As the name suggests, Myotherapists assess and treat myofascial pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapy is utilised to restore and maintain the integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body and is useful in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of injury management.
Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fibrous connective tissue (fascia) is described as myofascial. Myofascial pain can be non-specific and can vary in intensity and radiate to other areas. Other symptoms can include reduced range of motion of muscles and joints, stiffness, fatigue and weakness. As with all injuries, symptoms can significantly vary from one individual to another. Common conditions that Myotherapists can treat include:
- sporting and occupational injuries
- stiffness and pain associated with poor posture or scoliosis
- neck, back and joint pain
- acute and chronic conditions affecting function and mobility
- headaches and migraines
- chronic overuse syndromes – tendonitis, RSI, tennis/golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel
- shoulder pain – impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder
- hand and finger numbness/tingling – thoracic outlet syndrome
- knee, leg and foot pain – shin splints, patella tracking dysfunction, ankle sprains
- pre and post natal muscular complaints
- pain and dysfunction associated with stress and tension
what should I expect from a myotherapy consultation?
Assessment – Clinical assessment is reliant on history taking and examination of relevant joints and regions. Highly developed placatory skills, a thorough understanding of the muscular and skeletal systems and varied treatment approaches distinguishes Myotherapy from massage therapy.
Treatment – Soft tissue manipulation/massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial dry needling, Myofascial release, Cupping, Postural assessment, Corrective exercises.
what is a Myofascial Trigger-Point?
Myofascial Trigger points (MTPs) are areas of inflammation and contracture within muscles. They normally present as nodules or taut bands within the muscle, often termed a ‘knot’, producing local and characteristic referred pain. The formation of a trigger point may be due to acute injury or chronic micro-trauma to the muscle, commonly seen with sustained muscle contraction due to tension and poor posture. Other causes include: trauma, ageing, muscle strain from occupational and sporting activities or congenital factors such as leg length discrepancy. Systemic disorders can also cause myofascial pain, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Trigger point therapy focuses on releasing these contractures using pressure with the hands and fingers.
what is dry needling?
Myofascial dry needling is an integral aspect of myotherapy. Acupuncture needles are inserted into active trigger points to relieve pain, resolve referred pain and restore movement. Stimulation of trigger points with dry needling can desensitise these points and the associated referral pain areas, promote healing through increasing blood supply to the area and enhance the production of endorphins (the body’s own natural pain reliever). Our Myotherapists will always discuss with you the use of this procedure as some people prefer not to have it performed.
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