Myotherapy is a branch of manual medicine that focuses on the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. The aim of myotherapy is to not only treat the presenting symptoms, but also to identify and address the underlying cause. This helps to restore and maintain the body to it’s most optimal state – and have you feeling your best again.
FAQs about Myotherapy:
What does a Myotherapy degree involve?
Training to become a myotherapist involves a mix of theoretical knowledge, practical classes, and of course plenty of hands-on clinical experience. We develop an in-depth understanding of human biology, anatomy & physiology, as well as broader topics such as exercise therapy, rehabilitation, sports injury management and nutrition. This is what gives myotherapists such a well-rounded and holistic approach to treatment. As you then progress throughout the course, more time is spent in the student clinic – putting theory into practice and treating real life clients.
Where can you study Myotherapy?
Myotherapy has its very own set of specific qualifications, and is generally studied as a Bachelor of Health Science or an Advance Diploma. This takes between 2-3 years.
What conditions can you help with?
Myotherapists are equipped to treat a wide range of conditions and causes of musculoskeletal pain, such as:
- Back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Sports injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Knee pain
- General tightness
- Pre and post surgery rehab
Posture related tightness
Who should see a Myotherapist?
We often first see someone when they are in pain – whether that be from a recent or old injury, ongoing chronic pain, or an acute issue that has come on quite suddenly. However, while pain is a strong prompt to see a myo, it’s also important to remember you don’t need to be in pain to have a myotherapy treatment. Once symptoms have settled, maintenance treatments may focus on restoring and improving optimum muscular health, preventing further injury, improving performance and moving at your best.
What techniques to Myotherapists commonly use?
Myotherapists use an integrated treatment approach, incorporating many manual techniques such as:
- Deep tissue massage
- Fascial release
- Dry needling
- Muscle energy techniques
- Trigger point therapy
We will also often prescribe corrective exercises as part of your ongoing treatment program, ensuring that the you are able to continue your care at home to help you MOVE THROUGH LIFE!