from becoming over used and over worked.
  3. By building and maintaining stronger glutes, it takes the pressure of your back, hip and knee joints for day to day tasks such as walking, sitting and bending.
  4. Reduces wearing of your back joints. If your glutes and low abs are weak combined with short tight muscles in your back and inner thighs, it can cause an increased curve in your back. This increased curve also called lordosis, can lead to early onset of degeneration and other back issues.
  5. Release tight glutes. It sounds like it should be the opposite, but where there is weakness, we often find tightness. This is due to the nervous system overreacting to feeling unstable. It will tell the muscles to spasm up to protect.

Follow along with MyoThrive Practitioner Sarah and start to strengthen your glutes! For beginners and advanced alike. Learn how to self massage the knots away, activate the glutes to fire them up and then embrace the burn!

Sarah is a Clinical Myotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor. She is also trained in the McKenzie method (aka Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy). She draws on her training and experience to ensure your nerves and muscles are ready to go before you start the work. “In my experience, this method results in better activation in the right muscles and also reduces the chance of injury.”

Now available online! If you’d like some extra help from Sarah and the MyoThrive team, get in contact via email [email protected] or find a time that suits you best in our online booking system.

Is your pain from stress?

Is your pain from stress?

Chronic stress can be damaging to our bodies. It can affect respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and even reproductive systems. But did you know that chronic stress also impacts the musculoskeletal system?


– The mechanism of stress in pain –

chronic pain

When stressful situations arise, the body’s response is to go into a ‘flight, fight response to protect itself against harm or injury. Physically this can be seen through tightening and spasming of muscles. This is an automatic reflex response, where the muscle tension will generally ease once the stressful situation has passed.

Why does the muscle still remain in spasm after the stress has gone?

Sometimes in the case of ongoing chronic stress, the body may have set into a cycle of pain even after the painful stimulus or stress has gone. It protects itself by staying in pain and so when stress arises again the body is already ‘protected’.

This can lead to a range of conditions such as:

  • Movement dysfunction – Restriction and pain on normal daily activities
  • Constant pain
  • Muscular spasm and muscle weakness
  • Headaches, migraines and Jaw pain
  • Neck, back and shoulder pain

The pain cycle can lead to further negative patterns

For example, fear avoidance is where a person with chronic stress and pain will start avoiding more and more things to try and stop triggering pain or stress, even though these activities may not be related. This in turn usually decreases physical activity, increases low mood and leads to further patterns around pain. This will continue in a downward spiral until something breaks the cycle.


– How to relieve pain related to stress –

fear avoidance

The earlier we assess and treat when the body is stressed both physically and mentally, the less likely the body will get into a pain cycle. Early intervention is key!

Stopping the pain progression

Step 1

If your pain has lasted more than 6 months, seek the advice of your health care professional. This is to make sure you don’t need a scan, a specialist referral or medication to help break the pain cycle.

Step 2

During your consultation an assessment will be performed through movement and orthopaedic test. The key is to find out what is going on so we can offer better treatment and management advice. Often during the movement testing we discover something that can help you at home.

Step 3

If a helpful, pain relieving movement is found, we will explain the what’s going on so you better understand your pain. Its really empowering! If we don’t find a movement that helps we will move on to some treatment.

Step 4

Treatment can include Massage, Dry Needling, Joint Mobilisation and Cupping to name a few. As Clinical Myotherapists we have a wide range of tools in our tool kit we can draw upon. This step is about assisting the movement therapy further by reducing pain and increasing movement. Oftentimes we can get more out of the movement therapy after treatment intervention.

Step 5

Lastly a Remedy Routine is given to you which outlines what you will continue doing to get out of pain. It will detail your movement therapy and may include stretches and strengthening but usually that comes a bit later. We will stay in touch via email to closely monitor progression and follow up in about a week initially to stay ahead of your pain cycle and progress your remedy routine.


– Stress reduction –

Stress reduction is an important part of reducing your pain. Things that can help reduce stress include exercise, meditation or mindfulness and talking about your problems with a friend. Sometimes the help of a Counsellor or Psychologist to learn new coping strategies or CBT for example can be very helpful.

