Myotherapy… What is it?
Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy used to treat or prevent soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement caused by muscle or myofascia dysfunction. Myofascia are thin, fibrous sheets of tissue that surround and separate muscles. Ligaments and tendons are made up of bundled myofascia.
Myotherapists assess and treat myofascial pain, which is pain that is caused by muscle tissue or muscle fascia. Myofascial pain often results in dysfunction of the muscles, which then affects movement and mobility. Pain resulting from myofasica is generally non-specific and is often described as a deep ache, tightness or tenderness in an area. Other symptoms can include reduced range of movement in muscles and joints, stiffness, fatigue, weakness, numbness or tingling sensations. Patients may experience one or many of those symptoms, depending on their individual condition.
Myotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of disorders including:
- overuse injury, such as tennis elbow or shin splints
- some sports injuries
- tension headache
- pain caused by poor posture
- some types of chronic back pain
- some types of joint pain, such as shoulder impingement syndrome
- muscle strains
What can I expect at my first myotherapy appointment?
The myotherapist will ask many questions about your symptoms, as well as about your medical history, prior illness and surgery. This information will help the therapist pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. The myotherapist will then use a range of techniques including massage, passive stretching, hot or cold therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial dry needling or cupping to treat the cause of your symptoms.
The myotherapist will also work with you to identify other factors that may be making your condition worse, such as poor posture, scoliosis or overtraining, and help you find ways to avoid or reduce these aggravating factors.
You may already know you should be booking in for regular myotherapy and remedial massage but are you aware of all the benefits it provides?
Not only does it feel great to get a massage, it also helps you to be more productive, more energetic, reduces stress levels, promotes good sleeping habits and most importantly makes you a happier person.
As Jim Rohn said
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
In our busy lives we demand a lot from our bodies. It is easy to sometimes neglect or even take for granted our health and wellbeing until it’s too late.
We are very excited to welcome myotherapist, Paula Arrigo, to the team at Revive! Paula has a wealth of experience and knowledge and will be available on Thursdays and Saturdays for appointments. For more information, or to book an appointment, call us on 03 9391 2600 or visit https://www.facebook.com/myomovement.myotherapy/