Does pain affect your work, social, sporting or family life? Myotherapy may be able to help.
Myotherapy encompasses the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions, which may cause muscular pain and dysfunction thus impacting upon the quality and extent to which bodies move. Your local Myotherapists are soft-tissue specialists and use wide range of treatment techniques to restore and maintain the normal integrity and function of the body’s connective tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia).
Trigger points within muscles are one example of muscle dysfunction that results in deep aching pain and local tenderness. Trigger points can also cause referred pain and can limit both strength and flexibility. Utilising palpation skills, Myotherapists can identify trigger points and deactivate them using a range of soft tissue manipulation techniques.
Soft-tissue pain and dysfunction arises from a multitude of causes including can be caused by trauma, overload or misuse of muscles arising from occupational, sporting or recreational pursuits.
What does a Myotherapist do?
At Mosaic Myotherapy consultations typically commence with thorough history taking and postural assessment, accompanied by muscle, joint and neurological testing. This approach, combined with manual palpation of muscles, joints, tendons and fascia, enables your Myotherapist to identify the underlying cause of one’s pain to ensure quick, effective and long-lasting results.
What conditions do Myotherapists treat?
Myotherapists treat the cause as well as the symptoms of a wider range of conditions.
Some examples of conditions commonly treated by our Myotherapists include:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Pain arising from chronic overuse (RSI), eg lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylitis (golfers’ elbow)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee, hip and ankle pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Hand and wrist pain
- Joint pains
- Numbness and tingling
- General muscle tightness and/or soreness
When should I see a Myotherapist?
Most people seek Myotherapy treatment when suffering from aches and pains. Myotherapists also regularly see people who receive treatment to prevent injuries too.
You should see a Myotherapist when your pain is persistent (ie lasts longer than a few days) or when you experience a reduction in your range of movement. Many people also seek Myotherapy treatment in the rehabilitative phase of care to help strengthen the affected areas.
What treatment techniques do Myotherapists use?
Myotherapists use specialised soft tissue manipulation techniques including massage, myofascial release and joint mobilisations, along with dry-needling, thermal therapies (use of heat/cold), muscle and joint taping, myofascial cupping, assisted stretching and electro-mechanical stimulation (eg TENS, ultrasound etc). Our Myotherapists are also skilled in prescribing corrective and rehabilitative exercises to aid recovery and prevent recurrence.
All treatments are used with the aim of restoring and maintaining the normal integrity of the body’s soft tissue system and underlying skeletal structures.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Myotherapy differ from massage therapy?
Myotherapists are Allied Health Practitioners who treat conditions which cause pain and dysfunction. Massage is but one of many options used by our Myotherapists to treat and prevent musculoskeletal pain and limitation in their clients, allowing them to address causal factors as well as presenting symptoms.
Do I need a referral to see a Myotherapist
A referral is not required to see a Myotherapist unless you are a WorkCover patient. Myotherapists typically work in private practice and are often the first point of call when people are injured.
Can I claim Myotherapist treatment on Private Health insurance?
Many Health Funds provide rebates for Myotherapy treatments under their Extras Cover. Rebates vary so check with your Fund directly. In many instances, rebates can be claimed on the spot at Mosaic Myotherapy using our HiCAPS facilities.
Is Myotherapy covered by WorkCover, Medicare, DVA or TAC?
Patients with an active WorkCover claim may be entitled to rebates and will require a doctor’s referral. Myotherapy is not presently covered by TAC, DVA or Medicare.