Myotherapy

Myotherapy is the physical diagnosis, treatment and management of myofascial pain and other soft tissue conditions, which affect the integrity of human movement.

These conditions may be caused by trauma, aging, overload or misuse of muscles arising from occupational, sporting and recreational activities, or congenital factors such as short leg discrepancy.

Physical diagnoses involves a comprehensive patient history, observation and a range of physical testing procedures. Treatment may be corrective, rehabilitative or preventative, taking the form of a number of physical techniques.

The term Myotherapy was first introduced by Dr Desmond Tivy to describe the mode of therapy developed in the 1970’s by Bonnie Prudden, an American health and fitness practitioner, and further developed by the works of Drs’ Janet Travell and David Simons. Their work included the much needed neurophysiology information.

Myofascial Trigger Points (MTP), or knots, are the basis of Myotherapy. MTP are not only capable of causing local pain, but they commonly refer pain to distant areas and as a result, are often overlooked.

One of the keys to effective treatment is the assessment skill of the practitioner. Using a combination of tactile skill, anatomical knowledge and clinical understanding, the Myotherapist can identify abnormalities in muscles and connective tissues. This knowledge helps to determine the therapeutic techniques to be used in treatment.

Manual Therapy  

  • Myofascial manipulation
  • Myofascial and neural stretching
  • Thermal therapies
  • Muscle mobilization

Prescriptive Actions & Exercises

  • Corrective actions
  • Stretching exercises
  • Strengthening exercises

Electrical Stimulation

  • TENS
  • APS therapy

Myofascial Dry-needling

  • Deep
  • Superficial
  • Segmental
  • Electro-needling

Pain Management

  • Counselling
  • Self-treatment methods
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Patient education
  • Exercise regimes