What is myotherapy?
Myotherapy is best defined as the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of muscle and joint related pain and dysfunction. Myotherapy has a strong hands-on focus which sets it apart, yet also allows it to work well in conjunction with our other allied health practitioners at CSSM.
Myotherapists are allied health professionals who are expertly trained in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and pathology with a strong belief in supporting self-management. They use a range of manual therapies including soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation, myofascial cupping therapy, dry needling, taping, corrective and rehabilitative exercise.
Soft tissue injury and restricted joint mobility is caused by myofascia or muscle dysfunction – myofascia is the compact tissue that covers and surrounds all of your bones and muscle, connecting every part of your body together. Normally, it is relaxed and can move and stretch without restriction but when injury or inflammation occurs, the myofascia becomes tight, causing tension throughout the body.
One of the most common conditions treated by a myotherapist is that of trigger points which are sore spots in the muscle caused by stress, disease or injury. When trigger points are eliminated, this can alleviate intense or chronic pain.
While there is a hands-on approach with myotherapy, myotherapist’s will also provide home exercise programs, postural and movement education and pain management strategies.
You do not need a referral from a GP to make an appointment with a myotherapist.
What can myotherapy treat?
Myotherapy is suitable for anyone – from athletes looking to improve their performance to those suffering with chronic pain.
Myotherapy can treat and help prevent a range of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and disorders including:
· neck and back pain
· elbow and wrist pain
· jaw pain
· joint pain
· numbness and tingling
· carpal tunnel
· knee, hip and ankle pain
What’s the difference between myotherapy and remedial massage?
While myotherapy is often confused with remedial massage, myotherapy treats more complex conditions than massage alone, using a range of treatments to aid muscle and joint recovery.
A myotherapists underlying anatomical knowledge and diverse range of muscle manipulation techniques allows them to tailor an individualised treatment plan to suit your needs.
Whether you’ve injured yourself, are in the middle of recovery or even experiencing a niggle that just won’t go away, myotherapy is a viable management option.
Given the range of techniques available to our myotherapists it isn’t all “no pain no gain,” as your practitioner can direct treatment to meet your circumstance and feedback.
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Looking for immediate care? Whilst individual practitioner availability does vary, in most instances we should be able to arrange an appointment with one of our practitioners for the same day, certainly within 24 hours. Please phone Camberwell Sports & Spinal Medicine on (03) 9889 1078 or alternatively you can Make an Appointment online.
Generally an initial Myotherapy appointment will be a 60 minute appointment. For follow up appointments a standard appointment is generally a 30 minute appointment. However extended appointments of 45 or 60 minutes are available for complex issues.
CSSM requires a minimum of 24 hours notice of an appointment cancellation or rescheduling in order for you to avoid a late cancellation fee of $55.00.
Your initial consultation will take approximately 60 minutes, during which your Myotherapist will:
• Take a thorough history to gain an understanding of your injury and circumstances that could have led to your condition.
• Examine your body and identify the type, source and cause of symptoms.Diagnose your condition and discuss this with you.
• Educate you about your condition and treatment options.
• Provide treatment using techniques such as soft tissue massage, dry needle therapy, and stretching.
• Discuss the proposed treatment plan which may involve follow up treatment.
Follow up sessions generally last for 30 minutes. Extended appointments of either 45 or 60 minutes duration are available upon request.
After treatment you should have less pain and feel more mobile, flexible and comfortable in your movements. Relief can be dramatic and long lasting. Generally, your Myotherapist will expect to see positive results within 2-4 treatments for common symptoms. However, it must be emphasised that each individual is unique and it may take several visits before symptoms settle.
Myotherapy is covered under the extras cover of many Health Insurance plans. If you have private health insurance and wish to claim, it is recommended that you check with your fund to ensure the extent of your which modality you are covered with. We want you to be able to achieve the maximum benefit from your health insurance so if you have any queries please check with our reception staff prior to your appointment. Camberwell Sports and Spinal Medicine is able to offer ‘on the spot’ rebates via HICAPS.
No, just like going to the dentist, Medicare does not cover Myotherapy treatment at this time.
While GPs and specialists seeking the best care often refer their patients to see a Myotherapist, referrals are not necessary. Myotherapy is a complementary form of treatment and works well when used in conjunction with medical treatment. For a Myotherapy consultation simply make an appointment with Camberwell Sports & Spinal Medicine directly by calling 9889 1078.