What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is a method for relieving pain based on the application of pressure at trigger points throughout the body. Trigger points are hypersensitive places in muscles that can cause pain or a lack of mobility. Myotherapy works on the principle that the relief of tension in the muscle promotes healing and stops the muscle and associated nerves causing further pain.
Why see a Myotherapist?
A qualified Myotherapist works with patients to treat and rehabilitate a wide range of musculoskeletal issues and conditions, including:
- Upper and lower back pain
- Neck and shoulder issues
- Sporting injuries
- Jaw pain and clicking
- Issues with joints (e.g. Tennis elbow, ankle injuries etc.)
Myotherapy is recognized in Australia as being effective for the relief of chronic pain. Additionally, it is common for athletes to see a Myotherapist as regular treatment has been shown to lead to increased sporting performance.
How does Myotherapy differ from massage?
Massage and Myotherapy are two different professions. Massage has well-recognised health benefits, including increased circulation, flexibility and aiding muscle recovery. A massage therapist will usually practice massage for relaxation purposes whereas a myotherapist will usually perform massage for health purposes.
Massage is not the only technique that a Myotherapist has been trained in. They will often use other techniques including manual therapy, cupping, dry-needling, electrotherapy and thermal treatment to aid patient recovery.
Myotherapists generally have a greater understanding of how the musculoskeletal system works than a massage therapist and is usually better equipped to help a patient recover from an injury or chronic pain.