What is myotherapy?
Myotherapy is a type of natural therapy that focuses on the rehabilitation and treatment of various musculoskeletal system-related pain and conditions resulting from improper posture, poor biomechanics, and injury. It primarily uses massage as its main tool however other techniques, such as dry needling, spinal mobilization, and myofascial release, can be incorporated to further assist in getting the client back to his or her optimal health.
The following modalities are used in conjunction with myotherapy to achieve a therapeutic result:
- Soft Tissue Therapy
- Temperature Therapies
- Electromechanical Stimulation
- Myofascial Dry-Needling (MDN)
- Myofascial Stretching
- Rehabilitative Exercise and Corrective Actions
What is myotherapy good for?
Myotherapy is good for relieving pain caused by myofascia or muscle dysfunction. The myofascia is a band of soft tissue that surrounds and supports the bones, muscles, and organs. When the myofascia experiences inflammation or physical trauma, it loses its pliability and can become tight and restricted.
The following are symptoms associated with myofascial pain:
- Stiff joints
- Constant deep nagging pain
- Sore spots in the muscle (also known as myofascial trigger points)
- Recurring "pins and needles" or tingling sensation
- Tightening of the muscles
- Reduced mobility in the joints
- Feeling tired for no reason
What does a myotherapist do?
The main job of the myotherapist is to restore the musculoskeletal system into good working condition. It is important to know that a myotherapist should have undergone a specialist training related to the detection and treatment of the conditions associated with the musculoskeletal system. Aside from knowing various massage techniques, the myotherapist should be knowledgeable on other therapies that can be integrated with the treatment such as:
- Passive stretching
- Dry Needling
- Trigger point therapy
- Muscle energy techniques (METS)
Prior to the session, the myotherapist will conduct a consultation regarding the symptoms experienced, the medication being taken, and a full history of any prior illness or surgery. This information will help the therapist to determine the cause of the symptoms.
During the treatment session, the myotherapist examines and manipulates the muscles or joints or trigger points that are affected with pain. Also, the therapist will also test the reflexes of the client. This thorough examination is important in determining whether the symptoms are myofascial.
Benefits of myotherapy
Aside from pain relief, myotherapy helps in relieving trigger points. Trigger points are tight muscle fibres which can be caused by physical or emotional stress, disease or injury. Addressing these trigger points can help relieve intense and chronic pain.
The following are some conditions that can be addressed by myotherapy:
- Tennis/Golfer's Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Back pain
- Headaches and neck pains
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Muscle spasms
- Wry neck
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Muscle contusion (corky)