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High Performance Massage & Myotherapy
High Performance Massage & Myotherapy
High Performance Massage & Myotherapy
High Performance Massage & Myotherapy
High Performance Massage & Myotherapy
High Performance Massage & Myotherapy
High Performance Massage & Myotherapy


High Performance Remedial Massage and Myotherapy will now be providing online consultations for customers who are in self isolation, quarantine, working from home or simply cannot make it into the clinic.

Please note for the meantime Myotherapy and Remedial Massage treatments in the office are still available.

Online consultations can help people self manage their pain with advice given on exercises and stretches that can be done at home. Also self treatment techniques will be given. If additional products are needed to help self treat we will be able to let you know where you can get them from.

With more and more people working at home High Performance Remedial Massage and Myotherapy is expecting more and more people to suffer from back and neck pain from poor computer setups and poor posture. I can go through a full computer setup and posture exercises via video chat on messenger, Skype, Face Time and possibly other media devices. I can also arrange this for businesses who have asked their employees to work from home during this difficult time.

Please see previous Google or Facebook reviews on previous clients raving about the advice I have given them in the past.

Most consultations will only take 30 minutes.


James De Bono graduated his remedial massage in September 2006 then went on to complete his Myotherapy course in December 2007. He is currently employed at the Essendon Football Club as a Myotherapist / Remedial Massage Therapist. In season 2009 both teams that he worked with while at Melbourne Storm, the NRL squad and under 20s, won the premiership. James also worked with the Queensland State of origin team while they were in Melbourne in 2015.

The variety of challenges and the different injuries that present when working with sporting clubs is what James enjoys and that’s why he pursues jobs at the highest level in this industry. He also enjoys working with the everyday person and helping them with their pains, discomforts and maintenance issues.

He has also worked with the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Club, Geelong Football Club, Western Bulldogs Football Club, the Green Gully Soccer Club (GGSC), Sunshine Heights Football Club, Sunshine George Cross Soccer Club and The Australian Ballet. His job at the Sunshine Heights Football Club (SHFC) consisted of soft tissue treatment and exercise rehabilitation, James looked after both seniors and reserve teams. While at SHFC in 2008 the seniors won the division 2 premiership. At the Western Bulldogs in 2007/2008 James was able to work alongside of sports physiotherapists and Doctors of Chinese medicine to advance in many skills, such as soft tissue techniques, exercise rehabilitation and traditional Chinese medicine, and apply them to his treatments. In the 2 years James was at GGSC (2012/2013) they were in the finals on both occasions and won the Dockerty Cup in 2013.


  • Advanced Diploma of Remedial Therapy (Myotherapy) – R.M.I.T University 2007
  • Diploma of Remedial Therapy – R.M.I.T University 2006
  • Advance Dry Needling of the upper body 2014
  • Level 2 First Aid Certificate
  • Workcover Accredited
  • Member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia
  • Health Insurance Accepted (HICAPS)


A Myotherapist has completed an advanced diploma of remedial massage, or similar course which consists of 3-4 yrs of training.

Myotherapists assess and physically treat myofascial pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapy is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body.

Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia is described as myofascial. Myofascial pain is usually not specific and is often described by the patient as a ‘deep ache’, ‘tightness’ or ‘tenderness’ in an area. It can vary in intensity and radiate to other areas. Other symptoms can include reduced range of motion of muscles and joints, stiffness, fatigue, weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation. There are many other symptoms depending on the condition and patients can have one or many symptoms.

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Common conditions that Myotherapists can treat include:

  • Sporting & occupational injuries
  • Stiffness & pain associated with poor posture
  • Associated joint & vertebral dysfunction & pain
  • Acute & chronic conditions affecting function & mobility
  • Scoliosis / Kyphosis
  • Headaches / migraines
  • Acute and chronic stiff and painful neck
  • Chronic overuse syndromes – tendonitis, RSI, tennis/golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel
  • Acute & chronic back pain / ‘sciatica’
  • Shoulder pain, impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder
  • Hand & finger numbness / tingling thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Knee, leg & foot pain shin splints, patella tracking dysfunction, runners knee, ankle sprains
  • Arthritis / Multiple Sclerosis
  • Pregnancy pre/post natal complaints
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • Pain & dysfunction associated with stress & tension
  • Rehabilitative stage of an injury or illness
  • Acute and chronic stiff and painful back
  • TMJ/jaw pain and dysfunction

What to expect from a Myotherapy consultation


Clinical assessment is reliant on history taking, examination routines of particular joints or regions, assisted by highly developed tactile, palpatory skills and a thorough understanding of joint and muscular assessment procedures. These skills distinguish Myotherapy from other physical therapies. Assessment of potential causes of dysfunction is also important, as is a detailed postural examination.


