What is a Myotherapist?
Myotherapists are healthcare professionals that take a manual therapy approach to assess, treat and manage injuries, pain, and dysfunction. For those that are not familiar with the Myotherapy profession, you can think of a Myotherapist as a mix between a Remedial Massage Therapist and an Osteopath or Physiotherapist. They hold a bachelor’s degree in Health Science (Myotherapy) and are a great complement to our Osteopathic services, for those patients requiring more treatment time and those who prefer a lot of soft-tissue work.
Myotherapists use a variety of different treatment techniques including:
- Specific massage techniques
- Dry needling
- Exercise rehabilitation and more
Myotherapy may assist with :
- Reducing muscle stiffness, tension and soreness.
- Alleviating pain caused by trigger points (sore points) within the muscle.
- Increasing your range of movement and flexibility.
- Reducing stress and anxiety levels.
- Reducing postural stress.
- Assisting recovery after a sporting event.
- Improving athletic and sporting performance.
- Reducing strain on joints.
- Reducing chronic/persistent pain.
- Improving blood circulation.
- Reducing DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) following hard bouts of exercise.
- Reducing pain caused by headaches and migraines.
- Educating you on postural awareness and corrective exercises suitable.
What to expect in your initial consultation?
A brief medical history is taken where your Myotherapist will gather information on past injuries, pre-existing medical conditions, your work/study environment, and movement activities. Then a physical assessment will be performed to develop a clear understanding of what might be the cause of your pain, injury or condition. During treatment, they will use a combination of hands-on techniques such as massage, dry needling, joint mobilisation and stretching to help improve your pain and function. As you improve your Myotherapist will work with you to help maintain this, by providing stretches and strengthening exercises in conjunction with the hands-on treatments, to stay on top of your health goals.
See the Myotherapy Association of Australia for more information on what Myotherapy is and how it can assist you.
Is Myotherapy covered by Private Health Insurance?
Yes, each fund categories it differently so check with your individual fund. Generally, it is covered under Complementary Therapies, like Remedial Massage or Natural Therapies.
For more information on the funds that cover Myotherapy see here.
Want to book an appointment
Call 4655 5588 or online here.
Get in touch with us if you are not sure whether Myotherapy is suitable for you and one of our team will assist you.