Body To Balance: /Myotherapy

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Myotherapy

Clinical myotherapy involves the use of advanced hands on manual techniques and a variety of other treatment techniques to reduce muscle tension and trigger points associated with aches and pains, sports and occupational injury, and muscular dysfunction. A wide variety of techniques are used including:

  • Soft tissue therapy/ Trigger point therapy/ Myofascial release
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Myofascial dry needling
  • Thermal therapies
  • TENS machine
  • Postural assessment and correction
  • Corrective exercises (stretches, strength)
  • Diet and nutritional advice.

Myotherapy is applied to restore and maintain muscle integrity of the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia) as well as joint and nerve functioning. Pain or symptoms caused by muscle (myo) or fascia is described as myofascial. Myofascial pain is usually poorly localised and is often described by the patient as a 'deep ache', 'tightness' or 'tenderness' in an area. It often varies in intensity and radiates to other areas in the body.

Myotherapists are Independent Allied Health Practitioners who treat many of the same conditions regularly seen in community settings by chiropractors and physiotherapists. They offer a clinical approach that involves a thorough whole body patient history, examination, diagnosis and specialised treatment plan depending on the patient and their condition

Conditions myotherapy can help with include:

  • Muscle/ joint/ nerve pain
  • Pregnancy pre/post natal complaints
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome. fibromyalgia
  • Headaches/ migraines
  • Associated joint and vertebral dysfunction and pain.
  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Sporting and occupational injuries
  • Knee, leg, shin, foot and ankle pains.
  • Lower back pain and Sciatica
  • Hand and finger pain and/or numbness
  • Pre and post natal complaints
  • Children growth pain syndromes
  • Arthritis/ Multiple sclerosis
  • Repetitive strain injuries-tendinosis, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow.
  • Bad posture & Postural tension and stiffness

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Facebook Updates

July 21, 2018

Interesting how powerful the language used by a healthcare practitioner is on influencing their patients' mindset and recovery.

July 16, 2018

Recommended management for treating back pain (published in The Lancet, March 2018) as discussed with Curves Rowville members today:

First Line Management
• Advise to stay active
• Patient education
• Return to work plan
• Exercise therapy: walking, pilates, gym, yoga, swimming, group exercise etc.

Second Line Management
• Manual Therapy: spinal manipulation, remedial massage, acupuncture/ dry needling.
• Approximately 90% of cases of acute back pain should improve in 4-6 weeks with the above treatments
• Chronic back pain (more than 12 weeks duration) requires a multidisciplinary approach so consider continuing the above treatments in conjunction with psychology treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness.

If Above Management Fails
• Diagnostic Imaging: If back pain is unresponsive to 6-12 weeks of above management consider X-ray, CT or MRI. In most cases of acute back pain diagnostic imaging is not necessary as the condition improves in 4-6 weeks and imaging does not change the diagnosis or management. Exceptions are worsening neurological deficits, trauma, history of cancer etc.
• Drugs: Non Steroidal Inflammatory Drugs may have some limited benefit for acute back pain but very little benefit for chronic back pain. Opioids or pain killers have no real benefit for back pain.
• Surgery: Most surgeries are as effective or if not less effective than exercise and conservative management as listed above. There are certain indications for surgery such as instability and worsening neurological deficits.

July 10, 2018

Conditions like spinal disc bulges and spinal disc degeneration are normal physiological processes that also occur in the population without back pain.

June 28, 2018

If you are considering orthopaedic surgery have a look at this episode of Insight to help you make an informed decision.

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