Have you heard of Myotherapy but don’t really know what it is? We asked resident Myotherapist, Tracy Bartie, to explain Myotherapy and how it might help you?
What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy involves the assessment and treatment of ‘myofascial’ pain, injury and dysfunction of the human body and is aimed at restoring soft tissue structures (fascia, muscles, ligaments & tendons) back to their normal integrity.
How is Myotherapy different from Massage?
Remedial massage is the well known practice of soft tissue manipulation to relax muscles, improve circulation and decrease stress whilst improving flexibility and alleviating pain.
Myotherapy is the skillful use of the hands and other therapeutic techniques including deep soft tissue massage, trigger point deactivation, myofascial release, dry needling and corrective exercises to enhance muscle activity and to heal injury.
What symptoms do people seeking Myotherapy present with?
You many be experiencing many different symptoms such as pain, tightness, tenderness, restricted range of motion of joints, stiffness, fatigue, weakness, numbness or tingling sensations. Symptoms may have a significant effect on quality of life, work and sleep.
What causes this pain and symptoms?
The cause of pain and symptoms is ‘myofascial’ in many conditions, originating from abnormal muscle contractions (“tightness”) or active trigger points within the muscles. Trigger points are tender and irritable areas in the body which can cause either localised pain or involve referred pain to other areas either close to or distant from the trigger point. They may be caused by many different factors such as poor posture, over-use or repetitive use of muscles, stress, poor techniques in lifting/carrying or sometimes the very nature of particular jobs/trades/sports.
What would a Myotherapist do before treatment?
After recording details of your medical history (e.g. current medications, medical conditions, past injuries / operations, occupation, allergies), we ask questions relating to the specific symptoms being presented. We ascertain a ‘differential’ as to what the underlying cause may be, whether anatomical, structural or functional or pathology based. Taking all this information together we rule out any reasons why we should not proceed with treatment, such as a possible fracture, to ensure that it is safe to treat. This process is known as clearing any ‘red flags’.
What techniques does a Myotherapist use during treatment?
If it is safe for treatment to proceed, a treatment plan is discussed with you and consent obtained either for treating specific areas of the body or techniques that may be employed such as:
- Dry needling and cupping
- Trigger point therapy
- Deep/soft tissue massage
- Passive and/or active stretches
- Use of heat or ice
Advice may also be given for you to take home, such as stretching and strengthening exercises for muscles that are tight/weak, whether to use heat or ice and also suggestions as to postural adjustments, changes in techniques, correct footwear, pillow height, to mention just a few!
The aim is to help you play an active part in your return to normal functioning.
What are some common conditions that a Myotherapist treats?
- Chronic Overuse Syndrome
- DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
- Headaches / Migraines
- Neck pain
- Wry Neck
- Rotator Cuff Strain
- Frozen shoulder
- Elbow pain such as lateral or medial epicondylitis aka “tennis elbow” and “golfer’s elbow”
- Numbness / weakness / tingling in arms, hands & fingers – possible Cervical Disc Syndrome
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Back pain
- Sciatica / Piriformis Syndrome
- Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction
- ITB Friction Syndrome
- Meniscus or Patella Dysfunction
- Shin splints
- Inversion Ankle Sprain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonopathy
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