What is Myotherapy?

Myotherapy is focused around the treatment and assessment of muscles. Myotherapists are the fine tuners of the body; they assess range of motion, quality of movement, and how your body is working globally to get you from one position to another.

Although muscles are our primary focus, there are other structures in the body that Myotherapy can address. Structures like tendon, ligament, nerve, fascia, disc and joint can influence or be influenced my muscles. Myotherapy can treat ailments such as:

  • Muscle pain, tension, restriction in movement
  • Sprained ankle, knee pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain
  • Numbness, tingling, feeling of weakness
  • Jaw pain, headaches, neck pain
  • Management of arthritis, fibromyalgia
  • Sports injuries
  • Lower back pain, sciatica
  • Hip and groin pain

Even if you don’t have a specific injury or complaint. Myotherapy can support you through prevention, maintenance and recovery of your musculoskeletal system.

Not only does a Myotherapist assess from a biomechanical and anatomical standpoint, they look to treat the person's trauma, not just the symptoms that cause the pain. They take a holistic approach, considering all aspects of the patients’ life, and how certain emotional, mental, and lifestyle influences could be a contributing factor.

How does it work?

However your pain, discomfort or stress may manifest, there's a practical method to best suit you. Everybody responds differently to treatment, there is no ‘best tool or technique’ that trumps another. It’s about you and what your body responds to in a positive way. A Myotherapist can manipulate the body by applying a range of techniques to the tissue:

  • Soft tissue and deep tissue techniques like:
    • Myofascial release
    • Deep ischaemic pressure (DIP) or 'trigger point' therapy
    • Cross fibre friction
  • Dry needling
  • Passive and active stretching
  • Cupping
  • Movement and exercise

Applying these techniques to an area or muscle creates a response in the nervous system, which ultimately leads to the relaxed and released feeling after a treatment. The receptors in our skin, muscles and joints that respond to different stimulus like touch and movement-- communicate to the brain. By giving the brain this feedback changes the way that area is represented in the brain- Ultimately changing how the muscle and area feels- less pain, as well as how it functions- improved mobility. We are essentially interrupting the pain signal and 'turning off the alarm bells'.

Just a massage?

We all know how rejuvenating and wonderful a massage can be, and sometimes that’s all our body needs – is to relax!

Much like massage, Myotherapy treatment is traditionally hands on focused, although our clinical approach, understanding of anatomy and assessment, our scope to manage specific injuries or ailments, as well as our use of different modalities means that Myotherapy is a little more targeted and tailored to your presentation and needs.

What to expect

Initial Consultation

Your initial consult will start with a conversation about your main concerns and your goals- what you would like to get out of the session. Your medical history, relevant injury history, as well as lifestyle factors will be addressed, as this will provide information about how you’re using your body, and how you're not.

This will then be followed by relevant movement testing, observing how you move- the quality of movement, range of motion as well as noting how it feels for you as you perform it. Collectively this information will guide to a diagnosis or clinical impression.

A plan will be devised, taking into account your preferences and making sure you are happy and comfortable with the proposed plan. Your treatment will then commence.

After the hands-on treatment is finished, if movement and exercises were prescribed as part of the plan, some time will be allocated to work through them. This is also an opportunity to discuss any lifestyle modifications to assist in further managing your presentation, as well any other take home methods and recommendations for pain management.

Before you leave a follow up appointment will be organised if it is warranted and in your best interest.

Please bring any previous medical reports or scans regarding musculoskeletal injuries—the more information we have the better!

Please come in comfortable clothing that you can easily move in, as some testing will require you to move through ranges of motion therefore it is ideal if you are unrestricted.

Follow up

A follow up appointment will start a brief discussion outlining how you responded to the last treatment, how your initial presentation is tracking, as well as if there are any new concerns or questions. Based on this information, a brief reassessment will be carried out to note any changes from your initial testing. The treatment will follow which may have potential modifications depending on your presentation which will be discussed with you.

To find out more about our Myotherapist at Correct, meet Adriana Tselepis and book in your initial consultation today.

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