Deep Tissue Massage, Soft tissue manipulation, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial dry needling, Myofascial release, Cupping, Thermal therapy / Cryotherapy, TENS machines, Postural assessment and correction, Corrective exercises (stretches, strength), Core stability exercises and workshops, Diet and nutritional advice.


James provides on the spot claims through HICAPS if you bring in your health insurance card. It is recommended that you check with the Clinic and your health insurance company to see you qualify for your insurance claim. James is a Medibank private first choice provider. He also provides rebates for but not limited to AHM, NIB, HBA, BUPA, HFC, HBF, Australian Unity, Frank, Fit Health, La Trobe, CBHS, GU, Australia Unity, Manchester Unity, GMF Health, GMHBA, Teaches Health, Navy Health, Defence Health, Teachers Health, MBF and Work cover.

What is the difference between remedial massage, myotherapy and other therapies out there?

Remedial massage is the use of massage to help treat musculoskeletal conditions to reduce or eliminate pain and increased movement and range of motion. Stretching and strengthening advice and techniques are also used.

Myotherapy is an advancement on Remedial Massage. It uses all techniques for remedial massage but also includes corrective exercises, ergonomic advice, dry needling and cupping.

Both Remedial Massage and Myotherapy usually consist of an appointment of an hour in length. This is a significantly longer time that you would receive with a physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath or other therapist. That means your therapist gets longer to treat you and have more time to work out why you are getting your pain and discomfort and ultimately suggest things that you can do to help prevent your pain from coming on in the first place.


If you are suffering from exercise related pain or tightness then you should consider sports massage as it will help prevent, reduce and eliminate pain and tightness that may prevent you from continuing to exercise or even worse stop you from exercising.

Sports massage focuses on muscles relevant to the event. For athletes who train continuously, the goal is to enhance endurance, lessen the chance of injury and shorten the time needed to recover from an event. Sports Massage may utilize a variety of techniques such as classical Swedish Massage, trigger point therapy, and deep tissue massage which are designed to reduce injuries, alleviate inflammation and warm-up the muscles. This may be used for amateur and professional athletes before, during, after, and within their training regimens. Prior to an athletic event, Sports Massage may be used with stretching in order to help athletes to loosen, warm and prepare their muscles so that their performance and endurance might be enhanced.

Following an athletic event, Sports Massage may be used to relieve pain, prevent stiffness or DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), and return the muscles back to their normal state. Sports Massage may also be used for injury rehabilitation.


Currently I am employed at the Essendon Football Club as a Myotherapist / Remedial Massage Therapist. In season 09 both teams that I work with at Melbourne Storm, the NRL squad and under 20s, won the premiership. The NRL squad where premiers again in 2012 when they def Canterbury 14-4.

I enjoy the variety of challenges and the different injuries present when working with sporting clubs and this is why I pursue jobs at the highest level in this industry. I also enjoy working with the everyday person and helping them with their pains, discomforts and maintenance issues.

I have also worked with the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Club, Geelong Football Club, Western Bulldogs Football Club, the Green Gully Soccer Club, Sunshine Heights Football Club, Sunshine George Cross Soccer Club and The Australian Ballet. When working with the GFC in 08/09 I enjoyed my time at the club, In the 07/08 seasons I worked at Sunshine Heights Football Club on training nights and on game day. I looked after both seniors and reserve teams.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling involved insertion of a very fine needle into the muscle specifically the trigger points of the muscle.

How is dry needling beneficial to me?

Dry needling can help reduce muscle tightness and Trigger Point activity therefore reducing and pain. It does this by causing a twitch reaction which in turn it relaxes the muscle by sending an electrical signal to the brain telling it to turn off the trigger point there for relaxing the muscles and reducing your pain.

I often also use a T.E.N.S machine to stimulate a muscle and therefore
giving it a more relaxed result.

