Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy used to treat or prevent soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement.
Melbourne Massage and Treatment offers Myotherapy services that aim to improve your well-being by reducing pain and ache and enhancing your understanding of your body presentation.
Along a this treatment, Giovanni would guide you through specific active, passive and resisted movements, allowing you to map out what treatment suits you the best.
What is Myotherapy?
Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy based on the principle of Western medicine, including anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. It treats or prevents soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement. Myotherapy was coined in 1970 in America by Bonnie Prudden to describe a specific type of trigger point therapy. Myotherapy treatment can be applied during any injury phase, preventive, corrective, or rehabilitative, to maintain the body tissue, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments, in their best health state. Giovanni, at Melbourne Massage and Treatment, uses Myotherapy treatment to help you improve your body mobility and strengthen presentation, reducing pain and discomfort.
What does Myotherapy achieve & is it effective?
Myotherapy has proved efficient for many conditions, like trigger point therapy and/or reducing nerve entrapment due to muscle tensions. After a Myotherapy treatment, you would be expected to feel more relaxed, have a better range of motion, and feel your joints looser and lighter. This type of treatment must be considered for a long-term goal, indeed is not going to be one session to fix your problem. As most often happen, pain is present in a specific area due to an unbalance along the joint chain, and to ensure that the pain stays at ease would take 3 to 5 sessions on a regular base to overcome the problem. During those sessions, you may get given some corrective exercises, which will play a significant role in your recovery process too. Myotherapy treats conditions like Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel, Tendinitis, Plantar Fasciitis, and Headaches.
What’s the difference between Remedial Massage and Myotherapy?
Myotherapy looks more into joint mobility and myofascial restrictions than Remedial Massage and includes techniques such as Dry Needling. For joint mobility, we refer to the ability of the joint to reach its Range of Motion within the active or passive force. On the other hand, Dry Needling is well-known to be used in Myotherapy treatment, but it serves a specific purpose, which is based on creating micro-tear in the muscle, stimulating the immune response and improving muscle tone.
What does a Myotherapy session look like?
As per all the services offered at Melbourne Massage and Treatment, you would be guided through a range of motion (ROM) to evaluate the body conditions before and after each massage session. As per result, along with the ROM, you may experience pain or stretches in certain body areas. When this happens, you will advise Giovanni about those sensations. Knowing the area of pain or distress would help Giovanni understand what muscle or group of muscles are involved in delivering the uncomfortable sensation/s. Once the evaluation of the ROM and the muscular scale to balance is completed, Giovanni will provide a treatment plan that will guide you on what the recovery process would be about.
During a Myotherapy session, you will lie prone, supine or in a side position on a table and undressed to underwear and bra. Said so, the client is covered with a towel all the time.
Only the area that gets worked will be safely exposed.
Why cream or oil are used during a Myotherapy treatment?
During a Myotherapy Treatment, cream or oil are used to reduce the friction on the body during skin-to-skin work.
If you are allergic to nuts or other products, please advise the therapist before the session starts, as cream and oil may contain nut oil.
What complementary therapies are used in Myotherapy treatment?
Cupping, MLD and dry needling follow below the categories of techniques used along with a Myotherapy treatment too. It is up to Giovanni to evaluate what technique better services the scope of healing. Even so, cupping and MLD are available on request. Where dry needling would be strictly Giovanni’s choice to use it or not, based on your presentation and needs. • MLD • Cupping • Trigger Point • Dry needling • Joint’s mobilization • MFTT • MET • PNF • Passive Stretch • Pin and Stretch
What benefits does a Myotherapy-treatment have to offer?
As this practice is still new, finding complete scientific-based evidence of Myotherapy benefits can be tricky. So, here is a literature review Trusted Source, conducted in 2013 by the Institute of Registered Myotherapists of Australia, which precisely describes the benefit of Remedial Massage, the closest approach to Myotherapy treatment. Myotherapy can help with
- improve chronic low back pain
- reduce delayed onset muscle soreness
- reduce stress and anxiety
- increase the quality of life and positive well-being among patients with terminal illnesses such as cancer or multiple sclerosis
- assist with pain management of fibromyalgia when combined with other treatments.
Other benefits include:
• increases mobility • reduced stress • help the recovery of soft tissue injuries • improve/correct postural issues • reduce muscle tension • reduced chronic • pain symptoms • help with sleep • balance blood pressure • speed up from recovery from a sports injury and performance • improve concentration
Melbourne Massage and Treatment – Myotherapy Training
Giovanni is a qualified Myotherapist who trained at RMIT University by completing an Advance Diploma in Myotherapy. In terms of study, Giovanni is enrolled for a 2023 Bachelor in Health Science with Torrents University. The aim of reaching for a bachelor’s is, yes, for personal achievement, but not only. Giovanni’s final goal is to carry on his study ahead and complete shortly a master’s in Acupuncture.