A myotherapist is a healthcare professional who specialises in correcting and preventing dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system.
As a natural medicine practice, myotherapy aims to address the cause of the dysfunction as well as the symptoms. The needs of each individual client are taken into account. It stimulates the body’s own healing and defence mechanisms, improving movement awareness and quality of life.
Using manual and guided techniques to assess, identify and correct dysfunction, myotherapy delivers a broad range of treatment options. Your myotherapist can communicate with practitioners of other modalities and can easily integrate with your general medical requirements. Although welcome, no medical referrals are required.
Health rebates are available from most funds, please check with your insurance provider for details. WorkSafe and TAC service costs will be met under the schemes of these departments, you may be required to obtain specific referrals from your general health practitioner.
What types of conditions can an myotherapy assist with?
- Chronic or acute musculoskeletal pain management
- Headaches and migraines
- Dance injuries and rehabilitation
- Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis
- Neurological pain
- Sporting injuries, strengthening and rehabilitation
- Alignment and postural dysfunction
- Sleep pattern disruption, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Jet Lag
- TMJ dysfunction and pre/post-dental work
- Pre and post surgery recovery
- Preventative wellness
- Myotherapy for children
Techniques commonly used by a myotherapist:
- Myofascial Release
- Dry Needling
- Joint mobilisation and articulation
- Deep tissue massage
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Positional Release
- Proprioceptive development
- Trigger point release
You may also be provided with some home exercises to integrate and maximise the bodywork after the session is complete. This might take the form of a stability or strength exercise, a change of routine or a shift in mental awareness.
In some circumstances, myotherapy can be contraindicated or can only be applied within specific guidelines. The health history that you provide initially is used to provide your therapist with an accurate, cohesive starting point for the treatment that is most appropriate for you.