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
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About Tom:

I am 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.

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