The Basics of Myotherapy

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Clinical Myotherapy is a branch of manual medicine that addresses conditions that cause pain to the musculoskeletal system. Besides the muscles and the bones included under the umbrella of myotherapy are issues concerning the joints, fascia, ligaments, tendons and the nerves. Clinical myotherapy provides a multi-faceted approach to pain management and recovery.

 

WHAT TECHNIQUES OR MODALITIES ARE USED BY MYOTHERAPISTS?

Myotherapists usually use a combination of physical therapy modalities mentioned below to manage the pain of the patient.

 

Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft tissue therapy such as therapeutic massage, myofascial release techniques and trigger point therapy uses the hand to target specific areas to produce a therapeutic outcome.

 

Temperature Therapy

Whether thermal therapy (hot) or cryotherapy (cold) the goal of temperature therapy is to apply various temperatures to a targeted area to either ease the pain or reduce swelling.

 

Electromechanical Stimulation

Modalities like TENS therapy, therapeutic ultrasound and low level laser therapy can be used to manage the pain of the patient and provide and analgesic outcome. This is done through the use of electronic currents or soundwaves.

 

Myofascial Dry Needling

Dry needling is a modality similar to acupuncture that targets “trigger points” to deactivate the pain cycle and in effect managing the patient’s pain.

 

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM MYOTHERAPY?

Frozen Shoulder

The bones, ligaments and tendons of your shoulder are covered by a “capsule” of connective tissue. When this capsule thickens or tightens it is what is referred to as a “frozen shoulder”. Although there is no definite reason as to why this happens, it can be related to lack of movement of the shoulder such as after surgery. Clinical myotherapy is effective for the management of frozen shoulders. The aim of myotherapy is to ease the pain caused by the condition and to gradually increase range of mobility of the shoulder. This is done through myofascial release, dry needling, shoulder mobilization and corrective exercises.

 

Tension headaches

Quite a lot of people use clinical myotherapy to alleviate chronic headache and migraines. This is because a lot of times chronic headaches and migraine can actually be caused by muscular tension on the head and shoulders. To address this mytherapists will employ different physical therapy techniques such as myofascial release and heat and ice therapy.

 

Sciatica

Sciatica occurs when a dislocated disc or bone spur on the spine compresses the sciatic nerve. The result is radiating pain on one side of the body along the path of the compressed sciatic nerve. Common symptoms are pain, inflammation and numbness on the affected leg. Myotherapy can relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve through corrective exercises and by identifying abnormal muscle contracture that may be compressing the nerve.

 

Other Conditions that Can Benefit from Myotherapy

  • Strains, sprains and cramps
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Scoliosis
  • Sporting Injuries

 

For more information about the benefits of myotherapy you may contact Body Focus Myotherapy to set an appointment.

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