Myotherapists utilize a wide range of evidence-based treatment and skills which in addition to manual therapy, assists with muscular pain and dysfunction. As primary health care providers, Myotherapists are skillfully trained to assist and aid in injury prevention, exercise/rehabilitation programing, musculoskeletal assessments, early intervention and treatment of pain and the ongoing management of chronic pain conditions.
What are the skill sets/treatment options that Myotherapist may use for patients?
Trigger point therapy - very specific muscle therapy to release hyperirritable nodules within the muscle
Myofascial release - soft tissue therapy that helps regain full range of motion
Joint mobilization - realigning of skeletal dysfunctions including the spine.
Dry needling - an evidence based modality to treat muscular skeletal pain.
Electrotherapy - for motor control and chronic pain syndromes
Rehab exercise programing
Cupping - an ancient therapy that can be very effective in muscle treatment, release of toxins and boosting the circulatory system
Deep tissue therapy and therapeutic massage - massage techniques that involve treating muscle beyond the top layer
What is relaxation massage?
Relaxation massage is about taking everyday stresses away and having "you" time. Allow yourself to fall into a deep relaxed state of mind and body
What does a relaxation massage involve?
Long smooth strokes that flow on the body
Pressure that puts you into deep relaxation but is not painful
It is a treatment designed to help you escape the pressures of everyday stress. It is a moment to come back to yourself and no one else
What are the benefits of Relaxation Massage?
Lowers blood pressure for a short amount of time
Improves skin tone and appearance
Some reduction in muscle tension including the relief of muscle tension headaches
Improves stress-related symptoms. This can include providing a gentle boost to the immune system if you undergo regular treatments.
Improves sleep quality
What is cupping? Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy where a cup is applied to the skin while the air pressure in the cup is reduced ( by heat or suction). This causes the superficial muscles and Fascia to draw up into the cup. At times it is more beneficial to leave the cups in the one spot in order to treat specific muscles but in some cases cup gliding will be used which is involves gliding the cup back and forth on the effected body area.
What are the benefits of cupping?
increase in blood flow
muscular pain relief
Note: Generally cupping is used in conjunction with Myotherapy but it can be a treatment by itself if requested
What is dry needling? Dry needling is an effective and safe treatment that entails the use of ultra-thin needles that are similar in size to the ones used in acupuncture. The therapist will assess you and find a hyper irritable muscle nodule (trigger point) within the muscle belly that is most likely to be causing your pain/stiffness. The therapist will then strategically and carefully glide the needle into the effected area which will often cause a muscle twitch thus creating the body's natural muscular release/healing response.
Dry needling is useful for:
Increasing blood flow
Chronic muscle tension that resists manual therapy
Reducing fascial dysfunction
Deactivating trigger points
Reducing muscular pain
Reducing joint pain
Promoting the body's natural healing abilities
Note: Generally Dry needling is used in conjunction with Myotherapy but it can be a treatment by itself if requested.
Electrotherapy machines can be used for many issues and in many different ways. Machines that are used within our practice are TENS and EMS which are Micro electric current machine.