Myotherapy: from the Greek word myo meaning muscle
Myotherapy is a manipulative therapy that focuses on the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal pain usually found in muscles, fascia, joints and ligaments.
Developed in the United States in the mid 20th century by a physical fitness pioneer and expert rock climber named Bonnie Prudden, Myotherapy has rapidly become a household name in Australia with many professional clubs hosting a Myotherapist in their medical team.
What are the positive effects of myotherapy for a desk worker?
The human body is designed to move, and that’s what we did for thousands of years! However, as time goes on there has been a huge shift towards prolonged sitting as a result of extra work hours, extra responsibility and lack of time. As a result, over the years many allied health professionals are being called upon more regularly to assist people with muscular compensations caused by prolonged sitting.
Poor biomechanics of the upper and lower body when sitting and work related stress are the two main culprits of common presentations like headaches, numbness and tingling of hands, neck soreness and lower back .becomes Myotherapy is a great tool to help assist with these presentations and reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence as well as prevention of further injury/compensation. A typical myotherapy consultation will include techniques such as:
- Soft tissue manipulation
- Joint Mobilization
- Myofascial Release
- Passive Stretching
- Dry Needling
- Myofascial Cupping
- Trigger point therapy
- Rehabilitative Exercises and Strengthening
Common conditions treated by Myotherapist include
- Chronic back pain
- DOMS (Delayed On-Set of muscles soreness)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Pain
- Hands and fingers numbness and tingling
- Shin Splints
- Stiff Neck
- Foot Pain
- Sciatic Pain