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What is Myotherapy and why should you see one?

February 18, 2016

Hi All! This is my first blog as part of Body and Spine Solutions and its been a whirlwind 2 and a half months.

 

So what’s a myotherapist I hear you ask?

 

Well the easiest way to explain would be that we are a hands on practitioners who hold either an Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy) or the new Bachelors Degree in Myotherapy.

 

Generally we use a lot of massage technique but we also do Myofascial Dry Needling and Cupping, Sports and Kinesiotaping, and some corrective exercise.

 

But the big difference between a remedial massage therapist and a myotherapist is the amount of clinical assessment we are taught, along with the more advanced treatment protocols of many painful soft tissue conditions.

 

So it’s a bit like taking aim at that treatment a bit better in the clinic, with a few homework exercises thrown in (sometimes)!

 

So what am I doing at the moment?

 

At the moment I am doing a lot of work with frozen shoulder: a debilitating condition where the shoulder develops a severe pain, and is then unable to move above chest height for an average of 12-18 months.  No one knows why it happens or why:

 

  • it affects people usually around 50

  • more women than men,

  • more often the non dominant arm

  • or why it extremely rarely comes back to that side and attacks the other side.

But these are its trademarks!  Good news is that I have researched a technique that has been shown to work really well and can be used to treat other common shoulder conditions.