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What is Myotherapy?



Myotherapy Sydney

A lot of people look at you with confusion when you say you are a Myotherapist. The reason for this is that it is not a common modality in NSW as there aren't many training facilities that offer it. Myotherapy is much bigger in Victoria and many people prefer to see a Myotherapist over a Physiotherapist as Myotherapy is much more hands on whereas modern Physio is becoming much more hands off and exercise based.


So what is Myotherapy?

"Myo" means muscle in Latin. So Myotherpay basically means muscle therapy.

Myotherapy is a seperate qualification to Remedial Massage or Physiotherapy and is a 3 year full time qualification. It is a higher qualification than remedial massage and was created by remedial massage therapists wanting to create a more advanced course to come into alignment with Physiotherapy. As Physio is becoming more hands off there was a gap in treatment that Myotherapy has now filled.


It was created as a "super" modality that incorporated all of the best techniques from other modalities such as remedial massage, physio, Chiro, osteo and exercise. The only technique we don't do as myotherapists are high velocity manipulations that chiros and osteos do, which can be deemed to be dangerous anyway and there are much safer ways to get the same results anyways.

Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy that focuses on the assessment, treatment, and management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. It involves the use of various manual therapy techniques to address issues related to muscles, fascia, nerves, joints, and soft tissues. Myotherapists typically use hands-on techniques such as massage, myofascial release, dry needling, cupping, resistive stretching, trigger point therapy, and joint mobilisation to alleviate pain, improve flexibility, and enhance overall musculoskeletal function.


The goal of Myotherapy is to identify and address the root cause of musculoskeletal problems, often related to muscle imbalances, overuse, or injury. Myotherapists also provide advice on posture, ergonomics, and exercises to help clients manage and prevent future issues.



What can Myotherapy Help with?


Myotherapy can help address a variety of musculoskeletal issues and conditions. Some of the common problems and conditions that myotherapy may be beneficial for include:

  1. Muscle Pain and Tension: Myotherapy is often used to alleviate muscle pain and tension, whether it is due to overuse, strain, or muscle imbalances.

  2. Sports Injuries: Myotherapists can assist in the assessment and treatment of sports-related injuries, helping athletes recover and prevent future injuries.

  3. Joint Pain and Stiffness: Myotherapy may be effective in addressing joint pain and stiffness by focusing on soft tissue and muscle imbalances that contribute to these issues.

  4. Headaches and Migraines: Myotherapy techniques, such as trigger point therapy and massage, can be used to relieve tension and reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches and migraines.

  5. Postural Issues: Myotherapists may provide interventions to improve posture and address musculoskeletal imbalances that contribute to poor posture.

  6. Chronic Pain Conditions: Myotherapy can be part of a comprehensive approach to managing chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome.

  7. Stress and Relaxation: Myotherapy techniques like massage can promote relaxation and reduce stress, helping to alleviate physical tension in the body.

  8. Rehabilitation after Surgery or Injury: Myotherapy can play a role in the rehabilitation process after surgery or injury by promoting healing and restoring normal movement patterns.

  9. Neck and Back Pain: Myotherapy is often used to address issues related to the neck and back, including muscular strains, spasms, and postural issues.


It's important to note that the effectiveness of myotherapy may vary from person to person, and it is advisable to consult with a qualified myotherapist or healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for individual needs. Additionally, Myotherapy is often used in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches, such as exercise, stretching, and lifestyle modifications, to achieve optimal results.


At Muscle Therapy Australia we have 5 Myotherapists Garry, Mark, Fabiola, Steph and Matt are all registered Myotherapists. Our other practitioners Roni, Emma and Lukas are Remedial massage therapists that have also done the same extra training to get themselves to the same level as a Myotherpaist as far as treatment goes such as dry needling, cupping, assessment and exercise. So you can rest assured if you book any practitioner at Muscle Therapy Australia they will be working at the highest level for you to get you out of pain and keep you that way.


Some health funds offer Myotherapy as a seperate category apart from Remedial massage. So if you can claim both Remedial massage and Myotherapy then you will be able to use both limits at Muscle Therapy Australia as a Myotherapist is also a Remedial Massage Therapist.


If you have any questions then please feel free to get in touch.

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