What is a Myotherapist?
Myotherapists are Allied Health Professionals/Practitioners that form a component of the multi-skilled manual therapies group. Manual therapy is a component of Health Care that encompasses a range of treatment modalities including Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Myotherapy, Remedial Massage and Chiropractic.
The term Myotherapy originates from the Greek term ‘mys’ meaning muscle. Myotherapists are trained in the assessment and treatment of muscular pain and injury, particularly when this impacts on movement, mobility and everyday function.
How do Myotherapists treat?
Myotherapy involves a combination of hands-on techniques including advanced massage techniques that involve muscle and joint mobilisation, deep tissue massage, stretching techniques, dry needling and corrective exercises designed to treat injury, relieve pain, improve mobility and increase performance.
When should I seek Myotherapy treatment?
Myotherapy is used to treat the cause as well as the symptoms of many conditions. Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia (the connective tissues enclosing the muscle) are described as myofascial. The cause of pain and symptoms can be myofascial in many conditions and can originate from abnormal muscle contraction (‘tightness’) or trigger points (‘knots’) in muscle or fascia.
Treatment is used in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) of the human body.
How many treatments will I need?
After treatment you should have less pain, feel more mobile, flexible and comfortable in your movements. Relief can be dramatic and long lasting; your myotherapist will expect to see positive results within 2-4 treatments for common symptoms. However, it must be emphasised that each individual is unique and it may take several visits before you return to normal, particularly if a condition has become long lasting (chronic).
Is a GP’s referral required? While GP’s and specialists seeking the best care for their patients often refer patients to see a Myotherapist, referrals are not necessary. For a myotherapy treatment simply make an appointment with the MacFarlane Clinic [site_phone]. Myotherapy is a complementary form of treatment and is very effective when combined with medical other treatment such as Rehab treatments, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic.
Is Myotherapy treatment covered by my private health fund?
Myotherapy treatment is covered under the ancillary or extras cover of most major health insurers. Myotherapy is used to treat the cause as well as the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia (the connective tissues enclosing the muscle) are described as myofascial. The cause of pain and symptoms is myofascial in many conditions. It may originate from abnormal muscle contraction (‘tightness’) or trigger points (‘knots’) in muscle or fascia.