Musculoskeletal pain such as neck pain, lower back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and migraine is a big issue in Australia affecting about 28% of the Australian population. It is also one of the leading causes of disability and suffering in Australia. If left untreated, musculoskeletal pain can even lead to the development of other serious health conditions. Not only that, musculoskeletal pain may also prevent people from managing other serious health issues such as heart diseases and diabetes. For example, a heart patient may not be able to fully participate in recommended physical activities if he/she has a painful back or a stiff shoulder. Now with the awareness of the opioid crisis, more and more Aussies are searching for effective natural solutions and newer treatment options – such as myotherapy for pain management and relief. If you are someone who has never heard of it and want to know what myotherapy means, here is a little explanation for you.
Definition of Myotherapy
The term “myotherapy” is actually a combination of two Greek words, “myo” which means “muscle” and “therapy” which means “the application of a combination of physical methods to treat pain, injury, and stiffness”. So, “myotherapy” refers to the branch of manual medicine that utilizes evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation approaches, and skills to treat myofascial pain, injury, and disorder affecting physical activity and mobility.
The basic aim of this physical ‘hands-on’ therapy is to treat myofascial pain by addressing the root cause of the problem. Myotherapy is often used as a precautionary, remedial, and rehabilitative approach with the basic aim of regaining and preserving the integrity of the soft tissue framework of the body. The soft tissue framework of the body includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.
Some Common Conditions that Myotherapists Treat
Here is a list of some common musculoskeletal conditions that can be effectively treated using myotherapy:
- headaches and migraines
- sporting and occupational injuries
- associated joint and vertebral dysfunctions and aches
- chronic overuse syndromes such as tennis/golfer’s elbow, RSI, tendonitis
- acute & chronic back pain
- shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, impingement syndrome
- knee, leg, and foot pain such as runners knee, shin splints, ankle sprains
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- pre/postnatal pain and aches
- arthritis/ multiple sclerosis
Since Myotherapists possess extensive knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system, they are able to trace pain or discomfort as far back as possible to the root cause and offer quick relief.
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