remedial massage and myotherapy

Why Knot Massage is dedicated to providing quality Remedial Massage and Myotherapy treatments to the residents of Ballarat and surrounding districts. With our central location within the CBD of Ballarat we are the best situated clinic to provide outstanding Massage and Myotherapy services to the Ballarat population.

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sciatic pain
  • Sporting and repetitive strain injuries
  • The discomfort of pregnancy

Myotherapy and Remedial Massage are a useful adjunct to other therapies such as chiropractic, physiotherapy and acupuncture.  Our Myotherapsits and Remedial Massage therapists at Why Knot Massage Ballarat have over 25 years experience in providing the relief of muscular pain and discomfort. 

Young woman receiving a leg massage in a health club

fast and effective relief of pain

Do you suffer with frequent back or joint pain? Have you tried any number of different treatments and therapies only to find the pain keeps re-occuring? Then it's time you tried Myotherapy.

Both Remedial Massage Therapists and Myotherapists have extensive training in anatomy and physiology. Both provide remedial massage as part of a session, however, Myotherapy involves the use of many different modalities, including remedial massage, trigger point therapy, cupping, dry needling, heat and ice, corrective exercises and stretching. Your Myotherapist will apply these as fit, not all modalities will be used in the one session.

Conditions that benefit from Myotherapy include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Postural problems including scoliosis and kyphosis
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow
  • Shin splints and Compartment Syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpel Tunnel and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Repetitve Strain/Culmative Trauma
  • Fibromyalgia

Don't suffer with back or joint pain any longer. Most clients gain considerable relief within one to three Myotherapy sessions. It is recommended that your initial appointment be for an hour as your Myotherapist will want to make a thorough assessment. At the end of your Myotherapy session your therapist may recommend corrective exercises to prevent further re-occurrence and to improve posture. Instant electronic health fund rebates are available on Myotherapy. Both Dayne and Stacey are registered Myotherapists. BOOK ONLINE

deep tissue remedial massage

Deep tissue remedial massage releases chronic tension and pain in muscles, increases flexibility, reduces muscle fatigue and helps manage stress.  The team Why Knot Massage specialises in deep tissue remedial massage (especially us girls).


Remedial massage is a holistic treatment which addresses not only the symptoms of pain and limited range of movement but also the cause of the problem.

Deep tissue remedial massage gets results faster than other types of massage.  It releases tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure.  It helps restore normal movement, reduces pain and stiffness in muscles by releasing trigger points, stretching shortened muscles and encouraging improved circulation all of which hastens the “pain” recovery process.  Some conditions which respond well to remedial massage include headaches, migraines, sciatica, sports injuries, general lower back, neck and shoulder pain. Discover the benefits of remedial massage yourself today

deep tissue
Relief is at hand

Many people in our society suffer with back pain that limits their mobility and general living comfort. In Australia back problems represent the greatest number of claims for workers compensation.


Each year there are more back injuries in our workforce than we had total casualties in World War II.  It is no secret that back injuries are a major and costly problem that affects many Australians.

Often the major symptoms of back problems do not occur until many years after an injury so you may remain completely unaware that a problem even exists.  This is where the apparent mystery of back pain unfolds.  Because the body is such a magnificent piece of equipment it will compensate for problems (sometimes for years) by recruiting other muscle groups to assist.  The stresses on your back slowly accumulate until eventually they are more than your body can take.  Then, suddenly, after some insignificant movement such as bending over a basin, getting out of the car or tying your shoelaces you experience acute back pain. You become a “bad back” statistic.

Spinal disease accounts for a very small percentage of back problems (less than 10%), so cumulative biomechanical stresses are the major cause of back problems. These include poor posture both sitting and standing, incorrect lifting techniques, heavy school bags slung over only one shoulder, dangerous and high impact exercise techniques, sitting for prolonged periods of time with a wallet in your back pocket and walking in high heel shoes. In many cases it is a combination of several factors that causes your “sudden back pain”.  Minimising the daily biomechanical stresses to your back is essential if you are to stay pain free.  * Extract “Spinal Shock”

Deep tissue remedial massage and Myotherapy are extremely effective in giving relief from the pain and misery caused by both acute and chronic back and neck pain.  The majority of individuals gain significant relief after only a couple of sessions.  Your remedial massage or myotherapist will take a comprehensive history of any past accidents, your current workplace duties, exercise regime, medical conditions and other details.  This will enable them to apply effective massage or myotherapy techniques to the problem areas, which will help to restore mobility and ease pain.  They may also recommend appropriate and beneficial stretching and strengthening exercises, which will help to maintain your back or neck, keeping them in good physical condition and most importantly keeping the pain away.


Cupping is an ancient Chinese technique in which a partial vacuum is created either by means of heat or suction (we use the suction method) in glass or plastic cups.


The cups are placed on the skin, the air is suctioned out creating a vacuum which draws the skin and superficial muscle layers up into the cup.  When the cup is left on the skin for a few minutes the resulting pressure encourages the flow of circulation (blood) into the area which helps reduce the localized tension and pain.  Please note that even when done correctly cupping can cause temporary bruising.  

