This week is Myotherapy Awareness Week 2022. As a soft tissue clinic that offers Myotherapy sessions, we are often answering the question “what exactly is Myotherapy?”. Using elements of both remedial massage and physiotherapy, the unique modality sits on a spectrum between the two.
What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is an allied health modality that primarily uses manual therapy to assess, treat and manage musculoskeletal conditions. Myotherapists understand that a one size fits all approach doesn’t quite work when it comes to treating moving bodies, thus treatment techniques vary according to a client’s needs. There are three main approaches to treatment:
Hands on therapies: soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques (METs) and joint mobilisations.
Additional therapies: dry needling and myofascial cupping are commonly used in treatments when needed. Note that while it may appear similar, dry needling techniques are different to those used in acupuncture (more about this in our blog)
Exercise therapy and rehabilitation: exercise prescription and movement coaching go hand in hand with manual therapy, often solidifying results achieved inside the treatment room.
What do Myotherapists treat?
Myotherapists can treat a large array of musculoskeletal presentations. These may include, but aren’t limited to:
Rotator cuff tendinopathy
Sports specific injuries
Jaw pain or restriction
Headaches and migraines
At Muscle Medicine, we have Myotherapists and Remedial Massage Therapists (RMT). Our Senior RMTs have developed their knowledge and skill set over 10+ years and treat in a myotherapy style, using similar techniques. Our Remedial Deep Tissue Therapists are mentored by our Clinical Director to build this skill set.
When you come in for a session with one of our therapists you will be assessed and provided an appropriate treatment plan to address the underlying issues that your symptoms are presenting. Our aim is to provide treatments for improvement and sustained results.
After the treatment plan is completed, regular maintenance is always beneficial, so it’s recommended to book yourself maintenance treatments (4 - 8 weekly depending on your lifestyle) and not to rely on quick fixes when you find yourself in discomfort.
Myotherapy is a modality for everyone. If you’re unsure which treatment approach would best suit your presentation, consider giving myotherapy a go to address your pain and discomfort. And don’t forget to spread the word! Let’s work together to make more people aware of Myotherapy and its benefits.