What Is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is a manual therapy which assesses, treats and rehabilitates clients from muscular dysfunction, pain and associated issues. The term myotherapy was originally used to describe a trigger point therapy which was developed in the 1970s. It had been adapted from Dr Travell and Simons research that suggested the cause of many pain issues arising in the body were due to myofascial trigger points (knots).
In recent years myotherapy has moved into a more medical treatment modality and is regarded as an allied health discipline which is practiced in many countries across the world and respected within the western medical industry.
Myotherapy incorporates many soft tissue remedial massage techniques and also muscle energy technique, dry needling, and joint mobilisation, ultrasound. Myotherapists also use stretching, nutritional advice, exercise prescription, postural advice and education, heat and cold therapy, ultrasound and TENS.
What is myotherapy treatment?
At MCNT – Myotherapy Melbourne we treat with evidence-based protocols. We provide treatment and rehabilitation for many musculoskeletal issues and associated problems, for example:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Achilles tendinopathy and other ankle injuries
- Occupational injuries
- Rotator cuff problems
- Sports and dance injuries
- Jaw pain and clicking
- Tennis and golfers elbow
Even though we are listing many pain issues you don’t need to be in pain to visit MCNT – Myotherapy Melbourne. As the saying goes prevention is better than cure so our myotherapists also provide standard sessions to maintain your body before injury or dysfunction occurs.
Why Choose Myotherapy Treatment?
Myofascial pain is described as chronic pain affecting the connective tissues (fascia) of a muscle or group of muscles. People suffering from such pain describe it as “tenderness”, “deep ache” or “tightness” in a specific area. Other symptoms associated with myofascial pain are numbness, fatigue, reduced range of motion of affected muscles and joints, weakness, and stiffness. Myofascial pain can arise from a range of situations such as misuse of muscles, trauma, incorrect posture, overload, or an injury. In case you experience any of the above-mentioned signs and symptoms and the pain is persistent in nature and non-responsive to pain-killers, it is best to visit Myotherapy Melbourne.
What is Myotherapy good for?
Our Myotherapists are highly experienced in correctly assessing and effectively managing the myofascial pain, particularly when this impacts mobility, movement, and every day function. Here are five signs that suggest it would be beneficial to visit us:
– Tender/Sensitive Muscle
Whenever you feel that a particular muscle of your body has become very sensitive or tender and you feel the pain as soon as you touch it.
– Reduced Range of Motion
Patients suffering from myofascial pain usually report a reduced range of motion. This is quite understandable as the affected muscles are more likely to become chronically tight.
– Numbness/Aching/Burning Sensation
You might also feel regionalised aching/burning//numbness and pain in the affected muscles and joints. This happens because the blood supply to these muscles gets affected due to swelling.
– Poor Sleep
Patients suffering from myofascial pain may also experience poor sleep patterns with decreased recovery sleep.
– Feeling of Weakness in the Affected Muscle
Patients with chronic myofascial pain may also feel weakness in the affected muscle.
You do not need to live with myofascial pain, visit us to discover how myotherapy can help you return back to your normal life.
Myotherapy Improves Circulation
A Myotherapy session during the winter season will not only improve your blood circulation, it will also keep your muscles warm and prevent muscle aching and injury. Regular supply of fresh blood to the muscles is very essential during the cold days and nights, regular massage can help by enhancing the blood flow and body warmth.
Myotherapy for Pain Relief
During a Myotherapy session, your Myotherapist give you some stretching exercises to perform at home. These stretching exercises will not only aid in relieving aching muscles; they will also enhance the blood flow throughout the muscles and maintain you between sessions.
Alleviate Migraines Naturally with Myotherapy
Migraines and tension-type headaches are probably the most prevalent headache disorders faced by modern mankind. A study conducted by the WHO reveals that half to three-quarters of the world population have had a headache in the last year. The bad thing about migraines and chronic headaches is that they are poorly acknowledged and wrongly diagnosed. The good news for those who suffer from a chronic migraine and tension-type headaches is that techniques used by our Myotherapy therapists in Melbourne have excellent results in effectively managing and treating many clients with headaches.
Factors That Can Trigger Migraine
There are many factors that can contribute to triggering tension-type headaches and migraines. Possible triggers that can cause migraine include:
- Poor Sleep
- Referred Neck Pain
- Sustained Poor Postures
- Overuse of Cervical/Neck Muscles
Proper diagnosis of the root cause of migraine is very important for its effective treatment. Our Myotherapists use the information shared by you, your previous medical history, your lifestyle habits, and their wide experience to identify the root cause of the problem. Once they have assessed your situation, they will then put together a tailor-made treatment plan for you to help you manage and stay in control of your headaches and migraines.
How Can Myotherapy Help Manage Your Migraine?
Depending on the final results of your detailed assessment, our myotherapists may use a combination of the following techniques:
- Myofascial dry needling
- Soft tissue manipulation
- Postural therapy
- Myofascial release
- Trigger point therapy
- Thermal therapy
- Corrective exercises
With accurate diagnosis and the right treatment plan, you can manage your migraine and headaches. Visit us today to discuss how Myotherapy can benefit you in dealing with your migraine and chronic headaches.