Article by Dwan Rosairo & Sarah Hall (BHSc – Clinical Myotherapy) – If you’d like to chat, click here to book a free 15 minute consultation or book a full consult here.

Have you ever experienced low back pain?

Have you ever experienced low back pain?

Have you ever experienced low back pain that is also a pain in your Bottom?

When LBP strikes it is hard to know what to do or how to become pain free again. Clinical Myotherapist Dwan Rosairo explains Lower back and leg referral pain to you!

What and why?

LBP at any stage of life is inconvenient!

Generally speaking, its due to repetitive movement and has a gradual onset. Sometimes though, it occurs due to a sudden movement when gardening or picking washing up off the floor. This added load on your muscles, joints and nerves/ nervous system makes your body go into a protective spams to try protective itself. You then feel pain that can sometimes leave you feeling quite “stuck”.

You may think your leg or Gluteal muscle is the problem because thats where you feel it. It is very common for the primary cause of your leg pain to be your LB.

There are multiple forms and causes of LBP so it is always a good idea to seek professional advice to see exactly what treatment and exercises are going to be right for you.


The pain cycle begins from an the initial injury and continues until there is a treatment that tells it otherwise. Early intervention is key into breaking your pain cycle quickly and efficiently.


Assessment of your Lower spine is done through Orthopaedic tests and movement.

Mckenzie Method is used at Myothrive clinic to restore the fault of movement and interrupt your pain cycle. The Mckenzie Method is repeated movement into your end range testing, together with sustained postural loading to determine the effect on your symptoms. The therapist is trained to interpret the effect of these movements and postures on your symptoms and hopefully use an “easing” movement to decrease your pain. The method is empowering as it allows you to take control of your pain symptoms and treatment plan. If you are experiencing pain down your legs or into your hip, we want the movement we prescribe you to to move and centralise to make it easier to get rid off all together.

For more information use the links below.

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Research Supports Telehealth

Research Supports Telehealth

The not so latest tech trend in 2021 thanks to COVID -19 is Telehealth or online consultations. Telehealth in the Myotherapy world is a treatment, consultation and exercise session all achieved online, one-to-one. It’s a pain relief option you can access from your home and it’s actually been around for a while. Long enough to have some significant research backing it. The sentiment of the findings has not changed either, with many favourable outcomes supporting Telehealth. In fact, Telehealth rehabilitation outcomes were the same, if not better, than in person care.

See the video below where Clinical Myotherapist Sarah is conducting a Telehealth consultation.

Sarah says: “This video gives you a great idea of what to expect during your own session. We were able to assess and find a relieving exercise for the neck, mid back and low back all in one session! I then sent this customer an email containing her program with the correct technique, reps and sets of each exercise. There was not a laundry list of things to do either, just the things that actually made her feel better as she was already very active and I wanted her to continue on with that as much as possible.”

Evidence Telehealth works.

Have a look for yourself. Head to the leading Online Physiotherapist Karen Finnin’s blog “List of Research Articles About Telehealth In Physiotherapy” to see an updated list of physical therapy and physiotherapy papers supporting Telehealth. There is plenty of research on the validity, safety and effectiveness of Telehealth.

Did you know that Myotherapy uses the same approach as Physiotherapy?

In fact the Clinical Myotherapy is a 4 year Bachelor degree focusing just on the musculoskeletal system. In that time we learn loads of corrective / rehabilitative ways to help customers achieve a pain free state. You could say Clinical Myotherapy is taking one part of Physiotherapy and specialising in just that one area, the musculoskeletal system.

What to expect from a Myotherapy Telehealth Consultation.

Step 1.

We listen to the customers complaint and get subjective information and to gain clarity around what the problem is. This is done through a form that you can fill out in your own time before you e- meet your physical therapist. Problems that need a GP referral and or a scan can also be picked in stage 1 / 2.

Next you will be sent a link before your appointment and join the video call using secure software.

Step 2.

