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Myotherapy is a physical therapy designed to prevent, treat, and manage musculoskeletal pain, improve joint and muscle function, and increase performance.
Myotherapy therapists are healthcare professionals who treat and rehabilitate joint and muscle-related pain, injuries and dysfunction. Treatments are sometimes offered alongside osteopathy, physiotherapy, and chiropractic therapies. Myotherapists are also trained in a wide range of neurologic, orthopaedic, and functional testing. This allows them to gain a holistic picture of a client’s physical capabilities.
Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is defined as the “sensory, motor and autonomic symptoms caused by myofascial trigger points (MTrPs).” American physician Dr Janet Travell is generally credited with bringing MTrPs to the attention of healthcare workers in the 1940s. In 1966, she founded the North American Academy of Manipulative Medicine, and in 1983 published The Trigger Point Manuals. These were a comprehensive review of more than 140 muscles’ symptoms and their referred pain patterns.
The International Myopain Society (IMS) was formed in the US in 1999 as a result of more clinicians observing muscles as a source of patients’ pain. It expanded to incorporate European clinicians and more recently, those from the southern hemisphere.
In Australia, myotherapy evolved from the massage industry, with practitioners recognising the additional training and clinical knowledge needed to effectively treat patients. The first myotherapy course was instigated at Melbourne’s RMIT in 1989. Today, the industry continues to grow based on the increasing part that myotherapists play in treating muscle pain and injury.
Myotherapy draws on the Western medical principles of physiology, anatomy, pathology, and biomechanics. It includes a range of manual therapies including joint mobilisation, soft tissue therapy, dry needling, myofascial cupping therapy, taping, corrective and rehabilitative exercise, and prescriptive advice on muscle and pain management.
Myotherapy can help prevent and treat a wide range of chronic and acute musculoskeletal issues and disorders. These include: