Myotherapy alumnus pinpoints aches and pains for those working from home

Myotherapy alumnus pinpoints aches and pains for those working from home

A new app is helping users self manage pain through a better understanding of their bodies and tailored exercise programs.

RMIT Myotherapy graduate Matthew Green has launched the app, BodyGuide, designed to help reduce pain and increase body literacy.

BodyGuide creates a program unique to the user in two minutes by selecting points of tension on the app.

Users can then follow the program and access a series of educational resources to self-manage their pain.

The app also advises users on the optimal set up for their workplace to minimise OH&S risks and pain while working from home

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Since graduating from RMIT in 2010, Green has had ten years of clinical experience and founded two myotherapy businesses.

Green said the concept of BodyGuide began to form after selling his second business in 2018.

"I had this space in my life and had to acknowledge that it was time for a change," Green said.

"I either needed to leave the industry or contribute something entirely new to it."

One of the main issues Green recognised in his clients was the lack of knowledge about their own bodies.

"There's this fundamental lack of body literacy that you're always fighting against," he said.

"BodyGuide is an attempt to fix the body literacy issue so that we all understand our bodies better, and don’t feel fragile.”

This means not only knowing how our bodies feel, but what they do so we can treat them better in the future.

Green worked with co-founder Dimity Slater to make BodyGuide a reality by creating the start-up, raising capital, building the app and forming a small team.

In addition to his team, Green brought together leading physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, occupational therapists, and osteopaths to contribute to the product.

Green has also relished contributing to RMIT Activator where he was invited to offer advice to participants for their start-up businesses.

"It's been wonderful to get a chance to give back – to pass on some knowledge and hopefully help these great young companies," Green said.

"Creating BodyGuide has been a wild ride, but it's been great to contribute something positive to a problem I really care about,"

BodyGuide can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store.

 

Story: Sasha Sweatman

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