MYOTHERAPY 101 | Samantha McKenzie

Myotherapy

What is Myotherapy?

Myotherapy means ‘muscle therapy’. Is a form of physical therapy used to assess, treat and prevent muscle pain, injury and dysfunction. It is a physical form of therapy that has substantial experience  in musculoskeletal conditions affecting movement and mobility. Founded on Western medical principles including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, it is used to rehabilitate and maintain the integrity of the soft-tissue structures of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia). It is the integration of a range of techniques that make Myotherapy such an effective and powerful treatment method.

It’s not surprising with over 650 different muscles in the body that Myotherapists can treat a large range or injuries and conditions.

Myotherapy is a bachelor’s degree that ensures your therapist has a greater knowledge base. This classifies them as a viable health provider with most private heath insurances enabling the patient to claim a rebate from their consultation.

Myotherapy uses a large range of modalities within a treatment consultation including:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Dry needling
  • Cross frictional tendon technique
  • Joint mobilizing
  • Patient and practitioner assisted stretching
  • Myofascial release
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Take home exercises
  • Postural education

Myotherapy - Dry Needling

With Myotherapy providing a vast range of treatment options this allows the therapist to access and treat many different acute and chronic complaints safely.

Some of the most common areas treated through Myotherapy include:

  • Back pain (acute or chronic)
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain due to poor posture
  • Overuse injuries (tennis/golfers’ elbow)
  • Pain during pregnancy
  • SIJ dysfunction
  • TMJ (jaw) pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Muscle strains
  • Fluid retention
  • Tendonpathy

Not only can a Myotherapist treat areas of pain, but they can help prevent the build up of muscle tension by providing a maintenance service that keeps your body on tract. This would include regular manual treatment sessions (varies from person to person but most commonly monthly) postural correction, exercises, stretches, hot and cold therapies.

If you suffer from one of these conditions or just want to kick start your health simply BOOK NOW, available in Swan Hill every Tuesday and Friday.

Want to read more? Check out the Myotherapy Australia Website 

Samantha McKenzie

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