Myotherapy is a form of treatment that uses evidence-based strategies to assess muscular injuries, manage pain, restore function, and reduce the chance of future injury.
Myotherapy uses a comprehensive assessment process to identify any factors that may be contributing to your injury or condition, ensuring that measures are taken to prevent further and future injury.
We help you understand your injury or condition, how it may have occurred and educate you on strategies to continue with your activity or sport whilst you are still recovering. This includes setting goals and activity modification enabling you to continue doing what you love doing.
What does Myotherapy treat?
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder pain
- Overuse injuries
- Occupational injuries
- Ankle and knee pain
How does myotherapy treatment work?
Myotherapy treatment uses a combination of hands on therapy, movement/exercise and education to treat your injury. Hands on treatment includes soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, dry needling, myosfascial cupping, trigger point therapy and stretching techniques.
Your myotherapist will also give you movement or strength exercises to reduce pain, increase and restore function, and improve overall strength.
What to expect during myotherapy treatment?
During your initial consultation, your Myotherpist will take a detailed history of your current condition and health. Your myotherapist will examine the problem area, assess your movement and test any structures that may be involved. From this assessment, your myotherapist will explain your injury and what aspects of your daily life or activity may be contributing to your condition and what hands on treatment and exercises will be of benefit to help improve your health.
At the end of your session your myotherapist will outline the expected recovery time, summarize the treatment that was undertaken, the contributing factors and any activity or lifestyle modifications that may be required.
How is Myotherapy different to Remedial massage?
Remedial massage is a form of allied health that focuses on soft tissue treatment (massage) of tight and dysfunctional muscles in the body. While massage is great and a Myotherapist still uses massage as a part of treatment, often there is much more than tight muscles contributing to musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. This is why a Myotherapy appointment dedicates more time towards a thorough assessment process to help identify the root cause of your problem. This assessment process includes orthopaedic testing, movement analysis and a thorough patient history.
From this assessment, your Myotherapist can formulate an individualized structured management plan including activity modification, exercise rehabilitation and mobility.
Myo – more suitable for injuries or sporting populations, – longer assessment and history process to help identify root cause of problem – uses movement and exercise – includes dry needling, cupping and exercise prescription
- Have you injured yourself?
- Does your injury involve a sprain or strain?
- Is this condition or injury chronic?
- Does your injury stop you from performing work or daily tasks?
- Have you had previous treatments that resulted in short term results?
Remedial – More suitable for general tension or postural related pain – mostly hands on – mostly treating general areas, back tension, shoulder tension etc, less diagnostic
- Are you looking for a general relief of tension?
- If you have a specific injury, are you being managed by another health professional? (physio, osteo, chiro)
- Do you feel like your complaint is related to posture or stress? i.e Working at a desk for long hours?
Myotherapy is a form of allied health that utilizes tools such as soft tissue massage, dry needling, exercise, and education. The main goal of myotherapy is to assess an individual's injury/pain and figure out what lifestyle factors may be contributing to their presentation. This ensures that the benefit from myotherapy is long lasting and addresses the core dysfunctions that may be causing your pain.
The main difference between clinical myotherapy and physiotherapy is the setting that they work in. Myotherapy is almost always seen in a private practice setting, where physiotherapist’s also work in hospitals and aged care facilities. There are also some other small differences in treatment styles i.e myotherapists do not manipulate (crack joints).
Myotherapy treatment begins with thorough history taking and movement assessment, from this your myotherapist will be able to best identify the source and because of your injury. The next step is soft tissue massage/dry needling to help with immediate symptom relief and increase movement. From there your myotherapist will educate you on your injury/pain and be able to identify any movement patterns/lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your pain. Between sessions your myotherapist will give you some exercises and movements to help compliment the treatment and reduce symptoms in your everyday life.
Myotherapy is not covered by Medicare, however most private health funds cover it in extras.