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.