While many factors affecting sports performance are complex, hidden and elusive (hello, mindset), some are more amenable to a simple fix. For instance, tight muscles, scar tissue and even persistent soft tissue injuries can all be to blame for subtle or obvious slumps on the field, court or track. Yet all can be corrected with a sports myotherapy massage.
A Soaring Health myotherapist will identify the source of dysfunction and use targeted techniques such as dry needling, soft tissue and deep tissue massage, fascia release techniques, cupping therapy and stretches to release tight muscles, remove scar tissue and repair soft tissue injuries.
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. Such dysfunction can limit sports participation and athletic performance. To restore optimal function and mobility and alleviate pain, a myotherapist may use techniques including deep tissue massage, dry needling or trigger point therapy, spinal mobilisation and myofascial release to promote efficient healing.
How do I know if I need myotherapy?
Injured muscle fascia may be indicated by symptoms such as 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 and injuries can Soaring Health myotherapists treat?
Our Soaring Health myotherapists provide evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for a range of musculoskeletal pain and conditions including:
- Sports injuries
- Rotator cuff problems
- Achilles tendinopathy and other ankle injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Occupational injuries
- Jaw pain and clicking
- Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain presentations
How can myotherapy help with sports performance and injury prevention?
Even if you’re not in pain or suffering limited movement, regular myotherapy massage can help sports and exercise enthusiasts to recover optimally and reach peak fitness, as well as preventing injuries from intense training and competition schedules. If you are involved in an intense training regimen, we recommend a myotherapy massage in two to three times per week. A recommended maintenance schedule during the o-season is once or twice a month.
What’s the difference between massage and myotherapy?
Myotherapy and massage each have distinct aims and objectives, different health fund rebates and different educational pathways. In common with physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors, myotherapists may use massage in their treatments, but they also employ a wide range of other evidence-based treatment approaches. 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 qualifications does a myotherapist need?
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.