At Otway Chiropractic our approach to chiropractic is simple. We believe that the health of our spines can play an integral part in how we can function. At Otway Chiropractic, our general patient goals are two-fold:
1. Relief Care
Initially, many people who are seeking care in our office for the first time have one goal: relief. During this initial stage of intensive care, we aim to:
• Uncover the underlying cause of the health problem
• Suggest a care plan to produce the fastest results possible
• Offer ways patients can participate in their recovery
• Explain the value of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
2. Maintenance Care
After dealing with the initial complaint, we encourage our patients to maintain the health of their spines. Like having your car regularly serviced, ongoing chiropractic care can play an important role in maintaining your spines optimal function.
Health is a journey, not a destination and taking steps to improve and maintain our overall health rather than wait for pain and symptoms to return is what we aim to communicate and empower our patients to achieve. Our desire is to see our patients abandon the prevailing sickness care model of health (waiting for symptoms and then taking action), in favour of the emerging maintenance model.
Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, which may cause muscular dysfunction and pain thus affecting movement and mobility.
Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures including trigger point therapy, dry needling, deep tissue massage, hot and cold therapies, cupping, passive/active muscle stretching, and corrective or rehabilitative exercises.
Trigger points within muscles are an example of muscle dysfunction that can cause deep aching pain, local tenderness, referred pain limiting strength and flexibility. Utilising palpation skills Myotherapists can identify trigger points and deactivate them using various soft tissue manipulation techniques.