Myotherapy treatments may be provided by a provider with an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy, or by a provider with a Bachelor of Health Science with a Major in Clinical Myotherapy.
Consultations with a myotherapist will always begin with thorough verbal questioning to establish a specific and accurate understanding of your current pain, injury or dysfunction. This questioning will also aim to assess the external factors that may influence your recovery, such as workload, physical activity levels, stress and previous medical conditions.
Following this, your myotherapist will guide you through a comprehensive physical assessment to establish the baselines for your current condition. In subsequent appointments, you can expect to have these physical outcomes reassessed regularly, as this assists your myotherapist in determining the success of the treatment methods employed, and whether any changes will need to be made going forward.
While myotherapists may utilize manual therapy techniques such as massage, myofascial dry needling, joint mobilisation, cupping, muscle energy techniques and passive stretching, this is only a part of the treatment you will receive. Your myotherapist will work with you to formulate a treatment plan, taking into account the need for prescriptive exercises, and adaptations and modifications to your current physical activity levels. The lifestyle and environmental factors impacting your condition may also be addressed, as it is well established that that diet, physical activity, stress, sleep and hydration all play significant roles in recovery and pain.
Does my Health Fund cover Myotherapy?
There are a number of Health Funds that rebate Myotherapy treatment in Australia. Our Admin Staff can assist you if you are unsure.
When should you see a Myotherapist?
You may choose to seek treatment from a myotherapist if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Acute musculoskeletal injury (such as muscle tears, tendon strains, ligamentous injury, low back or neck pain)
- On-going musculoskeletal pain (such as over-use injuries, arthritis)
- Tension-type headaches
- Chronic pain conditions (such as inflammatory arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, low back pain, neck pain)
You may also choose to seek treatment from a myotherapist if:
- You are planning to begin a new form of exercise and would like physical assessment and suggestions regarding the implementation of a new exercise plan targeted at your fitness levels.
- You are struggling to progress your current physical activity to an appropriate level
- You would like assistance with the form or technique or your particular sporting or physical activity.
RELAXATION AND REMEDIAL MASSAGE
Relaxation and remedial massage therapy may be provided by a Certificate 4 qualified relaxation massage therapist, or a diploma qualified remedial massage therapist.
Treatments with a massage therapist may include a physical assessment and verbal questioning relating to your current pain or injury, and any past conditions that may be effecting your current condition. The primary focus of these treatments will be the massage component, where a range of relaxation, remedial, deep tissue, sports massage and stretching techniques may be used to provide you with relief from musculoskeletal pain, tension, anxiety and stress.
Following the conclusion of your treatment, your massage therapist may recommend stretches or simple exercises to assist in your management of your condition outside of the clinic.
When should you see a relaxation or remedial massage therapist?
You may choose to seek treatment from a relaxation or remedial massage therapist if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Anxiety or stress
- Difficulty sleeping
- Generalised musculoskeletal pain or tension
- On-going musculoskeletal pain