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An enthusiastic sportsperson, Monique played soccer for 16 years at premier league division as a goal keeper but has now traded in her gloves for her love of Pilates. As a nationally qualified Myotherapist, Remedial Massage Therapist and Pilates instructor; Monique understands the importance of both injury prevention and rehabilitation from a practitioner and patient point of view. ” I love trying to understand how the human body moves and works and I love helping people experience over-all good health and well-being.”
Combining assessment with evidence based treatment plans to strengthen the body using exercises, Monique is able to formulate the right approach to overcome a range of ailments including acute injuries, chronic pain management and general maintenance.
As a myotherapist, Monique is often asked how it differs to remedial massage. Most people know that remedial massage is one component in a myotherapist’s training, however fewer people realise that myotherapists are Independent Allied Health Practitioners, who treat many of the same conditions regularly seen in community settings by osteopaths and physiotherapists. “Myotherapists, like remedial massage therapists, are highly skilled in the use of massage to reduce tension and pain in the body’s muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. However, this is where a remedial therapists skills stop. Myotherapists also utilise a wide range of additional manual therapy techniques including. joint mobilisation, muscle energy techniques, myofascial manipulation and release, positional release techniques and assisted PNF stretching.”
Monique understands that treatment doesn’t have to be about ‘no pain no gain’ – massage doesn’t have to be painful to work well. “So much of helping an individual can be achieved just through touch but I also like that we have multiple methods in our tool box to help our clients correct movement imbalances and treat musculoskeletal function problems.”
Monique has a special interest in the management and rehabilitation of hypermobility, chronic pain and pelvic dysfunctions. She enjoys treating clients of all ages and athletic ability, especially elite athletes, weekend warriors and kids who are honing their skills on their way to elite level performance.
Clinical Pilates is one of Monique’s secret weapons to help all her clients return to their activities of daily living and sport.
She is also passionate about the use of dry needling to assist with local muscular pain and improving function through trigger points. Using a fine filament needle inserted into the center of a myofascial trigger point, blood pools around the needle triggering the contracted muscle fibers to relax by providing those fibers with fresh oxygen and nutrients, as well as by flushing away any additional acidic chemicals. This, in turn, leads to the decompression of the local blood and nerve supply. “I use dry needling to aid in releasing myofascial trigger points (muscle knots in any part of the body) that’s often too painful for the client to release using manual therapy techniques.”
When not working, Monique likes to hone her Pilates skills, spend time with her long fur child Hugo (the dachshund) and watching EPL at 2am with her partner.
17 years of dance training, 12 years of tennis and 7 years of competitive rock climbing fuelled Kelsey’s interest in sport and associated injuries. “I’d always been interested in health and fitness and Myotherapy was a great transition from Personal Training into the treatment and rehabilitation of a lot of the issues I saw in the gym. It came with a stronger understanding of the human body.”
While sport is her passion, Kelsey believes that creating solid foundations of strength and rehabilitation are key components in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, whether you work in an office or as an elite athlete. “Having participated in a fair few sports over the years it’s given me a better understanding of the demands the body can be put through, the movements required to succeed and the difficult task of taking time away from the sport you love when injured.”
Kelsey employs a hands-on approach when treating muscular pains and joint dysfunction, complementing treatment outcomes with modalities such as cupping, dry needling, trigger point therapy, and taping. “Shoulder joint issues really fascinate me because they can be unpredictable and complex. I really enjoy the process of breaking down why the injury has occurred in the first place and rehabilitating the joint structures.”
Kelsey believes we never stop learning and is currently studying physiotherapy. “I’m keen to incorporate my myotherapy knowledge into what I’m learning as a student physiotherapist. I don’t want to abandon my myotherapy roots, but use them to better my outlook and understanding of treatment and rehabilitation.”
Away from work, Kelsey is an avid participator in rock climbing and has competed in both state and national events. “I can also be a great couch potato when I need some down time and enjoy meeting up with friends.”