"Pain is an unpleasant conscious experience that emerges from the brain when the sum of available information suggests that you need to protect a particular part of your body."
- Dr Lorimer Moseley
Myotherapy is a system of manual therapy like physiotherapy, osteopathy and exercise physiology, which focuses on the evidence based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and/or pain restricted range of motion from injuries and conditions or lifestyle factors.
This type of pain typically stems from:
muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, joints and nerves
Myotherapy is derived from the Greek root "myo" meaning muscle.
Myotherapists, like Chris, are traditionally known for their strong focus on the use of hands-on techniques and working together with patients to achieve agreed goals by using a variety of skills including:
Functional release cupping
Dry-needling (similar to acupuncture)
Taping (Rigid and Kinesiology) techniques
Electro therapies TENS and E-stim
Heat & cold therapy
Muscle energy techniques
how is myotherapy different from remedial massage?
Myotherapy and massage are two distinct professions, with different aims and objectives, different health fund rebates, and very different educational pathways.
In common with physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors, myotherapists may use massage in their treatments, when warranted. Myotherapists also call upon a wide range of other evidence-based treatment approaches and skill-sets which in addition to manual therapy, dry needling, and thermo and electro-therapeutic techniques may include; exercise prescription and/or education about pain management, load management, activity modification and/or lifestyle modification.
In common with the previously mentioned allied health professions, myotherapy has its own separate qualifications, specifically the BHSc (Clinical Myotherapy), BHSc (Myotherapy) and AdvDip (Myotherapy), which qualify practitioners to undertake an evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of patients experiencing musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions.
- Myotherapy Association of Australia
what do myotherapists treat?
Myotherapists treat various issues such as sporting and occupational injuries, stiffness and soreness, chronic pain and overuse syndromes, symptoms associated with arthritis and other chronic musculoskeletal conditions as well as assisting with past injuries. Myotherapists can also assist with recovery and return to regular activity following surgery and/or extended periods of inactivity.
Neck and shoulder pain
Hip & knee pain
Rotator cuff and shoulder problems
Achilles tendinopathy and other foot and ankle injuries
Jaw pain and clicking
Chronic pain conditions
Muscle aches and pain
You don’t need to be in pain to visit a Myotherapist. Once symptoms have settled treatment may focus on restoring optimal activity (rehabilitation), reducing the likelihood of further injury and keeping you moving and performing at your best.
Myotherapy techniques are particularly beneficial in conditions for those experiencing acute, sub-acute or chronic pain, reduced function or limited range of motion (ROM).
A common treatment process may regularly include 4 phases.
In general an initial consultation may include one, two, three or all four of the following phases. Remember, as stated previously the goal of myotherapy is to treat and rehabilitate not just the symptoms, but the root cause of musculoskeletal pain.