Myotherapy is a physical therapy designed to treat and manage muscle and joint-related pain and dysfunction. The term ‘myo’ translates to ‘muscle’, so simply put, myotherapy means muscle therapy.
How does Myotherapy work?
Our Ocean Grove myotherapists use a range of modalities to ease pain, including:
- Manual dry needling
- Myofascial cupping
- Decongestive Lymphatic drainage massage
- Kinesiology taping
- Corrective exercise prescriptions
What’s the difference between myotherapy and other modalities?
Often at Ocean Grove & Leopold Osteopathy and Sports Health, we find people confused about the difference between myotherapy and other modalities. This is understandable, as myotherapists often work alongside osteopaths, physiotherapists, podiatrists, and other therapists to treat muscle and joint pain.
Here are some of the differences between myotherapy and related modalities:
Myotherapy vs Remedial Massage
Myotherapy began as an extension of remedial massage. Similar to remedial massage, there is a heavy focus on soft tissue therapy and correcting any pains and ailments, however, myotherapists undergo further training and education to allow them to understand the mechanisms behind a patient’s pain, use a broader range of massage techniques, and treat more complex conditions than remedial massage including oncology patients . Myotherapists primarily focus on physical therapy and draw on other methods such as dry needling, taping, cupping, lymphatic drainage massage, oncology massage and corrective exercises.
In comparison, remedial massage therapists exclusively use massage techniques to eliminate muscular tension and encourage relaxation.
Myotherapy vs Osteopathy
Osteopaths specialise in treating the musculoskeletal system focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Osteopath’s undertake a higher level of education allowing them to provide accurate diagnosis and management plans for patients and refer for imaging when needed. Osteopaths use a wide range of treatment techniques including joint mobilisation and manipulation as well as soft tissue techniques.
On the other hand, the best myotherapists predominately use techniques aimed at relieving muscle tension and pain, including massage, dry needling or cupping. With specialist training like our myotherpaists have at Ocean Grove Osteopathy and Sports Health have they are able to treat using Oncology Massage and Decongestive Lymphatic Massage techniques.
What ailments does myotherapy help?
At Ocean Grove and Leopold Osteopathy our myotherapists treat a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and causes of pain, including:
- Muscle and Joint Pain – our Ocean Grove and Leopold myotherapists use physical therapy to prevent and alleviate Muscle and joint pain, whilst helping to improve joint range of motion, muscle tone and the bodies functionality.Tension headaches and migraines – our Ocean Grove and Leopold myotherapists uses various physical therapies to manage the causes and symptoms of tension headaches and migraines.
- Sports injuries, such as muscle sprains, strains and tears – our Ocean Grove and Leopold myotherapists treat and rehabilitate sports injuries helping restore optimal activity.
- Oncology Massage: Our Ocean Grove and Leopold myotherapists are trained to help treat patients suffering from cancers and the related effects this can have on your body.
- Decongestive Lymphatic Drainage: Our Ocean Grove and Leopold myotherapists have undergone further training and have specialised garments and techniques to help treat lymphedema symptoms such as swelling and pain.
Contact us for myotherapy treatment
Treat and manage your muscle and joint-related pain with the best myotherapists at Ocean Grove & Leopold Osteopath and Sports Health clinic.