Myotherapists graduate with a BHSc (Clinical Myotherapy), BHSc (Myotherapy) and AdvDip (Myotherapy), which qualifies practitioners to undertake evidence-based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of patients experiencing musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions.
Treatments may be provided for neck and back pain, headaches, sports injuries, sciatica, tennis elbow and a range of other muscle related conditions.
Myotherapists have a strong base of remedial massage skills combined with dry needling, cupping and exercise prescription. They are able to fully assess causes of pain and provide a range of soft tissue treatment. They can also provide advice on modified activities to reduce risk of injury.
Myotherapists may use a Cupping technique which utilises suction instead of pressure to release trigger points and myofascial adhesions. It can also be very helpful in the treatment of scar tissue. There may be skin discolouration which is reduced by using a gliding technique. Please discuss any concerns about skin discolouration with your therapist at the time of treatment.
very fine filament needles are inserted into the skin and trigger points in muscles. This stimulates a twitch response and then a release in the muscle fibres followed by massage to lengthen the tissue. The dry needling process may also replicate symptoms in terms of referred pain/altered sensation.
Once treatment has eased pain and symptoms, Myotherapists may prescribe exercise including strengthening and stretching, along with postural awareness to prevent further injury.