29 Oct What Is Myotherapy? A Guide To Understanding This Practice
One question that we often hear from people is “what is myotherapy?”. Many people have heard the term but few actually know what it is and how it benefits everyday people. According to the Myotherapy Association of Australia, myotherapy is “…the evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions.”. Overall, it’s a type of physical therapy to help those who are suffering from restricted joint movement or soft tissue pain.
What is soft tissue pain?
In some cases, people experience soft tissue pain due to muscle or fascial (myofascial) dysfunction. Fascia is the soft, thin, fibrous sheets of connective tissue separating and surrounding your muscles.
When you’re experiencing pain due to myofascial dysfunction, you could feel:
- Tight muscles
- Sore spots in the muscle (myofascial trigger points or “knots”)
- Deep, constant aches
- Stiff joints
- Pins and needles sensations
- Feeling tired or lethargic
- Reduced mobility of the joints
If you’re experiencing any or all of these symptoms, having a chat with your local myotherapist to help assess your personal needs may be a good option for you.
Why do I get these aches and pains?
We live in a day and age where aches and pains have become a regular, or normal, thing. However, it shouldn’t be this way. Aches and muscle soreness can occur through sporting and work injuries, overuse, arthritis, stress and tension. Even pregnancy can put a toll on your body.
Office workers will often experience neck and back pain due to sitting at a desk for lengthy periods of time. This is where a good myotherapy practitioner can help you to feel better and provide an overall wellness experience.
What is myotherapy used for?
When you experience some of the aches and pains described above, myotherapy is a good choice for relieving tension, improving overall muscle movement and treating injuries. Depending on your personal circumstances, a physiotherapist or other health care practitioner may be in order. But, a good myotherapist will be able to assess your injury or pains and address your concerns to their best abilities.
Myotherapists will use physical and manual therapy to provide you with pain management assistance, as well as ease any chronic muscle pains you may have. By working on the cause of the muscle tension and strains, you’ll be able to help alleviate the symptoms that you may feel on a daily basis. Myotherapy is a great way to help you feel better.
How do I get started?
When you’re looking for a myotherapist in your local area, one way to find a good practitioner for your needs is to ask friends and family for any recommendations. This is a great way to find a practitioner who already has helped someone you know.
Always check your practitioner of choice if they have any special interests. Some practitioners have extensive experience in a particular field that has been of interest to them. For example, you may find a practitioner who has a special interest in pain management for the neck and therefore would be a good fit for you when you’re dealing with office neck pains and strains.
Remember, choose someone who you feel comfortable with. Having good communication with your practitioner will help to understand more about your health concerns and help you feel at ease with their methods.