The philosophy of myotherapy is founded on Western medical principles including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
What is Myotherapy and what do Myotherapist do?
Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy treatment for most common musculoskeletal conditions that result from inappropriate posture, poor biomechanics and injury.
Myotherapy is defined as: "the comprehensive assessment, treatment and management of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders and conditions caused by improper biomechanical functioning." Myotherapists take into account all aspects of health and wellness to treat patients - this includes not only physical, but psychological and occupational aspects of the individual.
Myotherapists assess and treat the connective tissue (muscle, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, tissue coverings) using mostly direct 'hands-on' techniques. Some myotherapists are also trained in the use of TENS machines, lasers, ultrasound, taping, dry needling and exercise prescription for rehabilitation.
Myotherapists are trained manual therapy professionals in the field of myofascial pain and dysfunction (pain that arises from the muscles and surrounding connective tissue). Myotherapy is a division of manual medicine focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and related conditions. It includes a physical evaluation and an integrated therapeutic approach to affected muscles, joints, nerves, and associated organs and is used in the treatment of acute or chronic conditions and in preventative management.
Symptoms of soft tissue dysfunction and conditions that may benefit from Myotherapy treatments:
-Deep and constant aching in any area of the body
-Sore spots in the muscle
-Weakness in the muscle
-Numbness, tingling in the feet, hands, fingers or toes.
-Reduced range of motion of any limb.
-Pain on movement
-Chronic lower back pain and Sciatica
-Neck pain / Stiffness
-Tennis Elbow / Golfers Elbow
-Hip flexor restrictions / imbalances
-Sporting and occupational injuries
-Shoulder pain, impingement syndrome and frozen shoulder
Techniques used during Myotherapy sessions include but are not limited to:
Postural Assessment and correction
Soft tissue manipulation
Trigger point therapy
Myofascial Dry Needling
Cupping – Dynamic, Static and Slide
Muscle Energy Technique
Heat and Ice Therapy
Positional Release Technique
Corrective Exercise prescription
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