A lot of people ask me – “What is the difference between Myotherapy and Massage?” I like to think that Myotherapy takes everything we learn as Massage Therapists to the next level.
Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, which may cause muscular dysfunction and pain, affecting movement and mobility. This means we look at what is wrong, we assess what may be causing the problem, and we use our knowledge of the body and treatment to try and alleviate the pain or problem. We utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures – muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
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 one’s pain to ensure quick, effective and long lasting results.
Myotherapists employ various soft tissue manipulation techniques, together with other modalities such as: trigger point therapy, dry needling, deep tissue massage, passive/active muscle stretching and corrective or rehabilitative exercises.
Most people seek Myotherapy treatment when suffering from long term aches and pains, though some clients will receive treatment to prevent injury.