YOUR MYOTHERAPY CARE TEAM
WHAT IS MYOTHERAPY?
Myotherapy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal pain, postural correction and movement dysfunction. Treatments involve orthopaedic assessment, postural screening, movement and biomechanical testing. Myotherapists use various treatment techniques such as deep or soft tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, joint mobilisation, assisted stretching, needling or taping.
The goal is to determine the cause of the musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction so an effective treatment and rehabilitation plan can be created for you to help relieve your pain and improve your range of movement.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MYOTHERAPY AND REMEDIAL MASSAGE?
Myotherapy is a Bachelor Degree in Health Science offered in Australia. It actually developed from Remedial Massage over 20 years ago, aiming to offer a much higher quality massage therapy option. Graduates study advanced anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, pathophysiology, western diagnostics, nutrition, rehabilitation, as well as many hands-on treatment techniques. This means Myotherapists can offer all that Remedial Therapists offer, and far more. When you are in the hands of a qualified Myotherapist, you will receive the safest and most advanced form of remedial massage.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN MY MYOTHERAPY SESSION?
Your therapist will take you to the massage room and begin by listening to your concerns, and taking a full assessment of your health and your movement. They will discuss their findings, and your treatment plan options with you. If massage forms a part of this you may be asked to remove some clothing to allow the therapist to access the affected area. You will be covered with a towel, and room will be secure at all times. If you would rather not disrobe, just let your therapist know. Your Myotherapist will use appropriate techniques to treat you and will continually check to see that you are comfortable with the level of massage being applied. At the end of the session you may be given an exercise program and treatment plan.
We offer 30 minute, 45 minute or 60 minute sessions. For your initial session we would recommend a minimum of 45 minutes, preferably 60 minutes, so that there is time to take a detailed assessment and also provide treatment. Your subsequent appointments may be shorter, depending on your issues and the recommendation of your therapist.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A MYOTHERAPIST?
You should use Myotherapy for:
Chronic pain issues:
- Long term headaches, lower back pain, sciatic and neural pain that has not responded to other treatment options may be helped with massage administered by a Myotherapist.
Massage management for chronic illness:
- Such as autoimmune diseases, cancer support, complex regional pain syndromes, chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
Advanced Sports Massage:
- Whether you are really serious about your sport and and are looking for support during your training, better recovery post competition or a top-level pre-race rub,
- If you are just getting back into sport, starting physical activity such as the gym, and needed some relief from muscle pain and aches.
Overuse and repetitive strain injuries:
- Many overuse injuries involve muscle tendons and tendon sheaths. Addressing the muscle dysfunction that causes the tendon injury through Myotherapy may be beneficial for healing.
Soft-tissue massage support:
- Soft tissue massage can support your physiotherapy treatment plan.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE A MYOTHERAPIST?
No you don’t need a referral to see a Myotherapist. You can simply book an appointment online, or by calling our office.
**Please note that Myotherapy services offered at Fizzio for Life are not covered by health funds at the moment, however remedial massage services do attract a rebate if you are covered.