By this stage, we already have some differential diagnosis on what is causing your pain and how to fix it. We now need to assess your movement of the joint involved and surrounding areas to gain objective information to formulate your treatment plan.

Step 3.

We direct you on different treatment techniques to try and alleviate the pain or restriction. This might include movement through The Mckenzie Method, self release techniques and or a muscular activation exercises.

Step 4.

Next we retest the original assessed areas to see if we have improvement in pain and or movement.

Step 5.

Then we discuss what we have done, why it has helped and make sure you understand how you felt better. We finalise a specialised management plan using what we have identified to have helped in the session, so you can continue to improve without us. This will include what lifestyle factors are inhibiting your recovery, your goals and the plan moving into the next session. “Our aim is to teach you how to govern your own treatment plan and have control of your own body.” 


Booking a follow up session allows us to keep progressing your treatment to make sure what we are doing is going to help for the longer term. We are likely to change or add to your program overtime so you continue to make progress. How follow ups progress will depend on lifestyle factors and other underlying factors. For example if the pain has been there for years already there might be a few layers to peel back compared to a newer pain complaint.

Check ins. We keep in close contact via email, text or phone call to ensure your program is on track to achieving your pain and movement goals.

Referral if needed. If for some reason we are not progressing, rest assured we will get you to the right health professional to assist you further. This might be to a GP so you can continue your management plan or it might be a scan to better understand what is going on.

How can we help?

Via a online consultation you can book in for –

  • Initial / follow up or maintenance session
  • Clinical exercises session (Strength, flexibility, pilates, HIIT session)
  • Take home exercise program  / review exercise program
  • Ergonomic set up of desk / car or other activities you do each day
  • Running biomechanics check or biomechanics checks of common exercises that might be being done wrong to your body. e.g. deadlifts, kettle bell swings, push ups and pilates/ gym style exercises.

Myotherapist Sarah’s experience with using Telehealth to help friends and family back home.

“I’ve been using the idea of online consultations for some time now. I used to have time to travel home to country Victoria and help friends and family. After a few years, due to time constraints, I could only get back for special occasions. The usual story!

I still wanted to help people so I started asking if we could chat via phone or video to see if I could help them. The results we got were amazing. Research has caught up to my experience and shows that indeed staying “hands off” can be beneficial for recovery from pain and injury. This is because I’m teaching tools to help the customer get themselves out of pain.

I encourage anyone experiencing pain or restriction that can’t get to the clinic to give this a go. Whether you live interstate, are feeling unwell or on holidays. This can absolutely help you, the research supports it!”

How to make a start.

If you’d like to try an online consultation with us, simply head to our booking page here and give it a try. We have morning, afternoon, evening and weekend availability. We are currently offering a free 15 minute assessment with a fully qualified Clinical Myotherapist. If you’d like to take advantage of this no obligation offer please fill out the form below.

Testimonial from happy Telehealth Customer

“Dwan was able to assess my pain, provide a solution and look at the faults in my movement that caused the problem in the first place. Oh by the way, this was all done over a video call! Would highly recommend her to anyone.” John 20/03/2020.

How to improve your workout posture

How to improve your workout posture

When you have poor posture during your workout, it can lead to neck, shoulder and back complaints. Watch Sarah explain the biomechanics of what might be happening during your workout.

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Do you have poor posture?

To assess if this is a problem you might need to address, get someone to take a photo of you from the side on profile, just as Sarah stands side on in the video. If you’re at the gym you can get a bit of an idea standing side on in a mirror but you won’t be able to see your neck posture properly and it’s not a good idea to be checking your posture throughout a movement such as a deadlift or squat so def set up a camera or get someone to film you for movement based posture self analysis.

