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.