What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is a form of manual therapy used to assess and physically treat myofascial pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapists utilise a wide range of evidence-based treatment approaches to assist and aid in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of injuries and pain and the ongoing management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
You don’t necessarily have to be currently suffering from pain to visit a Myotherapist, once your symptoms have settled, treatment is then focused on maintaining ‘optimal functioning’ and preventing the likelihood of future injury, allowing you as a patient to perform and feel your best!
What type of conditions can be treated with Myotherapy?
Myotherapists provide assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation for a wide range of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions, for example:
Neck and shoulder pain
Rotator cuff problems
Achilles tendinopathy and other ankle injuries
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.
Myotherapy treatment modalities may include trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation, dry needling, cupping, stretching, exercise and rehabilitation programs, pain management.
What’s the difference between Myotherapy and Massage?
Myotherapy and massage are two distinct professions, with different aims and objectives, different health fund rebates, and different educational pathways. In common with physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors, Myotherapists may use massage in their treatments, when warranted, but they also call upon a wide range of other evidence-based treatment approaches and skill-sets which are used in addition to manual therapy, dry needling, exercise prescription and/or education about pain management, load management, activity modification and/or lifestyle modification.