Myotherapy Geelong

What is Myotherapy? | Myotherapy Geelong

Myotherapy is provided by a qualified therapist or allied health professional that focuses on the assessment, treatment, and management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. It is primarily used to alleviate pain, restore movement, and improve overall muscle and joint health. At Empowered Health Chiropractic, our myotherapists are allied health professionals who have undetaken an advanced diploma or bachelor-level education to become qualified therapists.

The term “myotherapy” is derived from the Greek word “myo,” which means muscle. According to the Myotherapy Association Australia, myotherapists are able to treat a wide-range of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • General pain management
  • Headache and migraine management
  • Sports injuries
  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Tennis elbows
  • Occupational injuries
  • Achilles tendinopathy and other ankle injuries
  • Jaw pain and clicking
  • Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain presentations

Our Geelong myotherapists use various techniques to treat muscle-related conditions and injuries. Some common techniques used in myotherapy include:

  • Massage: Soft tissue manipulation and massage techniques are applied to reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.
  • Trigger Point Therapy: Identifying and applying pressure to specific trigger points in muscles to release tension and alleviate pain.
  • Stretching and Exercise: Myotherapists may prescribe specific stretches and exercises to improve muscle flexibility, strength, and function.
  • Dry Needling: A technique similar to acupuncture where thin needles are inserted into trigger points to relieve muscle pain and dysfunction.
  • Joint Mobilization: Gentle manual techniques to improve joint mobility and reduce stiffness.
  • Electrotherapy: The use of electrical stimulation to relieve pain and promote healing.

As with any healthcare profession, it’s important to consult a qualified myotherapist or healthcare professional to receive appropriate assessment and treatment for your specific condition.

Meet our Geelong Myotherapists

Tom Black (aka The Manx Myo)

Tom Black, male myotherapist performing massage techniques on upper back region of male


Tom Black is a Myotherapist in Geelong who is passionate about helping people get the best out of their bodies and achieve their sporting and exercise goals. My treatments focus on gaining a thorough understanding of my patient with an in-depth assessment. My treatment tool box includes various modalities: a range of massage techniques, dry needling, electrical stimulation dry needling, mobilisation, cupping, functional release cupping and exercise prescription.

Originally, I am from the Isle of Man and grew up with a keen interest in cycling. In 2010, I competed in the Commonwealth Games for the Isle of Man, where I was part of the team who supported fellow Manxman and Tour de France champion, Mark Cavendish. My involvement in cycling, the relentless training and the focus on my physical health led to a burgeoning interest in the human body, notably the muscular system.

Due to this, I decided to train as a Massage Therapist in the Isle of Man, where I opened my own clinic called TBM Therapy. My patients included many of the island’s top amateur and professional athletes including MotoGP ace, Cal Crutchlow.

At the end of 2015, I left the Isle of Man to embark upon an Aussie adventure. Since then, I’ve gained new knowledge in my field by working as a trainer for VFL team Box Hill Hawks and a soigneur for JLT Condor pro cycling team, as well as being head trainer for Frankston YCW Football club, where I was lucky enough to be part of the club for two of their four consecutive premiership wins!

Most recently, I have graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical Myotherapy. This, along with over 10 years of experience working as a Massage Therapist, has allowed me to help countless people recover from pain, prepare for upcoming sporting events and improve their strength and quality of life. I enjoy building strong relationships with regular patients as well as helping and providing ongoing support to new patients.

Visit The Manx Myo website for more information.

Meet Stef Drane

Stefanie is an accomplished Myotherapist in Geelong, having gained valuable experience as a remedial therapist for several years. Specializing in the treatment of neck and shoulder pain and addressing lower back injuries, Stefanie has quickly become a trusted professional known for her hands-on approach, compassionate care, and expertise in assessing the body’s biomechanics. Her commitment to continuous learning and holistic methods, including a thorough understanding of the body’s biomechanical intricacies, sets her apart in the field. Stefanie’s focus goes beyond merely alleviating physical discomfort; she empowers her clients to achieve optimal health and well-being by addressing underlying biomechanical issues through her skills, empathy, and genuine passion for healing.

Stef was always driven by an innate desire to help others. At first, she studied psychology at Deakin University, moving from Melbourne to Geelong. While pursuing her studies, Stefanie discovered the transformative power of hands-on healing and delved into the world of remedial massage. The dynamic interplay between mind and body was fascinating, prompting her to further her studies into Myotherapy.

In 2023, Stef turned her passion into a small business, establishing herself as a dedicated Myotherapist. Her journey has been marked by the belief that true healing involves understanding both the psychological and physical aspects of well-being. The intersection of these realms led her to create a practice that goes beyond alleviating symptoms, seeking to address the root causes of musculoskeletal issues.

Stefanie finds immense reward in the work she does. The challenges inherent in her profession continually drive her to enhance her skills and knowledge. The satisfaction of witnessing clients leave her practice pain free and feeling more connected to themselves fuels Stefanie’s commitment to ongoing research and education in assessing and treating various conditions.

For Stefanie, Myotherapy is a passion. Her background of Psychology with hands-on therapy allows her to offer holistic care, recognizing that mental and physical well-being are intricately intertwined. The feedback from her clients, expressing a sense of restoration within themselves, motivates her to continue what she does.

Learn more about Geelong myotherapist Stef Drane

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