30 Jun Podcast Interview: Ainslie Bryce
What is a myotherapist?
Myotherapy is another alternative health branch. We focus on soft tissue injuries and assessment. It is scientific-based alternative health, like Osteothapy, Chiropractors, Physiotherapy realm. We work on muscles and fascia, which is connective tissue and tendons, which connect your muscles to joints and bones.
So we’re soft tissue specialist and I use massage, cupping and dry needling as my base techniques and some stretches if needed.
What’s the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?
I’m not a traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, and I’m not an acupuncturist. I do not work on the Meridian lines, which are points through our body that correlate with different organs and energy flow in the body, which is traditional Chinese Chinese medicine
As a Myotherapist I work on the tight muscles and the trigger point. So I will dry needle in or around the trigger points. So you can have primary trigger points or satellite trigger points. You might have pain in your shoulder, but it’s coming from your neck or vice versa. So that’s my job to decipher with the help of my patient to work out which muscle is in distress and work that out.
How do you figure out looking at someone or looking at their body and find that trust with your clients?
A lot of talking, I think this is why I like my job because a lot of people put a lot of trust in me and tell me a lot of things. I call my room, the cocoon people tell you all to stuff so safe with you. and I think that’s very important as well.
But you’re the one getting half-naked and getting on my table, so you need a bit of trust there. A lot of people trust me like that. I love my job and I love my patients but I’m not one to push you into anything.
As a myotherapist, you study a lot of anatomy and I love that you know so much about the human body when you’re doing treatment. Do you have patients that have a lightbulb moment the getting treatment?
It still fascinates me that people will say “I didn’t even know that I have headaches until I saw you! Once my shoulders were treated, I noticed my head was clear out and I was concentrating more.”
It’s a discovery from the other side. I love hearing it because it’s like, wow, you didn’t come to me with a headache, you didn’t even mention a headache. I asked if you clench or grind your teeth and you said sometimes, [but when] I say a headache, not really.
How much does breath come into your treatment?
I remind clients about breathing. So if they’re coming in with head and neck pain, we treat their neck and shoulders. They might grind their teeth, so you treat the jaw and the mouth, and then I’ll say to them, so I want you to practice deep belly breathing. Put your hands on your belly and do some breathing so you can feel your belly rising and falling. They’ll come back maybe a week later and say it made such a difference.
Yogis have known this for centuries, Traditional Chinese martial artists have known this for centuries. It’s not new, it’s just, we haven’t been taught or we’ve forgotten.
How do you approach touch and consent if someone isn’t super comfortable with being touched?
That’s another element of the trust-building thing. But some people just don’t like people touching them and that’s okay
I can use different techniques like moving the limbs, hold the muscle and move the limb so the muscle is moving under my pressure. So there are ways around it. People can sit on the table or lie on their side and work your way around your patient.