30 Nov Does Myotherapy Work? Here Are Our Thoughts
Have you been looking for an alternative treatment to pain? With a plethora of therapies and techniques available from various therapists, it is no wonder that people often have questions regarding their effectiveness. The same applies to myotherapy.
If you’ve heard about myotherapy but you’re not sure if it will work for you, there are a number of ways to determine if it is the best treatment option for you. There are a number of things to consider before choosing any type of therapy. Before you decide, it is best to understand what myotherapy really is.
What is myotherapy?
Myotherapy is a therapeutic technique that is non-invasive and works to treat muscular pain. It works by focusing on trigger points in the muscle to alleviate discomfort from aches, pains, strains and injuries. You can read more about myotherapy in our detailed post here.
How does myotherapy work?
Myotherapy focuses on eliminating trigger points (or knots) in the muscles. Your myotherapist will apply gentle pressure to muscles to help determine the areas of extreme tenderness. Depending on the severity of pain, the pressure is applied to the trigger point for anywhere between 5 to 7 seconds – enough to make a change to the nervous system feedback that is causing the pain. Although there can be discomfort during the stage of applying pressure, the result is often a relief and the elimination of pain in that area.
Another important part of myotherapy treatment is identifying and eliminating any aggravating factors that may be contributing to the issue and prescribing corrective exercises.
But why focus on knots in the muscle?
When muscles are knotted, they become shortened and eventually cause dysfunction in the surrounding muscles to create a larger area of pain and discomfort. Not only can you experience pain, but you may also experience fatigue, pinched nerves, limited movement and circulation issues.
Does everyone experience myotherapy the same?
The short answer is no. Although the method used is the same amongst all patients, the severity of the pressure used on trigger points can vary. Everyone is different and therefore, everyone will have a varied experience compared to the next. The different areas of pain, the severity of that pain and therefore the pressure used during treatment will certainly vary.
Is all pain the same?
Not at all. While you and your friend may both experience shoulder pain, the reasons for that pain may vary. You may be an office worker typing all day. Your friend may be an avid tennis player. Therefore, the different reasons why you are both experiencing shoulder pain indicates to a myotherapist that there will be a difference in the treatment provided.
How will a myotherapist know how to treat my aches and pains?
A good myotherapist will discuss with you the issues you are facing, the types of pain you are experiencing and learn a little more about your history. Having a clear and thorough understanding of how you are experiencing discomfort can help the therapist learn more about your history and therefore your treatment plan.
Will myotherapy work for me?
Although your pain and discomfort won’t be resolved completely after one session, you should start to see progress over time. Ideally, a good myotherapist will assess your needs and if no improvement is showing, they can refer you to another physical therapist they believe can be more beneficial to your needs. Getting treatment as early as possible is recommended to ensure you don’t suffer for lengthy periods of time and the muscles can be worked on as quickly as possible.
If you’re ever unsure of whether myotherapy is the best choice for you, come in and see the friendly team at Unwind Myotherapy. We can help assess your needs and refer you to any other practitioners if we believe you need further assessment. Call us to book an appointment or book online.