We are all aware of massages and we all have our masseurs that we go in times of need. However, before you start any treatment you must be able to identify the origin of it and what type of activity triggered this reaction. And that is exactly why we have myotherapists. Myotherapists assess and identify our problems and provide specialized treatment for them.
What is Myotherapy?
It is a form of physical therapy that is used to treat and prevent soft tissue aches and restricted joint movement which is generally caused due to myofascial dysfunction. Myofascia is thin tissues that join the bones and muscles together. Therefore when you feel like there is a problem, book an appointment with one of the closest myotherapists. Just search for the ‘myotherapists near me’, and Google will give you a variety of results to choose from.
The philosophy of Myotherapy is built on principles like anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology. So you don’t require a doctor’s referral to make an appointment with one.
Symptoms of soft tissue pain
This pain that is caused in soft tissues, is also known as myofascial pain. Symptoms are as follows. \
- Excruciating pains
- Tightness in the muscles
- sore spots- myofascial trigger points
- joint stiffness
- reduced joint mobility
- recurring pins and needles sensations
Disorders Treated By Myotherapy
Myotherapy does not only relieve muscle and joint issues but it also treats a wide range of other disorders.
- Overused injury- tennis elbow or shin splints
- Sport injuries
- Postural issues and pain it causes
- Joint pains
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Chronic back pain
What to Expect At Your First Myotherapy Appointment
Before you go make sure you take any medical test results relating to your medical conditions with you, for example, X-rays. The myotherapist will ask you several health-related questions like the symptoms, medical history, any medication that you are on (give them a list of it), prior surgeries and allergies. It is highly crucial to answer every question with utmost honestly, as deceiving the myotherapists will do you no good. Even if the information is embarrassing, that’s alright. This information is kept in sole confidence and is utilized by the myotherapist to only assess your situation and treat you accordingly.
The myotherapist with examine and manipulate your joints and muscles and test your joint reflexes. This is the initial examine which helps the myotherapist to evaluate your situation better, the myotherapist may recommend other healthcare experts for further assessment or treatment.
The treatment depends on the diagnosis of the patient. However, there is a range of techniques used during Myotherapy sessions.
- Remedial massages
- Passive stretching
- Hot or cold therapy
- TENS therapy
- Dry needling
- MET therapy
Sessions generally last for an hour and results can be felt only after a couple of Myotherapy sessions.
Along with professional care, you must also take care of yourself. That includes following recommended diet plans, specific exercises and stretches, heat and ice packs and relaxation techniques must be incorporated into your daily schedule. Make a difference for yourself.