Cupping is a very useful therapy for alleviating muscular tension and back pain.  It gets great results when combined with massage therapy.


sciatic Pain

Sciatic pain commonly known as sciatica is a condition marked by pain that radiates down from the lower back or buttocks into the back of the leg and calf.  It generally only affects one side of the body but can affect both.


People who do a lot of lifting or other repetitive activities involving the lower back and desk bound workers who spend long hours with little or no movement in the lower back area most often suffer from this condition.  The two most common causes of sciatic pain include disc problems that cause a direct compression on the sciatic nerve and compression of the sciatic nerve by muscles deep within the buttocks (most commonly the piriformis muscle) which when inflamed or tight place direct pressure on the sciatic nerve (which runs directly through or under the muscle), this condition is known as piriformis syndrome.

Remedial massage and Myotherapy are extremely effective tools for providing relief of both chronic (long term) and acute (short term) sciatic pain.  Massage helps to loosen up the tight muscle tissue that causes the compression on or around the sciatic nerve.  Once the muscles in the area resume normal flexibility and function your pain is dramatically reduced.   Most individuals gain significant relief after only a couple of treatments.

‘Why Knot’ make an appointment today.  You’ll be pleasantly relieved at the results.

pregnancy and Back pain

Being pregnant is an exciting time.  Your body changes in many ways to adapt to the new life that is growing within.  Some of these changes are welcome and some of them leave you feeling tired and emotional. 


One of the less looked forward to changes are the postural ones - the ones that come as a result of a baby bump developing at the front.The pressure on your postural muscles greatly increases as bub grows.  The incidence of back pain in pregnancy is quite high, up to 70% of pregnant women are effected regardless of age.  The main causes of back pain in pregnancy are a shift in your centre of gravity (the baby bump at the front), hormonal changes (you produce extra relaxin particularly in the later stages of pregnancy - this is to allow the ligaments and muscles especially of your pelvis to relax enough for you to be able to deliver the baby), an increase in body mass (all that extra fluid, placenta and bubs weighs a considerable amount) and of course any past history of back pain may be exaggerated by the above mentioned issues.

The lower back is the area from which we do most of our bending and twisting so it comes as no surprise that this is the area where most pregnant women feel discomfort or pain.  What can you do?  Maintaining a good level of physical activity, fitness and strength is likely to reduce the risk of back pain developing during pregnancy.  It will also help you to better cope with the physical stresses of labour (they don't call it labour for nothing).  Be careful with bending and lifting during pregnancy.  Lift correctly by bending your knees, keeping your back straight and holding the object you're  lifting close to your body.  There are a variety of supports available which may help alleviate lower back and pelvic pain.

Massage can also help relieve many of the discomforts of pregnancy.  It is also a wonderful way to relax.  Massage loosens tight muscles and calms the nervous system.  Massage helps relieve pain in the back, legs and feet the most common sites of discomfort in pregnancy.  It can also help slow the progress of varicose veins by helping to remove the excess  fluid that often accumulates in the lower legs during pregnancy. Why Knot Massage specialises in pregnancy massage.  We have a specially designed pregnancy mat with a belly hole in it; comfort plus for you and bubs.  Massage is healthful and enjoyable during pregnancy. 

'Why Knot' make an appointment today.

lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage massage combines light massage with gentle pumping movements. The rhythmic pressure of the gentle pumping movements creates an increase and decrease in pressure which assists the lymph flow and helps transport the fluid that has leaked out of the tissue back into the bloodstream.


Lymphatic drainage massage helps relieve pain and swelling. Lymphatic congestion can occur as a result of burns, injury, prolonged periods of immobility due to illnesss, surgery of any type including cosmetic and plastic surgery and certain other conditions. Many plastic surgeons recommend lymphatic drainage massage post operatively to hasten recovery and reduce the pain and swelling that results from surgery.

Lymph nodes are found throughout the body and in the limbs but predominately in the neck, pecs (underarms) and groin. Your massage therapist will always start with the nodes around your neck, collarbone and pecs (underarms). Our fully qualified lymphatic drainage massage therapist is Dayne. You need to allow at least one hour for a lymphatic drainage massage.

sports massage

Benefits and Effects

Sports massage offers benefits for all kinds of athletes from the elite to the weekend warrior. It is designed to help the sports person give optimal performance, recover quicker from training session and reduce the likelihood of injury. But you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to benefit from sports massage it is also good for people who have injuries, pain or restricted range of movement.

Many elite athletes are firm believers in the value of sports massage therapy. Athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport have regular massage when training and sometimes both pre and post event. Heavily exercised muscles often get overloaded with lactic acid and other waste products. This leads to chronically tight, sore muscle that lack the capacity to fully relax and contract, this in turn predisposes the sports person to muscles strains and tears.



According to Dr Glen Halvorson (MD) “Muscle strain is a common sports related injury with the potential to chronically impair performance. When preventative techniques such as sports massage are applied severe muscle strain may be avoided”.


Sports massage will help you:


  Reduce recovery times from training sessions

  Minimise the chances of muscle strains and tears

  Keep you healthy and competitive for longer

  Perform at your peak when it counts most


 You wouldn’t drive your car with flat tyres so why participate in sports with tired, sore or aching muscles.