Myotherapy is evidence based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of acute and chronic pain, injury and inflammatory conditions.
The approach to assessment and treatment considers every element of the body to gain a true picture of a client and their state of health.
The primary focus is to reduce or eliminate pain and restore function.
Diet, exercise, lifestyle, stress, gut health and medications have a huge impact on how the body deals with and responds to pain and treatment. Our myotherapy consultations help clients understand where their pain is coming from and together we create a plan to overcome any obstacles that may be hindering the recovery progress.
Treatment is provided using a variety of techniques including:
Nerve Manipulation & Stimulation
Neurodynamics & Active release techniques
Myofascial Dry Needling
Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Photobiomodulation Therapy (Laser Therapy)
Sports or Kinesiology Taping
Exercise based rehabilitation
*All initial consultations include completion of a health history form, a comprehensive assessment based around the primary complaint and treatment aimed at reducing or eliminating symptoms and restoring movement and function.
Follow up consultations allow your therapist to ascertain whether the initial treatment was effective for your condition and if your treatment plan can be progressed, or whether further investigation is required. Even if your pain is eliminated during the initial treatment, it is recommended to have a followup treatment as this is an opportunity to discuss and implement ongoing self care so that you can remain pain-free long term.
Mobilisation techniques are used to gently move joints, both actively and passively, to reduce pain and sensitivity, increase range of motion and improve function.
Nerve Manipulation & Stimulation:
Nerve irritation or entrapment is commonly overlooked as the primary contributor of many painful conditions. Even small nerves can become entrapped and mimick common painful conditions. Comprehensive assessment will enable effective treatment of nerves contributing to or causing pain.
The application of neural mobilisation and decompression based on the mechanics and physiology of the nervous system.
Myofascial Dry Needling:
The insertion of a filiform needle into tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, bursae, fat pad) that is either causing or contributing to pain. The needle initiates both a local response (at the point of insertion) and neurological response (at the spinal cord) which has analgesic effects and promotes local healing.
Electro – Needling:
Needles are inserted (as above) which are then connected to a TENS machine that sends a low level electrical impulse through the needles. This stimulates the tissue that the needles are in, and affects the nerves in the local area. Both the local tissue response as well as the nervous system response, helps to reduce pain and sensitivity, giving relief from symptoms, increasing range of motion and reducing neural tension.
Plastic cups are applied to the skin in an area of increased pain or tension and tightened using a vacuum suction. The cups are then either moved along the skin, or left stationary and the body/limb is moved around the cups to elicit a ‘glide’ or ‘pull’ of the tissue and fascia both inside and underlying the cup. This therapy should not be painful, and the theory of it is that it draws blood and healing agents to the site, which ‘jumpstarts’ a positive inflammatory response in the area, accelerating the healing process and providing a reduction in tension due to increased mobility of the affected tissues. Red or purple circular bruising is commonly seen after cupping, however, they are not painful or dangerous.
A specialist massage technique using feather light, rhythmical strokes to stimulate the lymphatic system and drain excess fluid and oedema. This therapy is most often used when the body’s natural processes are interrupted, either by surgery, injury or in chronic conditions such as lymphoedema, diabetes or post mastectomy. As the lymphatic system is very close to the surface of the skin, only very soft, slow and repetitive stokes will be effective, meaning treatment times will vary depending on the area needing treatment. Post treatment, compression garments and taping techniques may be used or recommended, depending on your condition.
If you would like more information on any of our treatment techniques, please get in touch and we would be happy to answer any questions.