What Is Myotherapy?

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The Sports Injury Clinic

Stuart Rogers

August 27, 2019

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What is Myotherapy?

Our official statement is, the assessment, Treatment and management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction'.

But what does this mean?

This means that you can expect a history to be taken, an assessment of the primary complaint and associated areas, followed by a primarily hands on approach with a few take home exercises to assist at home and give you some power over your pain. Myotherapy started off as just "trigger-point therapy" but has grown to include many other facets and techniques such as dry needling, fascial cupping and other varied hands on techniques.

What does a Myotherapist treat?

Myotherapy specialises in soft tissue treatment with respect to other structures. We focus primarily on muscles tendons and fascia and our goal is to allow proper movement and function of these tissues to improve your function and decrease pain. We work on aches and pains, assist in recovery and are often used preventatively when there are recurring conditions and high loads such as in sports or demanding jobs. Myotherapists are trained manual therapy professionals in the field of myofascial pain and dysfunction however we consider all aspects of health and wellness to treat patients - this includes not only physical, but psychological and occupational aspects of the individual, we are equipped with means to identify other factors and will happily refer to the appropriate therapist if appropriate and will do our best to help you understand along the way, if you have any questions during treatment then please ask.

What is the difference between Myotherapy and Remedial Massage?

Myotherapists don't just do massage, in fact we usually have a completely different outlook, rather than massage the site of discomfort, we will also take into consideration other possible causes. Myotherapists have a higher level of education focusing more on anatomy and physiology, clinical pathology and assessment as well as other specialised techniques such as dry needling and cupping. This means we are better equipped to not only help with the symptoms you are feeling, but to find and treat the cause which may be coming from an otherwise unknown area/dysfunction.

What is the difference between a Myotherapist and a Physiotherapist?

The best way to answer this is to simplify both; Physiotherapist is a functional therapist who will assess and treat functionally, usually with a small localised area of hands on treatment as well as corrective exercises to improve function, decrease pain and get you back to where you want to be. Physios are also highly trained in specific rehab strategies and are/can be involved in hospitals. 

A Myotherapist is a tension therapist; we believe if the tension is wrong then it cannot function, if a muscle/fascia is dysfunctional then proper movement cannot be achieved, and this will alter biomechanics and create excess wear and tear as well as pain. In short, if its tight we will loosen it, if it's loose then we need to strengthen it; this is where our use of corrective exercises comes in and is an integral part of myotherapy.

When should you see one over the other?

At TSIC Physiotherapists are best suited for direct sports or work injuries; they are better equipped to get you functioning and back to sport and work as fast and as strong as possible. Myotherapists are best for the long-standing aches and pains that you get from your sport and or work (that niggling pain you should do something about before it gets worse). We have longer appointment times and can work on more areas of the body. We also treat and help prevent sports injuries and often work side by side with the Physiotherapists, they provide the best rehab strategies and exercises for you and the Myotherapists will keep things moving and prevent compensation until your back in action. There is a bit of overlap between Physiotherapists and Myotherapists, so if you're not sure who to see, pick one and if we think you will benefit from the other, then we will let you know and refer you to an appropriate therapist.

To learn more about our Myotherapists or to book an appointment, call us on 9783 9990 or book online.

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