Myotherapy is the practice of assessing, treating and rehabilitating musculoskeletal pain, dysfunction and associated conditions. Myotherapists call upon a wide range of evidence based treatment approaches and skill sets that include deep tissue massage, myofascial release, dry needling and trigger point therapy. In addition to this we may include exercise prescription, taping, education on pain, activity modification and life style changes. It is important to not only treat the symptoms but find the underlying issue and Empower you with the knowledge you need to help yourself moving forward. We aim to help you reach your goals, whether it be to be pain free or achieve optimal performance.
Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. Dry needling or intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a technique developed by Dr Chan Gunn and is extremely effective for relaxing overactive muscles, which contain trigger points.
In simple terms, the treatment involves needling of a muscle's trigger points without injecting any substance.
The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. It should not be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture.
Remedial massage is a complementary therapy which aims to treat muscles that are damaged, knotted, tense or immobile. It is useful for a number of problems that affect the muscles, tendons and bones.
Remedial massage is used to locate and repair damaged areas of the body and speed up the body’s own healing processes. The pressure applied in this healing treatment can either be strong and deep or gentle and shallow, depending on the problem. Problems with the muscles can trigger or radiate pain to other parts of the body. Remedial massage aims to trace the original reason for the pain, tackling both the cause of the problem and the symptoms.
A corrective exercise is a movement or exercise chosen to correct a specific dysfunction. These could be given in the form of a stretching exercise or a strengthening exercise depending on what is specifically needed. They are applied to reduce muscular dysfunction and help you move, feel and live better.
Kinesiology Tape can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries.
Unlike rigid tape, which many people find too stiff and restrictive, kinesiology tape is stretchy and is used as an additional adjunct to treat injuries, by reducing pain and accelerating recovery. It can also enhance performance by improving form and technique, as well as reducing post exercise soreness.
It has three main effects:
Fluid effect- improving blood and lymphatic flow in the taped area
Mechanical effect- improving the slide and glide between tissue layers
Neurological effect- altering the perception of pain and improving body awareness.
Cupping therapy involves attaching cups to the skin and using suction to draw the skin into the cup. Drawing the skin, muscle and connective tissue into the cup is said to increase blood flow to the area, therefore reducing muscle tension and inflammation and promotes healing.
Trigger Point Therapy
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, also known as " Trigger Point Therapy ", refers to the treatment of Trigger Points.
Trigger points are small contractions/knots within a muscle. They can be found anywhere on the body and are one of the most common causes for chronic musculoskeletal pain, also known as myofascial pain. Trigger points are unique as they have the ability not only to cause pain and muscle dysfunction locally, but they are known for causing referred pain into different parts of the body. A common example are trigger points associated with headaches. Often, clients headaches are caused by trigger point referred pain from the muscles in the neck and shoulder. Therapists can release these painful and tense points in a muscle and assist in achieving long-term results. This can be done by manual trigger point therapy where, with our fingers, pressure is placed on the trigger point until it dissipates. We can also use Dry Needling to deactivate trigger points, usually when they are deeper or if the manual technique is unsuccessful in deactivating them.