Myotherapy comes from the Greek term 'mys', meaning muscle.
Myotherapists aim to treat or prevent soft tissue pain, particularly when muscle or myofascial dysfunction affects movement and mobility. Myofascia is the thin, fibrous sheets of tissue that surround and separate muscles.
Muscular dysfunction can be caused by trauma or overload of muscles from occupational, sporting or recreational activities.
Myotherapy involves a combination of hands-on techniques including muscle mobilisation and deep tissue massage as well as stretching, dry needle therapy and corrective exercises designed to treat injury, relieve pain, improve mobility and increase performance.
Trigger points within muscles are an example of muscle dysfunction that can cause deep aching pain, local tenderness, and referred pain, limiting strength and flexibility. Myotherapists can identify these trigger points and deactivate them using various soft tissue manipulation techniques.
Common conditions treated by Myotherapists include neck and back pain, elbow and wrist pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica, RSI, joint pain, numbness and tingling, carpal tunnel, knee, hip and ankle pain.