What is myotherapy | Dale York | Spring Osteo Clinic | Surrey Hills - Balwyn

What is myotherapy

What is myotherapy?

Myotherapy is the evidence based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions. The philosophy of myotherapy is founded on Western medical principles including anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.[1]

Myotherapists treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries
  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Occupational injuries
  • Achilles injuries
  • Jaw pain and clicking
  • Chronic pain management
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee, ankle and foot pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Nerve symptoms.

The idea of pain originating primarily from muscle tissue has not been readily accepted by the orthodox medical community. Muscle conditions are often considered secondary to other non-soft tissue conditions. Recent neurophysiological research has shown that pain from muscular origin is possible and even very common. Myotherapy, a scientifically integrated manual approach for the treatment of painful muscle pathology, has clinically proven effective in treating pain from muscular origin.[2]

Myotherapy literally means muscle therapy, so a Myotherapists goal is to treat musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain through locating and correcting imbalances and restrictions within the muscular and connective tissue of the body. Myotherapist are muscle specialists.

Simply put, Myotherapists aim to help people in pain get out of pain. If you come in with a particular injury, muscular pain or restricted mobility and movement (except for an accident or impact injury) the chances are that you have been living with dysfunctional postural and movement patterns for a while. When these patterns are held and repeated everyday for an extended period of time, they will eventually stress the body to a point which will lead to pain and restriction.

A Myotherapists job is to treat that area to help give you relief from that pain and to free up your movement and improve your posture. The most important part of a Myotherapists job is to work out why you are in pain and to create a treatment plan to make sure that your pain never comes back. This is where you become a vital part of your own recovery. Our treatments and treatment plans are not passive. Nearly all treatments will include corrective exercises and strength training. These exercises act to correct structural imbalance by strengthening weak muscles and stretching/lengthening short and tight muscles.

What you can expect as a first time client is an hour long consultation where we discuss your injury/pain/restriction. We will assess your posture, certain related movements, the look and feel of your muscles so we can both pinpoint the structure that is giving you pain as well as trace the history of the injury to its origin so we can remove the underlying cause. You can then expect to receive a thorough deep tissue massage to give you the relief you’re after. We will also use a variety of techniques to compliment the effect of deep tissue massage including; myofascial release/myofascial tension technique, trigger point therapy, dry needling, myofascial cupping, muscle energy technique, joint mobilisation, PNF stretching, and neurological manipulation.

We also use rock taping to help aid in rehabilitation of injured muscles and to help restore proper muscle firing patterns during movement and exercise. Education is also an important part of your recovery. We will discuss how you can modify any lifestyle, movement or postural patterns that are contributing to your injury ie work ergonomics, footwear, desk and chair height, gym biomechanics etc.

An example of a common condition that can be corrected through Myotherapy is neck pain[3]. There are many causes of neck pain and restriction. The most common is the postural dysfunction syndrome known as Upper Cross Syndrome.[4] The common features of the Syndrome is protracted or hunched shoulders and upper back along with a forward head carriage (where your chin is pointing forward and your head is sitting far in front on your body instead of in a straight line above your torso). The symptoms of this Syndrome can be neck pain and tightness at the base of the skull, headaches, and pain in the upper back. The underlying cause of this Syndrome is an imbalance between opposing muscles, some too short and tight and others too long and weak.
Initially we would treat the painful muscles to release active trigger points that are causing you pain so you get relief from the neck, back and headache pain.[5] We will then begin a treatment plan focused on correcting the postural imbalance between these muscles. We will start by release it and lengthening the tight muscles (Pectoralis, sSernocleidomastoid, Upper Trapezius and Levator Scalupa) through a combination of myofascial release, deep tissue massage and stretching, and strengthening the weak, inhibited muscles (deep neck flexors, Rhomboids, lower Trapezius and Serratus Anterior) through a combination of either dry needling or Trigger Point release and strengthening exercises.[6] Rock taping is also used to help remind you to maintain good posture in between treatments.[7] We will also help correct your work ergonomics ie desk, screen and chair height at work.

This style of treatment aims to bring the problematic structures back into proper alignment, thus taking strain of painful muscles and making it easy to maintain optimal posture so the risk of injury is reduced. This is an example of the paradigm that Myotherapists use to treat pain ie reduce pain and symptoms as well as correct the underlying dysfunction to reduce the risk of future pain and injury.

what is myotherapy

So, if you have any muscular, joint, nerve, or joint pain, come in and see a registered Myotherapist to assist with finding relief, and to find out remedies toward avoiding this pain in the future.[8]


About Dale York, Myotherapist

Dale believes myotherapy looks beyond the symptoms to find the root cause of imbalance in your body and treats your imbalances using a wide variety of techniques. Massage is Dale’s main tool however he also has skills and knowledge to apply a wide variety of techniques including dry needling and cupping.  His aim is to have you pain free and strong again by not just providing a band-aid fix. Dale is available Mondays and Thursdays.  To make an appointment, please call us on 03 9830 7044 or book online at https://www.springosteo.com.au/book-online/

About Spring Osteo Clinic
Spring is an osteopathic, Pilates and massage therapy clinic located on Whitehorse Road, Surrey Hills, Victoria. We are available to treat your back, neck, headaches, migraines, sports injuries, pregnancy pain, postural related pain and more. We take a holistic approach to your treatment by reviewing your direct problem area as well as assessing your whole body and lifestyle. This helps us to understand the cause of the problem and find ways for you to gain immediate and long-term relief; offer preventative solutions; and equip you with pain management skills. We treat people through all stages of life including babies and children; teenagers with study strains; athletes – beginner to professional; pregnant women and new mums; tradesmen and desk bound workers with postural complaints and more. www.springosteo.com.au

[1] Myotherapy Association Australia. http://www.myotherapy.org.au/find-a-myotherapist/what-is-myotherapy/

[2] Nagata, Craig B., Tsujii Y., Myotherapy: A New Approach to the Treatment of Muscle Pain Syndromes; 2013; pages 87-90

[3] Moore, M. K., Upper Crossed Syndrome and It’s Relationship to Cervicogenic Headache; 2004; Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics; Vol 27; Issue 6; pages 414-420

[4] http://www.muscleimbalancesyndromes.com

[5] Travell and Simons ; Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: Trigger Point Manual; 1999; pg. 4

[6] Muscolino, J; Upper Crossed Syndrome; 2015; Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society; Volume 21; Issue 2; pages 80, 82-85.

[7] rocktape.com.au

[8] http://www.jandaapproach.com/the-janda-approach/jandas-syndromes/