Muscle pain and dysfunction is extremely common in the modern world, however it can be easily avoided and/or treated. Myotherapy is an excellent option for treating muscular pain as it’s non-invasive, drug free and a completely natural treatment option.
What Is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy (myo meaning muscle) is a specialised field of massage therapy that focuses on assessing and managing the pain related to the soft tissue structures of the body.
A myotherapist aims to identify and treat trigger points (knots) in the human body and as a result relieve pain, tension, and restricted range of motion within the affected muscles.
Myotherapy for Pain Relief
Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial dry needling, myofascial release, joint mobilisation and cupping together with corrective exercises and diet/nutritional guidance to restore the integrity of the soft tissue structures of the body.
Myotherapy can treat everything from acute and chronic pain to postural misalignments, sporting injuries and repetitive strain injuries. Whether you are suffering from joint-related restriction or an athlete who wants to improve your field performance and avoid injuries, myotherapy can help you stay active, fit and enjoy optimal health and well being.
Myotherapy for Stress Relief
Massage in general and myotherapy, in particular, is an effective tool used to treat muscular (myofascial) pain, but can also be very helpful in reducing stress and promoting wellbeing. Myotherapists use various forms of massage techniques such as muscle stretching, muscle energy techniques (METs), passive stretching, soft tissue massage, and trigger point therapy that result in improvement of blood circulation, reduction of muscle tension, reduction of stress hormones, and stimulation of the lymphatic system; all of which help reduce anxiety and depression, improve skin tone, and heighten mental alertness.
Australia is a sports-loving nation; 1 in 5 Australians actively participate in some sort of competitive sports while others are engaged in non-competitive sports activities. But, with sports, there is always a danger of getting injured. The good news is that Myotherapy can help athletes not only prevent injuries before they even happen; it can also help them recover quickly from most sports-related injuries and improve their field/sports performance. Myotherapists use various modalities such as functional assessment, muscle and stress tests, joint mobilisation, dry needling, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, tendon release, as well as strapping and sports specific rehabilitation to put athletes back on track.
Prenatal and Postnatal Care With Myotherapy
Pregnancy can be both an exciting and challenging time in a woman’s life. In addition to the fear and nervousness that comes with becoming a mother, changes in the body can be very stressful, both emotionally and physically. From general muscle soreness and aches to difficulty sleeping and mood swings, women experience a range of symptoms during the 9 months of their pregnancy. Since pregnant women cannot take many medications during their pregnancy, myotherapy and other forms of manual therapy by an experienced and well-qualified therapist are considered to be safe and can provide both the mother as well as the growing baby the much-needed relief.
What Can Myotherapy Treat?
Myotherapy is very effective at treating a variety of disorders related to the musculoskeletal system. These can include:
- Joint pain
- Chronic Overuse Syndrome (carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow, RSI, and tendinitis)
- Pregnancy-related issues/pain (prenatal and postnatal)
- Postural issues
- Back & neck pain
- Range of motion issues
- Jaw pain & dysfunction
- Tingling & prickling sensation in muscles
The First Appointment with Myotherapist:
In your first session with a myotherapist you will be ask several questions about previous physical issues you may have had and the issue/s you are currently experiencing. Sometimes a myotherapist may carry out some muscle testing or range of motion tests to asses the body before treatment and post treatment. Myotherapy not only addresses physical health but also considers mental, psychological and dietary aspects that may be contributing to your issue.
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