What is Myotherapy ?
Myotherapy is a branch of manual medicine that is focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions using a physical evaluation including an integrated therapeutic approach to treating affected muscles, joints and nerves.
It is used for the treatment of acute or chronic conditions and in preventative management.
Myotherapy is a form of manual therapy treatment used for most common musculoskeletal conditions that can result from poor posture, biomechanics and injury and is defined as: “the comprehensive assessment, treatment and management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and conditions caused by improper biomechanical functioning.”
Myotherapists are trained and qualified manual therapy professionals in the field of myofascial pain and dysfunction and 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 such as deep tissue massage, dry needling, taping, joint mobilisation and exercise prescription. All or some of these techniques may be used as part of a treatment
- Treatments incorporate the following:
- a thorough patient history,
- observations of tissues, movement, and gait,
- postural assessment,
- palpation of spine, peripheral joints, musculature and connective tissue
- clinical orthopaedic and neurological tests.
Myotherapy plays a role in manual medicine as a single mode of treatment, or is used in conjunction with treatment provided by both medical and other allied-health practitioners such as GP’s, physiotherapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and acupuncturists/TCM.