What is Myotherapy

In common with other allied health practices Myotherapists utilise a wide range of evidence based treatment approaches and skill, which in addition to manual therapy, assists with muscular pain and dysfunction.

Myotherapy treatments can assist and aid in prevention, of injuries and pain and the ongoing management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Treatment depends on the complaint but includes a range of techniques:

  • massage, including sports and remedial techniques

  • gently moving the patient’s affected body part through its range of motion (passive stretching)

  • hot or cold therapy

  • cupping

  • trigger point therapy (acupressure)

  • myofascial dry needling.

What do Myotherapists treat?

  • Neck and shoulder pain

  • Headache

  • Sports injuries

  • Rotator cuff problems

  • Occupational injuries

  • Achilles tendinopathy and other ankle injuries

  • Jaw pain and clicking

  • Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain presentations

  • Tennis elbow

You don’t need to be in pain to visit a Myotherapist. Once symptoms have settled treatment may focus on restoring optimal activity (rehabilitation), reducing the likelihood of further injury and keeping you moving and performing at your best. Back pain

What to expect at your first appointment?

For your first appointment the myotherapist will ask many questions about your symptoms. Tell them about your medical history, including prior illness and surgery. Give them a list of all the medicines you are currently taking. This information is kept in strictest confidence and is used by the therapist to help pinpoint the cause of your symptoms.

The myotherapist will perform a physical examination checking muscles and movement. This initial examination is thorough and helps the myotherapist to find out if the symptoms are myofascial.

The myotherapist may ask you to remove certain layers of clothing to expose the areas to be worked on. You will be provided with towels to cover you and the myotherapist will leave the room while you do this to give you privacy. Treatment will follow.

The myotherapist may refer you to other healthcare professionals for further diagnosis or treatment, depending on your medical condition.

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