What is myotherapy?

This type of remedial massage helps treat musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions. Some therapists refer to it as sports massage or medical massage. It involves manual manipulation that focuses on soft tissue pain and restricted joint movements. Injuries such as these are caused by the dysfunction of muscle or myofascia. These thin, fibrous sheets of tissue surround and separate muscles. They get injured usually during active physical activities, such as sports. There are many similarities between myotherapy and physical therapy. However, they have a notable difference in methodology. While physical therapy treats injuries mainly using exercises and stretches, myotherapists focus on massage and trigger point therapy. 


How does it work?

Once an injury happens, a myotherapist will assess it to determine the extent of the damage. Then, they will use a range of techniques to begin treatment. Some of these techniques are deep tissue remedial massage, trigger point therapy, and joint mobilisation. Other myotherapists may also use dry needling, Alexander Technique, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and cupping. The aim of all these techniques is to increase flexibility and improve muscle strength and movement. 


What can you expect from a session?

As with most, if not all, therapists, myotherapists begin the first session by finding out more about you. They may ask you about your medical history--medication you've taken and are currently taking, surgeries you've had, etc. In relation to this, it may be a good idea to bring along any x-rays, MRI results, or scans relevant to your condition. Those will help the therapist determine your course of treatment. Additionally, you may also be asked about any sports you play and your general routine. Next, the myotherapist may conduct some physical examinations. This is to see your range of movement. They may also ask you to stand and walk a bit to check your posture. Once done, the myotherapist may then discuss with you their suggested course of treatment. In the coming sessions, they may use a series of modalities to help heal your pain. After each session, your myotherapist may suggest exercises you can do at home so treatment doesn't have to stop after your sessions. They may also propose that you make some changes in your daily routine that can help reduce your pain. 


Which conditions can myotherapy help ease?

  • ADD

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Autism

  • Back pain

  • Dementia

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headache

  • Migraine

  • Mindset

  • Pain

  • Pregnancy

  • PTSD

  • Sleep disorder

  • Sports injury

  • Stress

Myotherapy can also help improve health and wellness.


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