Myotherapy & Sports Massage
A trained myotherapist will look at one’s overall health picture – your past & current injuries, your exercise routine, your goals, and how you move & function – before deciding on how best to treat.
Massage techniques, cupping, dry needling and even a TENS machine can be used. A full assessment is usually carried out, then a re-assessment.
How is myotherapy different to remedial massage?
Myotherapy is often viewed as the bridge between remedial massage and physiotherapy, or a more advanced form of bodywork. There may be more of an in-depth study as to what is behind a client’s presenting problem.
A remedial therapist will also consider a client’s background factors, while emphasising a lot more “hands-on” treatment – hitting trigger points, releasing fascia, stretching the client.
Sometimes a firm, targeted session is just the tonic the client needs.
Some services you may receive with myotherapy
A TENS treatment is a non-invasive method of pain relief that is used for symptomatic relief of chronic as well as acute pain. TENS relieves pain by sending tiny electrical impulses to underlying nerve fibres, through electrodes placed on the area of pain or pressure point.
Certain nerve fibres transmit pain signals to and from the brain. TENS introduces corrective signals to the nerve fibres to transmit to the brain, which in turn block or reduce the pain you feel.
Myotherapists often use glass or plastic cups when a client has muscular restriction in a stagnant area. The cups are usually used in a gliding motion over the surface of the skin or where fascial adhesions are found.
Furthermore, cupping can be carried out on specific spots such as the back, shoulder, sacrum, hip and legs, where there is a specific issue at hand. A myotherapist may choose to leave the cups on this area for anywhere between 10-to-15 minutes.
Dry needling can treat an array of physical ailments in the body via the stimulation of muscular tissues with a series of thin monofilament (dry) needles, commonly targeting the overactive parts of the muscular system.
Dry needling can be used to treat overactive upper trap muscles from poor posture and stress, particularly in the bellies of the upper trapezius muscles that tend to hold many of the active trigger pints.
This is an example of a condition that is often treated by myotherapists, with many stressed office workers – who hunch and elevate their shoulders – requesting dry needling to alleviate their pain symptoms.
About Sports Massage
A highly effective treatment for clients in running clubs, that visit the gym regularly or compete in sports teams. Vigorous rubbing techniques are used to warm up muscle tissue. Long, deep strokes – through large muscle groups such as the quads and gluteals – can help eliminate toxins and lactic acid from the body.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy involves the therapist locating and deactivating trigger points, which are often wound-up muscles that have been damaged or are bundled up.
This targeted therapy is an effective way to reduce muscular spasms by introducing new blood flow into the affected area.