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- Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy used to treat or prevent soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement.
- The philosophy of myotherapy is founded on Western medical principles including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
- You don’t need a referral from a doctor to make an appointment with a myotherapist.
The philosophy of myotherapy is founded on Western medical principles including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. You don’t need a referral from a doctor to make an appointment with a myotherapist.
Symptoms of soft tissue pain
Pain that is caused by muscle tissue or muscle fascia (myofascia) is called myofascial pain. Symptoms can include:
- deep and constant aching
- muscle tightness
- sore spots in the muscle (myofascial trigger points)
- reduced joint mobility
- stiff joints
- recurrent tingling, prickling or ‘pins and needles’ sensation
- chronic pain.
Myotherapy can treat a range of disorders
Myotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of disorders including:
- overuse injury, such as tennis elbow or shin splints
- some sports injuries
- pain caused by poor posture
- some types of chronic
- some types of joint pain, such as shoulder impingement syndrome
- muscle sprains.
What to expect at your first myotherapy appointment
For your first appointment, take any medical test results and reports (such as x-ray films) that relate to your condition.
The myotherapist will ask questions about your symptoms. Tell them about your medical history, including prior illness and surgery. Give them a list of all the medicines, natural and prescripted, that you are currently taking. This information is kept in strictest confidence.
The myotherapist will perform some physical assessment as well as orthopaedic and/or neural tests to assess dysfunction and address pain, if necessary.
This initial examination is thorough and helps the myotherapist to find out if the symptoms are myofascial. The myotherapist may refer you to other healthcare professionals for further diagnosis or treatment, depending on your medical condition.
Myotherapy uses a range of techniques which may include (but is not limited to):
- , including sports and remedial techniques
- gently moving the patient’s affected body part through its range of motion (passive stretching)
- hot or cold therapy
- transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy
- trigger point therapy (acupressure)
- myofascial dry needling
- myofascial release.
Each session typically lasts one hour.
The myotherapist will explain your condition in detail. Dietary changes could be recommended. The myotherapist may advise treatments to use at home including:
- exercises and stretches specific to your condition
- self-administered massage
- heat packs
- ice packs
- relaxation techniques, including .
Ongoing management with myotherapy
The myotherapist will work with you to identify factors that may be making your condition worse (such as poor posture, or overtraining) and help you find ways to avoid or reduce these aggravating factors.
If something cannot be changed (for example, or age-related changes to spinal discs), the myotherapist will develop a pain management program. This may involve referral to other healthcare professionals.
For acute or persistent joint pain, always see your doctor.
Finding a myotherapy practitioner
Suggestions for finding a practitioner include:
- Visit the .
- Contact and ask for a list of members in your area.
- Ask your doctor or healthcare professional for a referral.
- Ask your friends for word-of-mouth recommendations.