Myotherapy Explained

Myotherapy comes from the greek word myo meaning muscle, as in muscle therapy and is used to treat not only the symptoms of muscular pain and dysfunction, but the cause for a more holistic approach to the treatment. Myotherapy is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body.

Myotherapy can be used for both for short term muscle relief after an injury to return to work or sport by reducing pain and increasing a joints range of motion; and also long term/ chronic issues throughout the body to improve general well being returning the musculoskeletal area to original or better function.


What techniques will be used in your Myotherapy session

Techniques used are soft tissue manipulation/ deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial dry needling, myofascial release, cupping, thermotherapy / cryotherapy, TENS machines, postural assessment and correction, corrective exercises (stretches, strength), core stability exercises, diet and nutritional advice. These techniques will be used in order to release a muscle stuck in contraction, take the pressure of joints, relieve pain and improve range of movement throughout the targeted area.


What to expect from your first treatment

Your first myotherapy session will entail a postural assessment, general body screening, range of motion testing and orthopaedic testings. The more ‘hands on’ aspect of  the treatment uses the techniques noted above and after the treatment, post-treatment assessment combined with home care exercises will also be prescribed. These include general and specific stretches, strengthening exercises and day-to-day adjustments to prevent the reoccurrence of the injury.


What Is The Difference Between Remedial Massage & Myotherapy

In general, a Myotherapist has undertaken a remedial massage course and has then pursued further training in the area.  A myotherapy course often builds on the existing knowledge of remedial massage through advanced clinical reasoning and treatment techniques.


Remedial Massage Explained

When a muscle, joint or general area of the body begins to feel tight and immobile, massage is used to reduce the dysfunction throughout the targeted area. 
Massage is utilised by a practitioner with various degrees of pressure depending on the area, by stripping through the length of the muscle to improve range of movement, stimulate blood flow and reduce muscle pain to return the area to original or better function. 
Massage holistically treats the whole body and traces pain and dysfunction as far as possible back to the original cause, treating both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms.


The practitioner will test the range of motion of the muscle, joint or general region to determine which actions aggravate and alleviate the symptoms with basic orthopedic testings in preparation to the treatment plan. After the massage, specific stretches may be prescribed to aid in the treatment and to improve muscle length throughout daily activities. A day or so after the treatment, you may experience some temporary muscle soreness depending on how hard the pressure used during the massage was. 


Sports massage is general term for a type of treatment that is not only utilised by professional sportspeople or weekend warriors. It is of benefit to anyone that exercises, even if it is only mild exercise such as regular walking. Sports massage can either be a deep and vigorous pressure of treatment or it can also be used a day or two before an event where the treatment is very light pressure-wise but fast to loosen up general muscle tightness without bruising the muscle tissue and to stimulating the blood flow to the area to switch on muscle firing and aid in muscle readiness.


  • Reduce muscle tightness

  • Improve range of muscles and joints

  • Decrease muscular fatigue

  • Reduce swelling from prior injuries

  • Reduce pain from prior injuries

  • Increase lymphatic and blood circulation

  • Prevention of future injuries and conditions.

  • Decrease metabolic by-product (such as lactic acid) build up

  • Amongst all this, sports massage will lead to major performance improvements 

The team at Richmond Rehab have been providing sports massage to the athletes of the Richmond area for more than 10 years.  If you've got a niggle or a question, drop us a line and we will help get you back to your best!