Two therapies appeal to range of patients at Mt Buller Gym
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.