What is Myotherapy?

Myotherapy is an evidence based form of manual therapy which assesses, treats and rehabilitates a range of muscle, joint and nerve conditions. These conditions can occur as a result of overuse, injury, tissue degeneration, lifestyle habits and other health disorders. It aims to promote joint and soft tissue function as well as assist in the relief and management of pain resulting from the neuromusculoskeletal system. This is done through a mixture of hands-on techniques, exercise prescription and movement modification.

When should I see a Myotherapist?

Typically, people seek out Myotherapy when a movement doesn’t quite feel like it did before. This might be because it hurts, you can’t do it as long as you did before, you feel like the movement now feels stiff or perhaps because you just don’t feel as strong anymore. However, anyone can see a myotherapist at any time. Prevention is the best cure so it is better to treat something small than to ignore it and potentially have it deteriorate over time.

What can Myotherapy help with?

Myotherapists provide evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for a wide range of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions, examples include but are not limited to:

  • Back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Headache
  • Sports injuries
  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Occupational injuries
  • Achilles tendinopathy and other ankle injuries
  • Jaw pain and clicking
  • Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain presentations
  • Tennis elbow

What treatment techniques to myotherapists use?

Myotherapists use a range of techniques including:

  • Dry needling
  • Myofascial Cupping
  • Remedial Massage
  • Muscle Energy Techniques (METs)
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Neuromobility techniques e.g. nerve gliding

Not all of these techniques will be needed and the techniques used will be specific to the needs of the individual

What to expect in a Myotherapy treatment?

Consults are generally broken down into 4 parts and as treatment is specific to the client, the amount of time spent on each may vary from person to person.

  • History – this is where we discuss what brought you to see a myotherapist and try to narrow down what structures in the area might be affected. The myotherapist might prompt you and want to know when it started, what makes it better or worse, history of previous injuries that might be relevant, lifestyle habits and more.
  • Assessment – will vary from person to person but the goal is to use testing to objectively narrow down the specific structures that are affected. Testing may include; checking range and quality of movement, neurological assessment, orthopedic testing and testing muscle strength and length.
  • Treatment – the techniques used in treatment also depend on the client and their presentation but may comprise of any combination of; soft tissue treatment e.g. massage, cupping, dry needling, joint mobilisation, muscle energy techniques (METs), exercise prescription or nerve mobility exercises.
  • Home care – More often than not the exercises you are taught in your treatment will become your home care but home care may also include advice on movement or lifestyle changes that should limit aggravation between appointments.

What do I bring to a Myotherapy appointment?

If you have any, imaging (x-ray, MRI, CT scan) and their reports for your complaint may be useful. Otherwise, just your lovely selves. If you would like to bring a support person, they are welcome as well.

What do I wear to my Myotherapy appointment?

Ideally anything that you can move in comfortably that doesn’t restrict your movement. For example, if you have hip pain, ideally, you wouldn’t be wearing suit pants or jeans as they typically reduce your ability to move which can impact assessment. However, if you have to wear them to your appointment, you can bring a pair of shorts along or we have some shorts in the clinic.

Do I have to be a pain to see a Myotherapist?

Not at all. Prevention is the best cure so it would be better to maintain what you have than come in when a movement is already significantly more challenging than it was before.