Myotherapy

‘For Optimal Painfree Movement'


Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer - Adv.Dip.App.Sci. (RMIT) IRMA Registered.

Katie Palmer is a University trained Myotherapist who completed her qualifications at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Melbourne.

As an IRMA Registered Myotherapist, Katie has worked with elite athletes in various sports including club golfers, elite amateurs and PGA professionals at the Gippsland Sports Academy and the Victorian Golf Association (VGA).

Previously, Katie has worked with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) golf program, AFL, VFL & NBL.

Katie is interested in the role played by treating and assessing muscles of postural control in human performance (specifically golf at all levels) with the integration of preventative/corrective based exercises with soft tissue techniques.

Katie is also a clinical supervisor for RMIT Myotherapy students and international physiotherapy students and is currently studying for her Masters degree in Musculo-skeletal Management.


What is Myotherapy?

Myotherapy is a multi-skilled physical therapy ‘muscle therapy' with in the Allied Health Profession.

Myotherapy is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body.

Fully Qualified and Registered Myotherapist's are trained to high standards in the care of soft tissue structures of the human body and it's consequential biomechanical and injurious effect on the skeleton, including joint pathology.

Palpation and hands-on skills are a hallmark of the Myotherapy profession.

Myotherapist's place great emphasis on the importance of the ‘feel' and ‘integrity' of the tissue and structure in the body and it's deviations from the ‘norm'.


What does a Myotherapist do?

Depending on the particular problem, a Myotherapist may use a combination of the following:

  • Soft tissue Manipulation
  • Thermal therapies (heat & cold)
  • Electromechanical Stimulation (TENS machine)
  • Myofascial dry needling
  • Advanced Myofascial stretching
  • Corrective , Performance and Rehabilitative Exercise Prescription


Myotherapy and Golf

With a great level of Golf specific Anatomical and Physiological knowledge base, Myotherapist's within the Melbourne Golf Injury Clinic (Dandenong Back & Sports Therapy Clinic), and associated companies, are highly trained to treat and physically train golfers of all levels and ages.

Golf is a physically demanding activity, which requires the body to maintain and sequence muscles in the correct capacity over a prolonged period of time and with great finesse.

Myotherapy can be implemented extremely effectively in the physical treatment, maintenance and re-training of the body specifically to the demands of each golfing body type and game plan.

Biomechanical mishaps, associated with topping the golf ball either with poor technique or muscle tightness can occur. With treatment the body is able to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the musculo-skeletal structures of the human body, thus allowing full pelvic rotation, extension through the spine and correct spine angle.

Below is a lateral view of a professional golfer with a neck complaint during his set up.


Pre-Myotherapy Treatment

Neck complaint

Question
Can you work out why this golfer has a current neck complaint that is exacerbated through repetitive game practice?

Answer
Posturally this golfer has his tilted forwards beyond what is considered normal. His shoulders are also rounded which is continually straining both the upper and mid-back regions.


Post Myotherapy Treatment

Correct Head Posture

Posturally this golfer has his head positioning in the correct anatomical positioning with his head in line with the lateral aspect of the shoulder joint.

There is a significant improvement with more of an upright positioning throughout the mid back region.

Together this will minimize the repetitive strain on this professional golfer's neck and back regions in order for a functional swing.


Our International Myotherapy Team

  • Katie Palmer
  • Liam Fitzpatrick
  • Scott Wright
  • Andrew Gluyas
  • Glen Burton


For more information on this please contact golfphysio@golfmed.net


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