How is dry needling and acupuncture different?

Dry needling is a Western approach and it targets muscular trigger points therefore reducing pain and discomfort coming from those muscular trigger points. Certain trigger points such as ones in the neck may help reduce headaches. Other trigger points may be giving you pain elsewhere in the body. An example of this is trigger point in your hip may be giving you pain all the way down into your lower leg and feet.

Acupuncture works on an eastern approach of Chinese medicine. There is a lot of overlap between trigger points and Meridian points which are acupuncture points. Acupuncture can help with things such as common cold or liver issues and so on.

What is cupping?

Cupping is the use of glass or plastic cups which suck the air out between the cup and the skin and fascia and the muscle. It produces a vacuum which sucks in the muscle and lengthened it. Cupping can be used statically which means just staying still or can be moved which is called fascial cupping. Fascia is a connective tissue which is found around all muscles and interconnect muscles together. Tight fascia is like having a tight pair of jeans on. Although the muscles underneath may not necessarily be that tight, if the fascia is tight then the muscles cannot move or function properly.

How can cupping benefit me?

Cupping can help reduce muscle tightness Trigger Point activity and fascial tightness therefore decreasing tightness and pain. It will also help improve range of motion and ease of movement.

Which treatment would you recommend for me?

As a Myotherapist and Remedial Massage therapist with over 10 years experience I will assess your current conditions and advise you on the best treatment protocols that I feel will help your certain conditions. Just because your friend had lower back pain and a certain treatment helped them it does not mean that your lower back pain is the same as theirs. It may not be caused by the same issues therefore the same treatment may not help you.

What is Relaxation Massage?

Relaxation massage is about relaxing the muscles and reducing stress. It main focus is on giving the client time to recover from the stresses of life. You can expect a relaxation treatment that involves:

  • Pressure that is deeply relaxing
  • Rhythmic and flowing long smooth gliding strokes
  • A treatment that is designed not to relieve chronic pain or other underlying ailments but to soothe and relax you

Although I do relaxation massage if you have pain that you want to relieve, I strongly recommend Remedial or Myotherapy treatments that I can provide. These will help with your pain whereas relaxation massage is just going to relax you not get rid of your pain.

The Benefits of Relaxation Massage

The benefits of a relaxation massage can last for several days after your treatment. Relaxation massage like other forms of massage – can offer the following benefits:

  • Lowering blood pressure at least for a while
  • Improvements to peripheral circulation
  • Improvements to skin tone and appearance
  • Improvements to gastrointestinal motility (bowel movements may become more regular)
  • Improvements to any stress-related symptoms. This can include providing a gentle boost to the immune system if you undergo regular treatments.
  • Some reduction in muscle tension including the relief of muscle tension headaches although I would recommend Remedial or Myotherapy treatments for this.

Pre and post natal pregnancy massage

Pregnancy massage when done by a qualified therapist can be a great experience for both mum and baby.  Massage can consist of remedial, myotherapy, sports or relaxation techniques. So if relaxation or treatment is needed this can be achieved. Lots of expecting mothers have lower limb tightness and particularly lower back and hip tightness and/or pain that can usually be eased with massage. The massage can be preformed laying on you back,  side laying or with a specialty pillow that allows you to lay down on your belly, which many expecting mothers love as they haven’t been able to do this during the pregnancy. I have treated expecting midwives to sporting mums to be with great results. Posture advice is also given to help avoid tightness and pain when feeding and carrying your new born.


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My name is Tung. I have been seeing James regularly for over 10 years now. I am a health care professional who live a very busy and active life. I play hockey at a State, National and several International tours. I have also had major knee surgery in recent years. James has played a major role in assisting with my recovery and rehabilitation in many aspects. I would also credit James to my day to day activities and also allowing me to play at a local level weekly with his preventative work. His ability to assess, diagnose and treat is very professional and effective. His range of skills, including his ability to perform alternative therapies, ie. cupping and needling, also makes the treatment I have received much more effective. He knows his limitations and refers on appropriately. I have often recommended James to teammates as well as family and friends. All have given positive feedback and have returned to see James again. I would highly recommend James as your choice of Myotherapist or Remedial Therapist.

