Myotherapy is the evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain & associated conditions. While myotherapists use hands on techniques such as massage, their role in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain & dysfunction extends beyond soft tissue work. Treatment techniques utilised by myotherapists commonly include massage, dry needling, joint mobilisation, muscle energy technique (MET), proprioceptive neuromuscular fascilitation (PNF), exercise prescription & education.
Subjective History: Like other healthcare practitioners, myotherapists will attempt to gain information about your condition through questioning. This helps to establish the mechanisms of your pain and understand your goals in seeking treatment. Although it may feel as though we are simply talking to you, this part of our assessment is vital, as it helps to decide what the most likely causes are for your condition. This also provides an opportunity to rule out serious conditions, and to ensure further assessment & treatment is appropriate for you.
Objective Assessment: Testing involves moving certain parts of the body, or putting pressure on certain areas, and may be used to further assess an area for pain or dysfunction. While it is our goal to reduce the symptoms you present with, you may find that your pain increases temporarily during this testing. This is important as understanding when & where your pain occurs helps to formulate a specific treatment & management plan for your condition.
Treatment: Manual therapies are commonly used during myotherapy treatment sessions to provide temporary relief from pain. However, research suggests that in the majority of cases, movement & exercise are the most effective techniques in improving musculoskeletal pain & dysfunction. Your myotherapist may work with you to determine an effective exercise program for you to complete at home. This may involve specific exercises targeting strength or flexibility, or it may be a more general, aerobic program involving activities such as walking, swimming or cycling. It is also the role of your myotherapist to ensure that you have a good understanding of what your treatment is doing, and how it will help you to achieve your goals. Through the thorough assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and education of patients, it is the goal of myotherapy to restore movement, confidence and to reduce musculoskeletal pain & dysfunction.