Myotherapy is a physical therapy, primarily hands on, that centers on prevention, correction and rehabilitation of all soft tissue conditions.
Myotherapy includes the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, which may cause muscular dysfunction and pain thus affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures (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.
Some other examples of conditions commonly treated by Myotherapists are:
- Neck & backpain
- Chronic Overuse (RSI)
- Joint pain
- General muscular tightness
- Carpal Tunnel, Tennis/Golfers elbow
- Knee, hip & ankle pain
- Frozen shoulder
Muscular dysfunction can be caused by trauma, overload or misuse of muscles arising from occupational, sporting or recreational activities. Myotherapy treatments can help to:
- Identify your muscular imbalances
- Correct your biomechanics
- Increase your healing time for injuries
- Retrain your muscle firing patterns to get the most out of your training
Myotherapists treat the cause as well as the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. Movement and strengthening is an integral part of your recovery and improvement, suggestions can be given on steps you can take to help advance your own progress.
Sports massage is a specialised form of massage therapy which focuses on enhancing athletic performance and improving post-event recovery for professional or amateur athletes.
Sports massage is not meant to be a relaxing massage and, indeed, can become quite vigorous at times. Contrary to its name, sports massage is not only utilised by professional sportspeople or people that exercise heavily. It is of benefit to anyone that exercises.
Sports massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. Sports Massage can be given before, during, or after exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimise the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time.
Sports massage can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise. It also has other benefits that allow you to train or exercise more efficiently. Some benefits that sports massage has include:
- Drain heavy and fatigued muscles
- Relieve swelling
- Reduce muscle tension
- Promote flexibility
- Help injuries that occur as a result of overexertion or overuse
- Prevent injuries
- Increase blood circulation and lymphatic flow
- Along with myotherapy sports massage can be used to treat injuries such as shin splints, tennis elbows, sprains and strains, corked thighs etc.
The process of dry needling involves an acupuncture needle being gently inserted into the trigger point within the muscle to relax or release it. The practice of dry needling is typically used to treat the muscular dysfunction and injuries, with the aim of permanently reducing the associated pain and discomfort and restoring the imbalances caused by the muscle feeling tight and contracted.
Dry needling can relieve a range of musculoskeletal problems through the insertion of needles into taut and contracted muscles, or trigger points, with the aim of restoring their proper functions. It is relaxing and therapeutic procedure that can form part of an ongoing Myotherapy treatment plan.
Trigger points may develop in a muscle as a result of stresses such as poor posture, sporting strains, or repetitive actions, and can refer pain and create dysfunction in other parts of the body, including severe headaches.
Inserting a needle into the trigger point creates what is known as a twitch response, similar to a mild cramp — which means that the muscle is having a healing response to the stimulus. This then leads to a decrease in tension, enabling the muscle’s normal functions to be resumed.
Remedial Massage Therapy is a therapeutic deep tissue massage, which uses the manipulation of the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the body which can help treat specific health issues, musculoskeletal problems and injuries.
Remedial Therapists palpate the patient's muscles to determine the condition of the tissues and the likely source of any pain, and thus the correct form of remedial treatment.
Massage works by moving the muscles and soft tissues of the body using pressure and stretching movement, thereby cleansing them of acids and toxic deposits. This breaks up fibrous tissue and helps to loosen stiff joints. With more movement through the muscles allows more movement through the joints and therefor a more flexible freer moving, better feeling body.
PRENATAL PREGNANCY MASSAGE
Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can help reduce and relieve muscle aches and joint pains from your rapidly changing body and biomechanics.
Specialised massage mattress, which lies on top of the treatment table allows pregnant women to safely and comfortably lie on their belly/front with no discomfort for you or your bubs. This enables the therapist to effectively massage sore necks, shoulders and backs. Pregnant mums finally get to enjoy the experience lying face down. ….Ahhhh
The increasing weight of the uterus in late pregnancy can often put pressure on the muscles in the legs and commonly resulting in low back pain.
Swelling of the joints is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints and their removal through the body’s lymph system.
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy after consultation and prior approval of their treating physician.
Benefits of prenatal massage:
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced joint pain
- Improved circulation
- Reduced edema
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Treatment for pregnancy related carpel tunnel
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
- Improved sleep
Massage techniques performed by your myotherapist alleviate muscle tension and aches helping relieve swelling and help promote a general physical and emotional feeling for our expecting mums.