What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is a branch of physical therapy which focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfuntion. It is the therapeutic process of relieving pain through the manipulation of muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Myotherapists are specifically trained in the location and treatment of ‘trigger points’ (or knots) which are irritable points within muscle tissue. When these points are active, they can be painful, restrict range of movement and refer pain elsewhere in the body. Trigger points can arise when a muscle has been overworked or injured.
Myotherapists look at treating the CAUSE behind injury as well as preventative maintenance. The foundation of Myotherapy includes an element of remedial massage as well as joint mobilisation, cupping and dry needling.
Remedial Massage: Involves the use of the fingers, knuckles, hands forearms and elbows to therapeutically manipulate the soft tissues of the body to bring about repair. Remedial massage focuses on specific areas of the body which are consistently dysfunctional or tight.
By focusing on these problem areas the aim is to restore optimal muscle function by:
- Stimulating blood flow, allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed
- Toning and relaxing muscles to improve joint mobility
- Easing stiffness and tension
- Assisting the body with its own natural healing process
Common conditions treated with remedial massage and myotherapy: Anxiety or stress, neck and shoulder pain, headaches/migraines, golfers/tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, scoliosis, RSI (repetitive strain), sciatica, fibromyalgia and many more.