You might not be familiar with what a musculoskeletal therapist does or how they’re different to other therapists. This page will help you understand this relatively new form of therapy.
First off, it’s important to know musculoskeletal therapists are not physiotherapists, nor are they massage therapists. An easy way to get on the wrong side of your MST is to call them as a masseuse, this often results in a lot of elbow use in sore spots during your treatment.
MSTs are bachelor degree qualified professionals, helping prevent injury and reduce pain by addressing postural and movement dysfunctions.
An MST is hands on like a remedial massage therapist but has the exercise and rehabilitation knowledge of a physio. A musculoskeletal treatment might be any combination of the following:
- Deep tissue
- Myofascial release
- Trigger pointing
- Muscle energy techniques
- Joint mobilisation
- Dry needling
- Posture and/or gait assesment
- Strengthening exercises
Musculoskeletal therapists are experts in movement and function, and so do not confine their talents to treating people who are in pain. A large part of a MST’s program is directed at preventing injury, loss of movement, and even surgery. In addition to hands-on care, there is a big emphasis on educating clients to take care of themselves outside of the clinic.