According to the studies conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), “headache disorders, including tension headaches, migraine, and Cervicogenic headaches are one of the most common ailments affecting humans. It is estimated that in Australia alone more than 3 million people suffer from migraine and roughly 7 million experience tension headaches at some point in their lifetime. According to medical experts, there are 13 recognised types of headaches, each classified with its set of causes and symptoms, therefore treatments can be complex and varied. But don’t lose hope as many headaches respond well to myotherapy.
Myotherapy – Treatment for Headaches
Before we discuss why Myotherapy is regarded as one of the safest and most effective modalities for the treatment of headaches, it’s important to understand what it is. Here is the typical definition of Myotherapy:
“It is a branch of manual medicine that utilises a combination of evidence-based assessment, physical methods, hands-on skills, as well as rehabilitative approaches to treat myofascial pain/injury/disorder.”
So, we can say that Myotherapy focuses on regaining and preserving the conventional integrity of the soft tissue framework (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) of the body in order to restore physical activity and mobility.
Myotherapists believe that common headaches usually occur as a result of imbalances (such as misalignment of the spine, hormonal imbalances, muscular tension and muscle imbalance) in the body. These imbalances are usually triggered by poor posture, fatigue, overwork, poor sleeping habits, stress, injury and poor ergonomics. Cervicogenic headaches that originate from the base of the skull and gradually radiate into the forehead, eyes, or temple are a classic example of such imbalances. Myotherapists use a holistic approach to desensitise the painful muscles, nerves, tissues and joints that cause these headaches. Another great thing about Myotherapy is that it first tries to identify the origin of the pain by physical examination and assessment of different body functions. This helps the Myotherapists narrow down the simple or complex involvement of muscles, nerves, tissues, joints, tendons, and fascia that cause the pain associated with common headaches and migraines.
Techniques Use in Myotherapy
Myotherapists try to restore the integrity of the soft tissue framework of the body by utilising a number of techniques, including but not limited to the following:
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Myofascial release
- Postural assessment and correction
- Soft tissue manipulation
- Corrective Exercises
- Myofascial dry needling
When combined with medical care, nutritional advice, corrective exercises, and lifestyle changes, Myotherapy can offer incredible results in the management of chronic headaches and migraines. If you suffer from chronic or acute headaches and have tried other options without significant results, Myotherapy may be just the thing you need for lasting pain relief.
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