WHAT IS MYOTHERAPY
Myotherapists are soft tissue specialists. The soft tissue of the body refers to muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Myotherapists will assess and treat pain and dysfunction in the body based on the effect these tissues have on patients presenting concerns or injuries; and also the effect that these presenting concerns or injuries may have on the soft tissue.
Treatment is directed towards the tissue structures to ensure that muscle quality is maintained to allow for optimal movement and function while aiding in pain relief and correcting body dysfunction which may be preventing the recovery of an injury. Myotherapy treatment can be effective at any stage of a concern or injury, be it corrective, rehabilitative, or preventative.
To determine the cause of the injury and implement an appropriate treatment protocol, one of our Melbourne myotherapists will assess your medical history, review any pervious medical reports and discuss with you possible recreational or occupational factors that may be influencing the presenting injury or concern. A myotherapist will also undertake a physical assessment, which may involve orthopaedic testing, gait analysis and postural assessment to gain a greater understanding of the bio-mechanics of your body to determine if there are any underlying movement dysfunctions which may be causing or contributing to the injury.
Myotherapy can be extremely beneficial for improving physical performance and mobility. Physical strain on the body through heavy lifting, repetitive movements or athletes pushing their bodies to limits of power, speed and endurance will ultimately take its toll on the body. These demands can cause trauma to the tissue, which can result in inflammation leading to a loss of pliability in the muscular and fascial system causing tightness, restriction of movement, stiff joints, deep muscular pains, aching muscles, poor recovery and increased time needed for warm-up.
Myotherapists will use a variety of techniques to achieve a desired outcome. Individual myotherapists may have a preferences for certain techniques based on their own experience and proven results. Techniques may be, but are not limited to: trigger point therapy, fascial release, joint mobilisation, dry needling, muscle energy techniques, deep tissue massage, cupping, corrective exercises and movement retraining.
Our Melbourne myotherapy team are qualified to treat the following conditions: chronic lower and upper back pain, headaches/migraines, repetitive strain injury (RSI), joint pain, forearm pain (i.e tennis/golfers elbow), knee pain, lower leg pain (achilles tendonitis), shin splints, frozen shoulder, hip and groin pain, knee injuries, rotator cuff injuries and general muscular tightness and stiffness.