- Tung Le

I have been a client of James De Bono for about 8 months. I started seeing James for a back injury, I had tried a few other massage therapists before but from the initial time I went to see James I could see a big difference in by back. Being able to move more freely was a relief and the more I went the better I felt. He is fantastic at what he does and I would recommend him to anyone.

- Jessica Axiak

The combination of motherhood, and the physical demands of being a Veterinary Nurse (which involves a lot of heavy lifting and on the floor work), mean I am more often than not "sore to the core". I see James for treatment every 3-5 weeks mostly for chronic musculoskeletal problems related to arthritis, and a recurring lower back injury which I've had for over 20 years. I always appreciate his thoughtful and experienced care, and am continually reassured by his sound knowledge. My personal experience spans over 10 years with James, and has only ever been positive. He has always provided professional and effective treatment. I have no hesitation in recommending James De Bono for all Remedial Massage and Myotherapy needs to friends, colleagues and anyone else who will listen!

- Melody Ralph

Veterinary Nurse & Busy Mum of 3

James has been absolutely amazing in working to resolve various short and long term issues. He's professional, knowledgeable, and highly proficient in massage and myotherapy. I spontaneously developed problems with my TMJ mid last year; pain, grating, swelling. After a month of little to no improvement, I was referred to James by my dentist. James was able to significantly reduce the pain and discomfort; and in the long-term, has helped to restore my jaw alignment. Following that success, he has been able to remedy longstanding leg pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain; and has taught me various exercises to manage these issues as needed. He's provided suggestions for desk & seating setup, insight into general healthy habits, and answered any questions I've felt to ask. His studio in clean, his manner is friendly & informative, and pricing is very reasonable (and provides HICAPS for private health). I can definitely recommend High Performance Remedial Massage and Myotherapy; James has really improved my well-being and day-to-day comfort!

- Joshua Putnins

Contact Info:

Phone: 0422 352 139


Address:67 McCann Drive Albanvale, Melbourne, Victoria, 3021

Just behind the Brimbank shopping center in Deer Park

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    Jacqui Saunders 5/3/2020

    Not just for myself but the amazing work he does on my teammates - doing what the Physio's were unable to do - getting these girls back on the track week after week. Love your work James!!!

    Esraa Saudi 28/2/2020

    Highly recommended, James is very professional and I noticed a huge difference in my shoulder after 3 sessions only Esraa Mostafa

    Mitchell McLean 31/1/2020

    I’ve been doing sessions with James for roughly a month now and have already noticed a huge improvement with my shoulder injury. I’ve seen other health practitioners but have never felt this amount of improvement. James is very thorough with his treatment and I highly recommend to anyone who is seeking injury rehabilitation.

    Glenn Nuttall 21/2/2020


    Manoj Mansukhani 26/11/19

    Highly recommend James. He is naturally talented and a great therapist. I have been visiting him since last 6 months and have noticed significant improvement in my chronic back pain.

    Vicky Zahra 26/11/19

    I have been seeing James for many years now. He is very professional and always fixes my issues. He is also very helpful with ideas to help maintain my pains out of the consultations to prevent me needing to come back more frequently. I would recommend James to all my friends and family.

    Trehan Goonasekera 25/11/19

    Amazing customer service and a deep understanding on how the body works. He will be able to help you recover from issues spanning from years of hard labour to minor annoyances (click wrists). He is also a great guy to talk to so you never feel uneasy.

    Hieu Tran 17/11/19

    James is very professional and knowledgeable in his field. He has helped me with my long term neck and jaw pain not only through remedial massage but finding out what the root of the cause is. I highly recommend him.

    Melanie Fenech a week ago

    I started seeing James about 4 years ago for lower back pain. Before I began, I filled in a patient survey where I had to fill in any other injuries. I’d had bursitis in my left shoulder from breastfeeding so I wrote that down too. After two or three sessions with James, my back pain was eased and my shoulder was fully operational. Just recently I’ve started a new sport where the bowling repetition has caused grief in my right shoulder and general tightness. I came back to see James and once again, my shoulder is feeling great and he has sorted out the tightness as well. Highly recommended! I often recommend him to friends and teammates. James is very thorough and a great guy to boot!

    Andrea Robotham a month ago

    Great techniques, knowledge and care. I've had some great improvements in mobility after 4 sessions. Dry needling has been fantastic and James is very keen to get the best results he can. Highly recommend.