What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, which may cause muscular dysfunction and pain thus affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) and joint mobility.
Trigger points within muscles are an example of muscle dysfunction that can cause deep aching pain, local tenderness, referred pain limiting strength and flexibility. Utilising palpation skills, Myotherapists can identify trigger points and deactivate them using various soft tissue techniques.
Muscular dysfunction can be caused by trauma, overload or misuse of muscles arising from occupational, sporting or recreational activities.
Myotherapy plays an important role in manual medicine as a single mode of treatment or used in conjunction with treatment provided by both medical and other allied-health practitioners such as Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, and Acupuncture/TCM.
What does a Myotherapy consultation consist of?
A Myotherapy consultation will typically commence with thorough history taking followed by observations of posture, movement and tissues plus various muscle, joint and neurological testing where appropriate. Combined with manual palpation of muscles and joints, a Myotherapist aims to identify the cause of one’s pain to ensure quick, effective and long lasting results utilising a number of components listed above.
Following treatment, a reassessment should take place to confirm how effective the treatment is.
What conditions can a Myotherapist treat?
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Myotherapists treat the cause as well as the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. Some examples of conditions commonly treated by Myotherapists are:
- Neck & back pain
- Chronic Overuse (RSI)
- Tennis/Golfers elbow
- Joint pain
- Numbness and tingling
- General tightness
- Carpal Tunnel
- Knee, hip & ankle pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Elbow & wrist pain
What treatment techniques do Myotherapists use?
- Joint mobilisation
- Soft tissue techniques
- Trigger point release
- Myofascial release techniques
- Myofascial dry needling
- Myofascial Cupping
- Thermal/Cryo therapy
- Stretching techniques (Passive, PNF/MET)
- Corrective & Rehabilitation exercises
- Taping techniques
- Electrotherapy (TENS)
- Self treatment advice
When should I see a Myotherapist?
Most people seek Myotherapy treatment when suffering from aches and pains though many receive treatment to prevent injury.
You should see a Myotherapist when your pain lasts longer than a few days or when you’re suffering from restricted movement. Many people also seek Myotherapy treatment in the rehabilitative phase of care to help strengthen the affected areas.