Myotherapy

Needle for Dry Needling

What is Myotherapy?

Myotherapy is a massage treatment technique used to treat or prevent soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement.

“Myotherapy” stands for “Myo” Muscle “Therapy” therapy.

In Australia, and specifically in Melbourne, it is a practice that in the last few decades took over the massage market, and is not becoming more and more popular.

Along the different techniques used in a Myotherapy treatment, there is Dry Needling.

Needle for dry needling

Is Myotherapy Safe?

Yes, Myotherapy is a safe treatment.

Said so, you want to make sure that the therapist who is treating you has her/his qualification up to date.

Said so, dry needling is one of the many ways that a Myotherapist can treat a client, but is not a must.

Before using needles the therapist always has to double-check with the clients the following:

  • No metal allergy
  • No bleeding disorders
  • No needle fear or phobia
  • The client feels comfortable with such treatment
  • The therapist does explain how dry needling works

Is Myotherapy available at your practice?

Sonn it would be.

I am finishing off my training at RMIT University for Myotherapy.

By November 2022 I will be fully qualified and able to offer Myotherapy as a service.

I am even looking into taking a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Myotherapy, which means I still have an extra year of study to go.

What to expect from this type of treatment?

Myotherapy is similar to a Remedial Massage session.

The difference stands that a Myotehrapist has more knowledge about the human anatomy and its joints, and their functionality.

So before the session start, the therapist would guide the patient through a certain range of motion, to evaluate the body presentation.

Done so, the therapist has an idea of what can be done to improve the body’s presentation.

Furthermore, a Myotherapist is trained to use mobilization, which is a repetitive joint movement to improve the range of motion of the joint itself.

My favourite “mobs” are along the spine.

They consist of a gentle push over the transverse process of the spine.

By applying this constant soft push the transverse process gain mobility, allowing all the muscle inserts originating from that joint to be more mobile.

IS A MOBILIZATION WHAT A CHIRO DOES?

No is not.

What the Chiro does is an adjustment, which is a fast joint pull or push, applied to adjust its position or functionality.

 

 

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