01 Aug Do I need to see a Myotherapist?
What is Myotherapy? What kinds of disorders does it treat? What can you expect to receive from a consultation?
Myotherapy is essentially therapy for your muscles. It is the evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions. Myotherapy can help you through rehabilitative, corrective and preventative phases of therapy. The aim is to treat or prevent soft tissue pain, particularly when muscles are not performing correctly which impairs movement and mobility. This can be caused by trauma, overloading or overuse, lack of movement, and occupational, sporting or recreational activities.
Love gardening, but can’t squat down comfortably to reach the weeds? Enjoy a swim at the beach, but your shoulder niggle just won’t let you enjoy it? Sick of standing bent like a boomerang in the morning until you shuffle around enough to fully straighten up?
Myotherapy can aid in the recovery of a wide range of pain and associated conditions, such as, but not limited to:
- Hip and lower back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Arthritis and inflammation
- Sports injuries (muscle strains/tears, ligament damage)
- Rotator cuff problems
- Occupational injuries
- Tendinopathies (Achilles, tennis elbow, etc)
- Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain presentations
During your initial consultation, you will expect a complete assessment of your physical condition, and of the symptoms you are experiencing. Your musculoskeletal alignment, posture and range of movements will be examined. Once assessed, your treatment can involve a range of techniques including deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, cupping and dry needling – all designed to treat injury, relieve pain, improve mobility and increase performance.
You don’t need to be in pain to visit a Myotherapist. Once symptoms have settled, treatments will focus on restoring optimal activity (rehabilitation), reducing the likelihood of further injury and keeping you moving and performing at your best.
So why not give Myotherapy a go?
The Myotherapists at Brighton Spine and Sports Clinic is Dragana Obradovic.
Edited extract from article originally written by Gabrielle Ryan, Myotherapist, printed in Geelong Advertiser July 2019.