Suffering from Muscular Pains, Strains and Stiffness? Experiencing muscular tightness again, again and again? Myotherapy may be the answer for effectively treating your symptoms and restoring your vitality!
What is Myotherapy?
A question Myotherapists get on a daily basis is “what is Myotherapy?”
According to the Myotherapy Association of Australia, Myotherapy is a client-centered healthcare profession focusing on the assessment, treatment, and management of the whole person, applying a wide range of modalities and evidence-informed knowledge to support client outcomes.
Myotherapy focuses 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.
At Beyond, we understand how just one niggling injury can really affect your life. It can restrict your mobility, make everyday activities almost unbearable, and reduce your quality of life. Don’t let one of these niggling injuries get you down. Come into Beyond and let our Myotherapists assess, treat, and help you manage your current health problems.
What to expect in your initial consultation? Assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation.
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, joint range of motion, muscle and orthopedic testing to confirm or rule out any underlying dysfunction the client may have that has been causing their pain or discomfort.
Myotherapists are skilled in massage and use their hands to help identify any musculoskeletal conditions. During treatment, they may identify myofascial pain that helps them shape their treatment plan for you.
These Clinical skills and approaches 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 depending 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. Often clients may come with a sports injury they want to heal or, health goals such as poor posture they want help with.
What you may experience in a Myotherapy treatment?
Myotherapy treatments will often vary depending on therapists but are commonly associated with “releasing” Myofascial Trigger Points (areas of common dysfunction/commonly known as knots), by doing this we 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:
- Soft Tissue Massage
- Dry Needling
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Cupping Massage
- 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 do Osteopathy and Myotherapy work together?
Osteopathy and Myotherapy can be a great therapy adjunct to one another. Often our clients may begin with Osteopathy for treatment of an acute disorder that needs to be diagnosed and then as part of their management plan, they are referred to a Myotherapist 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 are 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 here with any inquiry you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Remedial Massage & Myotherapy?
Education, Myotherapists have a further qualification than Remedial massage therapists. Myotherapists also use a wider variety of techniques such as dry needling, cupping, and exercise prescription to help their clients. Both professions are part of Health Care.
What does a myotherapy treatment include?
Myotherapy treatment may include soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy, dry needling, joint mobilization, myofascial release, and exercise prescription.
How long does Myotherapy take to work?
Depending on your injury. Some clients feel the effects immediately, some it can take 2-3 days or potentially a few treatments to get a change in symptoms.
For more information on Myotherapy please visit Myotherapy Association Australia.
What Myotherapists Can Treat
Do you currently experience any of the following symptoms:
- Muscular, Joint or Neuropathic pain;
- Sprains, Strains and Stiffness;
- Headaches and Migraines;
- Sporting Injuries;
- Postural dysfunction; or
- Stress and Anxiety causing muscular tension?
If so, Myotherapy may be able to help. By assessing and developing a management plan, our clinic can get you on your road to an active, happier, and healthier life!
What Services Our Myotherapists Offer
In order to manage and rid you of your symptoms, our University-qualified health practitioners will recommend or offer you treatment in the form of pain-relief techniques such as:
- Deep tissue massage;
- Trigger Point Therapy;
- Dry Needling;
- Cupping; or
- Corrective exercises.
Our Myotherapists also can provide hands on remedial therapy and even include take-home exercises to ensure you have the best possible treatment plan.
Looking to put yourself on the road to recovery? Click “Make An Appointment” and get the treatment you need from one of our Myotherapy Team today!
Our Myotherapy Team
Our Myotherapists are university-educated health care practitioners that have undergone an Advanced Diploma to gain an in depth understanding of the
musculoskeletal system and inherent movement pains. They’re professional, committed and are required by law to undertake compulsory professional development in order to deliver the highest levels of health care.
Myotherapist are recognised by some private health insurance funds. Call to see whether you are eligible today!
How To Get Started
It’s really simple!
All you need to do is click “Book An Appointment” and follow the prompts.
After you make your first booking, we will send out more information and details regarding your appointment and how you must prepare for your initial consultation.
Your First Session
On your first session, you will be asked to fill out your personal details, and provide relevant information regarding your medical history.
The Myotherapist will then take a patient history, asking more detailed questions relating specifically to your problem – and any points of note such as accidents, trauma, etc.
A thorough medical, lifestyle and physical assessment is then done to form a working diagnosis for your condition.
Before treatment commences your myotherapist will explain to you the working diagnosis of your condition and the style of treatment that is appropriate for your condition.
Once you have talked about the benefits and potential risks of treatment your myotherapist will use a combination of the techniques mentioned above.
After your consultation you will generally be given exercises, advice and the opportunity to book in for a follow up appointment to help your condition.
Are you letting pain get in the way? Click “Book An Appointment” and get the treatment you need from one of our Myotherapists today!