Nurturing Your Physical and Emotional Wellbeing with Musculoskeletal Therapies.
It’s no secret that taking care of our physical health can have profoundly positive impacts on our emotional and mental health too. In so many ways, the relationship between our physical self and mental self are so tightly intertwined that when one is out of balance, the other can become significantly impacted.
At MO+ Bondi Junction, we have recently introduced a number of musculoskeletal focused therapies that target both these things - physical and emotional health. The impact of musculoskeletal conditions has been shown to increase the likelihood of depression and anxiety in an individual. It is often the lack of knowing how said physical condition - for example, arthritis or chronic pain - could impact the life of a sufferer, driving poor mental health.
Working closely with your muscle and skeletal systems, a Musculoskeletal therapist will aim to identify and address underlying issues that can lead to physical pain and injuries. Whether it’s rehabilitation focused, or one off treatments, these techniques incorporate both remedial and mobilisation techniques, while your therapist will provide you with at home stretching and strengthening exercises to assist in maintaining functional alignment of the skeletal system.
With so many different environmental and hereditary factors contributing to musculoskeletal issues, it is imperative that we know how and when to address these. With focused therapies, MO+ hopes to support and nurture clients that may be suffering on both a physical and mental level.
Our musculoskeletal therapies are led by MO+ newcomer, Sam Minkin. Sam recently relocated to our Bondi Junction base from Brisbane, where he has worked with a number of world famous athletes, as well as a plethora of clients that have seen incredible results from his work. We know that, better than anyone, Sam is the person to introduce you to his area of expertise, and like every treatment at MO+, how he delivers a more holistic approach to both physical and mental well-being.
For Musculoskeletal first timers, what can a client expect from a treatment with you?
When people experience Musculoskeletal Therapy, they can expect a comprehensive approach to assessment and treating their presenting condition. Initial consultations aim at identifying the root causes for pain and dysfunction and addressing these whilst giving the person an understanding of what is going on with their body. Various techniques are used and could include myofascial cupping, dry needling including electro dry needling, laser, shockwave, joint manipulation and exercise. Clients can expect improvements in pain and range of motion immediately after the treatment, progressively getting better the days following.
When you talk about the connection between physical and mental health within the context of your treatments, how do you tackle both?
I use a very exciting and new method of assessing and treating the Vagus Nerve, which research has shown improves and treats anxiety and depression. It is non-invasive and pain free with some improvements being seen that day. Other types of methods I use include transcranial laser, which again is an evidence based approach to improving the activity of regions of the brain and mental health issues, used both without or alongside medication.
What positive impacts do you hope to see after treating a client?
The hope is that clients see a notable improvement in range of motion and a return of function. Ultimately the goal is to achieve the greatest amount of pain relief and educate the person on how they too can be doing musculoskeletal techniques at home. Not only should we expect an improvement in the physical body but the mind as well, gaining confidence in one’s self and abilities. I feel it is important to feel comfortable and have belief that a task can be done without fear of pain or failure.
After a treatment with you, what guidance will you give a client so they can really reap the benefits of their treatment with you?
In the initial consultation nutrition and lifestyle habits will be explored and I will provide advice on things that may be influencing or increasing presenting symptoms. A holistic approach and plan are put in place to address issues on a physical, mental, spiritual and biochemical level. Encompassing the various pillars of health is what makes this approach so personalised.
What prompted you to get into this field of work?
After years of working in the sports medicine industry, I became so much more aware of the intricate details of muscle and skeletal related pain and injuries. I found that studying Musculoskeletal therapy also took into consideration the bodies internal environment and how diet and lifestyle contribute to musculoskeletal disorders. I found it fascinating the link between mental health disorders and pain. Learning that chronic pain increases depression and vice versa, I found it strange that it was not common place to treat both considering the amount of people suffering chronic pain and secondary depression as a result. I have found great enjoyment and fulfilment helping my patients with both the physical body and regaining strong mental health. In my career I have seen firsthand how much an injury and pain can severely effect one’s future outlooks on life and their ability to provide for their family both physically and financially. Coming from a family where an immediate family member suffered from years of depression, I started to join the dots and understand the importance of mental and spiritual wellbeing, hitting close to home and my heart. The feeling I get when I change someone’s life, when they previously thought they may never recover, is truly a gift in itself.