What is a Myotherapist?
For the uninitiated, myotherapy is a form of alternative medicine that focusses on the treatment of pain and other associated pathophysiologies, arising from causes such as myofascial pain. Myofascial pain is muscle (myo) pain located in the muscle lining (fascia) – it can be widespread, chronic, and can cause pain in other unrelated parts of the body (referred pain). The pain can involve a single muscle or an entire group.
Myotherapy, then, aims to treat the pain originating from this area using heat and cold, electrical stimulation, massage (using hands, elbows, knuckles), TENS, manipulation, stretching and acupuncture; they also give advice on topics ranging from posture to nutrition. The advice they give aims to prevent the kind of pain experienced by eliminating or reducing the risk of the injury that causes it (for example, soft tissue injury or inflammation). Your myotherapist will conduct a complete assessment including any previous injury or illnesses, as well as conditions and symptoms you’re currently experiencing. They will take into account your emotional wellbeing and any exercise you undertake.
It’s a hands-on therapy, in every sense of the word.
Myotherapists treat parts of the body including (but not limited to):
- Visceral organs (organs inside the body, such as the stomach and liver)
It claims to resolve issues such as:
- Spinal curvature (scoliosis and kyphosis) and sciatica
- Trapped nerves
- Headaches and migraines
- Injury arising from overuse
- Patella tracking dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
Myotherapy claims to help many other health concerns however, as always, consult your myotherapist before commencing any treatment plan and be sure to disclose any existing injury or condition.