Common posture seen during workout

  • Ear is forward of your shoulder
  • Shoulders and ears are forward of the centre of your hips
  • Whole body is tilted forward
  • Whole body is tilted back
  • Sway back (bottom tucked with rounded shoulders)
  • Kyphotic / Lordotic back (exaggerated curve both in the upper and lower backs with forward tilt of hips)
  • Straight back (reduced curve in the upper and lower back)


It’s one thing to treat and manage poor posture but it’s good to know what things might be causing it so you can start to make some positive lifestyle changes too. The most common causes of poor posture we see in the clinic are:

  • Sitting at a desk for work without regular breaks
  • Studying at a desk without regular breaks
  • Imbalanced upper body or core exercise programs
  • Side sleeping without adequate support
  • Couch potato syndrome
  • Gaming without adequate support
  • Overuse of iphone/ipad
  • Lack of awareness of posture
  • Poor biomechanics during sport such as tennis or golf
  • Sustained hunched posture for work
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At Myothrive we like to address the underlying cause of your posture problem by doing a thorough assessment to see what’s strong, weak, long and short. From this we can help workout what pre workout routine will help you get in better alignment beforehand and watch stretches or release work might be helpful for after your workout.

If you think your posture could be improved, reach out and we can have chat, simply fill in the form below or ask our bot to contact us for you. We find the sooner you address postural concerns the less likely you are to end up with pain or injury. This goes for sport as well. Adding load by repetition in a game of soccer or netball can be just as bad as lifting a heavy weight when it comes to poor posture. If you know you need our help, you can click here to find a time that suits you best.

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

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What is TOS and how do us myo’s treat it? That’s what today’s blog is all about! If you have any hand or arm symptoms such as pain, numbness or tingling even if it only occurs at night it would be worthwhile having a read.

What is TOS?

Thoracic outlet syndrome is where the blood vessels and/or nerves become squashed between the first rib and the clavicle. This can result in numbness, tingling or pain in the neck, shoulder, arm or hand or a combination of symptoms in a combination of areas on down the same arm. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms it can be diagnosed and treated. It usually takes a month or two to resolve. If your symptoms are severe we suggest going straight to a medical practitioner for scans and specialist opinion however if your symptoms are moderate or mild Myotherapy may be a quicker and cheaper alternative to alleviating your pain.

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TOS is related to the nerves that come from your neck down into your arm

How does Myotherapy treat TOS?

We will first do some clinical assessment including a neural assessment to check what is causing your symptoms. Sometimes even though you have the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, your pain and symptoms can be coming from elsewhere such as carpal tunnel, from the neck of referred pain and tingling from trigger points around the shoulder, neck, arm or forearm. Once we determine the true cause for your symptoms we can usually do some treatment straight away.

The treatment for TOS specifically involves treating the muscles and mobilising the joints involved in drawing the first rib and the clavicle closer together. These might include the scalenes or the pectoralis minor for example. Next we will work with you to develop a plan so it doesn’t become a recurring theme. This may involve simply identifying the cause and changing some habits however it may also include some home based exercises, self treatment with a self release tool or some specific exercises you will need to do under supervision. We take into account your busy lifestyle so don’t worry that you’re going to go home with a long list of exercises.

What is the best home treatment for TOS?

Want to try something at home to help? Find us on instagram or facebook @myothrive for tips such as spiky ball release for the pectoralis minor muscle. Because the pec minor attaches from the coracoid process which sits just under the collar bone, and then down onto the first couple of ribs, when it gets tight and short, it can lift the rib cage up causing a narrow space for the nerve, artery and vein to pass through. By gently releasing the muscle we can allow the rib cage to drop back to it’s usual resting place and give more space to the blood vessels and nerves. Overdoing this one will leave you feeling bruised so take it slow for best results.

If you want to organise a chat with one of the Myotherapists here at Myothrive, simply email us at [email protected] and we can organise a time. Want to book now? Here’s the link!

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Do you ever experience groin or hip pain during or after running, deadlifts or squats? Do you feel like you never get a good hip flexor stretch even though to you they feel tight? It might be a hip alignment issue. A hip alignment issue can lead to Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI) which means an impingement of the hip.

FAI can become a problem for active and sedentary people alike. It may be aggravated by activity, sitting for long periods of time, operating the pedals in a car and crossing your legs.

