Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and management of musculo-skeletal conditions, which may cause muscular dysfunction and pain thus affecting movement and mobility.
Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia). Trigger points within muscles are an example of muscle dysfunction that can cause deep aching pain, local tenderness, referred pain limiting strength and flexibility.
Myotherapists can identify trigger points and deactivate them using various soft tissue manipulation techniques. These may include trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation, dry needling, stretching, exercise and rehabilitation programs. Muscular dysfunction can be caused by trauma, overload or misuse of muscles arising from occupational, sporting or recreational activities.
Myotherapists complete a university degree studying manual medicine that focuses on the treatment and management of musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction, sports injury management, nutrition, exercise therapy and rehabilitation.