By: Lauren Wilson Myotherapy  13-Jul-2013
Keywords: Back Pain, Massage Therapy, Remedial Massage

Derived from the Greek prefix “myo,” meaning muscle. Myotherapy is the physical treatment of the soft tissue structures of the body, providing preventative, corrective and rehabilitative care. The aim of Myotherapy is to restore and maintain the normal integrity of the bodies soft tissue structures i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. These structures can all be affected by everyday exercise, poor posture, pain, biomechanics, medical and structural conditions, occupation, fatigue, stress, injury and over training. Treatment is specific for each individual, starting with an assessment using a combination of tactile skills, anatomical knowledge and clinical understanding, to identify abnormalities in muscles and connective tissues. This knowledge is used to determine what therapeutic techniques will be required in the treatment. Treatment may include one, or a combination of the following techniques: soft tissue manipulation, myofascial release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching and dry needling. This a form of acupuncture, directed at deactivating trigger points in a muscle, allowing for better function of the muscles and restoring range of motion. Corrective exercises and stretches may also be prescribed. Benefits of Myotherapy treatment include: Promotes healing by increasing local soft tissue blood flow and improving soft tissue alignment. Alleviates local and referred pain associated with Myofascial pain syndrome. Decreases abnormal muscle contracture caused by exercise, overuse, emotional tension, stress, trauma and the effects of surgery. Enables one to get back to sport faster and stronger after injury or illness with a decreased chance of injury re-occurrence. Reduces the strain, discomfort and stiffness sometimes associated with physical exercise. Increases the muscles’ effectiveness, enhancing movement and muscular strength. Helps to reduce and manage recurrent or chronic pain of musculoskeletal conditions.

Keywords: Alternative Medicine, Back Pain, Connective Tissue Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Massage Therapist, Massage Therapists, Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Natural Therapy, Remedial Massage, Remedial Therapies, Sports Injury Therapy, Sports Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Trigger Point Therapy

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