What is Myotherapy?
A question Myotherapists get on a minimum daily basis is “what is Myotherapy?”
Myotherapy is a modality focused on the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction which affect movement and mobility. Musculoskeletal pain can be broken up into three categories of myofascial pain (pain arising from trauma or muscle contracture), neuropathic pain (pain derived from the nervous system) and articular pain (pain originating from the joint). Myotherapists can treat a variety of issues which include but are not limited to sporting and occupational injuries, stiff and or sore bodies, overuse and postural syndromes (shin splints, ITB syndrome, carpal tunnel and tennis elbow), symptoms associated with arthritis, back pain, neck pain, headaches, stress, tension and rehabilitation from surgery.
What to expect in your initial consultation?
Our Myotherapists at Beyond, will go through a detailed medical history/lifestyle assessment gathering as much information as possible to help us design and modify a treatment plan best suited for the client. This may include relevant physical examination which can include a postural assessment, range of movement, muscle and orthopaedic testing to confirm or rule out any underlying dysfunction the client may have that has been causing their pain or discomfort.
These Clinical skills and approach can be similar to that of an Osteopath and Physiotherapists alike but are what can define us from a remedial massage therapist. Having undertaken extensive training at University with a bachelor of health science degree, a Clinical Myotherapist will be up to date with an evidence based form of assessment and treatment but still tending to be quite hands on in their approach.
What are the goals of a Myotherapy treatment?
Goals may vary dependent on the client but Myotherapy is commonly used to restore normal functionality and quality/fluidity of movement of the musculoskeletal structure thus improving ranges of movement, reducing pain and educating our clients as a means of promoting movement and quality of life.
What you may experience in a Myotherapy treatment?
Myotherapy treatments will often vary dependant on therapists but are commonly associated with “releasing” Myofascial Trigger Points (areas of common dysfunction/commonly known as knots), by doing this it can restore functionality and quality of movement for the client. A Myotherapist will have many different treatment modalities in their toolkit, these can consist of:
- Dry Needling
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Myofascial Cupping
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Corrective Exercises
- Deep Tissue Mobilisation
- Joint Mobilisations (not manipulations, These require further study and are performed by our Qualified Osteopaths)
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
- PNF stretching
- Thermal Treatments
- Taping Techniques
- Pain Management
- Patient Education
How does Osteopathy and Myotherapy work together?
Osteopathy and Myotherapy can be a terrific adjunct to one another. Often our clients may begin with Osteopathy for treatment of an acute disorder which needs to be diagnosed and then as part of their management plan they are referred for Myotherapy to deal with some of the underlying soft tissue dysfunction that may be occurring . Vice versa our clients may begin with a Myotherapy session and be referred for Osteopathic treatment if the Myotherapist feels there is more structural causes that may be aided by Osteopathic treatment.
In either instance your practitioner may also refer you as part of your management plan for Clinical Pilates which in long term will keep you off the treatment table and get you to MOVE THROUGH LIFE!
If you are unsure if Myotherapy can help you or your specific area of need you can contact us at https://www.movebeyond.com.au/contact-us/ with any inquiry you may have.