What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is an advanced evidence-based assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions. Myotherapy is in common with other allied health practices.
A Myotherapist utilises a wide range of evidence-based treatment approaches and skills, which in addition to manual therapy, assists with muscular pain and dysfunction. Treatments can aid in prevention, assessment, early intervention and treatment of injuries and pain and the ongoing management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The techniques used in Myotherapy implement with a long-term pain relief solution in mind.
A Myotherapist skill set and treatment options for you may include trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation, therapeutic dry needling, myofascial cupping, stretching, treatment for nerves, movement therapies, self-care advice, soft tissue and deep tissue massage, exercise and rehabilitation programs, and pain management.
Myotherapy best for:
Work and lifestyle-related injuries in any part of the body, repetitive strain injuries, long-lasting and persistent or chronic pain and discomfort, sport performance, nerve type pain (sciatica, carpal tunnel etc.), recent acute injuries, requiring rehabilitation. Myotherapy is not ideal for relaxation massage.
What is fibromyalgia?
This condition can affect the many systems of the anatomy. Symptoms include pain distributed throughout the muscles and joints, IBS, mental fatigue, mood swings, and many more associated symptoms.
Fibromyalgia can accompany other conditions like osteoarthritis, vertebral injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, and other musculoskeletal ailments.
Pain is a significant factor regarding fibromyalgia. The pain tolerance can vary for different individuals. Typically it includes both muscular and nerve pains. The sensations felt can be sharp, shooting, burning, achy, and throbbing. One day can be one area of the body; the next, it can be the whole body. Therefore, fibromyalgia has an unpredictable nature.
Myotherapy as a treatment for Fibromyalgia?
Myotherapy can be a very gentle and rewarding treatment for clients with fibromyalgia. However, most physical treatments can be excruciating with practitioners with further higher education and learning regarding fibromyalgia.
On an important note, myotherapy treatments have no claim in curing fibromyalgia. Nevertheless, regular myotherapy treatment has an excellent solution in taming flares and keeping the pain from muscular and joints at bay and making daily activities much more pleasant.
Myofascial Cupping can be effective in conjunction with the other methods (Lauche et al. 2016). Cupping encourages blood flow with the muscle fibres. Lifts of the muscle tissue from the cups create space. They are simultaneously pulling blood in the area.
Myofascial Release effectively treats skeletal muscle immobility by providing contracting muscles with relaxation and stimulating the stretched muscle fibres (Castro-Sánchez et al., 2011).
Mobilisation moves the joints in focused directions at different speeds to regain movement. The client will feel their muscles stretching through passive movements of the affected parts of the body or having the client themselves assisting moving against the myotherapist's resistance improving muscle activation (Torres et al. 2015).
Soft and Deep Tissue Therapy is a remedial massage on anabolic steroids. Instead, it has targeted clinical massage. Hands-on bodywork revolves around getting rid of painful episodes to reduce tension and stress in the body to upstart the healing process of the anatomy (Li et al., 2014).
Dry Needling reduces myofascial trigger points and is designed to ease muscular pain. It may improve mobility and increase the range of motion of the muscle fibres (Castro-Sanchez et al., 2017).
Therapeutic Exercises are designed physical activities and movements prescribed to restore function by improving strength and decreasing pain. Ther ex are received there is chronic pain or injury (Sosa-Reina et al. 2017).
The treatment methods are different for every client, and alternative routes will be taken during the process as some methods are more effective with clients than others. Sessions with fibromyalgia should be ideally every fortnightly, and ongoing maintenance is needed to see results. The initial consult takes longer with the history-taking; however, the treatments get longer after time as the client's needs are known within after the two sessions.
What to expect at your first myotherapy treatment?
The initial consultation most likely takes more time in gaining a medical condition and injury history taking to understand the certain factors surrounding the condition presented. Various assessments are undertaken to distinguish the cause of pain and the contributing factors. Then, treatment plans are enforced to meet specific goals which are essential for you, the client.
The treatment process may involve soft and deep tissue techniques, Muscle Energy Techniques (METs), myofascial cupping, mobilisation techniques, prescribed exercises, and dry needling.
Scheduled visits are set after the initial consultation, and a treatment plan is prescribed to establish goals to maximise the ease of any conditions the clients have disclosed.
Follow-up consultation is shorter, which meet the practical options for you to meet your goals. A combination of treatment and homework exercises will be prescribed to improve your overall health.
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