What Is Myotherapy?
Musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction is something everyone will experience at some point in their life, the good news is that most of these issues can be treated easily with proper care. For most muscle related issues Myotherapy is a safe and effective option for treating and maintaining the muscles.
So, what is myotherapy and why is it effective at treating myofascial pain?
Myotherapy – The Definition
“Myotherapy is a form of non-invasive physical therapy that is used to treat or prevent myofascial pain, injury and/or dysfunction affecting mobility and movement.”
Myotherapy is a type of specialised massage technique that consists of assessing, treating, and managing pain originating from soft tissue injury/inflammation/damage and restricted joint mobility. The pain/dysfunction is usually caused by myofascia or muscular dysfunction.
In order to completely understand what myotherapy is and the role of Myotherapists, it’s important to first understand the meaning of the terms “myofascia” and “myofascial pain”.
What is Myofascia?
It’s a Latin word meaning “muscle bandage” or “muscle band”. It is a long, tough, and elastic tissue which connects the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones all together. It runs from the top of the head to the end of the toes. Under normal conditions, the myofascia is very soft and elastic and can freely move and stretch.
What is Myofascial Pain?
Pain arising as a result of injury/damage/inflammation/trauma to the myofascia is called myofascial pain. As a result of the injury/inflammation or trauma, the Myofascia losses its elasticity and softness, and becomes inflamed which causes tension throughout the body. Myotherapists specialise in treating this pain.
What techniques are used in Myotherapy? | What Is Myotherapy?
After conducting several diagnostic tests or questions, the Myotherapist is able to recommend a treatment plan. The treatment plan may use some or all of the following techniques:
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Soft Tissue Manipulation
- Myofascial Release
- Laser Therapy
- Myofascial Dry Needling
- Thermal Therapy
- Passive Stretching
- Home exercise and strecthes
Many people try to ignore musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction and as a result often make the issue much worse. If you would like to book in to have your pain assessed you can book online or give us a call on 03 9645 9923.
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What Is Myotherapy?