A Myotherapist is a health practitioner who specialises in assessing, treating and preventing specific body dysfunctions and various musculoskeletal pathologies.
Myotherapists use their underpinning knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics and pathology to understand the relationships between the myofascia (muscles and related connective tissues), but also how the muscles and connective tissues relate to other systems of the body.
Treatment may involve various treatment of soft tissues i.e. muscle, fascia, tendons, and ligaments and associated structures.
Myotherapists use clinical examination skills to locate the sources of the presenting symptoms and identify dysfunctions. They also use high level communication, clinical reasoning, problem solving and planning skills to design and implement treatment and management programs. Where symptoms or dysfunctions exist, treatment aims to normalise function. Additionally, where no symptoms exist, management aims to optimise function, posture and movement. Normalising includes the relief of pain and the return of normal sensation, posture and movement.
Myotherapists treat an enormous range of musculoskeletal conditions such as:
Sporting & occupational injuries
Stiffness & ache associated with bad posture
Associated joint & vertebral dysfunction & ache
Severe & persistent conditions influencing function & mobility
Headaches / migraines
Acute and chronic stiff or painful neck
Chronic overuse syndromes – tendonitis, RSI, tennis/golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel
Acute & chronic back pain / ‘sciatica’
Shoulder pain, impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder
Hand & finger tingling thoracic outlet syndrome
Knee, leg & foot ache – shin splints, patella tracking dysfunction, runners knee, ankle strains
Pregnancy – pre/post natal problems
Chronic weakness syndrome, fibromyalgia syndrome
Pain & disorder linked to stress & tension