What is Myotherapy? Oakleigh Myotherapist Alana Shaw explains.
So, what is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is the evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions.
As a trained allied health professional who holds either an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy or a Bachelor of Myotherapy, A Myotherapist will observe and assess posture and movement restrictions to try and determine the earliest possible cause to your pain or discomfort. The end game is not only to alleviate symptoms but also to encourage the body to heal right back to that original cause.
A Myotherapist can work closely alongside other healthcare practitioners including your Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Strength Coach, Sports Doctor and GP in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
They will also be registered through one of two governing bodies: Myotherapy Association Australia (MA) or Massage and Myotherapy Australia (MMA)
What to expect in a treatment?
Similar to Osteopaths, Physiotherapists & Chiropractors, a Myotherapist may use massage within their treatment, when warranted, but they also call upon a wide range of other evidence-based treatment approaches and skill-sets. In addition to manual therapy, dry needling, and thermo and electro-therapeutic techniques, they may include exercise prescription and/or education about pain management, load management, activity and/or lifestyle modification.
By drawing from a variety of hands-on treatment techniques, a Myotherapist will work towards increasing functionality and strength of muscles, range of movement of joints and decreasing pain and restriction. Whether you’re an athlete, avid gym goer, a parent, a desk worker and anywhere in between, their aim is help you to enjoy whatever it is you like to do.
What can a Myotherapist help with?
A Myotherapist may be able to assist with a wide variety of both acute and chronic conditions as well as assist in injury prevention and improving overall strength and mobility.
A Myotherapist may be able to assist in some of the following conditions:
- Back & Neck pain
- Low Back Pain
- Shoulder pain and impingement
- Hip & leg pain
- Migraines & Headaches
- Sport & occupational injuries
- Postural pain and restriction
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Muscle imbalances
- Achy or stiff joints
- Pregnancy related pain and discomfort