What is myotherapy?

It’s a question we get a lot.  What is Myotherapy?

Everyone knows what a massage therapist does – they rub your muscles.  A remedial or sports massage therapist will work on your soft tissue, often through long, deep strokes designed to relax your muscles.  A good remedial massage can greatly reduce your chances of injury, increase blood flow, boost circulation, relieve joint swelling, improve flexibility and help fight fatigue.

Myotherapy is all of this, and more.  Myo means “muscle”, and Myotherapy itself is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, which may cause dysfunction and pain.

Simply put, a Myotherapist has gone on from remedial massage therapy to do further study in order to identify various conditions that may be present in the body, and may be trained in more ways to treat them.  They may work with various other tools and modalities within your treatment in order to relive pain and tension, including cupping, dry needling, and a wide range of other treatments.

They are also able to recommend exercises that may help with getting you moving freely, and without pain.

A Myotherapist will utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures: The muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.

Trigger points within muscles are an example of muscle dysfunction that can cause deep aching pain, local tenderness, referred pain limiting strength and flexibility.  Utilising palpation skills, Myotherapists can identify trigger points and deactivate them using various soft tissue manipulation techniques.

Muscular dysfunction can be caused by trauma, overload or misuse of muscles arising from occupational, sporting or recreational activities.

We currently have four Myotherapists treating at Fluid Health Port Melbourne.


What does a Myotherapist do?

A Myotherapy consultation will typically commence with thorough history taking followed by various muscle, joint and neurological testing.  Combined with manual palpation of muscles and joints, a Myotherapist aims to identify the cause of your pain to ensure quick, effective and long lasting results.


What conditions can a Myotherapist treat?

Myotherapists treat the cause as well as the symptoms of a wide range of conditions.  Some examples of conditions commonly treated by Myotherapists are:

  • – Neck & backpain
  • – Headaches/Migraines
  • – Sciatica
  • – Chronic Overuse (RSI)
  • – Tennis/Golfers elbow
  • – Joint pain
  • – Numbness and tingling
  • – General tightness
  • – Carpal Tunnel
  • – Knee, hip & ankle pain
  • – Frozen shoulder
  • – Elbow & wrist pain


What treatment techniques do Myotherapists use?

Myotherapist employ various soft tissue manipulation techniques, together with other modalities such as: trigger point therapy, dry needling, deep tissue massage, hot and cold therapies, passive/active muscle stretching, electro-mechanical stimulation and corrective or rehabilitative exercises.


Healthcare Rebates may apply. HICAPS facilities are available

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Myotherapy Port Melbourne