30 Apr What To Expect In A Myotherapy Treatment
If you’ve been thinking about trying out myotherapy, you may be wondering what to expect. Unless you know someone personally who has experienced a myotherapy session, it can be hard to know what to expect. Whether you’re visiting a myotherapist for particular pains, or strains or just getting the massage therapy you deserve, we have a small guide for you to understand what to expect from a myotherapy session.
An initial consultation
One of the first things that will need to occur is your initial consultation. You will have an appointment with your myotherapist which will ascertain any health issues and concerns that you may have. It’s a good way for your therapist to understand any precautions they will need to make when providing you with therapy. This session will also allow them to understand any possible causes of any problems you may be experiencing.
This session will usually include a health assessment which involves some questioning and evaluation of your pain or injury. There may be some movement and strength tests involved, depending on your circumstances. Some of the tests include:
- A physical examination
- Postural assessment
- Orthopedic assessment
- Range of motion testing
- Neurological testing
- Active palpation
This will also be the time when your therapist will determine if myotherapy is right for you. If they believe you may benefit from the services of another allied health practitioner, such as a physiotherapist, they’ll be able to refer you to the right colleague.
A plan of action
Once the initial consultation is completed and your therapist believes myotherapy is a good option for you, they will advise you of a planned course of action. They can suggest the types of myotherapy treatment that may be beneficial to you, as well as how often you should receive treatment. Your treatment plan will vary from other patients, even if you’re experiencing the same health issue. This can be due to the different causes of the same pain. Your therapist may choose a combination of therapies including:
- Myofascial release and deep tissue massage
- Dry needling
- Trigger point therapy
With your approval, the plan will be put into place. Your therapist will continue to check in with you at every stage of the plan to ensure you are still comfortable with the treatment.
Things to bring with you
If you’ve had any scans or x-rays completing in regards to your injury, bring them along to your initial consultation. This will help your therapist to have a thorough understanding of what is happening in your body. If you have any specific medical reports surrounding your pain or injury, feel free to bring them along with you. The more information your therapist has, the better.
What to wear
When you’re going to a myotherapy session, it’s important to wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. This is especially important if it is your initial consultation as you may need to do some range of motion exercises. This will be difficult if you’re wearing tight clothing and are restricted.
Ongoing myotherapy sessions
Depending on your needs, you may have subsequent myotherapy sessions to follow up on your condition and see if your health problems have increased, decreased or have stayed the same. These sessions will help you to get ongoing treatment to help with your current aches or pains. Depending on the nature of your health issues, the number of sessions you require will vary.
A good therapist will help you to learn more about your pain or injury and get the skills you need in order to reduce the incidence of getting hurt in the future. If you’re looking for myotherapy services in Melbourne, contact the team at Unwind Myotherapy in North Balwyn today.