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Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, which may cause muscular dysfunction and pain thus affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia).
The aim of Myotherapy is to treat the cause as well as the symptoms of a wide range of conditions.
Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia (connective tissue) are described as "myofascial". The cause of musculoskeletal pain and symptoms in many conditions involves the myofascial tissue.
It may originate from abnormal muscle contraction or trigger points in muscle or fascia. These are often experienced by the individual as feeling of 'tightness' or 'knots' within the muscles.
Myofascial pain may be experienced locally or it may radiate to areas away from the original source. Other symptoms may also be experienced as a result of trigger points within the muscles such as decreased range of motion, stiffness, fatigue, weakness and tingling or numbness.
A number of factors may contribute to these symptoms including poor posture, overuse of muscles and stress.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM MYOTHERAPY?
Neck, headache and upper back pain and stiffness.
We have noted a trend that an increasing amount of people are experiencing neck and upper back issues as a consequence of their computer based job. Long hours spent on the computer and using the mouse appears to cause an over activation of some muscles and under activation of others. The muscles that are over working become tight and full of tender trigger points which refer pain into the neck, thoracic and upper limb region. The upper back needs to be held static and tense to work on the computer for a prolonged period of time this prolonged posturing is not ideal for the spine. The consequence is bothersome pain and stiffness of the myofascial system which can be greatly improved by massage-Myotherapy.
If your problem does not improve with Myotherapy you will be referred to our postgraduate trained musculoskeletal physiotherapist for a more detailed assessment. The problem may not be with the myofascial system but involve the deeper tissue such as spinal joints, discs and spinal nerves that will need to be treated appropriately.
If you do have a computer sitting job it is vital for you to regular massage throughout the year to soften and give attention to the overworked computer muscles.
Hand and finger numbness and tingling. Compression of nerves and/or blood vessels at the thoracic outlet due to abnormal muscle contraction and trigger points in neck muscles (usually scalenes) can cause these symptoms. Your sitting posture at work or your sleeping position (e.g. pillow height) may be contributing factors. Thoracic outlet syndrome refers to nerves and vessels getting squashed under your arm pit and spreading symptoms into your neck and arm. If your day job is on a computer the shoulder of the arm that is controlling the mouse of is typically lower than the opposite side as you lean down towards the mouse. Nerves can be compressed under the arm pit and along the forearm where it rests on the table and the wrist can be held towards the little finger side. These sustained positions can affect the nerves and make over worked muscles tight- re3sultin g in hand and finger, arm numbness and tingling.
Low back pain, including 'Sciatica' caused by tightness in some muscles and weakness in others. Restoring muscle balance and optimal posture is a major aspect.
Shoulder pain, e.g. Impingement Syndrome, Instability Syndrome. Abnormal muscle contraction and trigger points can develop especially if you do a sporting activity dominated by one arm such as over arm throwing, tennis. The same problems can result from prolonged poor posture at the computer.
Tennis elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis). Localized tenderness of elbow and radiating pain to forearm. Often as a result of overuse and weakness of wrist extensor muscles, this can result in trigger points developing.
Chronic Overuse Syndrome to wrist, hand or elbow from poor posture at a computer or prolonged usage.
Chronic knee pain may be caused by your patella ('knee cap') not tracking or moving correctly. This can be a result of many factors including muscle imbalance in the thigh, and pronation of the foot.
'Shin Splints'. Common term used to describe exercise induced pain to the lower leg. E.g. Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome can be treated by a Myotherapist using a variety of techniques including soft tissue therapy, dry needling, and thermal applications.
Sprained ankle. Overstretching of muscles (e.g. peroneals) often occurs with an ankle sprain.
The resulting abnormal muscle and/or trigger points can be effectively treated
Foot pain. Pain in this area can often be referred from trigger points in leg or foot muscles. Myotherapists can treat the trigger points and also address any perpetuating factors e.g. poor footwear.
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Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy (MIMT) (AAMT)
Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy (MIMT)
Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology 52625WA
Level 4 Pilates Practitioner (APMA)
Certified GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Instructor
Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy)
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment