Do you suffer from muscular pain, joint stiffness, soreness of muscles, numbness, tightness of the muscles or tingling?
Are you often tired, for no obvious reason?
Are these symptoms reducing your mobility?
You might be suffering from Myofascial Pain
These symptoms are common in sufferers of Myofascial dysfunction. Myofascial discomfort is caused by the thin and fibrous myofascia – tissue that surrounds and divides muscles.
A good example of myofascia are ligaments and tendons.
How to Manage Myofascial Pain
Myotherapy is a treatment that incorporates a wide range of techniques to treat myofascial dysfunction.
Myotherapy can include massage (such as sports and remedial), gentle movement, hot & cold therapy, Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy, Trigger point therapy, myofascial dry needling and cupping.
What can Myotherapy be used for?
Myotherapy can be utilised to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.
Tennis elbow is commonly treated with myotherapy as well as shin splits. Effectively, joint pain can be treated with myotherapy, especially in the instance of shoulder impingement. Poor posture and chronic back pain can be treated as well.
Depending on the type of injury, conditions that occur as a result of sporting activities may also be treated with myotherapy. These types of conditions commonly include muscle sprains.
Myotherapy is so versatile even tension headaches may be treated using one of the myotherapies described above.
How long until relief from symptoms occurs?
This obviously depends on the condition and the severity being experienced, however myotherapy can reduce myofascial dysfunction and pain within one to three sessions.
Preparing for you first Myotherapy appointment
Firstly, an appointment for myotherapy does not require a referral from your GP.
To assist the myotherapist, it is recommended you bring along any medical charts or test results, that are relevant to the area you are suffering discomfort. These might include xrays.
Your first appointment will entail a consultation, whereby your myotherapist will enquire about your condition, your medical background etc and inquire about your symptoms. Usually a treatment plan can be developed from here, however, the myotherapist may require additional tests, and will organise these for you.
The primary objective of this initial meeting is to determine whether the symptoms are myofascial. This involves a lot of movement of joints and manipulation of the affected areas.
If the symptoms are not deemed to be myofascial, you may be referred to another medical health professional.
Need some Relief?
Balanced Bodies is a Port Melbourne and Doncaster based Massage Therapist, specialising in Myotherapy.