A Myotherapist uses a variety of treatment modalities by combining both ancient and modern methods of physical therapy in the treatment of muscular pain & dysfunction, these include:
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Massage techniques including Myofascial release, Frictioning and Deep Tissue Massage
- Myofascial Dry Needling
- Joint mobilisation
- Proprio Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching, passive stretches & the prescription of self help stretches.
- Electro stimulation therapies including: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and Needle Stimulation.
- Heat Therapies including Moxa, Damp & Dry Heat
- Cryotherapy /Ice Massage
- Pain Management programs for chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
- Corrective exercise prescription
- Individual patient education & self help intervention techniques to prevent a condition from reoccurring
What is the History Behind Myotherapy?
Myotherapy grew out of myofascial trigger point therapy, which was pioneered in the early 1940’s by Janet Travell MD. She later became the White House physician to John F Kennedy.
Myofascial pain is pain that originates from the muscular system. This form of pain is responsible for the majority of pain complaints in the human body.
Dr Janet Travell and later Dr David Simons provided the much needed neuro muscular research, which indicated that myofascial pain is caused by myofascial trigger points.
In 1976, Bonnie Prudden a leading authority in exercise and health, began to theorize that trigger points could be released simply by applying manual pressure. Prudden’s efforts were met with great success as many patents reported dramatic improvements in a short time. Over the next ten years Prudden gradually developed a training system now known as Myotherapy.
Myotherapy taught in Australia is based on the wholistic philosophy combining western medicine with more traditional practices in the natural relief of myofascial pain.
What is Myotherapy?
Myo translated means muscle, myotherapy is therefore considered the complete servicing of the muscular system. Providing the assessment, management, rehabilitation and treatment of any condition or symptom related to the muscular system.
The major cause of muscular problems are associated with the overloading of the muscles we use during everyday activity. When a muscle becomes overloaded, it fatigues and a portion of the muscle remains in contraction, resulting in the formation of a trigger point.
A trigger point is capable of developing in any of the bodies muscles, depending on what we do with them. Many activities we perform in occupational and recreational environments overload specific muscles, resulting in symptoms of muscular dysfunction.
The symptom experienced from the muscular system include pain, muscle weakness, restricted or affected mobility and degeneration these symptoms are caused by these trigger points.
Myotherapy specifically locates and removes the trigger points, reversing the body back into it’s intended neuromuscular state, without pain or affected movement.
Complimented with the correct management and preventative strategies, myotherapy enables you to enjoy a pain free active life.
Benefits of Myotherapy
- Drug free non invasive natural pain relief.
- Enhances the function of muscles and joints, improving range of movement and general body tone.
- Reduces pain, swelling and stiffness.
- Minimises the need for muscle relaxants and/or pain killers.
- Myotherapy may also produce a dramatic increase in mobility, flexibility and stamina. Posture, gait and sleep patterns may improve as well.
Myotherapy is highly successful in relieving pain and dysfunction of both chronic and acute conditions affecting the muscular system, providing long term relief.
Myotherapy is Successful in the Treatment & Management of the Following Conditions:
- All types of headaches including Migraines
- Back Pain
- Arthritis Pain
- Restricted & Affected Movement
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Night Cramps
- Wrist & Hand Pain
- Muscle Spasm
- Whiplash Injuries
- Neck & Shoulder Pain/Stiffness
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome
- Wry neck (Torticollis)
- Frozen Shoulder
- Piriformis Syndrome (Sciatica)
- Lower Back Pain (Lumbar Myalgia)
- Pre & Post Natal Muscular Complaints
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Improving Occupational or Sporting performance
- Along with the management of all other musculoskeletal pain or impaired mobility
- Repetitive movement injuries such as:
- Carpal Tunnel
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Golfers & Tennis elbow
- Ostitis Pubis
- Shin Splints
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