Sports Myotherapy FAQ Sheet

 

What is myotherapy?

 

Myotherapy is a therapy system that assess and physically treats myofascial pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. Myotherapy is applied in the preventative, corrective  and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structure (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body.

 

How can myotherapy help me?

 

  • Reducing pain

  • Restore body functionality

  • Improve posture

  • Increase range of movement/ mobility

  • Educate to prevent re-injury/ re-occurrence

  • Prescribe stretching and exercises to improve quality of life

 

When to see a myotherapist?

 

Pain or symptoms caused by muscle or fascia/ connective tissue  is described as myofascial. Myofascial pain is usually not specific and is often described by the patient as a 'deep ache', 'tightness' or 'tenderness' in an area. It can vary in intensity and radiate to other areas. Other symptoms can include reduced range of motion of muscles and joints, stiffness, fatigue, weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation. 

 

Common conditions that Myotherapists can treat include:

 

  • Sporting & occupational injuries

  • Stiffness & pain associated with poor posture

  • Associated joint & vertebral dysfunction & pain

  • Acute & chronic conditions affecting function & mobility

  • Scoliosis / Kyphosis

  • Headaches / migraines

  • Acute and chronic stiff and painful neck

  • Chronic overuse syndromes - tendonitis, RSI, tennis/golfer's elbow, carpal tunnel

  • Acute & chronic back pain / 'sciatica'

  • Shoulder pain, impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder

  • Hand & finger numbness / tingling – thoracic outlet syndrome

  • Knee, leg & foot pain – shin splints, patella tracking dysfunction, runners knee, ankle sprains

  • Arthritis / Multiple Sclerosis

  • Pregnancy – pre/post natal complaints

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia

  • Pain & dysfunction associated with stress & tension

  • Rehabilitative stage of an injury or illness

 

What to expect from a myotherapy consultation:

 

Thorough Assessment - Clinical assessment is reliant on history taking, examination routines of particular joints or regions, assisted by highly developed tactile, palpatory skills and a thorough understanding of joint and muscular assessment procedures.

These skills distinguish Myotherapy from other physical therapies. Assessment of potential  causes of dysfunction is also important, as is a detailed postural examination.

 

What are the Tools of a myotherapist?

 

  • Soft tissue manipulations

  • Deep tissue massage

  • Dry needling

  • Joint mobilizations 

  • Trigger point release

  • Myo-facial release

  • Cupping

  • Muscle energy techniques

  • Advanced stretching 

  • Corrective exercise and stretching prescription

 

If you have any other questions about myotherapy feel free to call or email Sports Myotherapy and we will be happy to answer any questions.