Myotherapy is a highly useful modality – but it is often misunderstood. Our Myotherapist Rebecca Casarotto busts some misconceptions, and tells us what Myotherapy is for her, and how it can help you.
WHAT IS MYOTHERAPY?
This is easily the number one question that I get asked – with ‘don’t your hands get sore?’ coming in a close second! Myotherapy is the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. More simply, we work out what is going on with the muscles/tendons/fascia of your body and then use a combination of treatment and rehabilitation to decrease pain, increase movement and overall assist you to feel better.
MASSAGE AND MYOTHERAPY? AREN’T THEY THE SAME?
Myotherapy is often confused with massage therapy. In fact, they are two separate professions with different educational pathways. Like many health practitioners (Osteos, Physios, Chiros to name a few) Myotherapists sometimes use massage as a treatment technique.
We also use many others such as dry needling, manual therapy and thermo and electro-therapeutic techniques. Likewise we often include exercise prescription, pain management, load management and activity/lifestyle modification education within a normal appointment for long term results.
WHAT CAN MYOTHERAPY HELP YOU WITH?
There are many reasons to visit to a Myotherapist – back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, rotator cuff issues, occupational or sport injuries, tendinopathies and chronic pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia are some of musculo-skeletal conditions that Myos treat.
Being in pain is not the only time you might want to visit your Myo. After symptoms have settled treatment may shift focus to restoring optimal activity and reducing chances of further injury, with the ultimate goal being to keep you moving and performing at your best.