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What is myotherapy?

Myotherapy primarily treats pain and restricted joint mobility caused by dysfunction of the myofascia – which is the continuous, flexible tissue that covers your body’s bones and muscle. In treating such issues, a myotherapist may use techniques including deep tissue massage, dry needling or trigger point therapy, spinal mobilisation and myofascial release to promote efficient healing.

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How do I know if I need myotherapy?

Signs that your muscle fascia may be injured and require myotherapy include stiff joints, deep nagging pain or tension, numbness, sore spots in the muscle, reduced joint mobility, recurring tingling, tightening of muscles and unexplained fatigue. 

 

What conditions can a myotherapist treat?

Our Soaring Health Thomastown myotherapists provide evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for a wide range of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions including:

  1. Back pain
  2. Neck and shoulder pain
  3. Headache
  4. Sports injuries
  5. Rotator cuff problems
  6. Occupational injuries
  7. Achilles tendinopathy and other ankle injuries
  8. Jaw pain and clicking
  9. Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain presentations
  10. Tennis elbow

How does regular myotherapy help with sports performance and injury prevention?

You don’t need to be in pain to visit a myotherapist in Thomastown. Regular myotherapy massage can help people heavily involved in sports to recover optimally and reach peak fitness, and prevent injuries from intense training and competition schedules. We recommend a myotherapy massage in Thomastown two to three times per week during periods of intense training and once or twice a month during the off season.

What's the difference between myotherapy and massage?

Myotherapy and massage are two distinct professions, with different aims and objectives, different health fund rebates and very different educational pathways. In common with physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors, myotherapists may use massage in their treatments, but they also call upon a wide range of other evidence-based treatment approaches and skill sets,  which may be used in addition to manual therapy. These may include dry needling, thermo and electro-therapeutic techniques, exercise prescription and/or education about pain management, load management, activity modification and/or lifestyle modification.

What myotherapy qualifications should I look for?
Myotherapy has its own qualifications, specifically the BHSc (Clinical Myotherapy), BHSc (Myotherapy) and Adv Dip (Myotherapy), which qualify practitioners to undertake evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of patients experiencing musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions.

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