Myotherapy uses a range of different techniques to assess, treat and aide with muscle dysfunction, fatigue, strain, tears, injuries, blood flow, tightness and general soft tissue aches and pains.
The different assessment techniques used in Myotherapy are postural assessments, range of movement (ROM) assessments, muscle strength testing, neurological testing and orthopaedic testing. With these tests, not all tests are done on the one appointment, there will be notes taken to put in your health history.
This is a legal requirement. The notes should only be used by the practitioner, other health professionals who you have been referred too or by another therapist seeing you at that appointment. There will be a range of questions asked of you. To have a full health history and some back story will really help the Myotherapist treat you to the best of their ability.
Myotherapy uses a lot of soft tissue therapy, mainly massage, to feel the tension, knots, trigger points, tightness, restrictions, end of range (movement) and depth of the muscle to help with aches and pains.
Cupping is another type of modality used to treat muscle aches, pains and injuries. Using an ancient technique of cupping with massage will help stretch the muscles away from the skeleton, aid in blood flow to the surface and draw out any lactic acid that is stagnant in the deeper muscle fibres. You may or may not feel the cups working. You or may not see the effect the cups have had on your body, you will know they have worked though after the treatment when you feel better.
Dry Needling is another type of modality Myotherapists may use to treat muscle aches, pains and injuries. Dry Needling, as opposed to Acupuncture, is the use of acupuncture needles to treat tight spots within a muscle. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncturist’s use the needles within their own treatments within their own assessments that are different to Myotherapy.
Your Myotherapist will assess your injury, pain, range of movement and use dry needling to release the tightness in the muscle band. When the fine needle is inserted, with great skill, the body recognises the needle shouldn’t be there and tries to ‘flush out’ the needle by sending blood, oxygen and nutrients to the area. There may be a muscle twitch in response to the insertion of the needle, this won’t last long. There may be a dull sensation in the area being treated, this will resolve itself after treatment.
TENS is yet another modality Myotherapists use to treat muscle pain and dysfunction.
TENS means Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. When the small or medium flexi pads are placed on your large muscle groups ie: hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteal muscles, calf’s, back muscles or arms and connected to a battery pack (TENS machine) via electrical leads. The electrical impulses are sent through your muscles to stimulate the nerve supply to that group of muscle fibres, therefore increasing blood flow, decreasing pain stimulus to the brain and decreasing the pain.
This modality is non-invasive and non-narcotic, great because you won’t get addicted to it,like people can when taking oral, over the counter, pain medication.
Or perhaps you’re into your third trimester and have all the aches and pains that are associated with that. Pregnancy massage is a great way to help alleviate the uncomfortable feelings that can come with being pregnant. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe!