Musculoskeletal therapists help patients recover from injuries and chronic pain through an extensive range of treatment modalities and therapeutic exercises.

These practitioners are also skilled in the use of a range of modalities to aid in patients’ recovery, aimed at relieving discomfort and pain throughout the body’s skeletal muscles and joints.

In Michael Butler’s case as an Advanced Musculoskeletal Practitioner, he is skilled at using a broad range of therapies in his work as displayed below to assist his patients.  By using his experience and knowledge with these modalities, Michael can select the best treatment regimen to suit a patient, and provide positive outcomes.

What is the Musculoskeletal System?

What do the words mean? The Musculoskeletal System is an integration of two systems, the Muscular system and the Skeletal system.

This Muscular system consists of the muscles, ligaments and tendons. cartilage, and other soft connective tissues.

The Skeletal system consists of all the bones, which make up the skeleton. The skeleton provides a framework for the muscles and other soft tissues.

The integrated Musculoskeletal System gives the body its structure, support and posture, enabling the body to move around, or hold a static position. Adult bodies have 206 bones and more than 600 muscles, connected by ligaments, tendons and soft tissues.

How Does the Musculoskeletal System Work?

  1. The Nervous System (brain and nerves) sends a message to activate Skeletal (voluntary) Muscles.
  2. The Muscle Fibres contract (tense up) in response to the message.
  3. When the Muscle activates or shortens, it pulls on the Tendon. (Tendons attach muscles to bones.)
  4. The Tendon pulls the Bone, making it move. (Tendons are tough but not very stretchy.)
  5. To relax a Muscle, the Nervous System sends another message. It triggers the Muscle to relax or deactivate.

The relaxed Muscle releases tension, moving the bone to a resting position.

Musculoskeletal System Structures

Other essential structures in the Musculoskeletal System are:


They help to maintain skeletal stability by attaching bones to bones.


Bones come together to form joints. Some joints have a large range of motion, such as the ball-and-socket shoulder joint. Other joints, like the knee, allow bones to move back and forth but not rotate.


A type of connective tissue that cushions bones inside joints, along the spine and in the ribcage.  Cartilage protects bones from rubbing against each other.

If all of these described parts of the Musculoskeletal System are not functioning as they were designed to perform then the services of a skilled a Musculoskeletal Therapist can come to the rescue.

What does a Musculoskeletal Therapist Do?

A Musculoskeletal Therapist is a type of physical practitioner who specializes in keeping the Musculoskeletal System in good working order. 

The individual parts of the musculoskeletal system grow and change throughout life.   Aging and over-use can take their toll on the musculoskeletal system.   Accidents, sicknesses and injuries can inflict musculoskeletal damage, including strains, sprains, disc herniations, muscle tears and other issues that affect bones, muscles and joints.

Musculoskeletal Therapists are experts in the structure of the human body and its movement.  They treat people of all ages and are trained to help patients recover from injuries and chronic pain through the application of specialized therapies and remedial exercise.

Michael R E Butler is a highly skilled Musculoskeletal Practitioner who uses a broad range of proven therapies in his work (see the list displayed below) to assist his patients. 

By using his experience and knowledge with these modalities, Michael can select the best treatment regimen to provide positive patient outcomes:

Musculoskeletal Therapist

If you are troubled by pain, discuss it with Michael to see if he can assist you.


Musculoskeletal Therapies

A musculoskeletal therapist is a type of physical therapist who specializes in treating musculoskeletal injuries. This includes strains, sprains, disc herniations, muscle tears and other problems that affect your bones, muscles and joints.

Remedial Massage

A holistic treatment that uses a wide range of specialized massage and diagnostic techniques to treat specific health issues. Read more

Sports & Injury Treatment

Serious active sports people need an ongoing pro-active treatment programme to optimize performance and to guard against succumbing to injuries. Read more.

Scenar Therapy

A therapeutic medical modality that utilizes computer-modulated interactive electro-stimulation to prompt the body to heal itself. Read more.

Post Surgical Rehab

PSR helps our patients to recover faster and become stronger after surgery. Read more

Musculoskeletal Correction

A technique that restores a proper balance between the skeletal system and the muscles and other soft tissues. Read more

Dorn Spinal Therapy

A gentle, effective and safe vertebrae and joint treatment to correct misalignments of the spinal column and other joints. Read more

Bowen Therapy

A holistic and multi-dimensional approach to pain relief and healing that has achieved remarkable results over the past 50 years. Read more

Emmett Technique

A highly sophisticated neuro-muscular hands-on therapy used to treat a wide variety of muscular problems, relieving pain and realigning the body. Read more