Anyone who practices MUSKELYM THERAPY will find that most Patients come to them as absolutely the last resort. They will have had pills, injections, manipulation, exercise, ultra-sound, surgery and even pins stuck in them in an attempt to find a cure. Finally MUSKELYM THERAPY is tried, by which time the problem is old, well entrenched, difficult and resistant to treatment.
We don’t see other Therapists’ successes only their failures.
Logically one or two sessions are unlikely to be sufficient to undo years of damage such as this. If a patient has had a problem with a muscle or joint for several years a therapist would be having an extraordinary success if they reduce the pain in a matter of a year. Even so we average better than a nine out of ten success rate and often within two or three sessions. Which, if you think about it, makes us incredibly good value for money.
has developed from existing knowledge of advanced massage techniques combined with recent research by Anatomists, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Structural Integrationists [Rolfers] and Masseurs. The research appeared for many years to just be advancing quite separately in several directions; Muscles, Skeletal, Connective Tissue and Lymphatic as separate systems but recently developed theories tied them together again and the combined thinking formed a whole new way of understanding the body. The way in which all the separate sections interact explains why known techniques work and how, in some instances, they can be applied slightly differently or in combination so that they become more effective. This new way of looking at the body made clear the importance of thoroughness. This knowledge when put to the test of actual long term pain proves to be extremely effective and so creates this new Therapy.
The first thing I would like to point out is a fact we are all taught in the early part of our training which once we start working we happily ignor.
If you learn the techniques and principals then
Massage was used throughout Britain’s hospitals before the N.H.S. and then it withered for thirty years but led the revival of interest in complementary medicine in the eighties and nineties since when there has been so much research our knowledge has moved on hugely. Over the years we have been able to refine old techniques in light of new knowledge and develop new ones based on a better understanding. For a long time it seemed that we were refining techniques and knowledge in the three separate areas of our expertise but recently they gradually merged together again interacting within the Patient’s body to produce a new rounded Therapy which largely deals with the day to day pains of life.
Because advanced massage is time consuming and therefore expensive, though it had been used throughout the country’s Hospitals pre NHS, it has withered under the guiding hand of their accountants. So at a time when advanced Remedial Massage and Bodywork was almost an entirely lost therapy Mike took the courses that were available. On these the level of knowledge had sunk to the point where a treatment option that applied to every joint in the body was shown on one specific joint, you were left to work out how to apply it to all the rest yourself. Mostly those techniques that Osteopaths learn on their courses but never use because they are mobilisation and, for them, manipulation is quicker and simpler to understand and use.
Of course the other big difference between the Osteopathic approach and Massage is the former works mostly with focus and masseurs work holistically.
Working with Mobilisation may be safer and more effective for chronic problems but it is slower to apply and in business four to six patients an hour is more sensible than one. Not noted for his business sense Mike persisted in resurrecting this old knowledge, then developed that knowledge researching the available information and progressing it in his work.
In the mean time within mainstream medicine a group of Physios based in New Zealand had come to the conclusion that Mobilisation held the answers to some complex problems and these called their work Musculo/Skeletal Medicine and being Allopathic they are able to access research funds and are busy proving that mobilisation is both safe and effective.
If you would like to see some of their research try the magazine “Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine”
Musculo/skeletal medicine is being taken up rapidly throughout the world, and in this country it is in the process of becoming an accepted subdivision of Orthopaedic Medicine.
Over years of work Mike, accessing much of this research along with the research of other Allopathic medicine, Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Structural Integration to augment his original knowledge and experience had developed Musculo/Skeletal/Lymphatic Therapy. So we have very similar therapies developing independently.
To Mobilise a joint is to attempt to correct its function by moving it passively; by flexing it; by using the muscles around it to pull on it; by moving the adjacent skeleton whilst restricting the movement of that joint; by manual distraction, easing the joint slightly and allowing the ligaments to realign the joint whilst they bring it together again, or any combination of these. It is not Manipulation. That is, it is not the application of direct pressure to a bone with the intention of moving that bone into a correct alignment. So it is a gentle technique that works using the body’s natural healing system to correct its problems holistically.
And why is an Holistic approach more likely to be effective?
Apart from the obvious that being more thorough is always a better way of doing a job. Recently it has been proved that the body uses muscle fibre connections direct from one muscle to the next to stimulate adjacent muscles to transfer weights to the core. These provide lines of connecting spasm through the body when things go wrong. Ida Rolf first said ‘Fascial trains’ existed in the fifties, her followers, those who practice Structural Integration – called Rolfing, now call them ‘Anatomy Trains’.
The evidence of interconnections through muscle fibres from one muscle to the next is proven and so the old song of ‘the hip bone is connected to the leg bone the leg bone is connected to the ——‘ was also absolutely right and a problem in your shoulder can connect directly with one in your calf. The only way to help chronic problems that have developed these ‘muscle trains’ is to relieve them all at the same time. Which means you must be able to recognise them and predict their probable courses. That’s
If you would like to attend a Masterclass or organise one you will see and be able to assess for yourself the power of this therapy to relieve many painful conditions and it will show you a way in which you could help relieve much suffering.