Two ther­a­pies ap­peal to range of pa­tients at Mt Buller Gym

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By LIZ WEBB

FOR many years now, Mt Buller skiers and board­ers of all ages have beaten a path to Mt Buller Gym to visit Andy and Marg - the res­i­dent phys­io­ther­a­pists.

This year, Marg has moved on and Mt Buller now has a res­i­dent myother­a­pist.

Zoe Ket­tlewell has joined the team, and the choice of two ther­a­pies is ap­peal­ing to a wider range of pa­tients.

Zoe, while a rel­a­tively new prac­tis­ing myother­a­pist, is a very long time Mt Buller iden­tity.

She has skied Buller since she was five years old, worked at the Whitt for two sea­sons and is fa­mous for her “Blue Bras on Bourke Street” fundraiser in 2011, which col­lected funds for prostate can­cer aware­ness.

Mt Buller’s phys­io­ther­a­pist Andi Rogers is also well known and loved.

She has ‘saved’ many in­jured snow sports en­thu­si­asts in the past eight years.

Andi is also a snow­board and ski school in­struc­tor and is prob­a­bly most fa­mous for her yoga classes.

These two pas­sion­ate sportswomen are the ideal pro­fes­sion­als to call upon when your body is scream­ing for re­lief from the pain caused by the stresses and strains of your favourite snow sport.

There are dis­tinc­tions be­tween the two ther­a­pies and ex­plained very briefly, myother­apy (mus­cle ther­apy) is a form of phys­i­cal ther­apy used to treat or pre­vent soft tis­sue pain and re­stricted joint move­ment.

Myother­apy in­cor­po­rates trig­ger point ther­apy and a wide range of soft tis­sue mas­sage and ma­nip­u­la­tion, dry needling, cup­ping and joint mo­bil­i­sa­tion.

Myother­a­pists also use stretch­ing, nu­tri­tional ad­vice, ex­er­cise pre­scrip­tion, pos­tural ad­vice, and heat and cold ther­apy, all to tar­get spe­cific mus­cle ar­eas.

It re­quires lit­tle pa­tient par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Myother­a­pists give a spe­cial, very deep tis­sue mas­sage.

The pa­tient does lit­tle ac­tive work dur­ing the ses­sion.

Be­cause they work so deeply and in­tensely, myother­apy can be painful dur­ing the treat­ment, but the ther­a­pist will al­ways gauge how much pres­sure is com­fort­able for the pa­tient to achieve op­ti­mal re­lease and re­lief of their pain.

Phys­io­ther­a­pists deal with a wide range of move­ment im­pair­ments in the gen­eral com­mu­nity, but of course at Mt Buller these are usu­ally mus­cu­loskele­tal in­juries.

Phys­io­ther­a­pists as­sess and di­ag­nose the prob­lem be­fore us­ing a wide range of treat­ment tech­niques.

This of­ten re­quires ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion from the pa­tient.

Phys­io­ther­a­pists use pas­sive tech­niques such as joint mo­bil­i­sa­tion, mas­sage, dry needling, elec­trother­apy, strap­ping and braces, but they also fre­quently use graded ex­er­cise pro­grams to re­ha­bil­i­tate in­jured bod­ies back to their nor­mal ac­tiv­ity lev­els.

Call the gym on 57776000 to make a book­ing and see the re­sults for your­self.

Andi Rogers

Zoe Ket­tlewell

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