Myotherapy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the soft and connective tissue eg: muscle, tendon, ligament. It uses a variety of techniques to aid recovery from injury and improve your body’s overall health. Myotherapy is able to provide immediate pain relief or promote longer term improvement.
What is Myotherapy
Myotherapy is the assessment and treatment of soft tissue and joint dysfunction using physical techniques to relieve pain and promote healing.
Myotherapy is able to treat pains associated with the restrictions or tightness in muscle or the myofascial sheath. Myofascia is a thin fibrous tissue that surrounds and seperates muscle, it is also present in tendons and ligaments.
The myofascia can be damaged or irritated by sporting injuries, overuse, poor postural control, or stress.
What can Myotherapy help?
Myotherapy is able to help with pains caused by muscle tissue or the myofascia. Examples include:
- Muscle tightness (trigger points)
- Reduced mobility and joint stiffness
- Headaches and poor posture
- Muscle strains
- Overuse injuries such as tennis elbow or shin splints
- Lower back and neck pain
- Shoulder pain
Myotherapy can also be effective in maintaining pains such as chronic neck and lower back pain.
What treatment techniques can be used?
Myotherapists are able to use a variety of treatment techniques to reduce the irritation or damage to the myofascia such as soft tissue massage. They are also able to provide:
- Soft tissue or relaxation massage
- Trigger point therapy
- Superficial dry needling
- Myofascial cupping
- Stretching exercises
- Heat therapy
- Lymphatic drainage
Myotherapy versus Remedial Massage
Myotherapy and Remedial Massage are able to treat a similar range of pains and ailments. However, Myotherapists have a greater range of treatment modalities available to use.
The two therapies share a common base level of knowledge with Myotherapists than able to progress from a Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy to an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy
Your initial consultation lasts for 60 minutes and allows adequate time for a thorough assessment and treatment. The assessment may include a physical examination, range of motion, and postural analysis. A individualised treatment plan is then formulated and explained to you by your myotherapist.
Subsequent consultations can last for 30 or 60 minutes. The time required for follow up consultations will be suggested by your myotherapist. This time includes a reassessment period and treatment. See here for costs.
This varies between people. Some will receive excellent pain relief with one session, others will require 3-4 sessions to get relief. Conversely, those with longer term neck and lower back pain may require ongoing maintenance with a treatment session every 4-6 weeks. For this reason it is best to discuss your goals with your myotherapist and they will be able to create a treatment plan to meet your needs.
Most extras cover on private health insurance provides coverage for myotherapy or remedial massage. However it is best to contact your health insurance fund to check what amount they will cover per treatment. The TAC does not cover myotherapy. It may be covered by Workcover but pre-approval is required.