Move more freely and WITHOUT pain

Remember when you were active and pain free…when you could keep going all day and repeat the next day…without soreness, stiffness or pain?

Let us help you move forward into your fully functional self and free of pain…

Let us help you with:

Myotherapy

Myotherapy is the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction using evidence based treatment techniques. Myotherapists are trained manual therapy professionals in the field of myofascial pain and dysfunction (pain that can be caused from the muscles and surrounding connective tissue). Myotherapists take into account all aspects of health and wellness to treat patients – this includes not only physical, but psychological, occupational and active daily living aspects of the client.

Myotherapy treatments incorporate the following:

A thorough client history, observations of tissues, movement, and gait, postural assessment, palpation of spine, peripheral joints, musculature, connective tissue and associated organs, clinical orthopaedic and neurological tests.

Myotherapists can also be trained in the use of TENS machines, lasers, ultrasound, rehabilitation aids, functional & medical cupping, taping, dry needling and exercise prescription for rehabilitation.

Myotherapy plays a role in manual medicine as a single mode of treatment, or is used in conjunction with treatment provided by both medical and other allied-health practitioners such as chiropractic, osteopathy, physiotherapy, podiatry and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Functional Movement

Functional movement are movements based on real-world situational biomechanics – how we move! They usually involve multi-planar (moving on different planes – forward and back, side to side & across your body), multi-joint movements (like when you bend your knee and ankle when you walk), which place demand on the body’s core musculature (your muscles) and innervation (To inNERVate is “to supply nerves to.” It also means “to stimulate” or “to supply with energy.” The word inNERVate sounds like what it is — it means to “put the nerves into” something).

So what does this mean for you? In active daily living we squat, lunge, bend, push, pull and rotate. Oh we also walk. These seven activities are functional movements. They are not normally done in isolation during our active daily living, we would normally combine these, say for example when you are picking up the washing basket and hanging out the washing, playing golf, walking and down up stairs, kicking the footy, throwing a ball, oh yes – emptying the dishwasher…the list is endless.

When we are not moving correctly, dysfunction and pain can occur (this is where Myotherapists are very useful!) The dysfunction may have occurred from an old injury, where you changed how you moved to stop the pain (guarding – to guard your injury) and you have probably continued with this change and created your new normal, thus loading up your body with dys-functional movements, then one day, with this constant change -everything started to tighten up and get sore – stiff – knotty & painful …

So how can we help you?

So you rolled over in bed? Or you were in the garden pulling weeds? Or you feel asleep in the couch? Or maybe you moved something that was too heavy? AND Now You have a sore something – back, neck, shoulder, hip, or leg…? So why do you think that is? Age? Just moved funny? Or just nothing – you actually don’t know…what you have done and why you are sore?

This is very common, you have no time and are just getting on with it, with life, how you do it doesn’t matter, it just has to get done ✅ Right? So you put up with your discomfort and pain and keep going.

How you are rushing through your day matters! You matter and so does how you move! Let us help you change your current normal of discomfort and pain and move forward to movement free from aches & pain!

After completing a comprehensive medical history, range of movement, orthopaedic and special testing we will come up with a clinical impression and treatment plan for YOUR muscular/ skeletal dysfunction or pain.

The start of the treatment plan could see some weekly treatments, so that we can start to change your normal (dysfunction or pain) to a new normal (relaxed, free of dysfunction or pain). These close together treatments will help your central nervous system be reprogrammed to accept your new normal.

During each treatment Rachael will be constantly checking on your comfort and discussing the techniques she will use.

Rachael Dixon

is a Myotherapist and Personal Trainer graduating from Australia College of Fitness and Bodyworks with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy and Cert III and IV in Fitness.

"Wholistic approach to the treatment"

As a person with Fibromyalgia and various other chronic diseases, I have found great relief in my symptoms in particular muscles stiffness, through the various techniques Rachael uses, such as dry needling, cupping, and myofascial release therapy. The wholistic approach to the treatment received has played a great part in my improved mobility and general health. I feel confident that with the gentle exercises that Rachael has set, I will continue to improve.

– Jo Giudice

"It’s a joy being able to turn my head when backing out with my car, without pain"

I am a 70 years of age male, I have 3 vertebrae in my neck fussed, moderate arthritis in my back and a few bulging discs in my lower back. My biggest problem is turning my body around, especially in the car.
Since seeing Rachael my range of motion has greatly improved and it’s a joy being able to turn my head when backing out with my car, without pain.

I highly recommend Rachael, not only for her incredible treatment, but also for her caring and professional manner.

– Sam G

Health Awareness Consulting – who are we? What do we do?

Rachael knows firsthand what a busy and stressful lifestyle can do to the body both physically and emotionally. She will be able to relate to your daily pressures and actively assist in helping you improve your functional body movements with both Myotherapy and functional movement correction. Rachael employs many Myotherapy treatment techniques and is a strong believer of myofascial release and joint mobilisation techniques. Rachael uses myofascial dry needling, medical and functional cupping and IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation). She will also guide you to improve your functional body movements through corrective exercise and stretching.

Rachael is big on educating her clients to better assist them in their daily active living. Knowledge is key, so she will endeavour to impart hers to you.

Rachael enjoys being outdoors and learning new ways to help her body function better. Exercise is a key part of Rachael’s life, though she has had some times that have been less active than she could have been (and paid the price!) she by the most part will exercise on a daily bases – stretching/yoga, walking and weights.

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