Myotherapy

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).

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 manipulation techniques.

Muscular dysfunction can be caused by trauma, overload or misuse of
muscles arising from occupational, sporting or recreational
activities.

What does a Myotherapist do?

A Myotherapy consultation will typically commence with thorough
history taking followed by various muscle, joint and neurological
testing. 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.

What conditions can a Myotherapist treat?

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 & backpain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic Overuse (RSI)
  • Tennis/Golfers elbow
  • Joint pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • General tightness
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Knee, hip & ankle pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Elbow & wrist pain
  • Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy pain issues

What treatment techniques do Myotherapists use?

Myotherapist employ various soft tissue manipulation techniques,
together with other modalities such as: trigger point therapy, dry
needling, deep tissue massage, hot and cold therapies, passive/active
muscle stretching, electro-mechanical stimulation and corrective or
rehabilitative exercises.

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.

Do I need a referral to see a Myotherapist?

A referral letter is not necessary to see a Myotherapist unless you
are a WorkCover patient. Most Myotherapists work in private practices
and are usually the first point of call when patients are injured.