What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is a method for relieving pain based on the application of soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage and pressure at trigger points throughout the body. Trigger points are defined as hypersensitive places in the muscles that cause pain in response to undue stress. These painful trigger points can be brought on in many ways including occupational stresses or injuries as well as physical stress, emotional stress and disease. With Myotherapy we aim to identify the cause of your complaint, treat the pain, and minimize the likelihood of the injury reoccurring by strengthening and stabilizing the area.
What do Myotherapists treat?
Myotherapy can help many types of pain including
- Neck & back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Headaches / Migraines
- Low back pain
- Pain arising from chronic overuse injury (RSI) eg (tennis / golfer’s elbow)
- Shin Splints
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Hand, wrist and forearm pain, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Muscle and/or Joint pains
- Sports Injuries including sprains and strains
- Poor posture
- Hip pain and sciatica
- Ankle, foot and knee pain
- Stress-related aches & pains
What should I expect?
Initial myotherapy appointments are up to 45minutes, when booking your appointment you will be asked to arrive 10 minutes early to your appointment to fill in the new patient health history form. Return consultations are up to 30 minutes. Similar to osteopaths Myotherapists treat the body and may require you to disrobe to your underwear during the treatment part of the consultation. Please bring with you bike shorts if this would make you more comfortable, we also offer gowns for your convenience.
Is myotherapy the same as massage therapy?
Both therapies tend to overlap, they are both used to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. However myotherapists tends to use a broader range of tools and techniques to treat musculoskeletal conditions. Unlike massage therapy, myotherapists use more than just their hands to treat conditions; they are trained in the use of myofascial dry needles and cupping. Having access to a broader variety of tools and techniques means that it tends to suit a larger range of patients. This also means that there is greater likelihood of success in treating the musculoskeletal complaint.