What is myotherapy?

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What is myotherapy ?

A myotherapist can use modalities that go beyond traditional remedial massage techniques. These may include:

Dry needling

Joint mobilisation

Specialised stretching

Corrective exercise prescription

We are often asked about the difference between remedial massage and myotherapy.

Myotherapy and remedial massage both encompass a range of techniques and modalities designed to restore and rehabilitate soft tissues in the body. Myotherapists have gone on to complete higher studies that advance their clinical knowledge and grow their treatment options beyond traditional massage techniques. Myotherapists do use remedial massage, but have additional techniques in their toolkit to use in course of a treatment. These other techniques may include: dry needling, TENS (electrical nerve stimulation), joint mobilisation, specialised stretching, cupping and corrective exercise prescription.

How does this all work together? For example, a common presentation is tennis elbow: a myo treatment for this condition would probably include: massage (to relax the affected muscles), dry needling (to alleviate muscle pain) and home exercises for the client (to initiate rehabilitation of the muscles). So there is blend of techniques to achieve a desired outcome.

A myo treatment is focused on a specific issue e.g. muscle pain, RSI injury or restricted movement. In addition, a myo can assist with rehabilitation of injuries by prescribing corrective exercises, stretches and offer home care advice. In short, a myotherapist is trained to assess and treat the more complex musculoskeletal presentations seen in clinical practice. If a myo can’t help you, they will refer you to someone who can.

A loose analogy is thinking of myotherapy as a bridge between remedial massage and physiotherapy.

-Matty