On the other hand, even if you don’t have any symptoms these exercises may improve the quality of your chosen exercise. Check out the video below where I demonstrate 3 simple exercises that are quick and easy to help get your hip alignment improving. Let us know your favourite by leaving a comment!

Think you might have FAI?

There are 3 main types of FAI but often aligning the joint can make a huge difference to pain and function. Often people we treat in the clinic avoid surgery and cortisone injections all together.

Cam – This type of FAI occurs from a bit of extra bone on the head of the femur which then jams on the hip socket (acetabulum) during activity. This type typically occurs in young athletic men.

Pincer – This occurs more often in middle aged women and is the least common type of the 3. This type is caused by extra bone around the lip of the hip socket at the front then as the femoral head rotates it catches or jams against the extra bone.

Mixed – This is a combination of the two previous types; cam and pincer. As described above it causes a catching or jamming in the front of the joint capsule.

These 3 types all describe bone issues however often the pain is from other tissues around the area including ligament, tendon and muscle. Better hip alignment helps reduce the bodies protective mechanism. If movement begins to feel easier and pain begins to reduce, we know we are on the right track!

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CR Stretching or Contract-Relax Stretching is a form of stretching where you hold the muscle in a state of contraction for a period of time (usually around 5-10 seconds) then on the relax phase (usually around 3-5 seconds) you move the joint to it’s new longer range and repeat. Repeat this contract-relax phase for 3 to 5 times until the muscle no longer increases in range. Follow this by holding the last position for 30 seconds. Sounds easy enough, right? But what is actually happening and why choose this form of stretching over dynamic stretching or passive stretching?

What happens when you stretch?

We used to think that stretching was causing a change in the structure and length of a muscle. We now know that stretching is more to do with the nervous system than the muscle. Our bodies are adaptable to our environment and within certain limits we can either shorten or lengthen a muscle over time depending on what feedback the nervous system is receiving.

So what is actually happening? When you hold a stretch, your nervous system gives feedback to your central nervous system that tells it is safe to “let go”. The central nervous system then sends a signal back to the muscles instructing them to lengthen a little bit. When we contract-relax stretch we fast track these messages. Holding the final position for 30 seconds also helps the nervous system to think of this as the new normal. If repeated often enough, i.e. daily for a period of 6 weeks, you should see significant gains in flexibility.

Factors that affect flexibility

Factors that can limit a person’s flexibility include:

  • previous injury to the muscle that has caused scar tissue (scar tissue lays in a cross fibre pattern unless stretched during the repair phase)
  • elasticity of the skin
  • temperature of the tissues on stretch (warmth increase flexibility)
  • time of day (most people are more flexible in the afternoon)
  • age (pre-adolescents are typically more flexible than adults)
  • gender (females are typically more flexible than males)
  • and the most important factor, ones commitment to achieving flexibility!

Who choose CR Stretching?

When considering what type of stretching is most suitable, always consider the sport or activity you want to master. If you are wanting to weight lift, you don’t just want length in the muscle but you also want strength, therefore dynamic stretching using your weight lifting in conjunction with lengthening the muscle may work best. If doing gymnastics you need strength at end range so passive stretching is not enough to keep injuries at bay, you again need a slower version of dynamic stretching to keep the strength in the end range of your stretch ability.

Contract Relax stretching is a great choice for people wanting to increase their flexibility. Try stretching at night after all your training and work for the day is done and focus on balancing your body out. For example, my hip flexors are short compared to my hamstrings when compared to standard range of movement charts. As much as I’d achieve the splits a lot quicker if I stretch my hamstrings each night, it would do no good for my gym and running technique so I choose the slower pathway to flexibility over injury!

You can also choose a CR stretch when preparing for strength training. Once you have completed the round of contract-relax stretching and held the last position for 30 seconds or so, you simply need to activate the muscle to be ready for strength training. You can do this by holding one last contract phase for a period of 10-30 seconds. This sends signals to the brain to get ready for contractions rather than stay relaxed. Passive stretching before working out before activating the muscle can leave you vulnerable to injury.

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