Musculoskeletal Therapy (MST)

MST is a branch of manual medicine which focuses on the treatment and management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.  MST involves an extensive physical evaluation and an integrated therapeutic approach in the treatment of affected muscles, joints and nerves.

It uses standard methods of assessment such as postural evaluation, neurological and functional testing to determine the particular cause of musculoskeletal pain and associated dysfunction.

Some of the common conditions we see are:

  • Headaches
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Sports Injuries such as tendinitis, sprains and/or strains
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Knee Injuries
  • Postural Problems

Common techniques utilised during a session:

  • Joint mobilisation
  • Neurodynamics
  • Myofascial release (MFR)
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Muscle energy technique (MET)
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Neuromuscular technique (NMT)
  • Myofascial cupping technique
  • Dry needle therapy
  • Electrotherapy and electro dry needle therapy

What sort of training is required?

MST is a 3-year degree which provides a comprehensive theoretical foundation in biomedical and clinical sciences as is standard in most health science degrees.

The musculoskeletal therapist is trained in the development of communication and management skills including an appreciation of legal and ethical issues that may arise in a clinical setting.

Manual skills are core to MST training and are used in the exploration and evaluation of joint restriction and the contractile state of specific muscles covered in the course.

MST students gain clinical practice under supervision of qualified instructors in a variety of settings.