Myotherapists assess and physically treat myofascial pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapy is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body. Myotherapy can be utilised to treat acute and chronic conditions, as well as in the area of preventative management and prescriptive exercises.
Myotherapists use various soft tissue massage and manipulation techniques together with dry needling, joint mobilisation, cupping, stretching and corrective exercises
A distinguishing feature of Myotherapy is the clinical reasoning used, in which standard methods of evaluation are used such as orthopaedic tests, postural assessment, neurological and functional testing in conjunction with a thorough palpatory assessment of the spine, peripheral joint play, and the contractile evaluation of musculature.
Myofascial pain is usually not specific and is often described by the patient as a 'deep ache', 'tightness' or 'tenderness' in an area. It may originate from abnormal muscle contraction ('tightness') or trigger points ('knots') in muscle or fascia.
Common conditions Myotherapists treat include:
- Neck & back pain - Headaches/ Migraines - Sciatica
- Chronic overuse (RSI) - Postural problems
- Joint pains (frozen shoulder; tennis elbow; etc)
- Numbness and tingling - General tightness