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 which include 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. Utilizing 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.

Most people seek Myotherapy treatment when suffering from aches and pains though many seek treatment for injury prevention and in the rehabilitative phase of care to help strengthen the affected areas.

What does a Myotherapist do?

A Myotherapy consultation will typically commence with thorough history taking followed by various muscular, 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 treatment techniques do Myotherapists use?

Myotherapist employ various soft tissue manipulation techniques, together with other modalities such as:

  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Myofascial Dry Needling
  • Cupping
  • Hot/Cold Therapies
  • Passive/Active Muscle Stretching
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Corrective & Rehabilitative Exercises
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 & Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic Lower Back Pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Chronic Overuse (RSI)
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Joint Pain
  • Numbness & Tingling Sensations
  • General Muscular Tightness
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee & Thigh Pain
  • Lower Leg & Ankle Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Elbow & Wrist Pain
  • Pregnancy – pre/post natal complaints