Treatments

Myotherapy

A form of manual therapy that addresses a variety of musculoskeletal aches and pains, myotherapists use a range of techniques including massage, stretching, dry needling, cupping and exercise prescription. If a multidisciplinary approach to your treatment is required, we can refer to other health professionals as well.

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Myotherapy is a hands-on, whole-body therapy that addresses the soft tissue structures of the body and is great for reducing stress and tension, soothing general muscular aches and pains, or addressing sporting injuries.

Our myotherapists are qualified members of the Institute of Registered Myotherapists of Australia (IRMA).

What conditions does myotherapy treat?

Techniques such as soft tissue manipulation (massage), muscle energy techniques, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, cupping, stretching and therapeutic exercises are applied to specific muscles and joints to help improve blood flow, reduce congestion, and promote healing. Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia).

Our myotherapists are also trained to administer dry needling, prescriptive stretches and exercises in conjunction with the techniques described above.

An assessment, treatment and management plan (including stretches) will be discussed with you throughout your consultation to ensure you understand how best to manage your pain, stiffness or injury.

The Treatment Process

Initial Consultation. Typically 1 hour in duration, this will incorporate a thorough assessment and treatment of your pain and stiffness.

The Treatment Plan. The best ways for you to manage your pain and stiffness (and minimise its reoccurrence) will be discussed with you throughout your consultation to ensure you understand how best to manage your pain, stiffness or injury.

The Treatment. There will be similarities between your Osteopathic and Myotherapy Consultations, as both professions address the structure (Anatomy & Physiology) and function (Biomechanics) of the body and how this is altered with pain or injury.

It is quite normal to feel a little sore or tender after your Myotherapy treatment. The soreness can feel like bruising or DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) that you may have experienced if you have exercised quite hard, or commenced an exercise regime that is new to you.

This soreness usually feels different from your familiar pain, and will settle usually within the next 2-3 days.

Initially, you should feel a little better after your treatment, but some people experience immediate tenderness, some people feel tender for the next 2-3 days and some people don’t feel any tenderness at all.

If your treatment includes dry-needling you may feel a very slight sensation during superficial dry needling, however, deep tissue dry needling may be felt a little more.

Dry needling. Needles may also be used if appropriate – and when this is the case, a feeling of warmth, dullness, a sensation travelling away from the needle or itchiness may be experienced. No Bleeding is expected, however.

A feeling of itchiness or a sensation of the needle still being present may be felt once the needle is removed and sometimes a bruise maybe develop after withdrawing the needle.

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Our treatment focuses on providing the best possible outcomes for you. Not only do we treat your pain but we also identify the underlying cause and reduce the risk of the injury recurring.

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Additional Information

What are the benefits of myotheropy?
Myotherapy is a hands-on, whole-body therapy that addresses the soft tissue structures of the body and is great for reducing stress and tension, soothing general muscular aches and pains, or addressing sporting injuries.

Myotherapists utilise a range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia).

The benefits of osteopathy are the general improvement in mobility and structural stability of the body. In turn, other systems of the body such as the circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems function more effectively and for many general conditions, minimal treatment is required.

What are the qualities of myotherapy?

The philosophy of osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. The key principles are based on all parts of the body functioning together in an integrated manner.

If one part of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions. When the body is free of restrictions in movement, osteopathic treatment assists the body with pain minimisation, reduced stress and greater mobility providing the body with the opportunity to heal itself.

Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilisation or manipulation of joints.

In some cases, osteopaths can complement the advice given by GPs. For example, people who suffer from arthritis are often prescribed medication by their GP. In addition to that, osteopaths can ease the pain caused by joint and muscle stiffness, by improving joint mobility and the flow of blood to the joints, and show arthritis sufferers how to prevent causing injury to themselves.

Osteopaths believe in working as part of a health system of health providers and often refer back to the G.P. or another allied health professional where appropriate.

What does myotheropy treatment involve?
There will be similarities between your Osteopathic and Myotherapy Consultations, as both professions address the structure (Anatomy & Physiology) and function (Biomechanics) of the body and how this is altered with pain or injury.

It is quite normal to feel a little sore or tender after your Myotherapy treatment. The soreness can feel like bruising or DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) that you may have experienced if you have exercised quite hard, or commenced an exercise regime that is new to you. This soreness is usually feels different to your familiar pain, and will settle usually within the next 2-3 days.

Initially you should feel a little better after your treatment, but some people experience immediate tenderness, some people feel tender for the next 2-3 days and some people don’t feel any tenderness at all. If your treatment includes dry-needling you may feel a very slight sensation during superficial dry needling, however deep tissue dry needling may be felt a little more.

 

How many consultations/treatments will I need?
Different conditions and individuals will require a different number of treatments to help get you back on track.

Typically 1 hour in duration, this will incorporate a thorough assessment and treatment of your pain and stiffness.