MODALITY OF THE WEEK: MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY
Available at Paws Connect! The musculoskeletal system facilitates mobility, provides postural and joint stability, and is also involved in stimulation and maintenance of thermoregulatory, digestive, lymphatic and neurological processes. Interlinked with vital feedback loops that maintain optimum wellbeing, health and performance, it is of no surprise how important optimal function of this body system is. Musculoskeletal dysfunction and associated pathologies often present as a physiological response to trauma. When under stress, muscles respond by contracting, which in turn, results in decreased range of motion and compensatory patterns that have flow on effects to the rest of the body. Left untreated, once severe spasm, contraction or compensatory patterns develop, the muscles cease to function effectively and efficiently. Not only does this effect movement, gait, posture and overall function of interlinked body systems, but contracted muscle tissue loses its elastic capacity to stretch, and may tear when under load.
Trauma can take on many forms, from general overexertion, overstretching, repetitive or concussive stress, to blunt force trauma, accidents, illness, disease, autoimmune conditions or post-surgical recovery. Myofunctional therapy is a soft tissue therapy focused on the assessment, management and where possible, the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated pathologies. Myofunctional therapy primarily involves identification and release of muscular trigger points to reduce trauma-induced contraction of muscle fibres, ease pain-inducing spasms, and increase elasticity, but may offer a wide range of benefits beyond alleviating musculoskeletal pain and tension.